Florida High School Online Class: Terrorists Lack Self-Esteem

A high school online class in Florida has not only compared Christianity and Islam as fundamentalist groups, but apparently claims that terrorists act the way they do because of low self-esteem. The Florida Virtual Online Class (FLVS) in World History stated: "Common traits that psychologists have found in terrorists are that they are often risk-takers and many suffer from low self-esteem. Sometimes joining a terrorist group provides these individuals with a sense of belonging."

A FLVS representative said that this passage and another which tries to equate the two religions by saying Christianity has sections in the Bible that "could be used to justify the slaughter of men…" cannot be altered or changed because they are part of Common Core standards. The school has denied this, as well as any intent to conflate the two religions or present a sympathetic portrait of terrorists.

The online class, with the topic 08.07 "Invisible Warfare: Objectives," is available to high school students. It starts with a definition of what a fundamentalist is, then proceeds to terrorism.


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