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Jones criticizes federal grant for Muslim education books at Craven CC

Congressman Walter Jones is voicing opposition to a federal grant that will provide books and a DVD on Muslim culture to Craven Community College.

Jones is calling on school to reject a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities called Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, which will provide 25 books and a DVD to th campus to “introduce Muslim cultures to Americans.''

“It is appalling to me that a federal agency like NEH is wasting taxpayer money on programs like this,” Jones, a Farmville Republican, said in a statement. “It makes zero sense for the U.S. Government to borrow money from China in order to promote the culture if Islamic civilizations.''

According to Jones, the books include: “the Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam,'' “The Story of the Qur'an, “ Muhammad,'' and “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, form the Middle East to America.''

If Craven Community College insists on accepting the grant, Jones said, he has arranged for the Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition to donate 25 books to give equal exposure about Christianity and America's Judeo-Christian culture.

A Jones spokeswoman said it was attempting to find out from NEH the size of the grant.

UPDATE: Judy Eurich, a spokeswoman for Craven Community College said the grant consists of 25 books pre-selected by universities and a DVD about art and architecture, but does not include any money. She said the grant was made in connection with the public libraries of Craven and Carteret Counties, and interfaith ministry.

“The reasoning behind it, is our funds have been cut,” she said. “We are looking to replace books we already have or to enhance our collection.''

She said the school, particularly the Havelock campus, serves many military personnel, who may want to be learn about the local culture before being deployed to the Middle East.

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