Rush Limbaugh Calls Zinn Education Project “Insane” for Teaching about Muslims in the United States June 20, 2016

Rush-Classroom-Zinn-Book-DRush Limbaugh targeted the Zinn Education Project on his radio show last week. Why? Because our article, “A People’s History of Muslims in the United States: What School Textbooks and the Media Miss,” explores Muslim history in the United States since colonial times. Limbaugh says:

This is all about a curriculum, a history text that has been written by somebody by the name of Howard Zinn. Now, Howard Zinn ran what is called the Zinn Education Project. It is a radical, radical bunch of insane lunatic leftists… They’ve been doing this for two generations, a vision of Muslims as an integral part of the fabric of the progressive movement in the U.S. with a presence in every social justice struggle along the way.

Muslims as an integral part of the fabric of progressive movements in the United States—and U.S. life in general? He gets that right. But the quote drips with Islamophobia. For Limbaugh and others like him, name-calling substitutes for argument; affirming the presence of Muslims throughout U.S. history constitutes leftist lunacy and is anti-Christian.

Countering the top-down, simplistic narrative of history that Limbaugh promotes is exactly why the Zinn Education Project exists. Our materials not only help students uncover hidden history, but also to think critically about our world.

This spring we reached the milestone of 60,000 teachers signed-up to access free downloadable lessons from the Zinn Education Project website. Justine Hecht from Avondale, Arizona, wrote why he appreciates Zinn Education Project lessons, echoing the feedback we hear from teachers across the country:

As their teacher it has been amazing to watch students grow their critical thinking skills and get excited about history. They’ve explained to me that most history courses in their past have simply been a recitation of events and this is the first time history has come alive for them. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of making that happen for them.

Please donate today to help many more teachers have access to lessons that challenge the false, hateful narrative of history and current events promoted by people like Rush Limbaugh.




There are 5 comments by other visitors:

  • I keep wondering why this hate-filled mass of lard doesn’t drop dead of a heart attack, but then I remember that he lacks the necessary organ.

    Response shared by Lee — June 21, 2016 @ 2:18 pm

  • Limbaugh is obviously a goon. But no free person anywhere wants Sharia law either. That’s for damn sure !!
    No religious believers should have any power of influence on our laws and freedoms !

    Response shared by noel — June 23, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

  • “No religious believers should have any power of influence on our laws and freedoms!” You’re right, Noel, that’s exactly the point: ALL theocracy is bad for us, Muslim, CHRISTIAN, or anyone else!

    Response shared by Tim — June 24, 2016 @ 3:33 pm

  • noel, you are a fool. agnosticism and atheism are belief systems too. and filled with haters who want to take away the ‘belief rights’ of others. religious believers are not campaigning to take away YOUR rights. may your own power of influence on our laws and freedoms be stripped away from you in the name of your own belief system.

    Response shared by deanna — June 24, 2016 @ 6:23 pm

  • I heard the live Rush rant and cheered the whole way through. He started reading from “People’s History” and then ad libbed as if he were still quoting. Why do I listen? To learn of the enemy. He was said that Reagan, almost single-handed, brought down apartheid South Africa. “Stupid is as stupid does.”

    Response shared by Elyse Cann — June 27, 2016 @ 4:34 pm

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