Letter: Can’t ignore religion in history



The Sept. 11 story “Teachers struggle to find ways to teach 9/11” was quite upsetting. It is appalling that so many teachers, at least in the Los Angeles area, are so hesitant to teach honestly and objectively the historical facts and background concerning the acts of terrorism of 9/11/01. One principal said, “Teachers are cautioned over and over again not to talk about religion … and that creates hesitation to say anything about those of the Islamic faith.”

One cannot possibly teach history without factoring in religion. For just a few examples, how can one teach about the crusades or the Spanish Inquisition or even the founding of the original thirteen colonies without talking about religion?

Ralph H. Isensee