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Congressman takes stand against grant

By Christy Andrews
Published On: Jan 10 2013 10:41:06 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 10 2013 10:42:01 PM CST
NEW BERN -

Congressman Walter B. Jones took a stand against a federal grant received by Craven Community College.

The "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities would add 25 Islamic books and a DVD to the school's library to help educate students on the Muslim culture.

Congressman Jones released a statement against the grant, in which he said, "It is appalling to me that a federal agency like NEH is wasting taxpayer money on programs like this. It makes zero sense for the U.S. government to borrow money from China in order to promote the culture of Islamic civilizations."

In response to the statement, Judy Eurich, Craven County Community College communication director, said the grant is about education, not religion.

"We're always looking for any type of resources that will enhance what we can offer here."

Jones said if the college accepts the grant, he wants to make sure it's balanced. He made a deal with the Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition, who agreed to donate 25 Christian books to the school.

Despite Jones' stance, Eurich said the college will still accept the grant.

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