The adoption of a textbook with an Islamic bias for use in seventh social studies classes has created a parent revolt against county school board members, a state department of education and even a governor as concerns about the content of the text spread across Tennessee.

Parents in White County, Tennessee are up in arms about the board’s approval of “My World History and Geography: The Middle Ages to Exploration of the Americas” for its heavy emphasis on Islam to the exclusion of other religions, including Christianity.

The text is put out by London-based international publisher, Pearson Education, which is owned, in part, by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), a group formed by the son of former Libyan strongman, Muammar Gaddafi.

LIA was used as a vehicle for investment in Pearson by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, The Muslim Brotherhood and The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has been designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.

CAIR has provided supplementary materials to be used with the seventh grade textbook.

Pearson Education is also the company responsible for distributing the controversial Common Core materials, including standardized tests in those states which have not opted out of the federal Department of Education program.

The small school district in Tennessee has only one middle school, which serves 300 students. The district is overwhelmingly evangelical Christian, with less than one percent identifying as Muslim.

Concerned parents gathered in the town hall to ask why the White County School Board has ignored their objections to the textbooks and materials, and refused to remove them or restrict their use in classrooms.

According to a statement from the parent group, the seventh grade social studies textbook “contains nearly 50 pages devoted to a sugar-coated view of Islam and the “Islamic World” while barely mentioning Christianity. It doesn’t report 9/11 or ISIS.”

A spokesman said that while the textbook explained conversion to Islam, no such explanation was provided about converting to Christianity.

Parent groups claim the text does not reflect the values of the community and promotes Islam contrary to the First Amendment establishment clause that has been held to prohibit government entities from promoting any religion in a public school.

“We have no problem with teaching world history. We have no problem with world religion. We want it to be fair and balanced and accurate,” said Anthony Wright, chairman of White County Citizens Against Islamic Indoctrination.

The outcry has not confined to White County, as parent groups in four other counties around the state have registered their concerns about the adoption of the Islamic biased text, as well.


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