Tennessee mother asks school board to remove textbook that teaches about Islam

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennesee mom spoke at a local school board meeting Monday night, asking members to consider removing a social studies textbook from her daughter’s school that includes lessons about Islam.

Michelle Edmisten said her middle school-aged daughter recently failed a quiz that included questions about the Muslim religion because she refused to answer them, according to the Johnson City Press. She said she felt the questions went against her beliefs as a Christian.

“It is time as parents, teachers, and administrators we stand up and take back our families, our schools. and our country,” she said.

The board, who is considering the woman’s request, said they have to follow a strict textbook removal policy for it to be withdrawn from the curriculum.

Sullivan County board member Mark Ireson made a motion at the end of the meeting to remove the textbook because “it does not represent the values of the county.”