Michelle Edmisten wants the Sullivan County Board of Education in Blountville, Tennessee, to remove a seventh-grade textbook from the course because it teaches basic lessons about Islam.
"It is time as parents, teachers, and administrators, we stand up and take back our families, our schools, and our country," she told the school board.
She added her daughter felt some assignments about Islamic beliefs violated her Christian beliefs, so the student refused to do some of the school work and failed those assignments.
“Those are zeroes that we proudly took and we will not compromise,” Edmisten said.
Some of the assignment questions were: "Islam's holy book is called the _________," "List the five pillars of Islam," and, "After the death of Muhammed, did the Muslim empire spread or get smaller?"
Though the questions seem innocent enough Michelle Edmisten is adamant that her daughter's "personal religious beliefs were violated."
She is, therefore, adamant in her demand to get the book removed.
"I would like to see the Pearson book yanked from the school immediately. I would like to see parents, Christians, veterans, anyone that’s anyone, stand up for this fight.
“How can I, as a Christian, say that I have these values? And I want to instill these values in my daughter, but then say it’s OK, go ahead and do it,” she wonders.
Thankfully, not many have jumped her bandwagon.
Dear #MichelleEdmisten, I'm American, and this country isn't "yours" to "take back."— the FiF amendment (@hbkid21) October 6, 2016
This woman wants an ignorant daughter. Just because the kid learns it exists, doesn't mean she'll convert. https://t.co/p6zlZ6fWYm— R2R0 (@R2RO_CT) October 6, 2016
Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski and Board of Education Chairman Michael Hughes said the system is exploring a religious accommodation option since there is no “opt out” allowed in Tennessee.
However, they are looking into the issue but before the board even considers abandoning Pearson book, things like the cost of purchasing new textbook have to be worked out.
Unfortunately, no matter how ridiculous the whole issue may seem, Islamophobia is nothing new. If anything, it has become more of a reality not only in the United States, but across the world as well.
According to a recent report by researchers at California State University, San Bernardino, anti-Muslim hate crimes — including arson, murder, assault and violent threats — were at their highest levels, up to 78 percent, since 2014.
“After 9/11, that has shown a significant increase. In fact, the second biggest number of anti-Muslim hate crimes since 2001 and the most precipitous rate of increase since 2001. So this is a disturbing development and one for concern,” said Brian Levin, the author of the report
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