NY free speech group takes notice of Islam textbook controversy in Sullivan County


A free speech group based in New York asked the Sullivan County Board of Education on Monday to reject a request from a Bluff City parent asking for a textbook to be discontinued because of religious objections.

Michelle Edmisten took her complaint of Islam indoctrination to the BOE earlier this month, addressing the members while calling for the removal of "My World History"- a textbook used in her daughter's seventh grade class at Bluff City Middle School.

The letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship addressed to Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski and board members says "factual lessons about Islamic theology do not constitute an endorsement of Islam at the expense of other faiths."

"Students are taught what Muslims believe; they are not being persuaded that such beliefs are correct (or incorrect)," the document continues.

Edmisten told News 5 that her daughter did not complete the Islam-related homework and tests during her history course and resulted in her child's grade being dropped to a lower mark.

The director of schools has stated that there is no timeline in discussing the future of the textbook being used in county schools.

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