Parents upset about a history textbook that they say emphasizes Islam more than other religions protested outside Volusia County school district headquarters.
The parents claim that the book contains too much information about Islam and not enough about Christianity and other religions. There was even a call by organizers asking students to go home and tear the section on Islam out of their books.
Because tearing up (or burning?) books is always the proper response to such things.
The county district was forced to postpone a Tuesday meeting "in the interest of public safety."
"This group is holding a protest and rally to oppose the teaching of the historical and basic pillars of Islam to students in Volusia County," said Hassan Shibly, Florida executive director of CAIR, a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
"It is displaying an alarming level of intolerance and brazen disregard of minority religions... We find their actions un-American and against every core principal that makes this country so great."
The school district says that the U.S. Department of Justice reached out to them before the protest, stating that "the nature of this information raised substantial safety concerns."
The textbook in question, Prentice Hall World History, protesters claim, devotes an entire chapter to Islam and teaches children about how it came to be and about the building of the Muslim empire, while Christianity and Judaism are referenced only in small paragraphs here and there.
And we can see the problem here: Where in America will the children learn about Christianity?
Of course, the protesters claim that this is in no way about getting all worked up and encouraging kids to vandalize a schoolbook because they think Islam is un-American and evil.
It's about religious equality!
NOW GO TEAR OUT ALL THE PARTS ABOUT THAT RELIGION WE DON'T UNDERSTAND AND LET US NEVER SPEAK OF IT AGAIN.
You know, with all the crazy things going down in Florida, such as a law that makes it perfectly legal for a person to shoot and kill another person because he or she feels threatened, and with people with serious medical conditions that can be alleviated only with medical marijuana having their homes raided by cops like they're the leader of a drug cartel, it's good to know there are citizens out there tackling the truly important issues.
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