SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- A Sullivan County mother, upset about the way Islam is taught in her child’s school took her concerns to the board of education Monday night.
Michelle Edmisten was the only parent to speak during public comment about how Islam is being taught in schools.
She pleaded with the board asking for an immediate change.
“It is time as parents, teachers, and administrators we stand up and take back our families, our schools, and our country,” Edmisten said.
Edmisten said her daughter just finished the Islam unit, and felt some of the assignments went against her beliefs as a Christian.
She said her daughter refused to complete some of the assignments regarding Islam because of those beliefs, and as a result failed several of those assignments.
Monday night, she asked board members to change the curriculum.
“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 its okay go ahead and do it,” Edmisten said.
Board of Education members listened, but said changing a textbook involves a process.
Board of Education Chair, Michael Hughes, said the state of Tennessee currently is reviewing the way Social Studies is taught.
“Its not like we have the option to get rid of the book, and get a book that don’t have those standards, so then the question becomes, can we find a textbook that is that much different, and is it worth it,” Edmisten said.
One board member, Mark Ireson, did make a last-minute motion at the end of the meeting to remove the textbook.
Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski said there is a protocol to follow, and no timeline was set on when they will take up that discussion again.
A public comment period is underway on the state’s draft for the new social study curriculum.
You have the chance to comment on the proposed changes until October 28th.
The question all parents should be asking is, if it’s so hard and time consuming to get the Islamic propaganda out of the curriculum then how – and who was responsible – for putting in the curriculum. The answer is supremacist Muslims who infiltrate school boards, corporations, etc. and they’ve been working on the sharia agenda for a long time.
Please reference our post last week that confirms there are basically no changes in the “new” curriculum and Tennessee: Middle schooler’s will still be indoctrinated with Islam under “new” standards.
Then click the link, review the non-changes and comment. Share with your friends in Tennesseestan.
Also read this piece, of which the conclusion is excerpted below, Teaching About Islam In Tennessee:
If you are not Muslim, what would you most want to know about Islam? Surely you would want to find out what is said about non-Muslims in the Qur’an and Hadith. Students should not be shielded from the many passages in the Qur’an that denounce the Unbelievers; they have a right to know, and teachers a duty to teach, this aspect of Islam, rather than have it remain unremarked, or deliberately hidden. It is not too late for the parents to draw up their own syllabus, one that they should make public, in order to force discussion of all of these unpleasant but indispensable matters. Instead of allowing themselves to be caricatured as the “parents who fear their kids will know too much about this book”— the Qur’an — the parents in Tennessee might consider demanding a fuller study of Islam in the schools, “because we want our children to be able to answer such questions as these”: Why is it so easy to convert to Islam by reciting the Shehada? And why is it so hard – and so dangerous — to leave Islam? Why is Zakat limited only to other Muslims? Why, in the five required daily prayers, is an imprecation against Jews and Christians repeated seventeen times? Why does Islam still permit slavery? Who are the “vilest of creatures”? Who are the “best of peoples”? Who was Aisha? Who was Asma bint Marwan? What is “Jihad”? What is a “dhimmi”? What is “jizyah”?
That’s a start.
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