A mother in Tennessee is worried that her daughter’s personal religious beliefs are being violated because she is being taught about Islam in her school.
Michelle Edmisten has started a crusade in opposition to the textbooks that are a part of the syllabus in local school district. She initiated her campaign when she first learned that her daughter is getting the education about Islam in her 7th-grade social studies curriculum.
According to the Kingsport Times News, the daughter has opted out of the classes and has been marked zeroes for refusing to be a part of the class. The mother says, “Those are zeroes that we proudly took and we will not compromise.”
As a part of her campaigning, she spoke in a meeting with the school board, “It is time as parents, teachers and administrators we stand up and take back our families, our schools, and our country.” She further said, “I would like to see parents, Christians, veterans, anyone that’s anyone, stand up for this fight,” she said putting forward her perspective. “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 okay, go ahead and do it.”
The school board tried to put some sense in the woman’s brain, trying to explain the whole process. They told her that the removal of the present textbook must have a replacement that would cater to the current state standards. The state board of education’s website shows that it is mandatory to educate students about Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism in grade 6, and Islam and its historical relevance to Judaism and Christianity in grade 7.
The National Council For The Social Studies deems study of different religions essential, “Knowledge about religions is not only a characteristic of an educated person but is necessary for effective and engaged citizenship in a diverse nation and world. Religious literacy dispels stereotypes, promotes cross-cultural understanding and encourages respect for the rights of others to religious liberty.”
Tennessee these days is under the process of changing its standards.
The mother is raising an ignorant child exactly like her ownself. Well, the positive thing is that not a lot of Americans joined her bandwagon of Islamophobia.