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References to Islam in School Textbooks Stir Up a Fight
Language about Islamic history in school textbooks is spurring battles across the nation, with some parents' groups and lawmakers objecting to what they see as an overly benign portrayal of the religion's spread and its teachings.
Following recent attacks in the U.S. and abroad by terrorists who claim to espouse Islamic beliefs, more American parent groups have turned attention to what children are taught about the religion. Muslims and their supporters say the opposition to the textbooks amounts to fear-mongering and presents a distorted view of their faith.
Kristen Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, which represents U.S. state and territorial education boards, said she expects to see more parents pushing to change textbooks and curriculum this year.
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