One Sullivan County School Board member is opposing the body’s planned adoption tonight of a social studies textbook that says the God of Christianity is the same as Islam’s Allah, while CAIR is calling on Muslims to pack the board room.
Jane Thomas told the Kingsport Times-News that the seventh-grade “My World” book is full of “incorrect statements” also present in the earlier version and will confuse students. The book equates Allah with God.
“We (Christians and Muslims) do not worship the same god. Allah is not God,” Thomas said. “It presents Allah as the same god as Almighty God.” She said the Islamic holy book, the Koran, should not be presented on the same level as the Holy Bible, the Christian word of God with a New Testament including words of Jesus Christ. She also decried the inclusion of the Five Pillars of Islam in the text.
Board member Matthew Spivey said, “We can’t promote any one religion over another,” according to the Times-News.
An earlier version of the book also drew opposition.
Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Muslims to attend the Sullivan County Board of Education meeting to oppose “Islamophobic opposition from at least one board member.”
CAIR provided the email addresses for school board members and instructions for signing up for the public comment portion of the meeting.
The Tennessee Star reported in December 2017 on Muslim proselytization of students with speakers and Muslim advocates’ work in shaping textbook content.
The Star also reported in August 2017 on the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) President Rashed Fakhruddin speaking about Islam to a Metro Nashville Public Schools social studies in-service for middle and high school teachers.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.