Change of Tennessee’s Education Curriculum Accused of Islamophobia

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations recently criticized the proposed new Tennessee education curriculum for the 2019-20 academic year. Tennessee Board of Education published online a draft of a proposed curriculum that would reduce the lessons on Islam to be more in line with the lessons about other religions such Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism.

According to WGNS-FM, that change was encouraged mostly because many parents did not agree with a curriculum that:

seemed to focus extensively on Islam and give only desultory attention to other faiths.

One of the main supporters of the change is Pastor Greg Locke, who publically complained about the present Tennessee curriculum commented:

 “(T)here’s 28 pages that they have to learn about Islam and Muhammad and how it all came about and about the Holy Quran and the Five Pillars of Islam … [while] that there was only “a half-page of watered down Christianity” in the text.”

Even though the current curriculum concentrated disproportionately on Islam, The Council on America–Islamic Relations strongly believes that the removal of the section that studies Islam is a sign of Islamophobia. In fact, it published this post of its Twitter page.

Is it really an attack on religion or simply a desire to even out the teaching of major religions to the students so they can have a more complete perception of religions’ history and influence?

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