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Texas Board: Textbooks Have Pro-Islam Bias
Education officials want publishers to fix 'anti-Christian' tone
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2010 5:02 PM CDT
Board member Terri Leo listens during today's meeting in Austin. She voted with the majority.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

(Newser) – The Texas Board of Education issued a warning to textbook publishers today: It wants future social studies books to fix what it sees as a pro-Islam and anti-Christian bias, reports the Dallas Morning News. "What we're trying to do is prohibit and send a clear message to the publishers that (the bias) should not happen in the future," said one board member who voted with the majority in the 7-6 decision.

Proponents say current books whitewash negative aspects of Muslim culture, and they say it's because "Middle Easterners" have big investments in the publishing industry. As for opponents: “This makes us look cuckoo,” said a board member on the losing side. "It's crazy. We are allowing ourselves to be distracted by this narrow-minded resolution, which is itself biased. We should have taken the higher ground on this.” More details at AOL News.

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Sep 27, 2010 5:59 AM CDT
Texass : America's third world.
Sep 25, 2010 5:45 PM CDT
Texas, just cut right to it - ban books that are "Pro-Education" - seems like 4 out of 7 people voting on your panel think that way already anyway.
Sep 25, 2010 5:38 PM CDT
These Tea Party nut jobs on our Education Board need to go. They already screwed with our books once, spent $$$$$$$$$ tax dollars to redo them and then guess what, they and their party have our state in a $20 Billion shortfall and we can't buy "their' new books. Now they want to spend more tax dollars that we don't have to make more changes and order more books with money we don't have. Wow, maybe they are trying to stimulate the economy, no they're just nuts.