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

(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.

Board member Terri Leo listens during today's meeting in Austin. She voted with the majority.
Board member Terri Leo listens during today's meeting in Austin. She voted with the majority.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)
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