Allegation: Texas Textbooks Biased Against Christianity

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The Texas State Board of Education will vote Friday on a resolution aimed at restraining publishers from printing social studies textbooks with a clear bias for Islam and against Christianity.

The action comes after some Texas conservatives claimed that several textbooks lessons on the Crusades conveyed the message that Christians are "violent attackers" and Muslims are "empire builders."

"Diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts," reads a preliminary draft of the resolution, which would not be binding on future boards that will choose the state's next generation of textbooks.

Imam Islam Mossaad of the Austin Islamic Center has called such charges "preposterous."
    
"All that the students should receive is a fair characterization of the facts," he said.

However, Jonathan Saenz, legislative affairs director of The Liberty Institute, supports the resolution which calls the texts too politically correct.

"We don't want imbalance, and we don't want religious discrimination in our textbooks," he said.

"This is a way for the State Board of Education to be proactive and give the textbook publishers some heads up...to make sure that this doesn't happen again the way it did 10 years ago with some of the Texas textbooks," Saenz told One News Now.

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