Group Says CA Textbook Hiding Truth about Islam

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A group in California says history textbooks being used in San Diego school district are covering up the truth about Islam.

Michael Hayutin, San Diego chapter leader of the group ACT for America, says the controversial textbook called "World History, Medieval to Early Modern Times" teaches students a false view of the Muslim faith.

After careful analysis, he and several colleagues say the book contains 22 errors about the meaning of jihad, polygamy and slavery in Islam - something the group wants remedied.     

"If the school's going to bother to teach about Islam, they should do it as history is, according to the facts.  If they want to romanticize it, they can put it in fairy tales," Hayutin said.          

Muslim scholar Tesheen Lazzouni of Solana Beach disputes Hayutin's claims, saying he has his facts wrong.

"Maybe there might be a verse talking about war, but then failing to quote the verse right after that that talks about peace," Hayutin said.           

She notes that school administrators approved the textbook and argues it should be left as is.

"I honestly think that they are using this world history issue as a pretext to malign and discredit Islam and Muslims," she charged.    

But Hayutin vehemently rejects claims that he or his group is anti-Muslim.           

"What can i say? We aren't. They can make any accusation that they want to make," he said.

Meanwhile, the book is being reviewed by the state board of education.

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