Michelle Edmisten told the Sullivan County Board of Education in Blountville, Tennessee, on Oct. 3 that she wants a textbook removed because it teaches basic lessons about Islam at Bluff City Middle School where her daughter attends (video below).
"It is time as parents, teachers, and administrators, we stand up and take back our families, our schools, and our country," Edmisten told the school board, notes WJHL.
Some of the assignment questions appeared to be basic world history: "Islam's holy book is called the _________," "List the five pillars of Islam," and "After the death of Muhammed, did the Muslim empire spread or get smaller?"
Edmisten told the news station:
I would like to see the Pearson book yanked from the school immediately. I would like to see parents, Christians, veterans, anyone that’s anyone, stand up for this fight... How can I, as a Christian, say that I have these values? And I want to instill these values in my daughter, and then say its OK go ahead and do it.
"It's not like we have the option to get rid of the book, and get a book that don’t have those standards, so then the question becomes, can we find a textbook that is that much different, and is it worth it," Edmisten told the school board.
School board member Mark Ireson called the textbook to be removed "because it does not represent the values of the county," notes Kingsport Times-News.
"I will not give up this fight," Edmisten told the school board. "Right this wrong tonight."
"My child's personal religious beliefs were violated," Edmisten added. "Those are zeros that we proudly took and we will not compromise."
Edmisten insisted, "It’s not age appropriate."