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CAIR Action Alert: Attend Tenn. School Board Meeting for Vote on Textbook Facing Islamophobic Opposition

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/1/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Muslim parents to attend a school board meeting Tuesday in Tennessee at which a vote will be taken on the adoption of a social studies textbook that has faced Islamophobic opposition from at least one board member.

CAIR says the Sullivan County Board of Education, headquartered in Blountville, Tenn., will vote on the textbook opposed by board member Jane Thomas because of how the seventh-grade textbook deals with Islam and Christianity.

SEE: Sullivan County Board of Education

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Board Room of the Health/Education Building located at 154 Blountville Bypass, Blountville, TN 37617.  The Board Room is on the first floor.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Public comment is allowed at tomorrow’s board meeting. Anyone wanting to speak during that time needs to complete the form below and hand it to a board official before the meeting starts. The meeting begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. NOTE – Comments are normally limited to residents of Sullivan County.


Those outside the county wishing to comment may email: (As always, be polite and respectful.)

Thomas opposes the “My World” (Pearson) social studies textbook even though it meets the new standards set by the Tennessee Board of Education and that teachers in the county recommended the book.

She says the book confused Allah with God. “We (Christians and Muslims) do not worship the same god. Allah is not God,” Thomas said. She also claims that the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, should not be presented on the same level as the Bible and objects to the inclusion of the Five Pillars of Islam in the text. [NOTE: Muslims believe that they do worship the same God as Christians.]

SEE: Sullivan BOE Member Questions New Textbook’s Treatment of Islam, Christianity

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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