‘Hundreds’ of angry parents to confront GA school board over lessons on Islam
LOGANVILLE, Ga. – A lot of parents in the Walton County school district are outraged that their children are studying Islam in depth, while their Christian religious beliefs are largely ignored.
Hundreds of parents plan to address the Walton County Board of Education at its next meeting Oct. 10 to raise several issues with social studies lessons for middle schoolers that they believe are biased toward Islam and overstep parental authority, News 95.5 reports.
“I believe my children are my responsibility and I believe I need to be the one teaching them what we believe instead of the school,” parent Bill Green told the news site.
Green is among more than 1,500 members of a local Facebook group working to draw attention to lessons on Islam in Walton County schools. Local parent Ryan Breece launched the page in an attempt to force school officials to alert parents to upcoming lessons on religion or other sensitive topics to give them an opportunity to opt their children out of assignments they don’t agree with.
Breece told News 95.5 he pulled his sixth-grade daughter out of recent lessons on Islam, her grade suffered as a result, and he doesn’t think that’s right.
“We need to see the assignments and we need to be able to opt out without any grade negativity on our children,” he said, adding that he expects hundreds of parents to attend the Oct. 10 board meeting with similar demands.
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