Parents all across Tennessee are upset about the statewide rule that students study Islam and see some of the assignments as pure indoctrination of their children. They have appealed to the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) for help. The ACLJ has requested a broad range of information on the teaching of Islam in all 146 school districts in the state. The schools are refusing to provide any information.
Chuck Cagle, a lawyer with the Nashville law firm of Lewis Thomason, has been encouraging schools to deny any and all requests made by the ACLJ. He is using the excuse that Tennessee’s laws do not allow what he calls a foreign business entity to access the information. The ACLJ argues that he is applying the law incorrectly and they have experience in these matters and that while what information has to be released can be negotiated, a blanket denial is improper interpretation of the law.
The letter Cagle is distributing to 80 school districts reads as follows:
“Our client denies your request in full. Among many other defects in your demand, the Tennessee Open Records Act only requires that certain public records be made available for personal inspection by Tennessee citizens. See Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-7-503(a)(1)(B). A public records request made by an agent on behalf of a foreign business entity is invalid.”
The ACLJ disagrees:
“We deal with government entities regularly and anticipate the necessity of engaging in negotiations pertaining to the actual documentation received. Our open records requests are valid and signed by an attorney who is a citizen of Tennessee.” Parents have been complaining about some of the assignments including one in which they are forced to write, “Allah is the only God.” The parents have made their displeasure known to state legislators, who have now moved up the review process from 2018 to January 2016. A petition to end the lessons has attracted over 201,000 at last count.
The districts argue that Christianity is taught also. That’s true………….sort of. While schools spend up to 7 days studying the 5 Pillars of Islam, schools spend one day on the birth of Jesus then a couple of days teaching students that Christians have a long history of violence. Funny, but there is no mention of the 1500 years of terror brought forth by Muslims, nor do the explain the reason Christian nations formed the Crusades was to stop the mass murders of Christians by Muslims. Must have slipped their mind.
In Tennessee, over 80% of the people identify as Christian, while only 1% identify as Muslim.
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