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Florida parents protest textbook chapter on Islam

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Updated: 11/06/2013 8:28 pm
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- A school board meeting was postponed Tuesday after upset Volusia County parents said a world history textbook in schools statewide teaches children more about Islam than other religions.

Parents in Volusia County said the book has an entire chapter on Islam but doesn't give the same attention to other religions.

They protested outside school district headquarters, calling for equal education.

Demonstrators on both sides had a heated discussion.

"The people behind this movement are reflecting a national trend of hate groups that are promoting hatred of their Muslim neighbors. I think that's un-American and it's frankly just promoting intolerance, and right now what I think our community needs is to learn from each other," said Hassan Shibly, CAIR Florida executive director.

The Volusia County School Board said it postponed its Tuesday meeting "in the interest of public safety."

The district said it was contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice before the meeting was supposed to start and said "the nature of this information raised substantial safety concerns."

The district said with the information it received, it decided to put more security measures in place to make sure everyone at the meeting would be safe.
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