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Town hall forum on Islam in schools held in Brentwood

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn --- A packed crowd gathered in Brentwood Wednesday night for a town hall forum on Islam in Schools.

Many in the crowd are concerned about a 7th grade textbook many students are using in Tennessee.

"The book becomes a paper tyrant," said speaker Bill Warner.

Opponents say the textbook is in 40 school districts and its writers have ties to radical Islam.

"There is something seriously wrong with who's writing our textbooks," said speaker Cathy Hinners.

Susan Curlee was among the parents in the crowd.

Curlee is a school board member in Williamson county and she has concerns with what her daughter learned in Franklin Special School District last year.

"A lot of the things we hear about Mohammed and a lot of the warfare that was waged is very much sugar coated," said Curlee.

The controversial textbook is not in Curlee's daughter's school but Stewart County teacher Kyle Mallory says it was considered and rejected in his district.

Among the concerns expressed in the town hall meeting is that the book portrays Islam as spreading peacefully and claims Muslims worship the same God as Christians.

"Very biased didn't tell the whole story. We need to make sure when we're teaching students in the classroom that we tell em the truth and the textbooks weren't," said Mallory.

Paul Galloway with the American Center for Outreach points out the town hall speakers list failed to include any Muslims in it.

Galloway argues those speakers are presenting the wrong image of Islam.

"The so-called experts in that room say what Isis is teaching is real. There's no Muslims in there presenting what Islam believes," said Galloway.Brentwood, Tenn --- A packed crowd gathered in Brentwood Wednesday night for a town hall forum on Islam in Schools.

Many in the crowd are concerned about a 7th grade textbook many students are using in Tennessee.

"The book becomes a paper tyrant," said speaker Bill Warner.

Opponents say the textbook is in 40 school districts and its writers have ties to radical Islam.

"There is something seriously wrong with who's writing our textbooks," said speaker Cathy Hinners.

Susan Curlee was among the parents in the crowd.

Curlee is a school board member in Williamson county and she has concerns with what her daughter learned in Franklin Special School District last year.

"A lot of the things we hear about Mohammed and a lot of the warfare that was waged is very much sugar coated," said Curlee.

The controversial textbook is not in Curlee's daughter's school but Stewart County teacher Kyle Mallory says it was considered and rejected in his district.

Among the concerns expressed in the town hall meeting is that the book portrays Islam as spreading peacefully and claims Muslims worship the same God as Christians.

"Very biased didn't tell the whole story. We need to make sure when we're teaching students in the classroom that we tell em the truth and the textbooks weren't," said Mallory.

Paul Galloway with the American Center for Outreach points out the town hall speakers list failed to include any Muslims in it.

Galloway argues those speakers are presenting the wrong image of Islam.

"The so-called experts in that room say what Isis is teaching is real. There's no Muslims in there presenting what Islam believes," said Galloway.

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