UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
The Texas Board of Education passed a resolution 7-6 to reduce the positive coverage of Islam in history textbooks and increase the positive coverage of Christianity. They say current books have a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian bias. This all happened when Americans' views of Islam are on the downfall because of a mosque that proposed to be built on "Ground Zero".
One local parent says it doesn't make sense to favor one religion over another, and history books should include the whole truth about what happens in our world. Those who voted against the resolution said it is a waste of time while those who voted for it, say it will stop unbalanced views in history books. One board member said the resolution itself was biased.
Since the Texas textbook market is so large, it has a lot of influence on what publishers produce, deciding what all school children will read.