The Texas state board of education is expected to consider a resolution this week that would urge textbook publishers to limit what they print about Islam in world history books and would warn them not to push what some members deem pro-Islamic and anti-Christian viewpoints.
“Diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts,” reads a preliminary draft of the resolution. It would not be binding on future boards that will choose the state’s next generation of social studies texts.
Conservative board member Don McLeroy—who will cede his seat on the next board after losing a March primary to a moderate Republican—said he also had asked for changes in the most recent world history books, which he said originally contained less coverage of Christians than of Muslims.
A version of this article appeared in the September 22, 2010 edition of Education Week as Texas Board Measure Aims to Curb Islam in Textbooks