Michelle Edmisten is furious after she found out her daughter was learning about the Islam religion as part of her 7th grade curriculum.
Edmisten claims her daughter's "personal religious beliefs were violated" when she learned about Islam in her social studies class. Her daughter opted out of the classes and was given zeros for refusing to do the work.
"Those are zeros that we proudly took and we will not compromise. I will not give up this fight," says Edmisten.
The upset mom has launched a crusade against the textbooks used in the schools, claiming it goes against the beliefs of the county. She took her concerns to the school board meeting.
"It is time as parents, teachers, and administrators we stand up and take back our families, our schools, and our country," she said. "I would like to see parents, Christians, veterans, anyone that's anyone, stand up for this fight. How can I, as a Christian, say that I have these values? And I want to instill these values in my daughter."
Edmisten takes issues with the teachers as well, saying it's their discretion (or lack of) which is forcing her daughter to learn about Islam. She wants the textbooks completely removed from schools, claiming the material is not age appropriate. Because of board protocol, it wouldn't be until 2019 that the books are removed.
The National Council for Social Studies had this to say about the matter:
"Knowledge about religions is not only a characteristic of an educated person but is necessary for effective and engaged citizenship in a diverse nation and world. Religious literacy dispels stereotypes, promotes cross-cultural understanding and encourages respect for the rights of others to religious liberty."