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Ala. Critics Say School Texts Insult Christians

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Alabama's school board is postponing a decision on new school textbooks after conservatives complained they promote Islam and oppose Christianity.

State School Superintendent Tommy Bice asked for the delay Thursday following complaints by the Eagle Forum of Alabama and ACT for America.

The groups complained that 12 textbooks proposed for social studies classes have a pro-Muslim slant and are anti-Christian.

Larry Houck of ACT for American says sections on Christianity imply doubt about the divinity of Jesus. He says they include passages that are insulting to Christianity.

Most of the disputed texts are for use in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades.

Bice says the complaints came up late in the textbook process, and he plans to read the texts over the holiday break.