NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two Tennessee lawmakers are wading into the controversy surrounding lessons on Islam in public schools by reminding school officials of their obligation to share classroom materials with parents.

“We have received reports that parents are being refused access to material used in 7th grade social studies regarding the teaching of Islam,” Sens. Mae Beavers and Kerry Roberts said in a joint press release cited by The Tennessean Thursday.

“We want to remind all Tennessee school districts that the law is very clear and that any teaching materials of any grade level shall be made readily available to parents or legal guardians at their request.”

The reminder follows public information requests sent by the American Center for Law and Justice to all Tennessee school districts requesting tests, quizzes, assignments and other instructional materials involving world religion, The Tennessean reports.

An attorney representing the majority of Tennessee school districts denied that request because the ACLJ is not a state resident, a technical requirement for disclosure, despite the fact that a local attorney signed the requests.

islamlessonParents across Tennessee and other states have objected to lessons on Islam taught in public schools that require students to write or recite the Islamic call to prayer: “Allah is the only God, Mohammad is his prophet.”

Parents have also complained that students spend a disproportionate amount of time studying Islam in comparison to other world religions, including Christianity. The state’s education standards, which closely follow national Common Core standards, require schools to teach about world religions in the context of world history in sixth and seventh grades. The Tennessee Board of Education recently announced it will review those standards two years ahead of schedule, in 2016, because of the complaints but parents and lawmakers want access to teaching materials now.

“(Parents) need to know what kind of handouts are used in class,” Beavers told the Tennessean.

Many parents have already gotten a flavor of what their children are learning in regards to Islam, and they don’t like what they’re seeing.

“I think Islam was taught really in depth a little more than all the others,” Cheatham County parent Lisa Binkley recently told school board members, according to ABC 6. “To me, it’s almost like an indoctrination, not an introduction to a religion.”

Mount Juliet Pastor Greg Locke is among the most outspoken critics of the Islam curriculum. In September, he posted a video online about his objections that quickly went viral and sparked a parental firestorm, EAGnews reports.

“Let me tell you something, when they are in sixth grade they get a half a page of watered down Christianity that has about as much Bible as a thimble, if you will, and now there’s 28 pages they have to learn about Islam, and Mohammad, and how it all came about, and about the holy Koran, and the Five Pillars of Islam, and how they pray, and when they pray, and where they pray, and how they pray, and why they pray, and about pilgrimages and all this and then they say that Allah is the only God,” Locke said in the video.

Locke also pointed out the timing of student testing on Islam in his school district.

“Do not think … that is any coincidence, whatsoever, that on Sept. 11 they will be taking a test” on the Nation of Islam, he said.

Beavers told WKRN the parental outrage is widespread.

“I know that I’ve had complaints all over my district and the state of Tennessee, really. I’ve had some people contact me from Cheatham County about some of the projects being given to the kids,” she said. “It’s a concern.”

Tennessee education officials told the media the general standards are set by the state, but individual districts are responsible for curriculum and actual teaching materials.

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