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Williamson Co. parents object to social studies textbook

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Some parents are calling for a certain social studies textbook to be removed from high school classrooms. They say the book promotes anti-Semitic views, but they're finding out changing a textbook is not so simple.

The group of parents say there is propaganda in the textbook that should have been caught before it ever got into the classroom.

"I was appalled," said parent Laurie Cardoza-Moore.

Cardoza-Moore is both a Williamson County mother of five and also the head of an organization of pro-Isreal Christians.

She and some other Williamson County parents object to the book The Cultural Landscape Curriculum - An Introduction to Human Geography, because the author poses the following question:

"If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism, or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions?"

"It's this type of rhetoric that has lead, historically, to the inquisition, to the pogroms, to the Holocaust in Germany," Cardoza-Moore said.

Williamson Schools Director Dr. Mike Looney said the textbook, which was chosen by the state, is intended for a college-level elective class.

"It's a course of deep and reflective thought. It's designed to provoke debate and conversation," Looney said.

Cardoza-Moore questions why anyone would debate whether it's right to attack innocent people for political reasons.

"You're legitimizing murder because of a political cause. That's unacceptable," she said.

Williamson County could be using the same textbook in the 2013-14 school year, since the state won't consider adopting a new social studies book until then.

The Tennessee Department of Education said local school districts can pick another book, but there is a procedure for getting an alternate approved.

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