Decision postponed on controversial textbooks

Conservative groups complaints about textbooks have prompted the Alabama school board to postpone a decision on new textbooks.

State School Superintendent Tommy Bice requested the delay on Thursday after the Eagle Forum of Alabama and ACT for America complained that the textbooks promote Islam and oppose Christianity.

The groups say 12 of the proposed textbooks for social studies courses are anti-Christian with a pro-Muslim angle.

Members of ACT for American say portions of the books that insinuate doubt about the divinity of Jesus Christ are offensive to Christianity.

Most of the textbooks in question are for use in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades.{}{} {}Bice says these concerns were brought to the board's attention late in the textbook process, and he plans to read the texts over the holiday break.