School board members get copies of ‘Sharia Law’ books

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By Damon Lawrence

It's not unusual for people to hand out things at school board meetings.

That doesn't mean board members aren't surprised sometimes at the things they get.

Val McNabb, chairman of the Roane County Tea Party, passed out books on Sharia Law at this month's board meeting.

“I wasn't expecting that,” school board Chairman Everett Massengill said.

The book – “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims” – was published by the Center for the Study of Political Islam.

“When schools are asked to give up a room for Islamic prayer, that is asking us to implement Sharia Law,” the book states.

Before McNabb passed out the books, Lucinda Sheth addressed the school board about Sharia Law.

“The more I learn about Sharia Law, the more concern I become about the demands that it's placing on local government, school boards and schools,” she said.

Sheth said she's not a member of the Roane County Tea Party, but does “believe government is too big,” she said.

The board didn't have a discussion about Sharia Law. Board members continued on with their meeting after McNabb passed out the books.

Karen Rhyne spoke out against Common Core at the board meeting. Her comments didn't spark a discussion amongst the board members. Massengill said the board was advised by its attorney not to talk about the subject.

“The governor is for Common Core,” he said. “You have to be real careful on your comments, so he (the attorney) just told us do not make any comments.”

According to the Common Core State Standards Initiative website – corestandards.org – the purpose of the program is to ensure students are learning the same skills, regardless of what state they live in.

Tennessee adopted the Common Core standards in 2010. The program has sparked controversy here and in other states with some groups calling it a government takeover education.

Earlier this month, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to delay implementation of Common Core.