As liberals from Governor Walz all the way to President Joe Biden decry efforts to "ban books" in schools, it turns out their biggest foe may be Muslim families who consider homosexuality a "major sin" in their religion.
The Sahan Journal reports that nearly 1 in 5 students at Ham Lake's "DaVinci Academy" were taken out of schools by their parents for nearly a week in early October in protest of LGBT books that Muslim families found objectionable. This issue arose by DaVinci's use of a book series called "AmazeWorks" used in the K-5 curriculum.
AmazeWorks sells books series written for ages 3 through 12, to teach kids about children with "lesbian, gay and bisexual family members" and understanding "gender diversity." Purchasing the latter book set comes with "five children’s books that share stories of gender diversity and expression." Here's a snapshot from AmazeWorks website:
Muslim children have since been brought back into the classrooms and the issue is currently being addressed by the school board meetings. DaVinci Academy's Executive Director, Holly Fischer, said there were plans being drawn up to allow a large amount of students to read different books. But Muslim families want them removed from the school completely and are threatening removing their children from the school all together.
There's roughly 150 Muslim students attending the school out of 1,000 total students. If that amount of students were pulled out of the school, it would be "horrifically detrimental" according to Fischer. After a recent school board meeting, it appears the Muslim families are adamant about their call to remove the books.
The next school board meeting will be held on Monday, October 30th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm according to the school's publicly available calendar.