What went from one parent complaining about a lesson plan he thought was too "positive" of a view of the Islamic culture has allegedly turned into a barrage of "terroristic" threats on the publisher of the material, with the company and its staff receiving multiple harassing calls and emails.
As Talking Points Memo reports, "Hal Medlin, the parent of a student at Campbell Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia, complained to the school about an assignment that he said 'slanted positively' toward Islam." The lesson was supposed to help students discuss the positives and negatives of dress codes, with one fictitious letter from a Muslim woman discussing why she wears a hijab, as well as additional letters from other cultures.
The publisher, InspireEd, states that the letter in question was taken from a larger lesson plan on Middle Eastern studies, which was approved by the Department of Education, and wasn't meant to "espouse any specific beliefs or tenets." But that hasn't stopped InspirEd from being the recipient of a hate mail and phone calls, as well as blog posts and websites posting what have been referred to as "terroristic threats."
Local law enforcement is providing extra security while the threats are being investigated.