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Sumner Co. Halts Field Trips To Religious Sites

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File - A cross from Grace Baptist Church is seen next to the under-construction Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on July 19, 2012, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo) File - A cross from Grace Baptist Church is seen next to the under-construction Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on July 19, 2012, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo)

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee school district has halted a decade-old practice of field trips to religious venues after the parent of a student accused the school of promoting Islam.

Sumner County Schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson told The Tennessean the complaint came from the stepfather of a Henderson High School student.

Parent Mike Conner said the issue surfaced when a couple of parents asked about a planned trip to a mosque and a Hindu temple. Conner said parents raised concerns about the trip because the 36-week world studies course was only going to be visiting the two religious venues.

Hendersonville High School has offered an honors world studies class including three weeks learning about Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hindu and Islam.

The school system last week called off the trips.

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