Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

July 23, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On July 23, 2002, The Associated Press reported that "three students and a conservative Christian organization have filed a lawsuit against the University of North Carolina, saying the required reading of a book about Islam is unconstitutional... The suit... says the university is infringing on students' First Amendment right to religious freedom by requiring them to read 'Approaching the Qur'n: The Early Revelations'... Last week, UNC amended its policy to say students don't have to read the book if it offends them - but still requires them to write a one-page paper stating their objections... The lawsuit was filed by the Virginia-based Family Policy Network and three UNC freshmen."