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Ritch Workman references his battle to remove “pro-Muslim textbooks” out of Brevard County schools in new ad

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In the summer of 2013, Melbourne GOP Representative Ritch Workman made an issue out of a textbook used in Advanced Placement history classes in Brevard County, claiming it displayed a pro-Islam bias.

In a new ad promoting his run for the Senate District 17 contest, the Republican refers to that opposition.

A narrator references Workman’s sponsoring $500 million in tax cuts, boasts about getting rid of the Department of Community Affairs, supports ethics reform, led the fight to abolish Common Core and then says:”Ritch Workman is currently leading the battle to remove pro-Muslim bias and propaganda from our Brevard children’s textbooks.”

Florida Public Radio reported in August of 2013 that Workman brought his concerns about Prentice Hall’s “World History” textbook to a Brevard County School Board, which was reviewing the book. A spokesperson for Pearson at the time denied the textbook was biased toward Islam and said the company treats all religions fairly. Workman said that the book dedicated 36 pages to Islam and only several paragraphs to Christianity. He also said the book “sugarcoats the rise of Islam.”

In August of 2014, the Brevard County School Board voted to create a “supplemental guide” for the textbook, but did not remove it.

Workman is running against Vero Beach House Republican Debbie Mayfield and health care professional Michael J. Thomas in the Aug. 30 primary.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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