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Stephen Bates Battleground is a non fictional book that tells the story of a protestby a group of parents against what they see as secular humanism in a public schoolreading series designed for elementary middle and high school students The protesteventually turned into a lawsuit in 1983 known as Mozert who was the leader of thegroup that was protesting COBS versus the Hawkins county board of educationThe book begins by describing how the protest began from the beginning A childSarah Frost had some trouble with her school work and asked her mother Vicki Frost tohelp her As Vicki read through the textbook she found that some of the stories werecontrary to what her religion taught her so she made some phone calls and eventuallyfound a group of people who shared her same beliefs and offense to the readersEventually she and her friend Jennie Wilson were able to stir up enough people to attendan emergency meeting where they explained their problems with the Holt readers toanyone who was interested which at that point was not many peopleFrost and Wilson were persistent They went to the school board meeting andfurther explained their opposition of the readers to the school board but they wereignored by the school board They were discouraged but they fought for their cause andcontinues to try to work with the principals and teachers of their children while in themeantime they formed a group they called Citizens Organized for Better Schools orCOBS They had meetings regularly and were able to get some of their suggestionsrecognized by the school board but they were never able to achieve their main goal of making alternate school books available for the children whos faith was burdened bythe Holt readers Their efforts eventually resulted in the jailing of Vicki Frost whichmade a lawsuit unavoidable in their eyesThe end result after two large organizations the Concerned Women for Americaand the People for the American Way became not only involved but the
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