In 2005, the California State Board of Education reviewed social studies textbooks for middle schools. The textbooks indoctrinate children with Abrahamic religions and teach biblical events as actual facts while treating Hinduism in a derogatory manner. The board failed to provide equal opportunities and equal representation to every religion and culture. CAPEEM was formed to represent parents in California in a lawsuit against the State Board of Education.
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California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM), a Hindu-American advocacy organization, and three community members filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court this morning against public school officials at the California Department of Education, State Board of Education, and several school districts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The case challenges the discriminatory treatment of Hinduism in California's history-social science curriculum and the official endorsement of other religions, based upon the U.S. Constitution.