Curricula that use role-playing to teach religion tread a fine line between creativity and promoting certain religious beliefs, some experts say. The most stolid critics have said the practice is bad judgment and, in the extreme, a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Textbooks that promote one form of religion over another also have endured more intense scrutiny since Sept. 11. In one California community, parents have charged that the textbook "Across the Centuries," in use throughout the U.S., is biased toward Islam.
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