Classroom II pdMERIDIAN, Idaho – A school board in Idaho has voted to pull a controversial novel from its 10th grade curriculum after parents complained about its profane and vulgar language and anti-Christian sentiments. The Meridian School Board voted 2-1 this past week to remove The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the supplemental reading list. The novel, written by Sherman Alexie, centers on the life of a young American Indian boy who leaves his school on an Indian reservation and begins attending an all-white school. It won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. However, in addition to using racial epithets and profanity, the book also reportedly contains a reference to masturbation, a depiction of Jesus Christ passing gas, and uses language that degrades women and the disabled. Therefore, while The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning book, it is also one of the most controversial across the nation. Prior to the vote last week, numerous area residents spoke during the public comment period about their concerns regarding the novel. Two hours of testimony passed with most parents asking the board to boot the book from the curriculum, while others defended the publication as being reflective of teen life. More