This Islamist Group Has No Business Anywhere Near Our Schoolchildren
In a ruling on Tuesday, a federal judge ordered the San Diego Unified School District to turn over all correspondence it has had with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) regarding a bullying initiative aimed at curing area schools of Islamophobia.
Responding to a request by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, the judge found there was enough evidence in the record to suggest that the school district has continued its communications with CAIR after assuring the court that it was severing ties with the controversial organization. The FCDF is hoping that the revelation of such correspondence will compel the court to take further action to keep CAIR’s Islamist propaganda out of San Diego schools.
“There are no programs promoting ‘Jewish culture,’ the FCDF told the court in their request for an injunction. “There are no lectures from priests on how to accommodate Catholic students during Lent. And there are no partnerships with Evangelical Christian activists. In short, the San Diego Unified School District has placed their power, prestige, and purse behind a single religion: Islam”
The judge’s ruling follows months of legal battles between the FCDF and the school district.
The trouble began last April when the district announced that it was developing, in conjunction with CAIR, an anti-bullying initiative aimed at protecting Muslim students from harassment. Amidst its many recommendations, the plan called for schools to add Muslim holidays to staff calendars, fill school libraries with Muslim texts, develop Muslim after-school clubs at area high schools, introduce safe spaces on campuses for Muslim students, and implement special staff training sessions geared towards widening teachers’ understanding of Muslim culture.
In comments to the San Diego Union-Tribune at the time, Hanif Mohebi of CAIR said the program could be used as a model for other school districts to trace.
“If we do this right,” he said, “San Diego Unified School District would be the leading school district in the nation to come up with a robust and beautiful anti-bully and anti-Islamophobic program.”
Not everyone, of course, was thrilled about the prospect of CAIR – an organization with secretive ties to terrorist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood – having its Islamist tentacles in San Diego schools. Even if those ties are put aside as exaggerated or misleading, there can be no doubt that CAIR promotes Islamic apologia constantly while proselytizing through the distribution of pamphlets and literature. That makes them a religious organization, at the very least, and thus disqualifies them from having a say in public school curricula. Certainly, if this were a Christian foundation of any kind, atheist groups would be apoplectic.
In a lawsuit against the district last May, the FCDF said San Diego school officials were setting up a “subtle, discriminatory scheme that establishes Muslim students as the privileged religious group.”
Which, of course, doesn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to the potential problems.
Later in the year, the school district announced that they were abandoning the program and severing their relationship with CAIR. That turned out to be a baldfaced lie; in their injunction request last month, the FCDF provided the court with proof that the district continued to communicate with CAIR officials for the rest of the year.
A group like CAIR may have the protection of the First Amendment when it comes to getting on television and spouting their Islamic propaganda after a terrorist attack, but they certainly don’t have the right to go into our schools and spread that crap to our youth. They are not the only group that the left has unwisely made common cause with, but they may be the worst. Donald Trump realized they had no business in the White House, and San Diego needs to realize they have no business in our public schools.