May 15 2019
Muslim Indoctrination In-Schools: Another District Told to ‘Cease & Desist’ Promoting Islam
The second public school district in Washington state in less than a week was warned that it must “cease and…
The second public school district in Washington state in less than a week was warned that it must “cease and desist” its promotion of Islam through its Ramadan policy that gives Muslim students special privileges.
The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sent the superintendent and school board of Northshore School District (NSD) – located in Bothell, Washington, just 30 minutes from Seattle – a “cease-and-desist” letter demanding that officials put an end to their special Ramadan policy or face legal action.
Islam not above all religions
FCDF Executive Director Daniel Piedra condemned the policy instructing faculties to make special accommodations for Muslim students during the Islamic holiday season.
“The school district’s so-called Ramadan ‘accommodations’ run roughshod over the First Amendment and are a blatant insult to students of other faiths,” Piedra argued in a statement on FCDF’s website. “Under the mantle of ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion,’ school officials have exalted Islam as the state-sponsored religion. Teachers and parents are outraged, and they should be.”
NSD’s “Diversity & Equity Department” issued school officials its directive to make Muslim students feel comfortable as they receive special privileges not extended to students of other faiths.
“[The policy is designed to ensure Muslim students] have the right accommodations and support from teachers and their peers] during the Ramadan period,” district the department explained, calling schools to go out of their way to let students conduct their month-long Islamic rituals during Ramadan – which started last week.
An extensive list of ways for teachers to treat Muslim students like a privileged class were outlined.
In addition, teachers are expected to incorporate teachings of the Islamic faith into their lesson plans.
And teachers must not be remiss to provide special areas for Muslim students, complete with an assortment of Islamic materials for their reading enjoyment.
FCDF informed the district’s leaders that overseeing students’ religious rituals is well beyond their duties as instructors.
“Administrators and teachers must never be placed in the position of monitoring a child’s compliance with a particular religious requirement, such as prayer, dietary restrictions or wearing a head covering,” FCDF’s cease-and-desist leader argues, noting that under these circumstances, the First Amendment requires neutrality on religion.
The letter also makes it clear that public school officials are prohibited from favoring a particular religion at school.
“While students are allowed to practice their religion, the team said, and ‘nothing in the Constitution prohibits public schools from accommodating students’ religious exercise,’ public schools are not allowed to have policies or practices that ‘convey a message that a particular religion, or a particular religious belief, is ‘favored,’” WND explained from the demand. “FCDF said the district must ‘restore the rights of non-Muslim students of faith to be treated equally under the law’ and review all instances in which the school’s Ramadan policy was enforced.”
Not in my classroom
“Multiple complaints” from the community were waged against the school’s newly enforced pro-Muslim program, and one teacher in the school district just northeast of Seattle asked for legal assistance to keep Islam from infiltrating her classroom.
“An anonymous Northshore teacher contacted FCDF and said the district’s pro-Islam ‘diversity’ mandates are being forced on teachers,” FCDF informed. “The teacher stated the district’s oppressive policies ‘need[ed] to be exposed.’”
Piedra is amazed that teachers are expected to implement Islamic instruction in their classrooms when most don’t even have a clue about student’s free speech rights.
“No doubt school officials have a difficult job in accommodating their students’ needs, but one may wonder how these ‘educators’ are qualified to teach our children when they can’t even comprehend basic First Amendment principles,” FCDF’s legal expert noted.
Second time around
FCDF was busy over the past week also responding to another Seattle-area school districts’ directives to promote Ramadan in their classrooms, as the terrorist-tied Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued its directives statewide for districts to follow – including having teachers recite Islamic Ramadan blessings to students in Arabic.
“As Ramadan began, a public school board urged teachers to assist Muslim pupils in adhering to the annual Muslim fast,” LifeSiteNews announced Friday. “… Dieringer School District (DSD) in Washington state has asked teachers to follow guidelines set by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) about Muslim pupils’ religious practices during school hours.”
When CAIR issued DSD Superintendent Judy Martinson its “Informative Letter on Upcoming Islamic Holidays and Religious Accommodations,” in March, she complied by enacting the Islamic terrorist group’s letter to school principals as the district’s official policy.
Expecting to have free reign in the district, CAIR’s civil rights attorney for Washington state heaped a list of directives upon schools districtwide.
“CAIR lawyer Amanda Misasi also requested facilities for in-school prayer.”
Misasi also expects the Muslim observances and accommodations to be administered all year long – not just during Ramadan.
“In addition to supporting Muslim students during Ramadan, you can also support Muslim students in your school by accommodating their need for prayer year-round,” Misasi wrote, according to LifeSiteNews. “One or two of which will typically occur during school hours, depending on the time of year.” (Emphasis added. Read More)