Seattle schools: Bless students in Arabic for Ramadan

Thursday, May 9, 2019
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Islam in schoolsAt the urging of the terrorist-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), officials of a school district in Seattle, Washington, instructed teachers to bless Muslim students in Arabic, supervise their fasting and postpone testing in celebration of the Ramadan holiday.

Besides requesting the blessing, CAIR – recognized as an Islamic terrorist group that spawned out Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organizations – encouraged teachers in its letter to the Dieringer School District to give Muslim students preferential treatment- privileges not afforded to Christians and student of other faiths – or no faith at all.

“The letter purportedly encourages teachers to wish students ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ – ‘Happy Ramadan’ – or ‘Ramadan Kareem,’ which means ‘Have a generous Ramadan,’” TheBlaze reported. “The letter also requests that teachers excuse students from testing on two of the more important days of Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha.”

Stop the infiltration

When the Christian legal group, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), caught wind of CAIR’s letter outlining special accommodation for Muslim students – including instructing teachers to monitor students’ Ramadan fasting and to reschedule tests for two Islamic holidays – it called district take evasive action after seeing its superintendent bowing to CAIR’s directive.

“One school district has reportedly reacted to the letter by urging its teachers to follow the CAIR-issued guidelines,” Breitbart News informed. “FCDF says that Dieringer School District Superintendent Judy Martinson enacted the CAIR letter as official District policy by distributing the guidelines to principals, who then distributed it to all teachers and staff.”

ACDF responded by threatening legal action if the district continues with its plans to implement CAIR’s Ramadan instructions.

“The defense fund sent Martinson a letter stating their complaints after a teacher and parent complained about the new procedure,” Fox News explained. “The May 6 letter also warned Martinson about CAIR's anti-Semitic advocacy and alleged ties to radical Islamists, which the group has long denied.”

The unconstitutional nature of the request was addressed by FCDF in its letter.

“[N]othing in the Constitution prohibits public schools from accommodating students’ religious exercise to the extent it would not interfere with educational interests, ‘[b]ut the religious liberty protected by the Constitution is abridged when the State affirmatively sponsors’ religious practice,” ACDF’s legal memo sent to Martinson on Monday reads. “Here – by issuing the CAIR Letter to District employees – you acted under color of state law to create an official policy that has a primary effect of advancing religion. The Ramadan Policy – in both adoption and implementation – plainly imposes liability on the District under the United States and Washington Constitutions.”

FCDF Executive Director Daniel Piedra argues that the Seattle school district is violating the rights guaranteed to students by the United States Constitution by administering CAIR’s Ramadan plan.

“By urging teachers to bless Muslim students in Arabic, the District is running roughshod over the First Amendment’s mandate of government neutrality toward religion,” Piedra contended in a statement published by FCDF. “A school district would never order teachers to ‘welcome’ Catholic students during Easter with ‘He is risen, alleluia!’ Singling out Muslim students for special treatment is blatantly unconstitutional.”

It was further maintained that parents and faculty should not be expected to go along with progressive-minded public schools when they seek to enforce politically correct programs under the veil of anti-discrimination, inclusion, tolerance or multiculturalism.

“This case is yet another attempt by CAIR to infiltrate uninformed school districts so it can advance its subversive agenda, [and] CAIR must not be allowed to indoctrinate impressionable schoolchildren under the guise of ‘diversity’ and ‘cultural awareness,’ Piedra impressed. “FCDF is committed to keeping CAIR out of our America’s public schools.”

Playing the civil rights card ...

But CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper insisted that making sure the district implements its Ramadan directive is a civil rights issue, arguing that any resistance to the directions CAIR issued should be discounted as a form of so-called “Islamophobia.”

“[FCDF challenging CAIR’s Ramadan directive is a] sign of the growing Islamophobia in our nation that showing respect for and accommodating the religious traditions of Muslim students could result in punitive legal action," Hooper told Fox News. "Pluralism in America means recognizing the wide variety of holidays celebrated by students of different faiths and backgrounds, including by saying 'Merry Christmas,' 'Happy Hanukkah,' 'Happy Diwali' or 'Ramadan Mubarak.'"

However – as FCDF pointed out in its letter – CAIR has had a long history of using anti-discrimination charges and raising civil rights issues as a Trojan Horse to indoctrinate students in Islam.

“CAIR is notorious in public policy and national security circles for its ties to Islamic supremacism – including its founding by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas,” FCDF’s legal memo asserts. “These facts are not anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. Federal prosecutors have acknowledged that Muslim Brotherhood leaders founded CAIR and that it has conspired with Muslim Brotherhood affiliates to support terrorists.”

It goes on to note that the Islamic group has a track record of anti-Semitic propaganda.

“CAIR is also noted for its anti-Semitic activism, with various anti-Israel groups that seek to isolate and demonize the Jewish State,” FCDF wrote, citing a profile the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) produced in 2017 concerning CAIR partnering with its chapters.

 

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