The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is being accused of intentionally lying about the legal basis of a complaint waged by parents against the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) regarding the terrorist-tied group’s “anti-Islamophobia” initiative taught in classrooms.
The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) contends on behalf of SDUSD’s parents that the Muslim group partnering with the district intentionally distorted key aspects of the lawsuit, filing a response alleging that CAIR is trying to distract the court from the true issue at hand in the case – whether the group’s initiative is neutral toward religion or not.
“[SDUSD is] collaborating with a sectarian organization on an initiative that discriminates in favor of one religion,” FCDF argued in its response to the court Tuesday, according to WND.
Can’t break district’s Muslim ties
In the existing lawsuit, attorneys with FCDF point out that SDUSD has worked with CAIR to allow it to not only produce and provide materials for the school curriculum in the name of “anti-bullying,” but also permitted CAIR members to actively teach students about Islam while promoting it.
“The parents assert the initiative singles out Muslim students for exclusive accommodations and empowers CAIR to radically revise school curriculum to portray Islam more ’favorably,’” WND reported. “The special protections, they insist, violate the Establishment Clause and creates a double standard, arguing the district would never adopt a program to stop bullying against Christians.”
Besides CAIR’s active promotion of Islam and encouragement of students to embrace its teachings, it has been established by the federal government that the Islamic group is indeed a terrorist-tied organization.
“The FBI has provided an abundance of evidence that CAIR is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian branch, Hamas [an internationally known Islamic terrorist group],” WND’s Art Moore recounted. “And even a Persian Gulf state, the United Arab Emirates, has designated the Washington, D.C.-based organization a terrorist group.”
Despite the lawsuit demanding that San Diego school officials terminate their partnership with CAIR – which it subsequently professed it did – legal evidence has been mounted by FCDF that SDUSD is continuing its relationship with the group often referred to as the “Muslim Mafia.”
“The school board said last July – amid the concerns of parents – that it canceled the initiative.” Moore informed. “But more than 2,000 pages of district emails disclosed during the litigation, FCDF said, show that officials are still working with CAIR under the guise of an ‘Intercultural Relations Community Council.’”
This was followed by a move by FCDF in February to abolish the initiative from the SDUSD’s curriculum – which came in the form of a motion it filed with the court to have it stopped – but CAIR continues to insist that its education program is devised to teach tolerance and promote safety for Muslim students.
“CAIR contends that the initiative’s purpose is not to favor Muslim students or force students to convert to Islam, but to ‘educate and promote diversity,’” Moore noted.
But the evidence stacks up against this claim made by the terrorist-tied group – despite its machinations.
“[CAIR] spends 25 pages mischaracterizing Plaintiffs’ claims, concocting new ones, and altogether spurning long-held Establishment Clause jurisprudence as interpreted by the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit and about every other circuit.” FCDF argues, according to WND.
Anti-bullying the Trojan Horse for anti-Islamophobia programs
The Muslim group has aggressively and successfully pushed its pro-Islam agenda on the SDUSD on the basis of promoting anti-bullying against Muslim students, even through there were only two reported cases of bullying or “Islamophobia” found in the entire Southern California district.
“CAIR successfully lobbied the district’s superintendent and school board to adopt the program by providing surveys that it conducted showing a ‘plague of Muslim bullying’ in San Diego schools,” Moore pointed out. “However, the school district is mandated to report all incidents of bullying to California’s Department of Education, and it reported just two incidents of Muslim bullying in 2015 and 2016 out of 130,000 students. The district reported quadruple the number of anti-Semitic incidents.”
It was found that large amounts of taxpayer money has made its way into the terrorist-supporting group’s hands – courtesy of SDUSD officials.
“The district paid thousands of dollars for CAIR’s recommended teaching materials, which were distributed to classrooms along with instructions for their use,” Moore stressed.
San Diego not alone
Parents in San Diego are not the only ones fed up with public schools actively promoting Islam.
Last year, parents in South Carolina were incensed after their sixth graders were given a worksheet titled “The Five Pillars of Islam” by their teacher.
A WCSC-TV report announced that the assignment pushed students at Alston Middle School in Summerville, South Carolina, were required to test their knowledge of the Quran and adhere to its teachings.
“One section of the worksheet instructed students to match certain passages from the Quran with the Pillar it most closely supports,” The Blaze reported in February 2017. “One of the questions in that section quoted a verse from the Quran, which reads: ‘Allah: There is no god but Him, the Living, the Eternal One. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him.’ The correct corresponding pillar was for that particular passage was the first Pillar of Islam, which states, ‘Proclaim there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet.’”
Other means of indoctrinating students in the tenets of Islam and swaying them to discount Islamic terrorism – as not being a malicious and evil act taught in the Quran to be waged against “infidels” – were also seen on the classroom handout.
“Another section had students fill in the blanks,” TheBlaze’s Jon Street noted at the time. “One statement – once completed – referred to Islam as a ‘religion of peace.’ Another blank instructed students to say how Muslims feel that ‘a few people of my religion committed terrorist acts.’ Pupils were also asked to circle whether Muslims ‘do’ or ‘do not’ believe in ‘terrorists’ idea of a ‘holy war.'”
Not peachy on Islam in Georgia
Just to the east in Georgia, parents had a similar problem a couple years ago when they discovered – to their outrage – that their children were also being briefed in the tenets of Islam – which was being taught in public schools there by state mandate.
One of the extremely upset parents, Ryan Breece, was so incensed over the Islamic teaching at Youth Middle School in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, that he pulled his 12-year-old daughter out of her social studies class when he found out.
"I'm coming from this perspective of religious equality, and if we don't see the Ten Commandments, the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity being taught as the representation – an accurate representation of Christianity – then why are we seeing in detail teaching on the doctrine of Islam?" Breece asked CBN News in October 2015. "And it just concerns me that we're going into great detail on the Muslim religion when Christianity is being pushed to the side."
He considered the teaching nothing less than heretical to Christians – who make an overwhelming majority of the student body at the public middle school.
“Breece, a devout Christian, said that some schools are reportedly forcing students to learn the five pillars of Islam – the creed one must learn to convert – and teaching students that Allah is the same God worshipped by Christians,” CBN News’ Charlene Aaron noted at the time.