If it is, you need to contact the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF). FCDF’s campaign against the Islamization of American public schools is part of its Project for Constitutional Rights in Education, which informs school boards and parents about the threat of Islamic indoctrination, and if necessary, takes legal action to uphold the First Amendment.
Thanks to FCDF, a school district in Washington state has dropped its special policy promoting Ramadan, according to a legal team that sent officials a cease-and-desist letter regarding the specialized accommodations for Muslims.
WND (h/t Frederic F) The Northshore School District in Bothell’s policy directed teachers to create “safe spaces” for Muslims, plan with Muslim students to let them “quietly slip away” from class for prayer, “privately offer information” about nutrition during their Ramadan fast, give “a lesson” on Ramadan and privately ask Muslim students what accommodations they want.
“Northshore’s decision to roll back its Ramadan policy is a victory for the First Amendment,” said FCDF Executive Director Daniel Piedra. “We applaud the courageous parents and teacher who took a stand to remind Northshore it is a public school district, not an Islamic madrassa.”
FCDF wrote to Northshore after parents and a teacher, whose identity was not revealed, contacted the organization about “the district’s special protections for Muslim students during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month.”
Piedra then wrote to Supt. Michelle Reid, explaining that favoritism toward Muslims is not allowed under the U.S. Constitution. A series of guidelines in a memo to teachers and staff “on how to nurture Muslim students during Ramadan” created the issue.
The district directives said:
- “When planning school activities and events, think about how it will impact practicing Muslim students” by asking “Will they feel left out?” and “Will they feel pressured to break their fast before sunset or Iftar (breaking of fast)?”;
- Create special “safe spaces” for Muslim students;
- Plan with Muslim students to allow them to “quietly slip away” for prayer to “avoid calling unwanted attention to them”;
- “Privately offer information about nutritional adaptations” while Muslim students fast;
- During class, give “[a] brief mention of Ramadan or a lesson on it [to] promote the feeling of inclusivity” because “[m]any Muslim students may feel embarrassed to be specially accommodated”;
- “[P]rivately ask Muslim students if they would like accommodations”; and
- “If you are aware of practicing Muslim students in your school and are still unsure about how to support them during Ramadan, don’t hesitate to ask them privately what they need.”
The guidelines have been rescinded.
“When public school districts enact policies or otherwise expose students to religious indoctrination, they choose to place ‘diversity’ and ‘cultural awareness’ over the First Amendment. FCDF will not tolerate this intentional effort to propagandize to schoolchildren. We will continue to warn all school districts to reconsider any policy or action that tramples on our children’s constitutional rights.” — CDF Executive Director Daniel Piedra..
Just days earlier, FCDF sent a similar letter to the Dieringer School District in Lake Tapps, Washington, about the same issue. The Ramadan policy had been recommended by CAIR, the terror-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations.
After CAIR wrote to the district suggesting various changes in policy and practice that would benefit Muslim students, district Supt. Judy Martinson implemented CAIR’s suggestions as official district policy. She distributed the CAIR letter to school principals, who in turn circulated it to all teachers and staff, FCDF said.
The guidelines included having teachers greet students in Arabic for their Ramadan holiday.
Islam indoctrination has been going on in Washington state since at least 2011:
FCDF Legal The West New York School District in New Jersey has denied an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request filed by FCDF to obtain the district records about two Muslim students at Memorial High School who were allowed to proselytize in multiple classrooms during the school day. FCDF also sought records about a banner Memorial High’s principal hung during Ramadan that called upon ALLAH to “shower” blessings on students.
The Muslim students’ proselytization was part of the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center’s “Dawah Committee,” whose goal is to convert non-Muslim public school students to Islam. In multiple online posts, the Dawah Committee praised the students’ efforts to Islamize their classmates and prayed that Allah would “bless them manifold” for their “dawah educational exercise.”
Dawah is the Islamic term to convert non-Muslims through nonviolent means (as opposed to jihad).
Today, the District denied the OPRA request, refusing to make emails and documents about the Islamization of Memorial High School public. The District claims that the requests “were overly broad” and “unclear.” FCDF’s requests were, in fact, highly specific.
In May, FCDF sent a “cease and desist” letter to the District, demanding that officials remove the Allah poster and halt all activities that would violate the First Amendment. The District denied wrongdoing but took down the post two days later.
Now that the request has been denied, FCDF intends to file a complaint with the State of Jersey to force the District to turn over the records. If the District continues to betray its constitutional obligations, FCDF will consider legal options, including a potential lawsuit.
FCDF Legal New Jersey School officials had “Unwittingly” partaken with Local Mosque’s “Dawah Educational Awareness in the Public Schools” to convert schoolchildren to “Accept Islam with Allah’s guidance.”
Two days after FCDF sent a “cease and desist letter” to the West New York School District, attorneys for the school district’s Board of Education notified FCDF on Friday that “the poster(s) that may have been deemed legally impermissible in a public educational setting have been removed from Memorial High School.” Early last week, a Memorial High teacher had contacted FCDF, expressing grave concerns that the high school was unlawfully promoting Islam.
Despite the school district taking down the posters, FCDF is continuing to investigate the matter—including submitting a public records request—after alarming new facts have come to light about the extent of Islamic influence in Memorial High School.
At issue is two Muslim high school students going class-to-class during school hours, interrupting lessons, and trying to convert students to Islam under the guise of teaching them about Ramadan. The students are also allegedly responsible for creating massive bulletin boards promoting Islamic religious practices and inviting students to learn more about the benefits of being a Muslim.
According to FCDF’s investigative findings thus far, the two Muslim students’ proselytizing is sponsored by the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center’s “Dawah Committee.” According to its website, the Dawah Committee’s mission is “sharing the guidance of the Glorious Quran and the mercy of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with our neighbors and friends.” The committee is “also committed to empowering Muslims to be advocates of the message of Islam.”
In an article entitled “Sharing Islam (Dawa) in Public Schools,” the Muslim advocacy group Sound Vision states “Dawa [or Dawah] means to share the message and traditions of Islam with fellow non-Muslims.” Sound Vision declares that “spreading the message of Islam” in the public schools is part of the “obligations of Dawa.”