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Oct 29, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

San Diego Parents Fight School In Court Over Terror-Linked Group's Promotion Of Islam

Parents of public school students in San Diego, California find themselves once again in federal court fighting the district’s promotion of Islam, asking the judge to reconsider her ruling favoring the schools' anti-Islamophobia program, created by alleged terrorist-linked Council On American-Islamic Relations. 

Citizens For Quality Education San Diego, a group ogranized by the parents, contend that the San Diego Unified School District’s program's partnership with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) favors Muslim students and directly violates the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), on behalf of the parent group, has filed a brief asking Judge Cynthia Bashant to reconsider her denial of a preliminary order to stop the program while the case proceeds, claiming that Judge Bashant overlooked material facts demonstrating the district is advancing CAIR's sectarian agenda.

CAIR was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror-funding case and has been labeled a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates. Evidence entered in the terror-funding case pointed to CAIR being a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, yet Judge Bashant forbade references to those facts in court as irrelevant.

The brief contends the judge “ignored the statistics showing no evidence of Islamophobia in the school district and instead held that President Trump’s election was a reason compelling enough to override the parents’ argument that the initiative violates the First Amendment.”

“Relying on spurious claims of rampant nationwide ‘Islamophobia’ squarely conflicts with Supreme Court precedent,” said Daniel Piedra, FCDF’s executive director. “There is zero evidence of MAGA hat-wearing students prowling the schools and terrorizing Muslim students. No doubt the school district has good intentions, but a religiously preferential school program requires an actual problem in need of solving.”

The school’s deal with CAIR “offers Muslim students special bullying protections and empowers the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a controversial Islamic advocacy organization, to revise school curricula for a more ‘inclusive’ portrayal of Islam. CAIR also is authorized to prosecute students accused of being Islamophobic,” he added.

“Government statistics show schoolchildren of all religions face bullying, not just Muslim students,” Piedra concluded. “While combating religiously motivated bullying is a compelling interest, any school initiative that singles out a specific religious sect for preferential treatment is unconstitutional.”



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