About 30 to 40 Citizens gathered at The Eugene Brucker Education Center Auditorium in San Diego CA. on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 for the second time in two months(see story courtesy of KSWB-TV:http:School Board meeting last month on April 26th! ). They were protesting the San Diego Unified School Districts newly passed “anti-bullying” policy which they say “favors one religion(Islam) over all others.” They also say “it violates the Establishment Clause which prohibits unduly favoring one religion over another.”
The citizen were outnumbered however by 90-100 supporters of the policy; one women who identified herself as Maria Ali said “there is not hate, we want our children to learn read, write, speak, we didn’t send them to be bullied and pulling their hijab”, she continued “we are here for peace, we want our children to learn like every other child.”
Back on May 10th,2017 STUART H. HURLBERT of the San Diego Union Tribune wrote that under the “proposed CAIR-SDUSD plan, students will “learn more about [Islam] in social studies classes,” staff members and parents will receive letters “addressing Islamophobia and identifying resources to learn about the religion,” and “schools … will review and vet materials related to Muslim culture and history in media centers and provide resources and material for teachers … and take steps to promote a more positive image of Islam.”
HURLBERT continues; “The SDUSD is ambling into a tar pit here, going in a direction that will lead to unending headaches and costs for educators and all the rest of us.”
But it looks like the headaches may have already begun; in a letter to the school district Charles S. LiMandri of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund said “If SDUSD continues with the present initiative, then it will undoubtedly find itself in a needless, lengthy, and expensive court battle that it will inevitably lose.” To see the full letter from FCDF to the school district please click here.
We contacted Mary Baker of Citizens for Quality Education for comment on any pending lawsuit; she told the Miller News Service, however “that the attorneys(FCDF) have not prepared any lawsuit” in regards to the school districts “anti-bulling” policy.
Update: The Miller News Service did attempt to contact Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund on this story, but they have not responded to are questions.
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Sources: KSWB-TV; San Diego Union Tribune
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