Last July we reported that the San Diego Unified School District Board had reversed part of its Anti-Islamophobia Initiative (Anti-Bullying policy) due to a federal lawsuit that was filed on behalf of five families from the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund.
However over seven-months later according to records obtained by the FCDF, it appears that SDUSD is still adopting and implementing the aforementioned policy which was developed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in conjunction with its local office in San Diego. The policy would protect Muslim students and their families from bullying and discrimination. It would also teach educators and students “how to become allies to Muslim students,” and would revise school curriculum to portray Islam more favorably.
The Miller News Service has learned that both CAIR and SDUSD have been asked through subpoenas to provide documents tracing the Islamic organization’s strategic process for gaining inside access to impressionable schoolchildren. According to the subpoenas the documents must be provided by March 24th, 2018. If CAIR and SDUSD fail to comply with the federal court-ordered subpoenas they will be charged with contempt of court, penalties for being held in contempt may range from fines to jail time.
Charles LiMandri, FCDF’s President, and Chief Counsel had this to say regarding the order “Allowing a radical religious organization to indoctrinate our public schoolchildren defies common sense and undermines the very history and logic of the First Amendment. We hope these subpoenas will shine more light on SDUSD’s unconstitutional relationship with CAIR.” LiMandri also had this to say about SDUSD’s continued implementation of CAIR’S policies, “Despite public statements to the contrary, the Defendants have strengthened their partnership with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR’s religious agenda is irrefutable; its divisiveness is undeniable. And strikingly, it prowls the schools not as a wolf in sheep’s clothing—in Justice Scalia’s words, “this wolf comes as a wolf.” Yet the wool is not being pulled over the Defendants’ eyes. Instead, they remain willfully blind to the “clearest command” of the Establishment Clause: “One religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.”
A tentative hearing on FCDF’s motion for a preliminary injunction to shut down the Anti-Islamophobia Initiative is scheduled for April 2018.
To read the FCDF’s press release regarding this case please click here.
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