JUDGE TO HEAR ALLEGED ISLAMIC TAKEOVER OF U.S. SCHOOLS
A federal court has scheduled a hearing in July on a case alleging Muslim activists have hijacked curriculum in San Diego’s public school district.
The case was brought by parents in the district who are suing over an “anti-Islamophobia” initiative in which the Council on American-Islamic Relations teamed with district officials to combat “bullying.”
The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, which is working with the parents, said U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia A. Bashant issued an order setting July 17 as the hearing date regarding its motion for a preliminary injunction.
“At the hearing, attorneys for both the families and the school district will present argument about whether the court should enjoin district officials from enforcing the initiative, which singles out Muslim students for special accommodations and empowers a controversial Islamic organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to revise school curricula to depict Islam in a more ‘inclusive’ light,” the organization announced.
“The school district claims they rescinded the policy in July 2017, but thousands of pages of documents show district officials are still working with CAIR to implement a so-called ‘Islamophobia Toolkit’ for teachers. After the hearing, the court could rule on the motion before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.”
Daniel Piedra, the fund’s executive director, said: “Preventing bullying and protecting our students is critically important, but public school policies must not discriminate in favor of one religion. San Diego Unified School District’s anti-Islamophobia initiative divides students along religious lines and allows a controversial sectarian syndicate unlimited access to impressionable children. Consequently, the initiative runs roughshod over bedrock First Amendment principles.”
To obtain the injunction, FCDF plans to show that its lawsuit is likely to succeed.