The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) finalized a settlement agreement last week with the San Diego Unified School District resolving a federal lawsuit challenging the district’s “Anti-Islamophobia Initiative” created by the terrorist group Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“Nowhere is religious liberty and equal protection more critical than in our schools,” said Charles LiMandri, FCDF’s chief counsel. “We commend the district for taking affirmative steps to ensure that students of all faiths may learn and thrive in a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.”
The “Anti-Islamophobia Initiative” was developed under the direction of Hamas/CAIR as a “holistic” plan to supposedly protect muslim students and their families from bullying and discrimination. As part of the mandated training initiative, staff and students had to receive instruction by Hamas/CAIR officials on “how to become allies to muslim students,” and Hamas/CAIR is empowered to revise school curriculum to “portray Islam more favorably.”
Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund stated the initiative violated the Constitution because it singled out Muslim students for preferential benefits and empowered Hamas/CAIR with governmental decision-making authority.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the San Diego Unified School District distributed a policy memo to area superintendents and principals regarding the First Amendment’s “limits on the conduct of public school officials as it relates to religious activity.”
These directives include:
- “Educators should treat each religion with equal respect, with the time and attention spent discussing each religion being proportionate to its impact on history and human development and the material presented in its historical context.”
- “Educational material on religious subjects must be neutral and may not be presented in a manner that promotes one religion over another.”
- “Educators or other staff sponsoring guest speakers at district events must ask them not to use their position or influence on students to forward their own religious, political, economic or social views or and shall take active steps to neutralize whatever bias has been presented.”
- “Guest speakers from religious organizations are not permitted to present to students on religious topics.”
This is a big win for the students at San Diego Unified School District, and UTT hopes many other school districts will follow suit. While CAIR bills itself as a “muslim civil rights” organization, evidence does not support this. In fact, the evidence demonstrates CAIR is a Hamas entity. Hamas is a terrorist organization.
CAIR was created in 1994 by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, which is Hamas in the United States. See UTT’s document detailing some of the evidence HERE
It is also worth noting that Understanding the Threat (UTT) assesses that the National Director for CAIR – Nihad Awad – is the General Masul (Leader) of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and the current leader of Hamas in the United States.
Hamas is an inherent part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Islamic Center of San Diego is a Muslim Brotherhood mosque owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).
The Islamic Center of San Diego was also involved in supporting Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar, two of the 9/11 hijackers. Specifically, the 9/11 Commission Report investigation revealed the two hijackers lived close to the Islamic Center of San Diego, and purchased a vehicle from a member of the mosque who let them use his address to register the vehicle. The director Taha Hassane acknowledged Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar prayed at the mosque at least a few times.
Imam/director Taha Hassane is also a member of the advisory boards of the San Diego Police Department, the Interfaith Advisory Board of the San Diego District Attorney and a member of the CAIR California executive committee.
We applaud the hard work of Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund and all those involved in this victorious lawsuit. UTT encourages you to go to www.fcdflegal.org.