The definition of stealth jihad. Source: Emails Expose CAIR’s Ongoing Influence in San Diego Schools :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism
by John Rossomando
San Diego’s school board continues to work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and enact its recommended anti-bullying curriculum despite a July vote withdrawing from a partnership with the Islamist group.
A motion for a preliminary injunction filed in federal court Tuesday seeks to put an end to that ongoing work.
The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sued the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) last May on behalf of several San Diego parents, arguing that CAIR – as a religious organization – cannot steer public school curriculum and programming without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause separating religion and state, not to mention California state law.
Those concerns led school district attorneys to recommend breaking off an anti-bullying partnership with CAIR last July. But school district emails obtained by the FCDF as part of the litigation make it clear CAIR’s curriculum and program recommendations remain in play.
“Despite public statements to the contrary, Defendants have strengthened their partnership with” CAIR, the motion said. The school district is “delegating government power to a religious organization, and spending taxpayer money to advance a sectarian agenda.”
The policy creates an unequal situation that makes it a “graver sin” to rip off a Muslim girl’s hijab than to knock off a Jewish boy’s kippah [skullcap], the motion said.
CAIR officials played a significant role crafting the anti-bullying/anti-Islamophobia program enacted by the school board last April. CAIR guided its development and implementation, internal district emails, obtained by the FCDF through a freedom of information request, show.
“Defendants contend that Muslim students are feeling particularly vulnerable. Yet there is not a scintilla of evidence that ‘Islamophobia’ – that is the pure hatred of Muslim students – runs rampant in District schools,” FCDF said in its motion. “Instead, Defendants have relied solely on specious student surveys and testimonials that CAIR had provided as part of its lobbying for the Initiative.”
SDUSD statistics explicitly mention only two bullying incidents that involved Muslim students were reported in 2015-16 among the entire 130,000-student school district. By contrast, 11 of the 18 students reported religious bullying cases targeted Jews. Three cases involved students whose religion was not specified in the incident reports.
The school district’s emails “reveal the shocking depth of CAIR’s infiltration into the second largest school district in California and the willfully blind complicity of the district’s superintendent and school board,” said FCDF Executive Director Daniel Piedra.
School district spokesman Andrew Sharp did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
Last July, school board officials voted to discontinue plans to establish a formal relationship with CAIR under pressure from the FCDF’s lawsuit. But San Diego schools continued to implement the CAIR-influenced anti-bullying/anti-Islamophobia program.
The CAIR Education Committee included CAIR San Diego board member Lallia Allali, CAIR San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi and Allali’s husband CAIR California board member Taha Hassane, along with non-Muslim allies.
CAIR Education Committee leader Linda Williams told Marten in a July 28 email that the action steps enacted at the April 4 meeting were “still in effect.”
Two weeks later, Sharp asked Williams to send him the “Text Kits and Resources to Address Islamophobia” that the committee put together. It included a list of books Allali had recommended in the spring. Williams called it the “very beginnings of what could grow into a robust ‘Toolkit’ for Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators.”
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