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School clams up on Ramadan promotions - WND
A U.S. school district that was caught allowing Muslim students to interrupt classes to “convert” others to Islam now has refused to release information about its promotion of Ramadan.
The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, which informs educators about the “threat of Islamic indoctrination and religiously preferential ‘anti-Islamophobia’ bullying programs,” said the West New York school board in Newark, New Jersey, has denied an Open Public Records Act request.
FCDF filed the request “to obtain the district records about two Muslim students at Memorial High School who were allowed to proselytize in multiple classrooms during the school day.”
The organization also sought records about a banner that Memorial High’s principal hung during Ramadan that called upon Allah to “shower” blessings on students.
FCDF said the proselytizing “was part of the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center’s ‘Dawah Committee,’ whose goal is to convert non-Muslim public school students to Islam. In multiple online posts, the Dawah Committee praised the students’ efforts to Islamize their classmates and prayed that Allah would ‘bless them manifold’ for their ‘dawah educational exercise.'”
Dawah is an Islamic term meaning to convert non-Muslims through nonviolent means.
Jihad would be another way to convert non-Muslims.
The district refused to provide emails and documents pertinent to the issue.
“These records relate to a strategic campaign by Islamic clerics to infiltrate the district and convert hundreds of students and staff to Islam,” said Daniel Piedra, FCDF’s executive director. “The District’s Board of Education is legally responsible to uphold the First Amendment’s mandate against religious indoctrination in public schools. It is simply shocking that the district would withhold vital information that concerns the safety and wellbeing of impressionable schoolchildren.”
FCDF said it will file a complaint with the state to force the district to release the records but already is considering other options if that tactic is unsuccessful.
“We are determined to hold the West New York School District accountable to the students, parents, and communities they are legally obligated to serve,” Piedra said. “Once we obtain this information, we will work closely with students, parents and advocates to ensure the Constitution, not Shariah law, is the final authority in the district.”
WND reported last month FCDF sent a “cease and desist” letter to the district regarding a huge banner that promoted Islam during Ramadan.
“FCDF will not tolerate this intentional effort to propagandize to schoolchildren. We will continue to warn all school districts to reconsider any policy or action that tramples on our children’s constitutional rights,” the organization said at the time.
WND recently reported two school districts in Washington state instructed teachers to greet students in Arabic and work with Muslim students to give “a lesson” on Ramadan and provide special accommodations for them.
At least one district already has backed away from its plans at the urging of FCDF, which is reminding public schools they are not Islamic madrassas.
The Northshore School District in Bothell, Washington, withdrew an Islam promotion.
It had directed teachers to create “safe spaces” for Muslims, plan with Muslim students to let them “quietly slip away” from class for prayer, “privately offer information” about nutrition during their Ramadan fast, give “a lesson” on Ramadan and privately ask Muslim students what accommodations they want.
WND reported last month FCDF sent a similar letter to the Dieringer School District in Lake Tapps, Washington, about the issue.
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