School Officials are arguing President Trump’s presidential campaign justified religiously preferential program This afternoon, attorneys for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund responded to the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education’s defense of its “Anti-Islamophobia Initiative.” Since five families and two local organizations sued last year, the school board has refused to defend…

Judge Ruled President Trump’s Election Justifies School District’s “Anti-Islamophobia” Initiative This afternoon, Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys representing five families have asked federal judge Cynthia Bashant to reconsider her recent order denying their motion to stop the San Diego Unified School District’s “anti-Islamophobia Initiative.” In their Motion for Reconsideration, the families argue the Initiative…

This afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia A. Bashant of the Southern District of California denied the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s (FCDF) motion for a preliminary injunction against the San Diego Unified School District’s school board and superintendent to stop their “anti-Islamophobia initiative.” In her order today,  Judge Bashant rejected the families’ argument that…

Letter to Justice Dept. and Education Dept. argues that current guidelines encouraging special protections for Muslim students are unconstitutional The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sent a letter today to Justice Department Assistant Attorney General John Gore and Education Department Assistant Secretary Kenneth Marcus recommending they roll back existing policies that direct public schools…

Yesterday, FCDF sent a data records request to Minneapolis Public Schools, demanding the production of emails that could show whether MPS is unlawfully collaborating with the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Minnesota chapter to both single out Muslim students for special benefits and revise school curricula to portray Islam in a more “inclusive” light. In…

District Warned Not to Work with CAIR to Revise Anti-Bullying Policies and Curricula Today, FCDF sent a letter to Cajon Valley Union School District’s Superintendent, David Miyashiro, expressing support for the District’s current anti-bullying policies and its handling of an alleged anti-Muslim bullying incident at a local middle school. Yesterday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations…

In support of their case against the San Diego Unified School District’s “Islamophobia” initiative, FCDF asked the federal judge today for permission to file a Notice of Supplemental Authority to bring to the court’s attention a recent Ninth Circuit’s ruling in a school-based First Amendment case. In federal court, litigants can ask to file a letter…

SAN DIEGO – Federal Judge Cynthia Bashant heard oral argument on Tuesday over the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s (FCDF) motion for a preliminary injunction against the San Diego Unified School District’s school board and superintendent. FCDF seeks a court order halting the District’s ongoing efforts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to “address…

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund is seeking answers about the Seattle public school district’s developing collaboration with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to “address Islamophobia” in its schools. Earlier today, FCDF filed a public records request with the school district asking for emails between school officials and CAIR operatives regarding a district-wide Muslim…

Today, FCDF sent a letter to Seattle Public Schools’ Board of Directors and Superintendent to express concern about the District’s collaboration with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to CAIR’s local chapter, it is “partnering with Seattle Public Schools to provide educational trainings for teachers and staff on things like Ramadan, Eid, and how…

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