FCDF Warns Northshore School District after anonymous teacher pleads that the District’s oppressive pro-Islam directive “needs to be exposed”

After receiving multiple complaints from local community members and an anonymous teacher, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sent today a “cease and desist” letter to the superintendent and school board of Northshore School District, located in Bothell, Washington, demanding that the district shut down its special Ramadan policy.  

The district’s “Diversity & Equity Department” recently issued guidelines to school officials to ensure Muslim students “have the right accommodations and support from teachers and their peers” during Ramadan, which began this week. Directives include:

  • Plan in advance with Muslim students to allow them to “quietly slip away” for prayer to “avoid calling unwanted attention to them
  • “When planning school activities and events, think about how it will impact practicing Muslim students” by asking “Will they feel left out?” and “Will they feel pressured to break their fast before sunset or Iftar (breaking of fast)?”
  •  “A brief mention of Ramadan or a lesson on it may promote the feeling of inclusivity” because “[m]any Muslim students may feel embarrassed to be specially accommodated
  • Privately offer information about nutritional adaptations” to Muslim students while they fast during the day
  • Create “comfortable” safe spaces for Muslim students with “books, magazines and other things to keep students busy”

“The school district’s so-called Ramadan ‘accommodations’ run roughshod over the First Amendment and are a blatant insult to students of other faiths,” said Daniel Piedra, FCDF’s executive director. “Under the mantle of ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion,’ school officials have exalted Islam as the state-sponsored religion. Teachers and parents are outraged, and they should be.”

The school district also informs teachers that “[i]f you are aware of practicing Muslim students in your school and are still unsure about how to support them during Ramadan, don’t hesitate to ask them privately what they need.”

An anonymous Northshore teacher contacted FCDF yesterday and said the district’s pro-Islam “diversity” mandates are being forced on teachers. The teacher stated the district’s oppressive policies “need[ed] to be exposed.”

FCDF is demanding that the district take the following actions:

  1. Rescind the Ramadan Policy;
  2. Restore the rights of non-Muslim students of faith to be treated equally under the law;
  3. Undertake a review of all instances in which District officials enforced the Ramadan Policy; and
  4. Inform staff and parents of the District’s unlawful actions and your efforts to remedy them.

If the District fails to take action within five business days, legal action may be filed, which would include seeking damages and attorneys’ fees.

“No doubt school officials have a difficult job in accommodating their students’ needs,” said Piedra. “But one may wonder how these ‘educators’ are qualified to teach our children when they can’t even comprehend basic First Amendment principles.”

Earlier this week, FCDF sent a warning letter to Dieringer School District, which has instructed teachers to bless Muslim students in Arabic whenever they greet them during class or in the hallways.

  1. May 15, 2019

    THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO

  2. May 21, 2019

    These northern liberals are clueless virtue signalers who support terrorists with their naivety.
    Thank you for challenging these morons – somebody needs to.

  3. May 21, 2019

    You’re welcome!

  4. May 21, 2019

    You’re welcome!

  5. May 28, 2019

    The school system must teach our history with Islam, our first war with the Barbary pirates along with a March 28, 1786 letter by two of our Founding Fathers and former presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. That identified our challenges at the time.

    They need to expose it for what it is and show how when you ignore a problem it will get worst.

    “The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every musselman [muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.” http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-09-02-0315

    This statement was a part of a March 28, 1786, letter from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, the United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Continental Congress, concerning their conversation with Tripoli’s to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman as to why his pirates/terrorists hijacked our merchant ships, stole the ships and cargo while holding the sailors for ransom.

    Why are we failing to mention the obvious issues in the 1786 letter that still exists today? Here are the main points in 1786; are they the same today with the Muslim Brotherhood in America and their plan they wrote to destroy us?
    In their letter to John Jay who, at the time served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, directing United States foreign policy under the Articles of Confederation government.
    The Ambassador answered us,
    a. that it was founded on the law of their great Profet:
    b. that it was written in the Koran,
    c. that all Nations who should not have acknowledged their Authority were sinners:
    d. that it was their right & duty to make war upon them whenever they could be found, &
    e. to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners; &
    f. that every Mussalman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise
    g. That it was a Law, that the first who boarded an Enemy’s Vessell should have one slave, more than his share with the rest, which operated as an Incentive to the Most desperate Valour & Enterprize.
    h. That it was the practice of their Corsairs to bear down upon a ship; for each sailor to take a Dagger in each hand & another in his Mouth & leap on board, which so terrified their Enemies, that very few ever stood against them,
    i. That he verily believed the Devil assisted his Country-men, for they were almost allway’s successfull—
    http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-09-02-0315

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