The Northshore School District has withdrawn its Ramadan policy in response to a “cease and desist” letter filed by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF). Two weeks ago, several parents and an anonymous teacher contacted FCDF about the district’s special protections for Muslim students during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month. FCDF’s executive director Daniel Piedra then sent a letter to Northshore’s superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, warning her the district’s favoritism toward Muslim students is unconstitutional.

“Northshore’s decision to roll back its Ramadan policy is a victory for the First Amendment,” said Daniel Piedra, FCDF’s executive director. “We applaud the courageous parents and teacher who took a stand to remind Northshore it is a public school district, not an Islamic madrasa.”

At issue are district guidelines issued in a memo to teachers and staff on how to nurture Muslim students during Ramadan. After “considering the perspective and concerns noted in [FCDF’s] letter,” the district rescinded the following directives:

  • “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)?”;
  • Create special “safe spaces” for Muslim students;
  • Plan with Muslim students to allow them to “quietly slip away” for prayer to “avoid calling unwanted attention to them”;
  • “Privately offer information about nutritional adaptations” while Muslim students fast;
  • During class, give “[a] brief mention of Ramadan or a lesson on it [to] promote the feeling of inclusivity” because “[m]any Muslim students may feel embarrassed to be specially accommodated”;
  • “[P]rivately ask[] Muslim students if they would like accommodations”; and
  • “If 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.”

In an updated memo, Northshore suggests a neutralized “comfortable space for fasting students,” but informs teachers “it’s [] up to the student whether they choose to go there or not.” The policy also suggests that physical education teachers may accommodate fasting students to avoid strenuous activities. Both suggestions are likely reasonable under the First Amendment to the extent they would not impose undue hardship on school operations.

In a letter Reid sent last Friday to FCDF announcing the policy change, the district denied the Ramadan guidelines violated the First Amendment.

“Muslim students no doubt have a right to receive appropriate religious accommodations,” said Piedra. “But Northshore’s plan went above and beyond mere ‘accommodations’; it exalted Islam as the privileged religion in the school district. It is unfortunate it took a threat to sue for district officials to come to their senses.”

FCDF will continue to monitor the district’s actions to ensure it complies with the Constitution. It is also awaiting the production of documents from a public record request made two weeks ago. According to district officials, the records will be produced by June 21st.

  1. May 21, 2019

    Thank you for protecting the increasingly precious U.S. Constitution.

  2. May 21, 2019

    You’re welcome!

  3. May 22, 2019

    Thank you from a Northshore teacher.

  4. May 28, 2019

    This what we get when our USELESS politicians ignore two of our Founding Fathers and former presidents 233-years ago.

    FOLKS: America, we need to read our history with Shariah/Islamic law and their desire to form a global Caliphate, an Ummah ruled by Shariah law.

    Our USELESS politicians have been kicking the Shariah/Islamic law can down the road for quite a while now and it is up to the voters to force them to hold hearings on this issue before, we are destroyed! However, I seriously doubt if we have enough voters with the guts to demand hearings on Shariah/Islamic law! Of course, our USELESS mainstream media (MSM) will not report on it including FOX NEWS! I wonder if the new Fox Nation will do it?

    Who said this, to whom, when, why and what have we ever done about it? Would you consider this statement to be contrary to our Constitution, our way of life, a danger to our National/Homeland Security and the preservation of our Constitution? Would you think these are words of an enemy? Surely, both the House and the Senate studied this but where are the reports?
    “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.

    If you are afraid to go directly to the weblink just Google March 28, 1786, the letter from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to John Jay.

  5. May 28, 2019

    I am Sufi Muslim, and a secularist. CAIR is poison to practitioners such as I, as they represent the hyper-orthodox which increasingly view my sort as heretics with legitimate bullseyes on us.

    While I believe there ought to be reasonable accommodation and some flex for faith practices, this thing was too much.

    I mean, seriously, what coddling — “Do you you need or want anything, honey?”

    If the hyper-orthodox Wahbabists, etc. were in charge, I promise you that your children would be lucky if they were to be treated as 2nd Class citizens.

    It always gives me the warm and fuzzies when the stratagems of the fundies get drop kicked in the groin.

  6. May 30, 2019

    Thanks, Frank.
    Well written post.
    But….the MSM would likely report on (a long overdue national discussion about Islam’s teachings): eagerly and hysterically.
    The author of the recent book (Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History), knowing full well of the Ambassador’s ‘Koran’ statement still refers to ‘radical Islam’.

  7. May 31, 2019

    Thanks for your steadfast dedication to objective truth. I work in an environment that forces you to accept their Saul Alinsky playbook, and yet says it’s all about inclusion and diversity. The hypocrisy is stifling. If you’re a Christian you’re ostracized and pay a heavy price.

  8. June 23, 2019

    America, we need to read and teach our history with Shariah/Islamic law and their desire to form a global Caliphate, an Ummah ruled by Shariah law which includes America!

    They need to start with March 28, 1786, written by John Adams Thomas Jefferson outlining a meeting they had with a Tripoli ambassador who explained to them why it was their right to hijack American merchant ships! Their ultimate goal was outlined then and it appears it still holds true now. They just changed tactics and strategy to the point they have already infiltrated our federal, state and local government, media, law enforcement, etc. and our USELESS politicians have never held hearings on our Founders letter nor how their inattention to their oath of office/affirmation, our Constitution and our national security is in danger has allowed our enemy to form a political party, write a plan they call their “civilization-jihadist process plan” to slowly infiltrate America and then destroy us from within..

    This what we get when our USELESS politicians ignore two of our Founding Fathers and former presidents 233-years ago.

    Our USELESS politicians have been kicking the Shariah/Islamic law can down the road for quite a while now and it is up to the voters to force them to hold hearings on this issue before, we are destroyed! However, I seriously doubt if we have enough voters with the guts to demand hearings on Shariah/Islamic law! Of course, our USELESS mainstream media (MSM) will not report on it including FOX NEWS! I wonder if the new Fox Nation will do it?

    Who said this, to whom, when, why and what have we ever done about it? Would you consider this statement to be contrary to our Constitution, our way of life, a danger to our National/Homeland Security and the preservation of our Constitution? Would you think these are words of an enemy? Surely, both the House and the Senate studied this but where are the reports?
    “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.

    If you are afraid to go directly to the weblink just Google March 28, 1786, letter from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to John Jay.

    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

    If you do not trust going directly to the link just Google March 28, 1786, letter from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to John Jay.

    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?
    http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-09-02-0315

    So, why is this important now? The Muslim Brotherhood wrote a plan to “SLOWLY” infiltrate America and destroy us from within by what they call their “Civilization-Jihadist Process” plan dated May 22, 1991, this makes them our enemy! Google: An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America and read it!

    Here is the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Civilization-Jihadist Process” plan dated May 22, 1991, designed to slowly infiltrate America and destroy us from within! Simply Google: Government Exhibit 003-0085 3:04-CR-240-G in U.S. v Holy Land Foundation, et al. https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2013/05/25/an-explanatory-memorandum-from-the-archives-of-the-muslim-brotherhood-in-america

  9. June 23, 2019

    This is a more up to date issue that will bleed into our K-12 schools, colleges/universities, etc!

    ISLAMISTS DEMAND U.N. LAUNCH CENSORSHIP CAMPAIGN
    Want world group to ban speech that may offend Muhammad
    Published: 06-22-19
    Islamist nations, especially those in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, long have sought a determination from the United Nations that any criticism of Islam or Muslims is “Islamophobia” and banned globally.
    But each time it has come up for a vote more realistic arguments prevailed and the campaign never was legitimized.
    However, the idea is back.
    According to a report from MSN, it now is Pakistan that has endorsed a plan to combat “hate speech.”
    Envoy Maleeha Lodhi endorsed a plan from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saying that without censorship, “An inevitable consequence is to fan the flames of bigotry, intolerance, anti-Muslim hatred and xenophobia.”
    “My Prime Minister Imran Khan has recently again called for urgent action to counter Islamophobia, which is today the most prevalent expression of racism and hatred against ‘the other’,” the Pakistani told a meeting of diplomats and high ranking U.N. officials.
    “The U.N. Strategy and Plan of Action provides a system-wide program with the overriding objective of identifying, preventing and confronting hate speech,” the report said.
    Guterres said, “It targets the root causes of hate speech, pointing out that these include tackling violence, marginalization, discrimination, and poverty, as well as bolstering weak state institutions.”
    In past attempts, the censorship program proposed at the U.N. have been described as “anti-defamation” efforts that would protect “religion.”
    Almost invariably, those plans have protected Islam but not even mentioned other faiths.
    It was in a report at the Investigative Project on Terrorism where it was explained that Khan already has been calling for the death penalty against “those who offend the Prophet Muhammad.”
    He also urged the OIC to work to safeguard “the religious sentiments of Muslims,” the report said.
    “It was up to us to explain to the Western people the amount of pain they cause us when they ridicule or mock our Holy Prophet,” Khan told the OIC’s recent Islamic summit in Mecca. “I would like to say from this platform that in the forums like the United Nations and the forums like the European Union, we must explain to them that they cannot hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion people under the garb of freedom of expression.”
    The OIC’s 57 members are the largest voting bloc in the U.N.
    The U.S. has rejected speech censorship plans as a resolution to worries about “hate speech,” citing the U.S. Constitution’s protections for free speech.
    The U.N., however, has in its plan the idea of engaging “private sector actors, including social media companies,” to do its bidding on censorship.
    The IPT reported, “Thus far, Twitter has shown a willingness to voluntarily enforce Pakistan’s Islamic blasphemy rules even if the U.S. government doesn’t abide by any potential hate speech treaty that could stem from the planned conference. This raises the possibility that it and other social media companies might voluntarily follow suggestions from U.N. bureaucrats to the detriment of free speech.” [NOTE: This means Facebook, Youtube, etc.]
    [SNIP]
    Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/06/islamists-demand-u-n-launch-censorship-campaign/#feqVkzQYW4UTvaYv.99

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