Group Accuses Richmond Teacher of Spewing Anti-Muslim Hate in Class
The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking Lamar CISD officials to discipline a teacher accused of passing out "virulently anti-Muslim materials" to students in class.
CAIR claims a teacher at Foster High School in Richmond cribbed material from an anti-Muslim website (it's not clear what website) to distribute to students. While CAIR hasn't named the teacher, the group has provided examples of what was supposedly handed out in class:
"Muhammad posed as a prophet. . .Both Jesus and Paul warned that after they were gone many false prophets would come. Muhammad is simply one of them. . ."
"Islam is more of an ideology than a religion. It is also an ideology of war. . ."
"[Islam forces] its ideology on cultures and ultimately on the world through propaganda, subversion, and even physical force when it is deemed necessary, one area of the world at a time."
"You will either give into their demands recognizing Islam's 'noble' rule, you will become a Muslim yourself, or you will die."
"[Muslims believe] All governments - except Islam - should be overthrown."
". . .everyone will be brought under the yoke of Islam, willingly or unwillingly."
". . .even though generally Islamic followers will say that they 'believe' in Jesus and respect Him and the Bible, in fact, neither is really true."
CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll urged the district to take the matter seriously, saying, "Only a strong response to this attempt at student indoctrination will send a message that our schools must never be incubators of hate."
Lamar officials haven't yet responded to our questions, but the district provided KPRC a statement that doesn't exactly inspire confidence: "We're disappointed to learn one teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn't follow subject matter, or a state and local curriculum plans. Arbitrary curriculum decisions, which are clearly outside our guidelines, won't be tolerated."
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Got that? The problem here isn't Islamophobia or fearmongering creeping into the public school classroom. Just a teacher who went off-script.
Readers might remember that last year CAIR called for an investigation into Angela Box (aka TheBoxThatRoxx), and whether the former HISD teacher's anti-Muslim views had bled over into the classroom. (In numerous appearances on a local right-wing cable-access show, Box said things like, "Every normal human being in the world thinks that goat-fucking Muslims and boy-fucking Muslims are the evil of the world.") Box ultimately resigned from her job at Daily Elementary last year and is currently suing Quanell X for defamation.