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."
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.