The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) continues its efforts to insert religious indoctrination into public K-12 education. This time, CAIR's using the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which began on Monday, to urge teachers in Washington's Dieringer School District to bless Muslim students in Arabic with "Ramadan Mubarak!"
In an "Informative Letter on Upcoming Islamic Holidays and Religious Accommodations" the district simply enacted as official policy, CAIR also instructed teachers to monitor Muslim students' Ramadan fasting and not to schedule tests on certain Islamic holidays.
After hearing from a concerned parent and a teacher, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sent the district superintendent a legal memo warning that such policies violate the Constitution by favoring Muslim students and advancing religion.
As FCDF Executive Director Daniel Piedra put it, "CAIR must not be allowed to indoctrinate impressionable schoolchildren under the guise of 'diversity' and 'cultural awareness.' FCDF is committed to keeping CAIR out of our America's public schools."
Update (5/9/19): Fox News has updated its initial reporting on this story to note the following:
[Dieringer Superintendent Judy] Martinson did not respond to Fox News' request for comment. However, she put out a statement to members of the school district later Tuesday, writing: "The Dieringer School District has not and would not violate the First Amendment by endorsing any religious observations. Be assured that we respect the personal beliefs of you and your family."
Fox News also has obtained a March 14 email from Martinson's official account to district officials including school principals, forwarding a CAIR letter with suggested guidelines for schools.
Fox also reports that CAIR's Ibrahim Hooper, predictably, is labeling FCDF's pushback a "sign of the growing Islamophobia in our nation," while claiming that CAIR's recommendations to the Dieringer School District are nothing more than "recognizing the wide variety of holidays celebrated by students of different faiths and backgrounds, including by saying 'Merry Christmas,' 'Happy Hanukkah,' 'Happy Diwali,' or 'Ramadan Mubarak.'" Yet, members of those other religions are not asking publicly-funded institutions to incorporate aspects of their religious belief into their staff training or curriculum. That is where CAIR crosses the line.