(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 12/4/14) – The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the resignation of Angela Box, a third-grade teacher who made anti-Muslim remarks on a public access television show.
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Box's resignation was announced today at a board meeting of the Houston Independent School District. Her bigoted statements have included:
In addition to her inaccurate and hateful statements about Islam and Muslims, Box appeared to welcome potential harm to President Obama when she said: 'I'm just going to say what everyone is thinking: can't Ebola just take one for the team and take out Obama?'
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"We welcome Angela Box's resignation and believe her departure from the classroom will help ensure a bias-free learning environment for students of all backgrounds and beliefs," said CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah. "We are strong supporters of First Amendment rights, but students also have the right to learn in an atmosphere free of bigotry and stereotyping."
CAIR-Houston previously called on the district to launch an independent investigation of whether Box's anti-Muslim views are negatively impacting her students.
In October, CAIR asked the principal of a Maryland high school to investigate a teacher who made a series of anti-Muslim statements to his class.
CAIR provides free anti-bullying workshops and offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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