The father of a North Carolina ninth grader who was given ‘anti-Muslim’ literature in class says the material handed out is not an issue of free speech, but of slander and defamation.

“First of all, it slanders, things like, Mohammed is a ‘criminal,’ is ‘demon possessed’ … that just made my blood boil,” said Tariq Butte, whose daughter Saira, was one student who participated in the ninth grade orientation seminar at Enloe High School in Wake County, N.C., where the material was distributed.

Butte is not a practicing Muslim; his wife is Christian and his kids are taught to accept and respect all religions.

“So for a person like me to feel like that – I’ve never been to a mosque – to feel like that ”¦ for me to feel such hideous attacks, they were not just pointing out failures or weaknesses in Islam or Muslims, they were just attacking.”

A representative from the Kamil International Ministries Organization, a Christian group based in Raleigh, was invited by a teacher to come and speak to the class. He handed out literature class that compared the teachings of Jesus with accusations against Islam’s Prophet Muhammad; Muslims Jesus as a prophet of God equal to the prophet Muhammad. . .

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to the Adelphos Burns, superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, asking for an apology to the students, as well as disciplinary action against the teacher, a review of policies regarding what outside speakers are allowed to speak in class, and more diversity training for starr.

“It is unconscionable for a teacher at any public school to abuse his or her position of trust by forcing such hate-filled, inaccurate and intolerant materials on students,” CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar wrote in the letter. “One can only imagine what a Muslim student in the class might have experienced and how students of other faiths will now regard their Muslim classmates.”

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told on Thursday that so far, the group hasn’t received any formal response. Cochran, the school’s principal, also did not immediately return calls to for comment.

At the very least, Hooper said, someone from the Muslim community should have been invited to come in the same day as the Kamil representative to give the Muslim perspective.

“At least that would have been something, but to just bring in this person, presented by an authority person like a teacher, ‘here’s someone who’s going to teach you Islam … if he was going to stage a public forum and denounce Islam, that’s fine,” Hooper said.

“This was a captive audience with captive minds who were offered no rebuttal to this type of bigotry.”


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.