(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 4/22/16) â€“ The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the resignation ofÂ Elmwood Park Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz after she reportedly posted a series of racist and Islamophobic messages on her personal Facebook account.
One post urged Muslims to “(s)tay in your desserts [sic] and follow your religion in your own countries.” Another post declared, “The French told them to get lost and this is what our President should do,” and continued, “Go back to your own country; America needs to get rid of people like you.”
Earlier this month, CAIR-NJ joined state lawmakers and school officials in calling for her resignation.
â€œMs. Gryskiewiczâ€™s resignation is really the best outcome in terms of the quality of the educational experience of the minority students of the Elmwood Park School District,â€ said CAIR-NJ Executive Director, James Sues.Â â€œItâ€™s unfortunate that Ms. Gryskiewicz would cite safety concerns when there is no evidence that her family is in any kind of danger.Â This is further evidence of her bigoted view of the world in that it implies that minorities are prone to violence.â€
CAIR 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 the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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