(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 4/26/16) â€“ The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) today called for the resignation of a Montoursville Area School Board Member Karen Wright, along with the resignations of five other board members who voted for her appointment, despite growing controversy over her Facebook posts indicating she is “officially against Muslims” and suggesting gays would turn children into “zombie fairies.” Wright was elected April 12 and sworn in April 14.
Facebook posts by Wright include such statements as: “I am officially against Muslims,” “I have seen nothing 'good' from the Muslim faith,” “we do not want them in America,” and “let's bring some more of these peace loving morons into America.”
The school board president stated that he refused to read her controversial posts because he didn't “like their implications.”
In a statement, CAIR-Philadelphia said:
â€œWe are staunch supporters of the First Amendment and believe Ms. Wright should be allowed to express her beliefs, however bigoted. But we believe that someone who holds such bigoted views should not be at the helm of an educational system. Those who supported her appointment, despite knowing of her bigoted views, should also consider resigning from their positions of authority over our stateâ€™s school children.â€
CAIRâ€™S New Jersey chapter recently welcomed the resignation of Elmwood Park Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz after she reportedly posted a series of racist and Islamophobic messages on her personal Facebook account.
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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CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney Ryan Houldin, 267-515-6712, firstname.lastname@example.org