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CAIR Welcomes Dismissal of Lawsuit by West Virginia Teacher Fired Over Anti-Muslim, Racist Messages

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/23/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed a decision by a federal court in West Virginia to dismiss a lawsuit by a teacher in that state who was fired in 2017 after posting anti-Muslim and racist tweets.

CAIR said the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia ruled that Mary Durstein failed to show that the state’s actions had a substantial chilling effect on her right to free speech because the law allowing revocation or suspension of a teaching certificate did not specifically target freedom of expression.

SEE: West Virginia Prevails Over Fired Teacher’s Free Speech Claims

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/west-virginia-prevails-over-fired-teachers-free-speech-claims

W.Va. Superintendent’s Office Won’t Face Free Speech Suit

https://www.law360.com/employment-authority/articles/1366905/w-va-superintendent-s-office-won-t-face-free-speech-suit

BACKGROUNDER: Cabell Teacher Fired Over Tweets Files Federal Lawsuit

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/education/cabell-teacher-fired-over-tweets-files-federal-lawsuit/article_82a79654-4720-50cd-b952-764f8dd3d432.html

“We welcome this ruling as a reaffirmation that those who apparently hold biased views of others – while having the right to express even those bigoted views — should not be teaching our nation’s children,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Earlier this month, CAIR condemned a bill introduced in the West Virginia legislature that would prevent the removal of Confederate monuments.

SEE: CAIR Opposes West Virginia Bill to Protect Confederate Monuments

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.         

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.        

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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