Today, FCDF sent a letter to Seattle Public Schools’ Board of Directors and Superintendent to express concern about the District’s collaboration with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to CAIR’s local chapter, it is “partnering with Seattle Public Schools to provide educational trainings for teachers and staff on things like Ramadan, Eid, and how educators can support Muslim students in the classroom.”
In the letter, FCDF explains that discriminating in favor of students based on their religion violates the Washington and United States Constitutions.
According to the letter sent to the school board:
The District’s paramount interest in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its students, including Muslim students, is commendable. But discriminating in favor of one religion to achieve these ends cannot pass muster under the First Amendment.
Daniel Piedra, FCDF’s executive director, said:
Seattle Public Schools has fallen sway to the politically correct, paternalistic notion that Muslim students are victims of so-called “Islamophobia.” Unfortunately, the District has crossed a bright line drawn by our Founders: government neutrality in religion. We hope the school board realizes that “promoting diversity” does not justify violating the Constitution.