CAIR Arrives on the Scene to Debate Florida Education Policy

In 2007, federal prosecutors named the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR) an unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged criminal conspiracy to support a Palestinian Arab terrorist group, Hamas. Undeterred and unfiltered largely due to western cultures political correctness, CAIR has become the go-to mouthpiece ready to cry “Islamaphobia” at the drop of a hat. My, how far they have come. Now they weigh in on Florida education policy. CAIR has a Florida chapter and their Community and Government Relations Director, Ghazala Salam, has this in the Huffington Post:

In 1945, when U.S. diplomats from the Mid-East tried to persuade President Truman not to yield to Zionist pressure, Truman responded by saying, “I’m sorry gentlemen, but I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism; I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents.” Indeed, that was a very powerful statement describing and linking the relationship between the public and lawmakers.

Yet, today, over 400,000 American Muslims constituents across the State of Florida are fighting a decisive battle against ignorance, intolerance and indifference in the Florida State Legislature. Senator Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) and his low level of knowledge about Islam and Muslims has placed a special burden on our legislators to negotiate complex issues brought on by SB 864.

Senator Hays has said that he decided to file SB 864 after some residents in his district complained that students were being taught pro-Islamic textbooks, i.e., the World History textbook published by Prentice Hall. The complaints in Senator Hays’s district were provoked by groups like Citizens for National Security (CFNS) and ACT! For America (ACT), both organizations having been designated as hate groups by many including the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In fact, CFNS and ACT have been working with various county GOP clubs, REC leaders and Tea Party chapters to push school boards to remove and/or edit textbooks with references to Islamic civilization based on their biases and perceptions. Interestingly enough, Volusia County School Board and students took a stand in support of the textbook while Senator Hays chose to use legislation as a weapon, a weapon that reinforces the anti-Muslim/Islam stereotypes and justifies discrimination and slander against Islam and Muslims in Florida.

Ghazal Salam uses all the code words to illicit sympathy after playing the predictable antisemitic “Zionist pressure” card. That dreadful tea party and those loathsome GOP are getting involved in textbook content. Never has such transparent attempt to draw liberal democrat outrage been heard in the ongoing debate on Florida education policy.

CAIR’s propaganda strike is disingenuous and could potentially backfire. CAIR knows that a dozen Islamic schools already participate in Florida’s voucher program. “Islamaphobia” accusations on the same republican politicians who assure that taxpayer money funds Islamic schools may not be such a good idea.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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