Ah, Muslims, those sensitive flowers. From the News Journal, with thanks to Nicolei:
A mother of three schoolgirls has filed a federal lawsuit against the Cape Henlopen School District, claiming school officials were disrespectful of their Islamic faith and didn’t stop harassment by other students.
The lawsuit, made public Friday in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, accuses a teacher at Shields Elementary School in Lewes of equating Muslims to terrorists while instructing a fourth-grade class last school year.
“During the course of that lesson, students were told ‘Muslims believe the Koran teaches war and hatred’; ‘Muslims believe that people who do not practice Islam are evil,’ ” the lawsuit said.
Yep, pretty inflammatory stuff. Of course Muslims don’t believe that sort of thing, do they? Hmmm…Well, there was that fellow who wrote to me that “I want you to know that I hate you for the sake of Allaah and I make du’a for your destruction.” And there was that Al-Muhajiroun seminar, “The Obligation of Inciting Religious Hatred.”
But does the Qur’an teach war and hatred? Well, there is Qur’an 9:5: “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.” There are also over 100 other verses counseling jihad in various ways. And hatred? Well, Allah hates the unbelievers: “He it is That has made you inheritors in the earth: if, then, any do reject (Allah), their rejection (works) against themselves: their rejection but adds to the odium for the Unbelievers in the sight of their Lord: their rejection but adds to (their own) undoing” (Qur’an 35:39). And they are vile, those unbelievers, even if they are among the “People of the Book” (Jews and Christians): “Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures” (Qur’an 98:6). Do Muslims believe that those who don’t practice Islam are evil? They do if they believe what the Qur’an says: how could “the worst of creatures” not be evil?
So once again it seems as if telling the truth about what at least Qur’an-believing Muslims believe is to be forbidden by Muslims in American schools.
The suit also alleges that the girl was denied equal time, and that her classmates teased her (which is a shame if it happened, but hardly uncommon in primary school, or grounds for a lawsuit) — and it calls for the adoption of various dhimmi regulations:
School officials are accused of refusing to allow the girl in that class to explain Islam to her schoolmates, even though the teacher had discussed Christian symbols during Christmas.
“[When] it was suggested by the parent, that her daughter … would make a balanced presentation explaining the Muslim religion to the classroom, to boost her self-esteem, it was expressed that such an action would be inappropriate, in that it would ‘open a can of worms,’ ” the lawsuit alleges….
The lawsuit charges the district and its employees with failing to provide the students with equal protection for expression of their religious beliefs and due process to deal with the harassment that followed from fellow students.
One girl allegedly faced taunts such as “no loser Muslims allowed.” Another of the girls was told she was ugly and had an ugly name.
The defendants also are accused of giving preference to Christian beliefs over Islamic beliefs in violation of the Constitution and retaliating against the family for exercising its right to practice its religion.
The case claims the fourth-grade girl was transferred to another teacher’s class following her mother’s complaints about the alleged anti-Islamic practices.
The mother and daughters are asking the court for monetary damages to cover their pain and suffering and to punish the district. They also want the court to order the district to:
“¢Develop policies to prevent intolerance and guide administrators on dealing with student complaints about harassment related to religious beliefs and social background.
“¢Implement mandatory training for faculty and staff on religious and cultural diversity.
“¢Keep statistics on racial discrimination and harassment complaints by students and the action taken to resolve them.
The lawsuit alleges the teachers’ action, along with her supervisors’ failure to stop it, made the fourth-grade girl so depressed that a therapist recommended she stay home from school and get tutoring.
But the lawsuit alleges even that option didn’t work well because the instructor, approved by the district, continued to discuss ethnic hatreds and religious wars, despite the therapist cautioning against it. Another tutor was eventually sent to the family’s house, but not for as much time as the family expected.