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SAN DIEGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - The San Diego school district is being sued for violating its students' rights by enacting an "Anti-Islamophobia" campaign to combat alleged bullying of Muslim students.
A press release by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) is announcing a lawsuit against the San Diego Unified School District after it decided in April to grant special provisions to Muslim school students, calling it "blatantly unconstitutional and run contrary to America's enduring belief in religious equality."
The plaintiffs named in the suit, six parents suing on behalf of their children, the Citizens for Quality Education San Diego — a school watchdog group — and the San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation, are suing the school district for violating students' First and Fourteenth amendments by favoring Islam over other religions.
The lawsuit is accusing the district of granting Muslim students special religious accommodations, forcing teachers to undergo training on advocating for Muslims and a review of the curriculum to show Islamic culture in a positive light. All this, in cooperation with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization with links to terrorism.
The district noted in it's "Protected Classes" report that from July to December 2016, there were seven reported cases of bullying or harassment of students K-12 based on religion.
The lawsuit notes, however, that out of over 120,000 students in the district, the report indicates that approximately 0.005 percent of students enrolled in the district reported complaints. Moreover, it's not indicated that the students who filed reports were actually Muslim.
It further indicates that establishing an Anti-Islamophobia Initiative "grants the direct benefit of special government protection to Muslim students under the pretext of preventing bullying and discrimination, while such protection is unavailable on an equal basis to students of other faiths." Students of other religions have no such protections.
Under this program, Muslim students would complain to CAIR, which would file a report with the school district and follow up to see if any action had been taken to resolve the complaint.
The lawsuit alleges that CAIR's definition of bullying is different than the school district's. It considers a "preference" against Islam is as an act of bullying.
Plaintiffs do not wish for their children, as non-Muslims, to be accused of bias and bullying by the School District and CAIR if they express viewpoints or beliefs that may conflict with the School District's and/or CAIR's arbitrary, de facto interpretations of 'bias' and 'bullying.'
Charles LiMiandi, FCDF president and chief counsel, commented:
Under the guise of this anti-bullying program, Defendants have fallen in with [CAIR] to set up a subtle, discriminatory scheme that establishes Muslim students as the privileged religious group within the school community. Consequently, students of other faiths are left on the outside looking in, vulnerable to religiously motivated bullying, while Muslim students enjoy an exclusive right to the School District's benevolent protection.