Ever since Obama has taken office, there’s been a shift in our country where our institutions bend over backward to avoid offending Muslims, but one school district just took things too far.
On Sept. 28, one of the nation’s largest school districts took a trip into bizzarro-world and passed a motion submitting to Islamic supremacy in its schools. According to a report from WND, the Kansas City Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution that bans anything deemed “hateful speech” towards Muslims because America has a “long history of racism and xenophobia,” or something.
The resolution, which can be read by clicking here, states that the 30,000 or so Muslims in the area are “making invaluable contributions to our economy, our social and political life, and our culture.” It adds that discrimination on the basis of religion, and against Muslims and those perceived as Muslims in particular, is deeply embedded” in our nation, thus making their resolution necessary.
One of the more troubling aspects of the board’s resolution is it claims the school district is responsible for supposedly enlightening students “of their own biases.”
Here’s the paragraph in its entirety:
WHEREAS it is the responsibility of schools to educate students about the social, cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States, to promote awareness of a wide range of religious and cultural traditions, and to teach students to think critically about their own biases; and
The document goes further, stating that Kansas City Schools “condemns all hateful speech and violent action directed at Muslims, those perceived as Muslims, immigrants and people of color.” The board also pledges to foster “a school environment that promotes respect for and curiosity about all religions and cultures, affirms the equal humanity of all members of the community, and rejects all forms of bullying and discrimination.”
Finally, Kansas City Board members commit tax money to provide special training for teachers and staff to ensure they don’t hurt the feelings of Muslim students, and to “instituting school policies and setting an educational curriculum that reflects the values expressed in this resolution via training of staff and teachers, the inclusion of diverse resources to supplement in-class curricula, and the creation of safe spaces for students to address in-school bullying.”
In short, this school just made it a punishable offense to speak critically of Islam, and they’re actually going to spend money reprogramming anybody who does. You know who else has such policies?
Saudi Arabia, where if you do speak ill of Islam, also called blasphemy, you’re sentenced to death because Sharia Law strictly forbids blasphemy. While students aren’t going to be sentenced to death in Kansas City, this resolution has troubling First Amendment issues, such as creating a protected religion and stifling the free speech rights of students.
Of course, everyone has the right to feel safe in school and nobody is advocating that students bully Muslim students by any means; however that’s not what this is about. This is about the Kansas City Board of Education abandoning our Constitution by forbidding critical speech of a particular ideology, which is exactly why the Frist Amendment was created, to submit to Sharia Law and Islamic supremacy.
Are we still in America? It surely is starting to not feel like it anymore.
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