MINNEAPOLIS (July 24, 2013) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is calling on Independent School District #482 and Little Falls Community High School to consider the negative impact a scheduled speech by an anti-Muslim speaker will have on district students and to rescind approval to hold the event in a school facility.
On July 29, 2013, the Central Minnesota Tea Party will feature anti-Muslim speaker “Brigitte Gabriel” from the hate group ACT! For America at an event in Little Falls Community High School.
“As Little Falls High School would not, and should not allow a racist or an anti-Semitic speaker to use its facilities, we ask that school and district officials apply the same standard to an anti-Muslim speaker,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya. “By allowing the school to host this event, the perception is that the school is endorsing hate speech and anti-Muslim views. This perception could have a negative impact on the learning environment for Muslim students.”
Saroya added that hosting an anti-Muslim speaker would also violate the district’s Harassment and Violence Policy. The Harassment and Violence Policy seeks “to maintain learning and working environment that is free from harassment and violence on the basis of . . . religion.” The policy specifically states that the school district should avoid having an “intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.”
Gabriel’s speech would also contradict the School District’s policy on Religion, which states: “The school district shall neither promote nor disparage any religious beliefs or nonbeliefs.” This policy encourages “tolerance” and this event is a clear contradiction to the policy as it clearly promotes intolerance.
CAIR-MN asks supporters to be polite and respectful when contacting Independent School District # 482 Superintendent Stephen Jones: 320-632-2001, [email protected]; Little Falls Community High School Principal Tim Bjorge: 320-616-2201, [email protected]
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ACT! for America leader Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym “Brigitte Gabriel,” claims an American Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen” and that Islam is the “real enemy.” She once told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim.” She also claimed that “Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct word. . .it’s the vehicle for Islam. . .Islam is the problem.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Gabriel as one of the “Anti-Islam Inner Circle” and says, “She is prone to sweeping generalizations and exaggerations as she describes a grand, sophisticated Muslim conspiracy bent on world domination.”
When asked whether Americans should “resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation,” Gabriel said: “Absolutely. If a Muslim who has — who is — a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day — this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.”
Gabriel stated: “America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam.”