Parents were outraged when the San Diego school district first announced last April that it was partnering with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to launch an anti-Islamophobia initiative, promoted as an anti-bullying program.
“The multi-year anti-bullying plan, developed with assistance from CAIR, called for adding Muslim holidays to staff calendars, introducing new library materials on Muslim culture, encouraging Muslim-centered high school clubs, creating “safe spaces” for Muslim students and providing staff training about Muslim culture,” the Daily Caller reported.
On March 6, a federal judge ordered the San Diego school district to turn over all evidence of its correspondence with CAIR about the controversial program.
Wednesday, March 14, subpoenas were slapped against CAIR, the Daily Caller reported Thursday:
Investigative subpoenas were issued Wednesday afternoon to CAIR’s chapter in California that seek all communications and documents concerning its involvement in creating the allegedly unconstitutional initiative.
CAIR-California will need to produce the documents within 10 days, or it risks facing legal penalties for being held in contempt of court, according to the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), a religious liberty group that issued the subpoenas.
The FCDF is representing a group of concerned parents who expressed outrage that the San Diego public school system had allowed CAIR, an openly religious group that seeks to promote the Islamic faith, to influence public school curriculum in the form of an anti-bullying initiative.
When the program was first launched, CAIR raved that they wanted to launch this program in school districts all across the nation, the Daily Caller reported:
Hanif Mohebi, the executive director of CAIR-San Diego, praised the initiative and said it should serve as a model for school districts across the country.
“If we do this right, San Diego Unified School District would be the leading school district in the nation to come up with a robust and beautiful anti-bully and anti-Islamophobic program,” Mohebi told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Mohebi was invited to give talks at more than a dozen San Diego schools starting in late 2016 to teach students and teachers how to reduce bullying of Muslim students.
Hanif gave pamphlets to students that advised Muslim youth to contact CAIR if they faced bullying, which according to CAIR includes “insulting comments about Islam.”
“Allowing a radical religious organization to indoctrinate our public schoolchildren defies common sense and undermines the very history and logic of the First Amendment,” FCDF President Charles LiMandri said in a statement. “We hope these subpoenas will shine more light on SDUSD’s unconstitutional relationship with CAIR.”
The following news broadcast from May 2017 describes the lawsuit which outraged parents filed over the program.
The following video as broadcast in July 2016 when CAIR and the San Diego School system was first trying to gain the public’s acceptance of the program.