Dad Says ‘Anti-Muslim’ Literature Handed Out in Class Isn’t Freedom of Speech

OK, where I would agree that handing out religious material in a ninth grade orientation seminar may not be the best way to handle this, I have to make two comments:

  • As much as I’m against Islam and it’s spread, it is only fair to offer literature about all major religions, or do not offer any literature about religion at all.
  • In my opinion, what the literature is saying, sadly enough, tends to be true.
  • I realize that there are a lot of Muslim husbands out there who do not enforce the Islamic rule of “beat your wife”. But there are way to many of them that do. The Bible teaches that we are to treat our wives with respect and says “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her.” (Ephesians 5:25)
    The Koran has no such passages and as an example teaches that “Husband(s), beat your wives and deny them sex.” (Koran 4:34) in regards to punishing them for disobedience.
    In any case, I had to wonder about the term this father used to describe what the pamphlet said. He claimed that it was “slander (toward) Islam”. Can someone tell me how this is slander?
    Of course the Islamic terrorist front group CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations) jumped in on it immediately.
    Guess we’ll have to see how this all turns out.

    The father of a North Carolina ninth grader who was given ‘anti-Muslim’ literature in class says the material handed out is not an issue of free speech, but of slander and defamation.

    “First of all, it slanders, things like, Mohammed is a ‘criminal,’ is ‘demon possessed’ … that just made my blood boil,” said Triaq Butte, whose daughter Saira, was one student who participated in the ninth grade orientation seminar at Enloe High School in Wake County, N.C., where the material was distributed.

    Butte is not a practicing Muslim; his wife is Christian and his kids are taught to accept and respect all religions.

    “So for a person like me to feel like that — I’ve never been to a mosque — to feel like that … for me to feel such hideous attacks, they were not just pointing out failures or weaknesses in Islam or Muslims, they were just attacking.”


    Among the materials handed out was a pamphlet called “Jesus not Muhammad,” as well as one entitled, “Do Not Marry a Muslim Man.” The latter pamphlet compares parts of the Koran with those of the Bible, such as:

    —Husband, beat your wives and deny them sex.” (The book of Islam, Koran 4:34)

    —”Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her.” (The Holy Bible, Ephesians 5:25)

    It warns women to not be lured into marrying a Muslim man, even for his “dark good looks, education, financial means, and the interest he shows in you.”

    “You may be excited that you found the ‘tall, dark, and handsome man’ you have been looking for. His sweet words and attention may blind you regarding the power, importance, and influence of his culture and Islamic faith,” the pamphlet says. “Because in the United States, we have freedom of religion, he may agree that you can remain a Christian and you may think there will be no problem with such a marriage. But do not be fooled and become a victim of his religion, Islam, which has very oppressive rules regarding women’s status and rights. Such marriages will never be out of trouble.”


    The school’s principal, Beth Cochran, basically said ‘we encourage the exchange of ideas and although what …[was] passed out was inappropriate, we welcome anyone from the Muslim community to come and talk to the students,” Butte said.

    “In my view, I think they need to recognize that this is not just free speech and diversity of opinion, which I totally respect and have no problem with anyone talking about Islam and it’s weaknesses, and I’m prepared to do that myself — what I don’t like about it — but to slander Islam is unacceptable,” Butte said.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to the Adelphos Burns, superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, asking for an apology to the students, as well as disciplinary action against the teacher, a review of policies regarding what outside speakers are allowed to speak in class, and more diversity training for starr.

    “It is unconscionable for a teacher at any public school to abuse his or her position of trust by forcing such hate-filled, inaccurate and intolerant materials on students,” CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar wrote in the letter. “One can only imagine what a Muslim student in the class might have experienced and how students of other faiths will now regard their Muslim classmates.”

    CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told on Thursday that so far, the group hasn’t received any formal response. Cochran, the school’s principal, also did not immediately return calls to for comment

    At the very least, Hooper said, someone from the Muslim community should have been invited to come in the same day as the Kamil representative to give the Muslim perspective.

    “At least that would have been something, but to just bring in this person, presented by an authority person like a teacher, ‘here’s someone who’s going to teach you Islam … if he was going to stage a public forum and denounce Islam, that’s fine,” Hooper said.

    “This was a captive audience with captive minds who were offered no rebuttal to this type of bigotry.”

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