Posted on 03 February 2015.
Girls in Jihab
By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has an aggressive approach to school indoctrination. CAIR, licked to Hamas, a terrorist organization and The Muslim Brotherhood, is the US propaganda arm of Hamas. Pam Geller, an activist concerned about the rise of Radical Islam stated:
A Jihad Watch reader in the Sacramento area has sent me this flier (click to enlarge), showing that today is NP3 Hijab Day at NP3 High School. NP3 stands for Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep; the school is in the Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento. This all started with a student at NP3 High who is an intern for the Hamas-linked terror organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). This student gave a presentation about Islamophobia and Islam at what was a mandatory staff meeting that also included an official CAIR representative.
The school then now decided to sponsor an official “Hijab Day” in cooperation with Hamas-linked CAIR. The flier also shows that another Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization, the Muslim Students Association, is also involved. Every female member of the faculty and staff, and students as well, has been encouraged to wear a hijab today. NP3’s principal, Tom Rutten, has been strongly encouraging everyone to participate and wear one.
Even though Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3) Principal Tom Rutten has voiced his support and approval of the controversial observance of Islamic culture, he says his school is not guilty of promoting or giving preferential treatment toward the religion.
“It’s not school sponsored — it’s not school run,” Rutten contended Wednesday, according to FOX 40. “We’re not forcing an opinion on anyone.”
Justifying “Hijab Day” by maintaining that it was organized as part of a senior project, Rutten expressed to FOX 40 that celebrating the Islamic apparel will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to wear headscarves properly. In the Muslim culture, such headdresses are allegedly viewed as a symbol of modesty.
Stressing that wearing a headscarf is not mandatory, Rutten says that participating in Hijab Day will enable students to learn valuable life lessons.
“Hijab Day is a way of teaching tolerance and understanding of others,” Rutten proclaimed.
According to one student at the school located in the city of Natomas — just northwest of California’s state capitol, Sacramento — Hijab Day is a way of promoting acceptance.
“It taught a lot about respecting one another and to accept that some people wear headscarves,” claimed Amna, a student at NP3.
Ties to Muslim Brotherhood?
After learning about Hijab Day, Jihad Watch’s expert on Islam, Robert Spencer, was amazed at the pro-Islamic mainstream media coverage, which he says only covered one side of the issue.
“The whole thing is dismissed, as always in the mainstream media, as ‘bigotry,’” Spencer argued. “And, of course, Fox 40 makes no mention of CAIR’s [Council on Islamic-American Relations] ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the jihad terror convictions of several of its former officials, the fact that the United Arab Emirates designated it a terror organization, etc.”
Spencer argues that the media silenced the other side of the story the same way Islamic law silences and marginalizes women, which is symbolized by their headscarves.
“But it does go out of its way to say I (without naming me) am ‘anti-Muslim,’ without bothering to note the issues regarding the oppression of women and religion-and-state involved here,” Spencer continued. “Typical sloppy and one-sided mainstream media story. In posting it, Hamas-linked CAIR has disabled comments, as they always do. That in itself is telling.”
Case dismissed … before presented
FOX 40 reported that Rutten received more than 20 complaints from across the nation in immediate response to Hijab Day.
“S ome people just wanted to yell,” Rutten discredited the concerns. “Pretty closed-minded .”
What many were upset about had to do with this notice posted by school officials to NP3 students announcing Jihab Day and the Muslim group facilitating it:
“January 28, 2015─ The hijab is a headcovering worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty and their devotion to God. GIRLS! Come to the library Wednesday morning and MSA [Muslim Student Association] members will assist you in putting your hijab on. You can bring ANY type of rectangular (or square) scarf that is bought at any store. (If you do not have any scarves, they will be provided for you to borrow for the day.)”
Spencer’s objection to Rutten’s dismissal of the other side of the issue was candidly explained his email to the principal.
“I trust that you also have explained or will explain to your student that to dismiss all concern about NP3 Hijab Day as ‘hate-filled,’ ‘irrational,’ and ‘Islamophobic’ doesn’t contribute in the least to ‘open and frank discussion,’ but actually forecloses on the possibility of such a discussion by trying to intimidate people into thinking that concerns they thought were legitimate are actually manifestations of a ‘bigotry’ they were not aware they had,” Spencer wrote. “This is just the opposite of ‘open and frank discussion,’ and I am sure you would agree that this kind of name-calling, intimidation, and groupthink should not be encouraged in academic settings at any level.”
Spencer challenged NP3’s principal by asking why he chose to give a voice to the Islamic community while ignoring anti-Semitism, which he notes is much more prevalent in America and around the world than discrimination against Muslims.
“FBI statistics show that hate crimes against Muslims, which are never justified, are actually quite uncommon, with hate crimes against Jews being over four times more common,” Spencer informed Rutten. “Yet I would venture to guess that there has been no event at NP3 High to call attention to the challenges that Jews face, and that none is in the works.”
He then asked Rutten if he would be open to giving Jewish students the same voice and platform at school.
“I understand that NP3 Hijab Day was a student-run event … Would a Jewish or pro-Israel student be allowed to stage a similar Day calling attention to anti-Semitism?” Spencer posed. “If this included the rise in Islamic anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, would this be allowed? Would you allow a Yarmulke Day at NP3 High?”
Spencer then brought up another area of deep concern, which had much to do with national security issues — with Islamic terrorist-affiliated organizations allegedly running things behind the scenes under the guise of cultural enrichment and tolerance.
“CAIR and the MSA appear to have been involved in this event,” Spencer pointed out to Rutten. “Both were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land trial, which involved funneling money to the terror group Hamas. Both have demonstrable ties, documented and noted by the FBI, with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Muslim student’s response
Completely omitting Spencer’s response, FOX 40 published in its entirety the response of the Muslim student who orchestrated the Hijab Day event as part of her “senior project.” Instead of opening up dialogue over the Islamic observance, she berated any concerns as unwanted, misguided and ignorant.
“ At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is growing, I wanted to let my classmates and teachers know about the challenges that young Muslim women face when they put on a headscarf,” the Muslim student opened up her written statement. “It is unfortunate that a small effort to promote mutual understanding would provoke such a hate-filled and irrational response.”
She then talked about inviting the Islamic organization Spencer identified as being affiliated with jihadist terrorist groups.
“ NP3 Hijab Day was part of my Senior Project, meant to bring awareness to my campus about the misconceptions surrounding Islam, particularly those surrounding the headscarf,” the NP3 student continued. “I invited a speaker to talk to faculty about addressing Islamophobia in the classroom and the challenges in the Muslim world, and they appreciated the open and frank discussion.”
The student proceeded to promote pro-Islamic curriculum, arguing that it should be taught as a standard in public schools across America, discrediting any objections as unworthy of being heard or addressed.
“ The irrational reaction by some intolerant individuals is similar to the many manufactured controversies nationwide over the teaching of basic information about Islam, the faith of one-fifth of the world’s population, in public schools,” she asserted. “In many other cases, any discussion of Islam or American Muslims brings about this reaction.”
She ended by labeling Spencer as a bigot who spreads lies that should be discounted and treated as hate speech.
“The person who promoted the misinformation about this issue, Robert Spencer, is one of the most notorious Islamophobes in America,” the student ended. “This extreme reaction clearly demonstrates why this presentation was needed in the first place.”
Putting things in perspective by opening dialogue
Spencer included in his email to NP3’s principal how Christians, who represent the founding religion of America, wouldn’t be able to get away with sponsoring a similar day of religious observance at a public school.
“As I am sure you’re aware, even student-run events by Christian students have come under fire in public schools in recent years, and many see them as a violation of the Establishment Clause,” Spencer told Rutten. “Would you allow a Wear the Cross Day? I have never heard of such an event in any public school, except in conjunction with protests against it on Constitutional grounds. Do you not think this is a double standard — and one perpetuated by Hijab Day at NP3 High?”
The expert on Islam informed Rutten further on facets of the religion that he should be familiar with before allowing students to unconditionally promote it.
“Many women and girls around the world have been brutalized and even killed for not wearing a hijab,” Spencer informed. “Are you not concerned that NP3’s Hijab Day might end up justifying and helping perpetuate the pretexts for this oppression? What steps did you take to ensure that that did not happen?”
Spencer closed his email to Rutten by exhorting him to set an example for his students by encouraging dialogue over controversial issues — rather than silencing one side without giving it a voice.
“If a student wanted to hold a Day calling attention to the oppression of women that is all too often justified by Islamic law, would that be allowed at NP3?” Spencer questioned Rutten. “I hope these questions make it clear that there are legitimate concerns regarding NP3’s Hijab Day, and to dismiss them as ‘hate-filled’ is simply an attempt to shut down the public discussion that is needed on these issues.”