"We are strong supporters of the First Amendment right to free speech -- even the kind of hate-filled speech used by Mr. Dakdok -- but having this event in a public school creates the perception of official endorsement and will inevitably promote a hostile learning environment for students of diverse faiths, including Muslims," said CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson. "If Mr. Dakdok feels compelled to attack the faith of other Americans, there are more appropriate settings that will not violate the school district's stated core belief that 'all children deserve a safe learning environment.'"
She thanked the NAACP for challenging the inappropriate location for Dakdok's speech. "I believe the district would rightfully never allow someone who claims there are no good Jews or African-Americans to speak in a school auditorium," said Shearson.
Shearson also called on national Tea Party leaders to repudiate the hate-filled actions of their local representatives.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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