Stop the Madrassa Files Lawsuit in State Supreme Court

STOP THE MADRASSA FILES IN STATE SUPREME COURT AGAINST NY SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR AND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGARDING ARABIC PUBLIC SCHOOL

LEADERS ALSO DEMAND AN END TO ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE OPPOSITION THROUGH INTIMIDATION, THREATS OF LAWSUITS AND SLANDEROUS ACCUSATIONS:

“AMERICANS WILL NOT BE SILENCED!”

October 19, 2007 New York, New YorkCitizens for American Values in Public Education Inc. and the Stop the Madrassa announce the filing this week by the Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition [“STM”] of an Article 78 Proceeding in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against the New York City Department of Education [the “DOE”] The lawsuit follows an insufficient response to requests under the Freedom of Information Law for complete information concerning textbooks, lesson plans and design documents to be used at the Khalil Gibran International Academy [“KGIA”].

In the past month, STM, has stepped up its calls for immediate closure of KGIA, as well as expanding its fight nationwide to halt the imposition of radical Islamist agendas in curricula, Arab language programs, history classes, textbooks, teacher training, and charter schools. Citizens for American Values in Public Education Inc. is the national non-profit organization that was founded to take this effort national.

The filing states in part: “Respondents have not responded to the Petitioners’ lawful and legally sufficient FOIL request. The Respondents have provided no reasonable basis for refusing to provide access to the documents and records. In addition, there is no legally justifiable basis for refusing to provide access to the documents and records… Petitioners are seeking relief from this Court to enforce their rights under FOIL.

The Petitioners in the case are the Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition and four New York residents. The named Respondents in the filing include the New York City Department of Education, which is responsible for maintaining the records and documents requested by Petitioners; School’s Chancellor Joel I. Klein, and the DOE’s Records Access Officer, Christine Kicinski. NYCDOE is charged by law with receiving and responding to FOIL requests. Copies of the filing can be obtained by contacting this organization at the number above.

Additionally, KGIA’s founding Principal, Dabah Almontaser, who resigned from the position, has made the following untrue and defamatory statements to the media:

 

· “Members of the coalition stalked me wherever I went and verbally assaulted me with vicious anti-Arab and anti-Muslim comments.

 

· “To stir up anti-Arab prejudice, they constantly referred to me by my Arabic name…”

 

· “The coalition conducted a smear campaign against me and the school…”

According to Citizens for American Values president Stuart Kaufman, Citizens for American Values in Public Education and Stop the Madrassa have one message for Ms. Almontaser and any of her supporters who are attempting to silence our responsible and legitimate expressions of concern and questions about KGIA: “We will NOT be silenced through threats of lawsuits, falsely being called names such as ‘racists’ and ‘haters’ and ‘bigots’, and other efforts to silence American citizens exercising their rights to freedom of speech.”

4 Responses to “Stop the Madrassa Files Lawsuit in State Supreme Court”

  1. Maggie Says:

    I am very pleased that you have filed an Article 78.
    The information that the Department of Ed is keeping from public view is supposed to be part of a public review of tax payers dollars. Keep up the good work.

  2. Crying Over Spilt Milk Says:

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  3. SOLZANNA Says:

    Bless you all who actively participate in taking care of the issue of education in our schools. Indoctrination of Muslim youth would be an ideal plan for future jihad activity of extremist Islamic nutjobs like OBL and Ahmadinejad. Good job and Good luck in all your endeavors.

  4. Johnathan P.Jansky Says:

    We are at the crossroads of something quite serious. Almost half the movies today have an anti-Christian bias and most are blatant. Our Courts, acting as lawmakers, are allowing for almost anything to be established except a Christian Conservative standard. Since when is the law based on what offends! The ACLU has declared an all out war against Christians trying to strip any mention of God even in historical documents taught in our schools. Speaking about our Schools, the Muslims in our schools locally are given a prayer room to practice in the school and yet the school must be sterilized of any references to Christ!
    The Anti-Christian Fascism of today is telling us how to think, what to say, or else (God forbid) “We will sue you because that offends us ”. Companies instruct their employees to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” not because it is better for business, but because they are afraid of getting sued!

    Well, I am offended! I am offended at the attacks we Conservative Christians endure time and time again. How we constantly have the liberal fascists place a muzzle over our mouth! Why can’t I say what someone is doing is wrong! Why is my God given right to say “Merry Christmas” whenever I want muzzled.

    It is time we start yelling, writing and even suing them because we are “offended” as our Freedoms are violated!

    WARFARE IS ORDAINED FOR YOU, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you. (2.216)

    Sura 33 (a promise to faithful Muslims of countries to conquer) “And he bequeathed to you their lands, their homes and their possessions, together with land you have never trodden” (33.27) .

    “Be patient with unbelievers until you have strength” (86.17).
    (Muslims are quiet until they have the numbers to start demanding their way in the country they have invaded)

    “AND FIGHT THEM UNTIL THERE IS NO PERSECUTION , AND RELIGION SHALL BE ONLY FOR ALLAH 2:193

    Quran 9:33 ISLAM WILL PREVAIL OVER ALL RELIGIONS

    “ISLAM ISN’T IN AMERICA TO BE EQUAL TO ANY OTHER FAITH, BUT TO BECOME DOMINANT. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth. Everthing we need to know is in the Koran. We don’t need to look somewhere else.” OMAR M. AHMAD, CHAIRMAN OF CAIR,the mainsteam Muslim advocacy group.

    I think that about sums it all up. It’s time to write your congressman. Scream, shout! Enough!
    Throw out those soft on Islam which seeks to overthrow our constitution by infiltrating our country and using our democracy and laws to destroy it from within.

    http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/special_re


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