A prominent figure in a Virginia school district decided to ask a simple question in a post on her personal Facebook wall, and you’ll never guess what ended up happening as a result.
Chesapeake School Board Chairwoman Christie New Craig merely shared a meme to her personal wall last month, which she fully acknowledges, but she never made any further comments about it. However, that didn’t stop an outrage from ensuing within her community, according to PilotOnline. Craig said she wasn’t out to offend anyone with the meme, but that didn’t seem to be enough for members of the Muslim community, who are upset that a member of the school board would ever post something so horribly “offensive.”
“I did not post that maliciously,” she said, before adding that she doesn’t take exception with any particular religion or group. “I’m not racist. I wasn’t raised that way.”
So what did the meme say? It was a cartoon that listed several things that Muslims dislike, then asked why it is they want to come to America so badly when we have all these things. A screenshot of Craig’s post is below:
It reads, “Muslims hate pork, beer, dogs, bikinis, Jesus, and freedom of speech. My question is, what the hell do they come to America for?”
The president of the Muslim Community of Tidewater, Mohammed Abdous, doesn’t think that Craig should have exercised her First Amendment rights in such a way, which is rather ironic, given the meme actually lists freedom of speech as one of the things Muslims hate, wouldn’t you say?
“I found it saddening and disappointing that kind of language came from someone involved in educating children,” Abdous said.
Abdous is demanding that Craig apologizes for the meme, but her problems don’t end with him. Of course, nothing Muslim-related can happen without the known terror group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) getting involved, and they’re quite upset over Craig exercising her freedom of speech. The Washington-based branch of the group sent out news releases recently, decrying Craig’s actions and demanding the Chesapeake school district conduct a thorough investigation into the post.
In a written statement to the district, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper didn’t mince words when expressing how he felt about it, and he accused the district of supporting “anti-Muslim bigotry” if they didn’t take swift action:
The Chesapeake Public Schools Board’s silence on this issue will inevitably be viewed as acceptance and approval of anti-Muslim bigotry. We therefore formally request that the board take up this important issue at its next meeting on Monday, September 14. The board must send a message to students and parents of all faiths and backgrounds in the district and the state that they deserve equal respect and support.
Only by addressing this issue can the board uphold its stated commitment ‘to the principle of equal opportunity for all and does not permit discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.’
Despite the negative backlash that Craig has received, she’s offering to sit down with anybody who is concerned and have a chat. However, she’s still amazed that a Facebook post, of all things, has received so much attention.
“I merely shared it. I did not make a comment, and I’m just shocked with everything going on in our country – police officers are losing their lives, people are homeless and people don’t have jobs – that a political cartoon would cause this much stir,” Craig said, according to WAVY News.
As of this writing, Craig has retained her position with the district, which she was elected to in 2010. However, the next board meeting comes on September 28, and things could quickly go downhill for her, as I’m sure most of you already expected.
I can’t help but see the irony in this entire situation, considering what the original meme had to say. We watch daily as Muslims around the world try to limit others’ free speech rights, so that they’re not offended, then when a woman shares a meme pointing it out, Muslims step in and demand that she be punished for exercising her right to free speech.
To think, we let nearly a million of these people into the nation annually, and liberals want to bring in even more. As it is, they’re already trying to encroach on our freedoms, so imagine what it’s going to be like as their population grows.
Source: Mad World News