Yesterday I discussed how at Restoration Weekend David Horowitz performed his own version of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride – summoning every American who believes that our country is heading over the cliff to do whatever he or she can to help us reverse course now. And I mentioned the suggestion for mobilizing a teaparty protest against the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his band of co-terrorists in New York and to bring a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of key parts of Obamacare as soon as it is enacted.
And there is far more that we can do, including taking the offensive against Muslim activists like CAIR and their ACLU supporters who sue public schools not bending over backwards to pay special homage to Islam and to accommodate Islamic law. We can go beyond the ‘establishment of religion’ argument for challenging the schools, which has not worked so far when Muslims’ rights are concerned. We should base the challenge also on the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the First Amendment right of free speech, which includes the right not to be coerced into saying something you do not believe in.
For example, seventh-graders at a San Francisco-area school (no surprise)were required to “become Muslims” for two full weeks as part of California’s world history curriculum. This included professing as “true” the Muslim belief that “The Holy Quran is God’s word,” reciting the Muslim profession of faith — “Allah is the only true God and Muhammad is his messenger.”
Just imagine what would happen if a public school told Muslim students to become Jews for two weeks and recite “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” That school would not be standing after the first day.
Yet the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California dismissed a case brought by outraged parents against such a blatant exception for Islam to the Supreme Court decisions that have kept religion out of the public schools for decades. The appeals court concluded that the activities did not constitute “overt religious activities that raise Establishment Clause concerns.” The Supreme Court refused to take an appeal from the 9th Circuit decision.
The same loony 9th Circuit upheld a public school superintendent’s decision to ban a student group’s performance of an instrumental version of Ave Maria at their public high school’s graduation ceremony because it could be seen as endorsing religion.
The next time a public school decides to have its students participate in Islamic rituals, it should be sued by non-Muslims for violating the free speech rights of students who are pressured into speaking words in opposition to their beliefs. If a student cannot be forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance as the Supreme Court has ruled, a student should not be subjected to circumstances in which he or she feels intimidated into reciting Islamic prayers or participating in other rituals. Moreover, unless the school conducts similar programs in the Jewish, Christian and other faiths’ beliefs, the non-Muslim students should claim that they are being discriminated against in violation of their equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.
And, while we are at it, it is time to take the gloves off with organizations like the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and George Soros’ network of multiple, inter-locking organzations. We should bring them to court for violating their tax-exempt status.
The case should be relatively simple. Just follow the money. These organizations spend their money directly, or funnel money to other organizations that spend a substantial amount of it, on spreading “propaganda” which, under Section 501 of the U.S. Code, should disqualify those organizations for tax exempt status. Their main activity is to spread, or support organizations that spread, propaganda to influence legislation and otherwise manipulate our legal system in ways that hurt the security of this country.
We can stop the Islamists and the radical Left if we have the courage of Paul Revere to take action now:
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.