Debbie Schlussel Stands Up for Persecuted Christian Teachers – in America

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Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Debbie Schlussel, a conservative political commentator, radio talk show host, columnist, and attorney. Visit her website at

FP: Debbie Schlussel, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

You have recently launched a federal lawsuit against Imad Fadlallah, a Muslim individual who was, until July, the principal of Dearborn’s Fordson High School.

Tell us what the lawsuit is about.

Schlussel: Two teachers at Dearborn’s Fordson High School, Bryan Purcell and Georgene Stergalas, were repeatedly harassed by the then-Muslim principal Imad Fadlallah.  (He has since been replaced by another Muslim principal.)  As we’ve noted in the press release announcing the lawsuit, it was clear that the harassment was brought because these teachers are Christians and not Muslims and because the principal wanted to replace Christian teachers with teachers who are Muslims, Arabs, or Arab Muslims.

Fadlallah has used this tax-funded public school to push Islamic extremism, including giving students the day off and extra credit to campaign against Christian candidates on Election Day and temporarily canceling the prom because it is unIslamic.  The school football team also illegally engages in organized Islamic prayer before football games.  As we noted in the lawsuit, Fadlallah, who is a cousin of recently-deceased Hezbollah spiritual leader Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, made sure that the teachers were repeatedly scheduled for two classes at the same time at opposite ends of the school, and he recruited Muslim students to harass and report on the teachers, as well as deliberately assigning them the worst students—troublemakers—repeatedly encouraging them to harass these two teachers.

The teachers are both award-winning teachers, but as part of Mr. Fadlallah’s harassment of them, he and other school personnel under his domain gave the teachers negative reviews and reports in their records.  Mr. Purcell also has Type I Diabetes and, as part of the harassment against him, he was repeatedly told he could not take time out to give himself necessary shots and the school deliberately scheduled classes when he was medically required to eat and take shots.

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  • Ross

    A shocking description.
    Here in Indonesia there have been many concerns re indoctrination by fanatic teachers in Muslim schools, (see Ross's Right Angle expat blog) but that's in the 'largest Muslim democracy in the world.'
    America facing the same problems? Unbelievable!

    • Gary Rumain

      There are madrassas in the UK doing the same thing. No doubt, there are already some in the US but the problem will escalate if its not nipped in the bud soon.

  • Mel

    Yes, unbelievable and unthinkable. But what can one expect with an elite that is both blind and ignorant. Lets hope and pray that Debbie wins.

  • Carolyn

    The Gulen Movement has infiltrated charter schools all over America. And now the high schools? In view of Muslims' hatred of Democracy, their denigration of liberty and their professed goal of eliminating all infidels, it is evident that school officials need to pull their heads out of the sand!

  • stephencuz

    What is most abhorrent is the fact there should be need for a lawsuit at all. Dearborn is still an American City! Assimilate or get the hell out! When immigrants come here I always thought they had to vow to assimilate as well as prove they will be a productive member of OUR SOCIETY. This is not productive. They should be provided one thing more from the Government free of charge. A one way ticket to their country of choice. I can’t offer much Ms. Schussel but I am contributing. Please continue to fight the good fight!

    • InsomniacPrimus

      Dearborn is still an American City!

      Considering what's been going on there the last several years, I'm not so sure that's true.

    • No Muslim slave

      What is unfortunately obvious is that many of these arrogant, conceited and megalomaniacal Muslims truly believe that America belongs to THEM and THEM ALONE, because Allah has willed it. Divine right and all that.

      It's a neverending source of astonishment that any sane individual would feel that this sick cult of Islam and the backward cultures it fosters are "superior" to anything.

  • Mike

    At a certain point we will be foreced to partake in a civil "disruption" or the Muslims will simply breed thermselves into a majority and overturn our Laws, (and yes our Consitution). Don't let the rosy-glasses of liberal undermine your concerns. It is a cancerous cult and must be severely limited on the shores of the US or we will become a slave state to Islam.

  • RiverFred

    Required Islamic studies are being taught to seventh-graders in California. The studies taught are a complete whitewash of the religion. They even have Islamic day where students are taught how to pray. If the Board of Education must teach about Islam it should hold the pages of the Quran, its prophetic traditions, biographies and Islamic histroy bare to its students and not whitewash this religion and its Shari'a laws. Obviously they don't want to expose Mohammad as the worse type of man and that Islam is not a peaceful religion..

    • American_Flag

      Damned you Fred! Anything goes as long as you are not Christian! How pathetic is this Fred…they ban prayers in school and in the army, but this crapola is allowed in school on our tax dollar? Where is the justice here? Terrible. Pathetic….

    • intrcptr

      That's how I intend to teach history here in Philly once I get my cert.

      Muhammad, Marx, Darwin; let me at 'em!

    • Frank Monroe

      In California the Gulen managed schools are called Magnolia Science Academy, Bay Area Technology Schools and Pacific Tecnology. concentrated in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Oakland and Fruitvale (s. Sacramento)

  • Chris

    Now they have their hands on our young. Hitler knew that by indoctrinating the youth of the country he had the future of the country in hand. We MUST stop this Muslim infiltration NOW.

  • Chris

    Where have the parents of these kids been? Are they just standing by, watching this corruption of their children take place?

    • Gary Rumain

      The parents are all arselifters. So its what they want. They wouldn't have sent their kids there if they didn't want them indoctrinated in the ways of the koran – terrorism and all.

    • Frank Monroe

      Most parents are single parents and in the low income areas where Gulen has inflitrated his charter schools, they are pre occupied with their own "issues" and ignorant of many facts. These kids participate in Turkish Olympiads (you can watch these on UTUBE) where they display their Turkish talent , one of which is singing the Turkish national anthem waving the flag of Turkey which is ACTUALLY a symbol of Islam (star and crescent) many Americans are ignorant of this and who Gulen is. That is why it is your responsibility to inform others.

      • MARY


  • moshav

    muslim teachers shouldn't even be allowed near a classroom. They are in the same category as child molestors.

    • Gary Rumain

      Worse actually. Far worse.

  • Dennis / Tampa

    OK…Here are some suggestions for those unaware of how this Anti-Western Civilization grows: 1. If you are in Michigan, take a drive from the Grosse Pointe end of Warren Avenue, Eastside, heading West. Once you have crossed Wyoming Avenue, you'll be transported into an environment unlike most have never seen. Keep driving. 2. Also, take a few drives into Greek Town, Mexican Town, Cork Town, and Hamtramck – or even Frankenmuth. Question: Did you, as Juan Williams noted, feel "uncomfortable" in any of these areas in #1 and #2? Please note which one(s) and why. 3. Read Rosenberg's newest, THE TWELFTH IMAM. 4. Research Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb. 5. Research La Shish Restaurant owner's history…See DS website archives. 6. Build a matrix of the various World Religions and the religious laws of each…then chart them from MOST VIOLENT to MOST PASSIVE/PEACEFUL. 7. What is a "CALIPHATE"? Ah, Yes, those carefree days of magic carpets, Sinbad the Sailor, Arabian Nights, etc. are gone and have been replaced by a culture still stuck in the 7th and 8th Century. Your choices: Either they accept Western Culture/American Society or they take over or they can leave. As for me, I WILL NOT SUBMIT. Thank you, Debbie, for your courage and FP for its efforts to open our eyes.

    • Gary Rumain

      Any chance there's a video of that drive out on the net? Or would someone be willing to make one? I'd love to put it up.

  • guest

    These so called nice neighbours,are allowed to LIE through their holy book,

  • American_Flag

    The invasion has begun. Some Moslems chose the Jihadist's route, and others choose to infiltrate and populate. You are damned right we're going down…it's not if, but when. It may take a hundred years or more, but the Moslems are well underway to take over the world. Europe will fall first, then the USA. At that point you will have crossed the point of no return. Read the book "WHY WE WANT TO KILL YOU – THE JIHADIST MINDSET AND HOW TO DEFEAT IT” by Walid Shoebat, or read "The Looming Tower – the road to 9-11" by Lawrence Wright. Both will expose you to the real Islam not taught to westerners and not found in any American published books. Wake up people, educate yourself! It's almost too late!

    (How sad. How stupid and blind are we?)


    Sick of it all.

  • Seek

    Piety has its limits. When Muslims seize control of public spaces and stick their buns in the air as high as they can five times a day, that's more than simply freedom of religion at work. That's intimidation of others to express their freedom or even to travel.

    Tell the imams and their followers to take their asses out of the country.

    • Gary Rumain

      The French have finally had enough of that. The LDF are planning to stop it.

  • USMCSniper

    The political left use academia to brainwash our youth using pro-marxist’s tripe thus it’s no surprise they’d give Islam Supremacy status over other faiths historically Islam and fascism are the opposite sides of the same coin. The political left have used imagined Islamophobia to hyjack September 11 events, instead of that day being dedicated to the innocent lives slaughtered by Muslim extremists the day is now being used to promote Islam in our schools via stopping imagined Islamophiba.

  • Fed_up_American

    I'm so sick of these d*mn muslims!

  • Beertruk

    As USMC Sniper said, we have allowed the leftards and moonbats to take over the Academia and Education System to brainwash the kids of today while we stood by and did nothing. It has now come back to kick us in the arse

  • al Kidya

    Question: Why has the FBI allowed that snake-in-the-grass, Faitullah Gulen, to live in his hilltop fortress in Pennsyvania and control the Islamist school system in North America.
    It is affecting Canadian Islamist schools as well.
    The indoctrination of these youths ensures an Islamic caliphate in the near future.
    The schools should be shut down or at least be ordeered to abide by a US/Canada controlled curriculum.
    If they don't like it…too bad. They know where they can shove it.

    • Frank Monroe

      There are American enablers, Ex FBI Turkish Translator Sibel Edmonds discusses this in many periodicals and on her own blogspot "Boiling frogs"
      Gulen Schools have frequent political visitors to their schools and take photos of the politcians with the students. Gulen also inflitrates via their Gulen Interfaith Dialog wining and dining local politics, academia, media and religious leaders. Also many have gotten FREE trips to Turkey.
      watch out for these things in your community.

  • concerned citizen

    I'd like to hear how the non-Muslim students are doing. Are they being similarly harassed?

    • Sponge

      A Detroit area highschool (not in the district mentioned in the article) recently banned Jewish students from wearing IDF t-shirts because it was "offensive" to Muslim students.

      Go to any college campus and see how conservative students are harassed and maligned for supporting the war on terror. Look at how pro-Israel students are literally assaulted on U.S. and Canadian universities.

      It is downright scary.

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    The place to start is ban Muslim immigration since their religion is not compatible with our Democracy. It's easy. Keep them out.

  • Guest

    I guess the UK is not alone in having entire cities overrun by the Islamic jihad.

  • Frank Monroe

    The Gulen Movement manages over 150 Charter Schools in the USA. They are under investigation in many areas and are getting denials………keep up the pressure. Inform parents to pull their children out of these schools and your local Charter school boards and media.

  • btilly

    This is evil. Next Christian students will be dismissed. Parents will be banned from coming to visit. Americans must fight back. Write to all churches, newspapers, TV, all over Michigan. Do e-mails, everything.

  • crypticguise

    Is it unlawful to suggest that IslamoFascists should be terminated with extreme predjudice? It seems that radical Islam is allowed to run rampant in areas like Dearborn without any blowback from non-Muslim American citizens.

    Maybe these Islamist radicals should be "culled out" of the population.

  • Vivi Andersen

    I love my country dearly and because of that I must fight islam and the muslims .

    And I am not alone !

    Lots of Danes are angry, very ANGRY and they too will fight islam and the muslims who live in our country.

    This muslims are so demanding and at the same time arrogant even 99.9% of them live on wellfair .

    They get all their expences paid and it ´s the Danes who pay.

    The amount is approx. 100-300 BILLIONS kr. per year and that´s a hell lot of money !

    Our so-called wellfare-system is on it´s way down the drain and it´s a matter about 5- 10 years and we will be there – down and broken.

    We want a 100% STOP for imigrants from the arabic-islamic countries in the M. E. – but it´s impossibel because the european Union says no.

    You see, we are no longer masters in our own country – the Union is and the eu-politicans love muslims and have years ago made agreemets with the M.E.-countries and promised their citizens right to travel in to the E.U. – stay and work here.

  • Vivi Andersen

    Stay ….yes.


  • liz

    All muslims must participate in Jihad. That is the mandate of their religion. They do so either by force, or my stealth. The stealthy ones are permitted by the Koran to lie in defense of their religion, so they do. They pretend to have good intentions, to love America and to be peaceful, but in fact they are just stealthy and do more damage than the violent ones because they sneak in under the radar and we AMericans are fooled by them. They smile sweetly and say they want to open a Community Center at ground zero, when in fact it is their way of declaring victory. Make no mistake 9/11 was a victory for Muslims and they cheered all over the world. Be aware folks, stop them from advancing into our schools, our government our country before it is too late. They should not be allowed to immigrate into this country.

  • 4b1

    Uh, could we have some facts other than allegations. Not that I don't believe her, but informed readers need… well information.

  • terry r m

    I’d bet my late stepfather Green Beret would feed him a bacon sandwich. No doubt asked, “how ya’ like that buddy?” The SOB wouldn’t make it 1min w/me. I am free and will not be oppressed.

  • Towanda Marrello

    Thanks, that wasreally interesting. Actually,I was born in Moscow in 1972 but my mother and I fled and came here to the UK. Honestly, I didnt really care much about my russian history until my mum died last month, now I’ve been trying to discover as much as I can. Seemed like cuisine was as good a place as any to start from! You dont generally hear much about russian cooking do you? Anyway, I found a lot of russian recipes here that your readers might be interested in .

  • John A.

    I think purpose of people who are labeling successful charter schools as Gulen Charter Schools is to defame Fethullah Gulen and successful charter schools. It was mentioned on CBS's 60 Minutes that nationwide TIME Magazine listed some of those two successful charter schools in top 10 schools of the nation. They're combining those schools as Gulen Charter Schools, because they're successful. Those people who are actually against good and goodness picking Fethullah Gulen's name as a person to mention with those successful charter schools. Whoever they are, they don't like Fethullah Gulen because of his teachings and positive contribution to humanity in 21st century. ,

  • Gary Rumain

    I've never known any arselifters to be nice. They are generally rude (this is mostly Arabs who believe their superior status as told to them in the koran). Non-arab arselifters aren't as bad but some are worse than others. Pakis are probably the worst of the non-arab ones.