San Diego schools launch ef­fort against Is­lam­o­pho­bia

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SAN DIEGO | The San Diego Uni­fied School District — one of the na­tion’s largest — has launched a cam­paign against Is­lam­o­pho­bia, draw­ing both praise and crit­i­cism.

The mul­ti­year plan in­cludes a let­ter ad­dress­ing Is­lam­o­pho­bia to staff and par­ents of its 132,000 stu­dents. It’s ex­pected to be drafted and sent be­fore Ra­madan be­gins in late May.

The district also is re­view­ing in­ter­nal staff cal­en­dars to make sure Mus­lim hol­i­days are rec­og­nized.

The plan drew lit­tle at­ten­tion when the board ap­proved it 4-0 on April 4, with one mem­ber ab­sent. Public com­ments from staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers were uni­formly pos­i­tive.

Push­back grad­u­ally spread on the in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia, with writ­ten at­tacks on Is­lam and the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions.

A Sun­day ar­ti­cle on the far-right website Bre­it­bart News drew hun­dreds of reader com­ments. The head­line of a story on the An­gry Pa­triot website that had 35,000 Facebook “likes” read, “Is­lamic Takeover CON­FIRMED — Amer­i­can School Sur­ren­ders to SHARIA LAW.”

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