I’ve been involved with creation ministry for a number of years and know firsthand how difficult it is to speak in science classes in a public school. If they do allow you to speak, they generally place strict guidelines on you. You’re not allowed to say anything about the Bible, Jesus, God, creation, or intelligent design. I’ve seen schools go so far as tell you that you aren’t even allowed to question evolution for fear that someone will take it as a creation talk and the school will get sued.
Likewise, history classes are the same way. I once was invited to speak about America’s early history, but was told that I couldn’t mention anything about religion whatsoever. I informed the teacher that you cannot truthfully teach American history without religion as it played a huge role in shaping the nation and helping us gain our independence from Great Britain. Consequently my invitation to speak was withdrawn.
Public schools throughout our country are so afraid of lawsuits that they’ve turned to teaching history that has been sanitized against all religious references. They’ll teach that most all of our Founding Father were deists, which by the way is not correct, but that’s as close to religion as they’ll get.
So tell me why a public school in the Tampa, Florida area would invited guest speakers from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)?
According to a report from One News Now, Steinbrenner High School had invited members of CAIR to come in and educate their students on Islamic relations. When word got out to the surrounding community, the school board was overwhelmed with complaints from concerned parents and citizens. Parents asked the school board to adopt a policy to prevent things like this from happening, but the school board refused to do so and even endorsed the high school’s policy to invite CAIR speakers in the future.
I wonder if the same high school would invite someone from an organization like American Vision to come in and teach on America’s Christian foundations and how the Bible helped shape our nation and our nation’s governing documents. I highly doubt that they would because that would be teaching a religious view and would be a violation of the supposed separation of church and state.
But they evidently have no problem inviting in Muslims to teach about their history, which is also religious in nature. How do they expect the CAIR representatives to teach anything about themselves without the mention of religion? It’s like asking someone to teach about electricity without mentioning direct or alternating currents or teaching woodworking without teaching anything about the different types of wood. It just can’t be done.
Fortunately, David Caton, president of the Florida Family Association has become involved with the Steinbrenner High School situation. He believes that the school and school board received so much negativity from the community and parents that they will probably not invite any CAIR members in the future. To help insure that it doesn’t happen again, the Florida Family Association has offered a cash reward for verifiable information for any future speaking event involving members of CAIR or any other Muslim organization.