Islamist Activists Take Anti-Islamophobia Agenda to Sit-Down Meeting With Speaker Beth Harwell

Earlier in the week, members of the politically aggressive American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) that was formed in 2011 with the support of the Haslam administration, scored a sit-down meeting with Speaker Beth Harwell to discuss the problem of bullying in schools.

As reported by WKRN, the group told Harwell that they want a bill that would protect students who are bullied because of their religion.

Islamist activists in Tennessee connect bullying in school to Islamophobia which they claim leads to being regularly victimized or bullied because of their religion. In 2013, AMAC teamed up with Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Bill Killian, to talk about Islamophobia as a means to suppress criticism of Muslims or Islam. At the time, Killian said that he would use federal civil rights laws to stop legally permissible hate speech directed at Muslims.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s state bias-crime statistics reflect a different reality in Tennessee. The numbers consistently show that followers of faiths other than Islam suffer higher numbers of bias-related crimes.

Anti-bullying proposals are being offered by Islamist groups in other parts of the country to counter Islamophobia and to expand school privileges for Muslim students.

The San Diego Unified School District worked with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to implement “an anti-Islamophobia initiative to combat what it described as a vast and underreported epidemic of anti-Muslim bullying in the district’s schools.”

The anti-bullying plan included:

Adding Muslim holidays to staff calendars, introducing new library materials on Muslim culture, encouraging Muslim-centered high school clubs, creating ‘safe spaces’ for Muslim students and providing staff training about Muslim culture.

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) has sued challenging the constitutionality of the district’s plan to protect Muslim students. This week a judge ordered the school district to hand over its correspondence with CAIR related to the Islamophobia bullying policy.

The suit raises other issues because of the school district’s entanglement with CAIR, an advocacy organization whose objectives are pursued by promoting the Islamic religion. Issues raised by the FCDF suit include CAIR making recommendations for curriculum and instructional material changes and using the proposed anti-bullying plan to proselytize Islam to students.

Similar entanglements are evident in the Metro Nashville Public Schools’ relationship with AMAC. Another founding member of AMAC, Rashed Fakhruddin, president of the Islamic Center of Nashville, helps educate Metro social studies teachers about his religion and students from Metro schools visit his mosque where they are taught about Islam. The religious instruction has been defended by Anna Shepherd, Chairman of the Metro Nashville School Board.

Claims of Islamophobia have also been used by AMAC board member Sabina Mohyuddin to proselytize Islam at a Muslim Student Association program Understanding Islamophobia in America. Mohyuddin told students at Sewanee that the way to “deter Islamophobia” is to become educated about Islam and listen to more Muslim speakers.

Mohyuddin, a board member and program director for AMAC, also attended the meeting with Harwell.

Last year when changes to Tennessee’s social studies standards related to the teaching of  Islam were proposed, CAIR called the proposed changes evidence of Islamophobia.

AMAC founding member, Kasar Abdullah, a Kurdish refugee whose family resettled in Nashville who attended the meeting with Harwell, was also dissatisfied with the proposed changes in the teaching standards. Along with her political activism on behalf of Tennessee Muslims, she works at Valor Collegiate Academy charter school and teaches Muslim diversity and sensitivity training to faculty at Nashville-area schools.

After the meeting, Abdullah reminded WKRN’s reporter that she would use her vote to hold legislators accountable.

The Star asked Speaker Harwell’s office for a copy of her official schedule to see what other groups or individuals were able to have the Speaker’s undivided attention to discuss bills. Her office did not respond.


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14 Thoughts to “Islamist Activists Take Anti-Islamophobia Agenda to Sit-Down Meeting With Speaker Beth Harwell”

  1. […] organizing the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and more recently, lobbying its anti-Islamophobia agenda at the state […]

  2. N. B.

    I’m not a Harwell fan by any stretch. But this is a non-issue. Representatives and Senators all over the General Assembly, including some very strong conservatives, took meetings with these radicals. Representatives must meet with constituents. That’s kind of their job. Meeting with them does not necessarily mean they agree with them.

  3. Dave Vance

    My guess is Beth Halalwell would be a dhimmi Governor just like Haslam.

  4. Wolf Woman

    So Beth Harwell meets the local Muslim Brotherhood/sisterhood reps who spew taqiyya (look it up) all over her nice pants suit.

    Wonder if she knows that their ultimate goal is to have us all conform to sharia law? Probably not, bet she knows dip about political Islam. She should educate herself before the election by going talking to Dr. Bill Warner who’s right there in Nashville and checking out his website

  5. James Hammontree

    Someone please convince Mae Beavers to run as a write-in candidate. I sent a message to her requesting that she run as a write-in candidate, but I haven’t heard from her.

  6. Ralph

    Claims of “bullying” can be a means of silencing dissent. Islam means to submit, and one way to get you to submit is to outlaw any dissent. Simple plan, that just so happens to work.
    Should the Speaker of the House take some time to listen to this segment of her constituency? Of course she should. Just make sure she’s not the one being “bullied” into a position that is deeply offensive to the vast majority of her constituents.

  7. Josh Read

    When is the TN Secretary of State and Coordinator of Elections going to audit the Voter rolls for non-citizen voters in Metro Davidson?

  8. Bob

    WOW! Lost my vote.

  9. lb

    Well Beth this was NOT a good move. You just lost my vote. I will NOT vote for another spineless squish of a Gov who panders to these promuslim activists trying to cram their way of life into mine and insisting on indoctrinating children. This muslim grievance stuff is 99.9% always a HOAX–not a good move. These people are financed by CAIR–you know the TERRORIST supporting group? Yeah–whoever told you this was a good idea–you need to fire them

  10. Kevin

    A good use of Harwell’s time! Time that she wasn’t able to use to send the Pro Tem in to revive the gas tax, or stepping in to break the tie on medical marijuana…

    My list of people who I will consider voting for as Governor is getting shorter. Anybody but B, B, H!

  11. Brian McMurphy

    It has been a while since the local Muslim community has committed a hate crime hoax against themselves so that the local media could eagerly and breathlessly hype manufactured tales of bigotry and intolerance to the national level.

    CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial for funding Hamas terrorism.

  12. Papa

    *”Claiming victimization / demanding accommodations”
    • Condemning “slander” against Islam;
    • Subverting the U.S. education system, in particular, infiltrating and dominating U.S. Middle East studies programs;
    These are steps 11, 12, 13 straight from “The Project, the Muslim plan to conquer America”. This is a document that was introduced in a court case in 1991 and for the most part has been kept from the public. For those of you that haven’t read it, please do. /
    We are into Phase Three: Escalation phase, prior to conflict and confrontation with the rulers, through utilizing mass media. There are five phases.
    I have never liked Harwell and like her even less now. As for as bullying goes, my grandson was bullied the entire time he was in Metro schools and he seemed to be the one punished. He is white and a Christian.

  13. 83ragtop50

    The rot from within that is helping to destroy America.

    Maybe Harwell is looking for the votes that she currently does not have…. for good reason.

  14. ron stone

    Sensitivity training toward Muslims? What about tolerance of the Christian faith by Muslims?