A Democratic member of a Maryland city council called Muslim children supporters of “white supremacists” after speaking out against sex discussions and materials in classrooms during a heated school board meeting Tuesday night.
“This issue has sadly put some Muslim families on the same page as white supremacists and complete bigots,” said Kristin Mink, Democrat of the Montgomery County Council for District 5. “I wouldn’t put you in the same category as these.” although, as you know, it’s complicated because they’re on the same page on this particular matter.”
Mink made the remark after Muslim children in the district spoke out against their parents’ inability to withdraw them from class, which she says goes against their faith. She argued that Muslim families do not have the religious right to exclude their children from LGBTQ books, much like parents do not have the power to exclude their children from studying the theory of evolution.
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“And that is justice,” the Democrat continued. “This is not a violation of any particular religious liberties, any more than we cannot allow people to turn away from the teachings of evolution.”
Sa’ad, one of the children who spoke up, is an MCPS middle school student.
He said: “I’m here to speak about my rights. My religion teaches to respect all religions and all people and their rights. This also applies to the laws of my country. And I want my right-back to have an opt-out option.”
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Another child, Ibrahim Raziuddin, a 2023 MCPS graduate, said: “I am here to testify on behalf of my primary school-age cousins.”
“While introducing texts and discussions related to transgenderism and LGBTQ+ might help MCPS’ mission to be all-inclusive, I don’t think my first and third grade cousins are ready to read and discuss such topics .”
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Another Muslim child, Yasmeen Elkoshairi, also a young graduate, said: “Religious freedom is a fundamental human right that protects the conscience of all people. It enables us to think, express and act on what we deeply believe in. But all over the world.” And in the United States, that freedom is eroding.”
Another speaker, reading a statement on behalf of a Muslim student, said: “Never should a student be marginalized or excluded because of his opinion. By allowing children to skip these sessions, we can exercise our right to freely practice our religion while we avoid being harassed at school.”
“Reintroducing the opt-out option does not encourage bigotry or a lack of understanding. It encourages respect and inclusivity by honoring students’ religious beliefs.”
Ismail Royer, the director of the Religious Freedom Institute’s Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team, told Fox News Digital he was “shocked” by the council member’s comments about the Muslim community.
“I was shocked. I was absolutely stunned. That was the last thing I thought she would say,” she said. “In fact, Muslims hate no one.”
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Royer explained that while Muslim parents raise their children to be tolerant and accepting of LGBTQ people, the community objects to an agenda that runs counter to their religious beliefs.
The council member did not immediately respond to a request for comment.