Free Speech Debacle

The father of a ninth grade student in a North Carolina high school is outraged that the school allowed literature, entitled "Jesus not Muhammad," and "Do not Marry a Muslim Man," to be distributed in class.

The dispute was brought by Triaq Butte, a Christian, who teaches his children to accept and respect all religions. He told the principal of the school that there is a limitation to free speech.

The pamphlets were passed out by a representative from the Christian group, Kamil International Ministries Organization, who was invited to the school by a teacher. The derogative things written included calling Muhammad "demon possessed," and a "criminal."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to the county school's superintendent, asking for an apology to the students, as well as disciplinary action against the teacher. READ MORE

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Here's What FOX Fans Are Saying:

”Free speech is fine, unless it incites people to violence or riot. Apparently, it has caused hurt feelings, and is discriminatory in nature. I am a Christian and do not believe any religion should be slandered, whether I agree with it or not. I may say I do not agree, but I will not pass out literature nor will I support those supposed ‘Christian’ groups who engage in handing out this type of propaganda. The teacher needs some sensitivity training, in my humble opinion.” — Paula (Huntington, WV)

”The ignorance in America is bewildering, here we actually have a school trying to present an outside opinion, and the presenter is labeled anti-Muslim. For what, quoting the book of Islam to the class?” — Mike (Alaska)

”This is wrong on so many levels. The teacher and the principal should be responsible to preview any materials a guest speaker plans on distributing in their class or school. Education is a tool by which we learn about new things and to expand our knowledge and understanding of different things. The teacher should be held accountable and fined one days pay! That is for the one day he failed to properly do his job and educate.” — Brooks

“I have had no interest in Muslim opinions. If schools want to distribute pamphlets highlighting this religion of evil, I call it education. Wars are not won by ignoring facts.” — Lance

”Had it been the opposite, with Christianity and Jesus being attacked, there would not have been an outrage and it probably would have not been reported. Where was this man when Christmas was attacked. Where was his outrage when students were forced to read the Koran, yet a Bible can't be brought to school. I am tired of the double standard!” — Kathy

”It seems that it is OK to say what ever you want about Christians, but to tell the truth about Muslims using their own material is wrong. It's time people woke up to what Islam really is.” — Lloyd

”It’s wrong for any type of religious material to be distributed at a public school. Although many try to blur the distinction, there is a separation of church and state. ” — Dolores

”Why do we let the Muslim schools in our country teach their children in their schools to be anti-American? They are taught to hate ALL of us and to destroy us. So, why is the case in North Carolina so bad?” — Judy

”Until the fanatical, Islamist Muslim extremists preach/practice TOLERANCE, all’s fair! Our society, including students at every level, needs to learn as much as possible about religious teachings which demand separate status for women, or condone the murder of women who don’t dress appropriately!” — Mike

”The teacher was not wrong. The pamphlets should be distributed world wide.” — Leslie

”No, we need more teachers and everyone to speak and shout it out about the truth is Islam and our enemy. We can't go on keeping our heads in the sand. Political correctness insists that we tolerate Islam as a ‘religion of peace’ when the truth is far from that!” — Deborah

”Free speech is free speech. But, I think with Muslim students in the classroom, much more tact should have been involved.” — Ron

"I think the teacher was right and has shown sincere concern with regard to the fears of the 'politically correct' attitude toward Islam in America. Our children are receiving a great many slanted views in most public school systems regarding Islam. The attitude toward women is obvious in Muslim countries. Perhaps the father of this child is not correctly understanding the line between discrimination of race and discernment regarding the culture differences of Christianity and Islam." — Kris

"I'm sure there was opinion injected into the pamphlets as most text books in school. Any second-hand source contains opinion, but the point is the pamphlets included facts and that's what the kids should be shown. It's not slander if its true." — Sarah

"No, America is at war. I wouldn't expect anything less if I were a Catholic in the Middle East." — Jim

"While I entirely agree with the message the subject Christian group is trying to spread — educating young people on the danger of involving themselves with Muslims on a romantic level — I cannot agree that the classroom was the ideal location to spread this message. The teacher's intentions were not wrong. The choice of venue was wrong. A better venue would have been the mall or a street corner or a local church." — Jeremy (North Pole, AK)

"No, I do not think the teacher was wrong to allow distribution of anti-Muslim material. Muslims always distribute anti-Christian and anti- Semitic materials. For them it's a freedom of speech. For the rest of us, its shut up and keep quiet. It is not that there are more evil people, it is that they are more vocal and allowed to distribute their views while the rest of us are being bullied into silence." — AR

"There is no place in public schools for anti-Muslim, anti-Christian, or anti-Jewish messages under the guise of freedom of speech. Clearly, exposure to different faiths of our multicultural society benefits students, but only in a historical and educational context. Why compare religious faiths? This is offensive and smacks of proselytizing which is certainly unconstitutional." — Naomi

"No, I am really tired of the Islamic rants when anyone says anything against them." — Cynthia

"I think the teacher is right. The truth hurts." — Patrick

"If they can find problems with Christians and speak out against us they can take the same. This country was formed on idea of free speech." — Christian

"Yes, I think it is wrong to speak against any religious belief especially in a school. If they want to keep the church and state separate then do so all the way." — Alma (Irvine, CA)

"This is not an issue that should be decided by other people other than those who live in that school district. If the majority finds that it is appropriate then they should be allowed to pass out that literature." — R. R.

"I do not think the teacher was wrong. No action should be taken against the teacher." — Karen

"Yes, it was wrong. The teacher should've handed out anti-Christian material instead. We all know in today's society that that is acceptable." — Brian (Johnson City, TN)

"No, the pamphlet showed the differences between the two religions. It's called freedom of speech in America." — Barbara, an Army Mom

"A classroom is no place for a teacher to proselytize students or anyone. That teacher should be suspended or fired. A reprimand and an apology must be forthcoming. That is disgraceful, especially in the face of trying to teach our children tolerance. Shame on the teacher." — Linda (Oshkosh, WI )

"This country was founded on the Christian belief in God. The Muslims get all bent out of shape over nothing." — John

"I do not think the school district or the teacher involved should be punished, this great country of ours has to stop tucking tail to every Muslim or liberal who dose not agree with our beliefs." — Doyle (Tupman, CA)

"I am a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples) and I am appalled at the distribution of such 'hate' material. I do NOT advocate hate of any group or individual simply because our views are different, our skin color is different, or our language is different. Being different does not make a person my enemy but, even they were, I must love them." — Dave (Frankfort, KY)

"No, give me a break. The pamphlets were not anti-Muslim; they were informational." — JRT (Columbus, GA)

"I think it is absolutely acceptable to permit the distribution of these pamphlets. It is free speech. This not about 'hate.' It is Islam itself and what it advocates that is being challenged here. It's about time Christians speak their minds." — Bob (Monroe, WA)

"I think freedom of speech has every right to speak out even though the Muslims would prefer Christians not speak out ever." — Robert

"The school should be applauded. So few educators are actually making an effort in exposing the truth about Islam." — Paul (Grand Rapids, MI)

"No, it was not wrong. We allow anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-Zionist pamphlets, speech, and videos are freely circulated in our country. If we expect to instill whatever values we have in our families, we will never give our kids answers to the various questions that will confront them out in the world." — Cliff

"A teacher in a public ran school does not have the right to distribute any religious material. We in our great wonderful nation have separation of church and state. If you want your children to learn about religion in school, have them privately educated or home school them. This teacher should be disciplined and the children should be given another lesson on what hate is doing to our nation." — JoEllen

"No, I think it was a great idea. I am a Social Studies teacher and I believe it's my duty to present the truth about Islam every chance I get. I want my students to know what a violent and misguided religion it is." — Mrs. Earnst (Meade, KS)

"It is wrong if they contain lies. But it's still free speech." — Manuel

"No, the teacher was not wrong in allowing the distribution of educational materials. We are in the middle of a culture war in this country and we need to educate our young people regarding the differences in cultures." — Shane (Las Vegas, NV)

"I am outraged that this would be allowed to take place in an institution of learning. It is a very sad day in our country that was established on religious freedom. I believe that freedom of speech is a value that needs to be respected, but that the role of an educator places them in a position that requires an unbiased approach to the presentation of material. To slander one outlook on religion is to "dis-educate" the students. Look at the result of this type of teaching in Iraq and decide how much free speech you want to allow especially in regards to blasting another's religion." — Anonymous