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North Carolina: Muslim 8th-grade teacher says it was a “hate crime” that students left a Bible on her desk

Maybe the students were indeed taunting her by leaving the Bible and the card. Eighth graders can be like that, whatever the religion of the teacher may be. But when the teacher is Muslim, adolescent taunting becomes a “hate crime.”

“Religious conflict leads to teacher’s suspension,” by T. Keung Hui for the Charlotte News and Observer, February 18 (thanks to JW):

APEX — A Wake County middle-school teacher may be fired after she and her friends made caustic remarks on a Facebook page about her students, the South and Christianity.Melissa Hussain, an eighth-grade science teacher at West Lake Middle School in southern Wake County, was suspended with pay Friday while investigators review her case, according to Greg Thomas, a Wake schools spokesman. The suspension came after some of Hussain’s students and their parents objected to comments on her Facebook page, many revolving around her interaction with Christian students.

Hussain wrote on the social-networking site that it was a “hate crime” that students anonymously left a Bible on her desk, and she told how she “was able to shame her kids” over the incident. Her Facebook page included comments from friends about “ignorant southern rednecks,” and one commenter suggested Hussain retaliate by bringing a Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster to class with a swastika drawn on the NASCAR driver’s forehead.

“I don’t defend what the kids were doing,” said Murray Inman, a parent of one of Hussain’s students. “I just couldn’t imagine an educator, or a group of educators, engaging in this kind of dialogue about kids.” […]

In Hussain’s case, the comments in question were on the public side of her Facebook page. She has since limited public access.

Parents of children in her class said they learned about the comments last month, leading them to complain to the school three weeks ago.

The picture of Jesus

Parents said the situation escalated after a student put a postcard of Jesus on Hussain’s desk that the teacher threw in the trash. Parents also said Hussain sent to the office students who, during a lesson about evolution, asked about the role of God in creation.

On her Facebook page, Hussain wrote about students spreading rumors that she was a Jesus hater. She complained about her students wearing Jesus T-shirts and singing “Jesus Loves Me.” She objected to students reading the Bible instead of doing her work.

But Annette Balint, whose daughter is in Hussain’s class, said the students have the right to wear those shirts and sing “Jesus Loves Me,” a long-time Sunday School staple. She said the students were reading the Bible during free time in class.

“She doesn’t have to be a professing Christian to be in the classroom,” Balint said. “But she can’t go the other way and not allow God to be mentioned.”

Hussain, a 2004 Florida State University graduate, has been a Wake teacher since 2006. Her religious affiliation isn’t on her Facebook page.

Gee, what could it be?

‘Merry Christmas’The flash point for the comments came after the Bible was left on Hussain’s desk in December. The Bible was accompanied by an anonymous card, which, according to Hussain, said “‘Merry Christmas’ with Christ underlined and bolded.” She said there was no love shown in giving her the Bible.

“I can’t believe the cruelty and ignorance of people sometimes,” Hussain wrote on her Facebook page.

Hussain also said she wouldn’t let the Bible incident “go unpunished.”…

I wonder what form the punishment might have taken.

2 thoughts on “Hate Crime! Hate Crime!”


    I and other members of our diverse community wish to denounce in the strongest possible terms the current craze for flushing the Koran down the toilet.

    These Islamophobes think they are making a political or religious statement in sending this book into the sewers, but do they realise just what harm they’re doing? Where do they think these soggy, smelly Korans go to? They don’t just harmlessly dissappear, I can tell you!

    I am a member of a diverse community of single celled organisms who work in the activitated sludge at a sewage treatment plant. Our community is composed of bacteria, amoebae, Spirotrichs, Peritrichs, Vorticellids etc who were all working happily side by side to process human wastes and render them harmless, until all this Koran-flushing business started.

    Between us, we microbes can biodegrade any normal pee or poo. But these Korans have got us beat. They are toxic supershi’ite. We’ve never seen crap like it, not even the stuff that comes out of the toilets in government offices.

    What’s worse is the danger of the development of militant cells. As you are no doubt all aware, if the Koran comes into contact with certain low and primitive life-forms it can turn them into virulent killers. I’m afraid this could happen to some members of our previously well-integrated microbial community. I and my fellow protozoans have got more sense than to be affected by this crap, but some of the previously harmless bacteria could turn pathogenic and escape from the sewage treatment plant to cause havoc. That’s why flushing the koran is such a serious hate-crime.

    So next time you’re tempted to wipe your botty on Sura 5:33, spare a thought for all of us at the other end of the sewer. There are alternative environmentally acceptable ways to dispose of unwanted korans. Have you thought of using the pages as beer-mats, or as kitchen towels to absorb the excess fat from your fried bacon?

    – A. Meba

  2. A Bible on a teacher’s desk is a “hate crime”, but “thinking it best” that all school meals should be halal is a what? Hate crime, celebration of diversity, inclusiveness … with islam and muslims there is no right answer – just get carried whichever way the wind blows & fills the spin-naker.

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