Anti-Islam Pamphlets Distributed at School
(02/21/07 -- RAELIGH) (WTVD) -- There's a debate in Raleigh that raises the question: is it free speech of religious discrimination?
A father is outraged after anti-Islam literature was handed out at a Wake County high school. The situation has gained the attention of the National Muslim Organization. The group wants school leads to take action.
Criminal, demon possessed, inspired by Satan, and don't marry a Muslim man are just a few of the phrases found in a pamphlet describing the Prophet Mohammad -- a central figure in Islam.
Tariq Butt, a Muslim who lives in Raleigh, says the only problem is the information was handed out in a class at his daughter's school.
"This is extreme," says Butt. "Just the whole way it was presented to a captive audience of little kids in a class that had nothing to do with religion."
The pamphlets are part of a guest speaker's lecture to freshman at Enloe High School. The speaker is a member of the Kamil Internation Ministries Organization, and according to Butt, it's not the first time he's been invited to the school.
Butt and the National Islamic Organization have contacted the school requesting the teacher be disciplined and an apology be issues to all Enloe students.
"It's free speech," says Saira Butt, Enloe student. "But it's still offending people because it's not even the truth."
Tariq Butt says when he contacted the teacher and the school principal, they told him the pamphlets are just free speech.
Eyewitness News' calls to the school system were not returned, but we've learned an internal investigation is underway.
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