- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2015

The chairwoman of a rural Virginia school board is under fire after she shared a meme on Facebook that mocked Islamic principles.

Chesapeake School Board chairwoman Christie New Craig recently shared an image featuring a female cartoon character accompanied by the text: “Muslims hate pork, beer, dogs, bikinis, Jesus, and freedom of speech. My question is, what the hell do they come to America for?!”

The meme Ms. Craig shared came from a “non-politically correct” conservative veterans’ organization, titled Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, or USMC, which is also the acronym for the United States Marine Corps.

Ms. Craig told The Virginian-Pilot that she did not share the post “maliciously.”

“I’m not racist,” she said. “I wasn’t raised that way.”

Still, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked that the school board address the post at its meeting on Monday.

In a letter send to board Vice Chairman C. Jeff Bunn, CAIR asked that school board members address the matter, or else their silence “will inevitably be viewed as acceptance and approval of anti-Muslim bigotry.”

On Thursday, the school board issued a statement saying they met in closed session Monday to discuss the Facebook post, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“[T]he school system adheres to the principles of equal opportunity in employment and student achievement for every person working in and attending our schools,” the school board said. “We therefore prohibit any form of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, color, religion, age, genetic information or disability.

“A recent social media post has resulted in some concern voiced by an advocacy group indicating its representation of a segment of the community,” the school board continued. “This post has had no effect on our commitment to maintaining equal opportunity and non-discrimination standards. The School Board welcomes and will consider communications from any person or organization with an interest in maintaining and/or improving the highest possible system of K-12 public education.”

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