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Ohio High School Hosts Controversial Tea Party Event

March 30, 2011 by  

Two civil rights organizations are up in arms about a Tea Party-backed event that recently took place at an Ohio high school.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) raised concerns about a presentation called "Freedom or Surrender," which was slated for March 28. The local chapter of the NAACP said that the event's featured speaker, Usama Dakdok, is "anti-Muslim" and should not be allowed to speak at a public high school.

Although the address was held in the institution's auditorium, it took place at night and it was not organized or promoted as a school-related function, the news provider reported. However, the NAACP and the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on the school district to cancel the event. CAIR accused Dakdok of saying that all Muslims are "demons" and that "there are no good Muslims."

Tea Party event organizer Bonnie Oleksa disagreed with those claims, telling the media outlet that Dakdok is a Christian missionary who is reaching out to Muslims who don't believe in Jesus Christ.

"Apparently, the Mansfield NAACP thinks the First Amendment applies only to those who are in agreement with the NAACP," Oleska told the news source.

Mansfield Superintendent Dan Freund said that the district allows its facilities to be rented by all groups as long as they do not "prove disruptive to our educational environment." 

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