[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There was a time in America where you could state your opinion and question that of others without fear of losing your job. However, since Barack Obama became President, Muslims have become a protected class against criticism and Christians have become targets. One man, a lacrosse coach in a small town in Maine, learned the hard way to dare not question Obama or Muslims for in doing so he paid the steep price of losing his job.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Scott Lees had been the coach of the Fryeburg Academy boy’s lacrosse team for four years. But that all came crashing to an end after Lees posted an ‘Open Letter to Obama’ written by someone else, on his Facebook page to generate discussion. A self-identified independent conservative, Lees took issue with Obama’s claim that Islam had long been part of America’s history. So, when a friend shared this letter with him, he posted it on his Facebook page. Little did he know that doing so would be the beginning of the end of his career at Fryeburg Academy.
The Conway Daily Sun details what led to Lees’ forced resignation.
After four years at the helm of Fryeburg Academy‘s boys lacrosse team, Scott Lees of Conway said he was forced by academy officials to resign as head coach after sharing on Facebook an open letter to President Barack Obama that was unflattering to Muslims.
The letter, written by “An American Citizen,” was about Obama’s speech given in Cairo in 2009. In that speech and in another made last month, the president said Islam has long been a part of American history.
In the first part of the letter, it wonders whether anyone has have ever seen a Muslim hospital or heard a Muslim orchestra. The writer goes on to charge that Muslims “are still the largest traffickers in human slavery,” that they were allied with Adolf Hitler in World War II and that they were either pleased with or silent on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The writer adds that the Barbary pirates were Muslims.
“I just thought it was an interesting article,” said Lees, who added he’s a politically minded independent conservative. “I thought it was an interesting letter to President Obama and his current administration who are not paying attention to Israel and focusing on Iran.”
Lees, 48, shared the letter on his personal Facebook page on March 17. Two days later, he was handing in his resignation as Fryeburg Academy‘s lacrosse coach. He said that although he was supposed to meet with Head of Schools Erin Mayo and Dean Charlie Tryder on March 19, Athletic Director Sue Thurston told him a decision to fire him had already been made.
Although Lees was ‘friends’ on Facebook with four students, something that according to Fryeburg officials is against its policy, he said that no student liked the post. In fact, the post was barely seen by anyone and had only one comment. But, school officials took issue with the fact that he posted it, period.
Erin Mayo, Head of Schools, said, “We prize each young person we enroll as an individual, and we prize the diversity that they bring.” She also referenced the school’s mission statement which says that “the Academy believes that a strong school community provides the best conditions for learning and growth. Therefore, we strive to create a supportive school environment that promotes respect, tolerance, and cooperation, and prepares students for responsible citizenship.”
The Conway Daily Sun spoke with one of Lees former students named Mohammed Islam, who is Muslim. Years earlier, Lees offered to let Islam stay with him and his family when he had to return to town to face a minor criminal offense. Islam, who played lacrosse on Lees’ team for three years, said that while he disagreed with Lees post, he was not in any way a bigot.
In a phone interview, Islam, who now attends Drexel University in Pennsylvania, confirmed that his former coach had opened his home to him.
“I never saw him as a bigot,” said Islam, who played under Lees for three years.
When asked of the posting, Islam said he spoke to Lees about it. He didn’t think it should have cost Lees his coaching job. Islam said Lees seems to take issue with Obama’s handling of the Middle East.
“I don’t agree with Scott’s opinion, but that doesn’t make him a bigot,” said Islam.
Here is the full ‘Open Letter on Islam” that Lees posted on his Facebook wall which led to his forced resignation from Fryeburg Academy.
Dear Mr. Obama:
Have you ever seen a Muslim hospital?
Have you heard a Muslim orchestra?
Have you seen a Muslim band march in a parade?
Have you witnessed a Muslim charity?
Have you seen Muslims shak[ing] hands with Muslim Girl Scouts?
Have you seen a Muslim Candy Striper?
Have your seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life????
The answer is no, you have not. Just ask yourself WHY???
Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.
Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.
Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence? Bill of Rights? Didn’t think so.
Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England? No.
Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half-brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as “pug nosed slaves.” Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage,” doesn’t it Mr. Obama?
Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not present. There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.
Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the ‘hajib’ or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?
Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazis in killing Jews.
Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East.
No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day. Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims who’s asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.
And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the “rich heritage” Muslims have here in America…
Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslims.
And now we can add November 5, 2009 – the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major, a doctor and a psychiatrist, who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.
That, Mr. Obama is the “Muslim heritage” in America!
P.S. Now, you can add the Boston Marathon bombings, too…
h/t The Right Scoop[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]