A Maine lacrosse coach lost his job when he posted a letter on Facebook criticizing President Obama with an unflattering–but accurate–description of America’s Muslim heritage.
Scott Lee told The Conway Daily Sun last month he is a politically minded 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,” he said.
Lee, 48, coached the boys lacrosse team at Fryeburg Academy, a private “independent secondary school that serves a widely diverse population of local day students and boarding students from across the nation and around the world,” according to the school’s website, which notes the school was incorporated in 1792.
The newspaper reported that Lee said he shared the letter on his personal Facebook page on March 17, and resigned two days later.
He said that Athletic Director Sue Thurston told him told him a decision to fire him had already been made before he had a chance to meet with the school officials.
Fryeburg Academy Head of Schools Erin Mayo said, “We prize each young person we enroll as an individual, and we prize the diversity that they bring.”
She said teachers need to live up to the school’s mission statement, “We strive to create a supportive school environment that promotes respect, tolerance, and cooperation, and prepares students for responsible citizenship.”
Lee said he is not a bigot, and even invited a Muslim former student to stay at his home for nine days.
“I never saw him as a bigot,” Mohammed Islam told the newspaper in a phone interview. “I don’t agree with Scott’s opinion, but that doesn’t make him a bigot.”
The letter questions the “rich heritage” of Muslims in America, and reads in part:
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???
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…