A Texas teacher who resigned in December after making derogatory comments about Muslims says her words were taken out of context.
Angela Box, then a third-grade teacher at Daily Elementary in Houston, sparked outrage during an appearance on the local cable access show, “Tommy’s Garage.”
“Every normal human being in the world knows that goat-f—-ing Muslims are the evil of the world,” she told the show’s host.
In a phone interview Wednesday with BizPac Review, Box said she was referring to Muslim terrorists, not all Islamic followers.
“The one clarification I would’ve made is that I was speaking about radical Muslims,” she said. “No, not all Muslims are evil, and I welcome the moderate Muslims to join the civilized world to speak out vehemently against the radical Muslims and beat back these barbarians to the 7th century, where it seems like they want to be.”
Box resigned from her teaching position in part because she felt threatened by comments made by Quanell X, a member of the New Black Panther Party in Texas and the New Black Muslim Movement.
“If I was a parent, I would not allow her to teach my child,” Quanell X told NBC affiliate KPRG. “What she has said about Islam is very dangerous, and she is not only putting her life at risk but the lives of those [school] children.”
Box said the Black Panther member proved her point.
“First, he says I insulted Islam by saying they have radical elements that are savages, then he says my comments are dangerous and endangering my life and the lives of my students,” she said. “You can’t have it both ways.”
Box said she filed a defamation lawsuit against Quanell X, the New Black Panther Party and the New Black Muslim Movement, saying Quanell X falsely accused her of calling President Obama the N-word.
“While I’m no fan of Obama, I would never use that kind of language,” Box told BizPac Review. “He completely made up the quote. Now he’s claiming that his publicist wrote it [the press release].”
The Council on American Islamic Relations chapter in Houston applauded Box’s resignation.
“We welcome Angela Box’s resignation and believe her departure from the classroom will help ensure a bias-free learning environment for students of all backgrounds and beliefs,” the organization’s communications coordinator, Ruth Nasrullah, said in a statement. “We are strong supporters of First Amendment rights, but students also have the right to learn in an atmosphere free of bigotry and stereotyping.”
Box is proud that the group known colloquially as CAIR dislikes her.
“CAIR is a terrorist organization like Hamas and Hezbollah,” Box told BizPac Review. “The fact that these people are against me is a badge of honor.”
She said she is not afraid of speaking her mind and will continue to fight for justice.
“In a free society, one might be offended from time to time. That does not give someone the right to destroy another person’s life,” she said. “The left, groups like CAIR and individuals like Quanell X seem to think that because they disagree with my characterizations about certain members of their groups, that gives them the exclusive right to be my judge and jury. It does not.
“I will be victorious in court, and my opinions are vindicated daily when I see the savagery perpetuated almost exclusively by Islamists around the world,” she added. “I am not afraid of the people. If they thought I was going to back down, they are sadly mistaken. They’ve kicked the wrong hornets’ nest because I’m not the one.”
Box has setup a legal defense fund at http://www.gofundme.com/StandWithAngelaBox and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TheBoxThatRoxx.
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