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WRAL Exclusive: Video of Controversial Enloe High Speaker

Posted June 8, 2007

— A Wake County high school teacher was suspended in February for scheduling a presentation to several social studies classes that involved a Christian speaker, who then passed out religious tracts to students that criticized Islam.

Robert Escamilla has since been transferred from Enloe High School to Mary E. Phillips High School, an alternative school for problem students. Students and parents have lobbied to school board to allow him to return to Enloe High.

The speaker was evangelist Kamil Solomon, head of Kamil International Ministries Organization. The group says it is devoted to "teaching the truth about Islam," and Solomon handed out pamphlets that included the heading "Why Women Should Not Marry Muslims."

Wake County school officials said the talk denigrated Islam and should never have been allowed. Escamilla defended the presentation, noting he has brought in a range of speakers in recent years to discuss various religions and offer different ideas for students to examine.

WRAL has obtained a tape of Solomon's Feb. 16 presentation at Enloe High from an attorney for the Wake County Board of Education. The video is being offered here for people to review and make their own conclusions. WRAL takes no position on the statements made in the video.


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  • lizard Jun 10, 2007

    You ever thought there might be more catholics because they used to kill protestants hundreds of years ago? Do numbers make "right?"

    The statement "the pope by definition is mainstream" is grammatically incorrect. "Mainstream" does not appear in any definition of the pope nor what he stands for.

  • geosol Jun 10, 2007

    There are about one BILLION Roman Catholics that might take exception to your classic statement, lizard.

  • patriotsrevenge Jun 10, 2007

    I hate to break the news to some of you, but there are a whole lot more Catholics in the world than Southern Baptists.

  • patriotsrevenge Jun 10, 2007

    I've always heard that lizards live under rocks, apparently it's true. As mvnull said earlier, the Pope is, by definition, mainstream.

  • lizard Jun 10, 2007

    "mainstream" is note a word used to define the pope.

  • lizard Jun 10, 2007

    The speaker at the school spoke truth about Islam.

  • patriotsrevenge Jun 9, 2007

    I would say Eric Rudolf, but he was to much of a coward to blow himself up, too bad!!

  • larry1 Jun 9, 2007

    all i can say how many christian run around with bombs on their backs for their religion.

  • mvnull Jun 9, 2007

    "I wouldn't call the pope mainstream." lizard.

    The pope is, by definition, mainstream.

  • EverySecondisAnewChoice Jun 9, 2007

    I have no problem with the teacher. What I do have a problem with is in the first 2 minutes of the video he says the things he is going to talk about can all be proved, proved in the bible. He says he is only going to discuss facts. Well this in itself seems biased to me. If religion is going to be taught to my children without my choice I want an informative session, not a man saying what is fact. Have each and every religion in there to discuss their version of religion, not some man giving them "facts." The teacher is fine teaching religion, but he needs to do so in a non-biased way. I bet if he had had a Muslim talking bad about Christianity you would all be yelling for this teacher's removal!
    Also Mary E. Phillips has some of the best teachers in Wake County!