CAIR-NJ Welcomes Ruling Against Toms River BOE Member for Anti-Muslim Facebook Postings 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/23/2021) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the judge’s ruling on the case of former Toms River Board of Education member Dan Leonard.

In August of 2019, complaints were filed with the School Ethics Commission of New Jersey against Dan Leonard alleging social media posts he made violated the School Ethics Code.

On March 18, 2021, a judge issued a decision and found two violations of the school ethics code. The judge further concluded that censure be the appropriate penalty imposed on Leonard for his anti-Muslim social media postings.

The judge’s decision is a recommendation for the School Ethics Commission.




BACKGROUNDER: CAIR-NJ Calls for Resignation of Board of Education Member Who Shared Anti-Muslim, Racist Posts


In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksutsaid:

“We applaud the judge’s initial decision and recommended penalty against Dan Leonard. Our hope is the School Ethics Commission will adopt the decision and the penalty in its entirety.”  

“Anti-Muslim rhetoric should never be tolerated by anyone, let alone those in leadership of our education system. To end violence and discrimination against minorities requires our local leadership uphold inclusive and respectful language and behavior.”  


CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119,