One name joins the list of visitors: Nancy Stokes

Image copyright AP Image caption Dear Abby, here I come! Nancy Stokes’s skills were demonstrated by ex-president Biden in 2013 A school superintendent whose name has appeared in an anti-Muslim letter should become the…

One name joins the list of visitors: Nancy Stokes

Image copyright AP Image caption Dear Abby, here I come! Nancy Stokes’s skills were demonstrated by ex-president Biden in 2013

A school superintendent whose name has appeared in an anti-Muslim letter should become the administration’s national schools leader, Vice President Joe Biden’s office has decided.

Ms Nancy Stokes’s name was on a letter on Sunday, urging Muslims to leave the country.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called her views “abhorrent.”

Ms Stokes said she had no evidence to back up her allegations of domestic terrorism.

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Saying she had a “deep love and respect” for the Muslim faith, she said: “Like many Americans, I don’t want to live in a country where the rule of law is selectively enforced.”

She said the letter was written in opposition to “efforts to water down our country’s reputation as a haven for free speech”.

Ms Stokes has headed the group that represents 500,000 school administrators for more than a decade.

On Monday she told CNN she did not write the letter and did not have an ownership stake in the group that issued it.

After the letter came to light, her image was printed with that of Mr Biden in a school board directory that lists role models for students.

The presidential nominee @HillaryClinton has said that the views of VP @JoeBiden’s administration is “abhorrent”. https://t.co/MnKVTg3T1f — Mark Warren (@markwarrenwapo) August 21, 2016

Ms Stokes has now been named by Mr Biden’s office as the vice president’s pick to serve as assistant to the president for education policy.

Her responsibilities include overseeing the White House’s “School Improvement Grants”, which provide $75m to states to improve public schools.

In the letter Ms Stokes wrote that “All Americans should be willing to live with your Muslim neighbours as fellow human beings”.

Representatives of Ms Stokes declined to comment when contacted by the BBC.

Image copyright AP Image caption Ms Stokes also signed a petition banning Islam

Her assistant quoted Ms Stokes as saying she had a “family foundation” that works with non-profit Muslim groups to provide scholarship for Muslim children to attend US universities.

Politicians, security experts and civil rights groups have denounced the letter, which was sent to hundreds of Muslim families in Alabama and written by Robert Spencer, a vocal anti-Muslim activist.

Read more from the BBC’s Joe Fisher: Who is letter’s author?

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