Outraged Parents File Lawsuit: “Public School Forced My Child To Convert To Islam”
Accusations are circling around a public school for allegedly teaching Islam to the students. As stated by some of the horrified parents, the school has been mandating children profess the Islamic statement of faith, memorize the five pillars of Islam, as well as teaching students that the Muslims faith is stronger than a Christian or Jews. This also stands in the lawsuit filed in federal court this past Wednesday.
John and Melissa Wood are the ones filing the lawsuit against La Plata High School in Maryland. When they started complaining about the Islamic teaching, the school banished him from their property.
“Defendants forced Wood’s daughter to disparage her Christian faith by reciting the Shahada, and acknowledging Mohammed as her spiritual leader” said Richard Thompson, President of Thomas More Law Center.
The Law Center stated that making Christian and Jewish students recite the Shahada is same as converting them to Islam.
Spokespeople for the Charles County Public Schools have refused to comment other than to say they have not received any such lawsuit yet, even though the Principal Evelyn Arnold, Vice Principal Shannon Morris, and Charles County Board of Education were all named in the lawsuit.
“During its brief instruction on Christianity, Defendants failed to cover any portion of the Bible or other non-Islamic religious texts, such as the Ten Commandments. Instead, the class included disparaging remarks about Christianity and the Pope. Such discriminatory treatment of Christianity is an unconstitutional promotion of one religion over another. United States Supreme Court precedent does not create a double standard that allows for the promotion of Islam in our public schools while disallowing and silencing teachings of Christianity and Judaism” reads the lawsuit.
According to the assignment copies given to the students, Muslim people’s faith is stronger than that of the average Christian and that Islam is a peaceful religion that treated their conquered nations with kindness and respect too.
Part of the handout reads,
‘Nowhere in the Koran does it say you will go to paradise if you martyr yourself with a suicide bomb. Important: The majority of Muslims do not live this way.’
It referenced the jihad as,
‘A holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline.’
The event took place during the 2014-2015 school year, so no one knows for how long the students have been taught about Islam. Other than Thomas More Center, neither the American Civil Liberties Union nor the Freedom From Religion Foundation have weighed in on the issue.