Two parents in Maryland are suing their daughter’s high school after they claimed her high school was using “religious indoctrination” and forced her to convert to Islam in a world history class.
Oh, but they’ve got the Thomas More Law Center on their side – you know, the conservative, Christian organization that defended the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design during the Kitzmiller v. Dover case. The one that claims they defend and promote America’s “Judeo-Christian Heritage.”
There’s no way this isn’t politically motivated. It makes you wonder why conservatives can’t just keep their politics out of things like this, doesn’t it?
Former Marine John Wood and his wife Melissa Wood filed a civil compliant against La Plata High School, where they claimed their 16-year-old daughter was forced to take classes that promote Islam over Christianity and Judaism. According to the suit, their daughter – identified in the filing as C.W. – spent a day in world history studying Christianity, followed by two weeks immersed in Islam.
That font of reliable news reporting, the Daily Mail Online, reported court documents claim the 11th grader “had to profess the Shahada by claiming ‘There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”’
The President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, Richard Thompson, called it “discriminatory treatment of Christians” and “unconstitutional promotion of one religion over another” while cautioning that for Non-Muslims, reciting the Shahada is the equivalent of converting to Islam.
Thompson also said in the filings, “The course also taught false statements such as Allah is the same God worshiped by Christians and Islam is a ‘religion of peace.” He added:
A school cannot achieve diversity by punishing and alienating students who hold Judeo-Christian beliefs, while bolstering the doctrines and teachings of other religions.
Parents must be ever vigilant to the Islamic indoctrination of their children under the guise of teaching history and multiculturalism.
This is happening in public schools across the country. And they must take action to stop it.
The suit also claims Wood was told, after complaining, his daughter would fail the subject if she were pulled out; the school has a policy against allowing students to opt out and receive alternative assignments on the basis of religious beliefs.
They also want the ban the school imposed on John Wood lifted after he disrupted classes and threatened to cause a “sh*tstorm” over the school’s teachings.
The school issued the following statement to WTOP:
The particular unit in question is on the formation of Middle Eastern empires in which students learned the basic concepts of the Islamic faith and how it, along with politics, culture, economics and geography, contributed to the development of the Middle East. Other religions are introduced when they influence or impact a particular historical era or geographic region. For example, when reviewing the Renaissance and Reformation, students study the concepts and role of Christianity. When learning about the development of China and India, students examine Hinduism and Buddhism.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this before. Back in October of 2015, a conservative mom in Florida vowed to stop her school from teaching her son about “Arabic numerals.” This also happened in Tennessee and Georgia.
There’s nothing inappropriate here. You can’t study a culture without studying its language and its religion. That doesn’t mean you have to accept either, but a holistic view of the culture requires understanding the religion and language.
The hallmark of genius is being able to entertain an idea without accepting the idea. Since these parents are adamant against introducing their children to new ideas, we can safely assume these parents have a staggeringly low opinion of their child’s intelligence.
Or they want to control their child’s education like Stalin controlled the Soviet Union. Either’s applicable, and they’re not mutually exclusive.
Feature image via the Daily Mail