Can a public faculty pressure a Christian pupil to recite an Islamic prayer of conversion and say there’s “No God, however Allah?” A Maryland faculty is defending its actions on the Supreme Court docket after the coed fought again.
4 years in the past a highschool pupil who’s Christian was pressured by her instructor at La Plata Excessive College in La Plata, Md., to recite the Islamic conversion creed – the Shahada – as a part of a written task. She was required to write down the Islamic creed, “There isn’t a god however Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
The World Historical past course additionally taught that “Most Muslims’ religion is stronger than the common Christian’s.”
Caleigh Wooden refused to finish the task, believing that’s it’s a sin to profess by phrase or in writing, that there’s every other god besides the Christian God.
College officers refused to let her choose out of the course which included the necessary Islamic prayer, and consequently she obtained a decrease proportion grade for the course, however that didn’t have an effect on her letter grade.
The Thomas Extra Legislation Heart (TMLC) on behalf of the Wooden household filed a lawsuit, claiming the college had violated the First Modification Institution Clause and the woman’s proper to not be pressured to profess religion in one other faith. Each the Federal District Court docket and the Fourth Circuit Court docket of Appeals dominated in favor of the highschool’s Islamic curriculum.
Now, the TMLC has appealed the case to the Supreme Court docket asking the excessive courtroom to resolve whether or not any authorized foundation exists to permit public faculties to discriminate towards Christianity whereas on the similar time selling Islam.
“Underneath the guise of educating historical past or social research, public faculties throughout America are selling the faith of Islam in ways in which would by no means be tolerated for Christianity or every other faith,” TMLC President and Chief Counsel Richard Thompson stated in an announcement. “I’m not conscious of any faculty which has pressured a Muslim pupil to write down the Lord’s Prayer or John three:16: ‘For God so cherished the world, that He gave His solely begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him mustn’t perish, however have eternal life.’”
Utilizing a Powerpoint presentation within the class, the scholars on the faculty had been additionally taught:
Islam is a peaceable faith
Jihad is a “private wrestle in devotion to Islam, particularly involving non secular self-discipline.”
“To Muslims, Allah is identical God that’s worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.”
“Males are the managers of the affairs of girls” and “Righteous girls are subsequently obedie
“Many public faculties have turn out to be a hotbed of Islamic propaganda,” Thompson continued. “Educating Islam in faculties has gone far past a fundamental historical past lesson. Prompted by zealous Islamic activism and emboldened by complicated courtroom choices, faculties at the moment are bending over backward to advertise Islam whereas on the similar time denigrate Christianity.”