A Maryland teen and her parents have filed a lawsuit against her school, La Plata High School, for allegedly forcing the religion of Islam upon her and her fellow students. The claim is that this was done by way of La Plata making classes on Islam mandatory over the classes offered in other religions, including Judaism and Christianity.
The parents, former marine John Wood and his wife Melissa, are claiming that the mandatory classes focusing exclusively on Islam lasted for two weeks, compared to the amount of time dedicated to studying Christianity, which was only one day. The course in question presenting all these religious classes was actually a course in modern history, leading to the question, why did it focus so much on a particular religion and not a more all-encompassing subject matter?
The Daily Mail elaborates:
According to court documents obtained by The Daily Mail Online, the 11th grader ‘had to profess the Shahada by claiming ”There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”’
‘Such discriminatory treatment of Christianity is an unconstitutional promotion of one religion over another,’ President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center Richard Thompson said.
Thompson claims that, for non-Muslims, reciting such a statement is the equivalent of converting to Islam.
He also said the school failed to clearly make known to students and their families that a study of Islam was to be part of the world history curriculum.
Students were also required to memorize and recite the Five Pillars of Islam and were subjected to disparaging teachings about Christianity, the Woods claim.
‘The course also taught false statements such as Allah is the same God worshiped by Christians and Islam is a ”’religion of peace”,’ Thompson said in the filings.
‘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.’
Additionally, the suit claims that Mr Wood was banned from the school grounds after complaining about the curriculum.
The lawsuit has been filed as a civil rights violation complaint.