We all live in America, a country of free speech and religion. So imagine your surprise when you find out your high school student is being forced to write the Islamic creed, a Muslim's conversion prayer, as part of an assignment. To not write it? That gets your child a lower grade.
Sounds hard to imagine, but that is exactly what happened to Caleigh Wood, who attended La Plata High School in La Plata, Md. Wood's teacher crafted an assignment that required all students to write, "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."
To Wood's great credit, she refused, saying that she believed it was wrong to profess by word or in writing, that there is any other god except the Christian God.
The course was World History, and it also taught the students that "Most Muslims' faith is stronger than the average Christian's."
Not only that, but in a PowerPoint presentation, kids were taught that:
Islam is a peaceful religion.
Jihad is a "personal struggle in devotion to Islam, especially involving spiritual discipline."
"To Muslims, Allah is the same God that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism."
"Men are the managers of the affairs of women" and "Righteous women are therefore obedient."
Wood was told she could not opt out of the class, and so she received a lower percentage score for the course, though her overall letter grade stayed the same.
But besides the obvious unfairness for being penalized for refusing religious indoctrination, the Thomas More Law Center (who has taken on the case on behalf of the family) points out that religious indoctrination is also what's at the heart of this matter.
"Under the guise of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion," TMLC President and Chief Counsel Richard Thompson. "I'm not aware of any school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord's Prayer or John 3:16: 'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'"
And this is with all of our public taxes. "Many public schools have become a hotbed of Islamic propaganda," Thompson continued. "Teaching Islam in schools has gone far beyond a basic history lesson. Prompted by zealous Islamic activism and emboldened by confusing court decisions, schools are now bending over backward to promote Islam while at the same time denigrate Christianity."
"We are asking the Supreme Court to provide the necessary legal guidance to resolve the insidious discrimination against Christians in our public schools," he concluded. The case has already been tried in both the Federal District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, who ruled in favor of the Islamic curriculum.
The case will next be heard in the state's Supreme Court, and if they rule the same way as the lower courts, an appeal could be made to the United States Supreme Court. Hypothetically, this case could decide if all students in America would have the Islamic conversion prayer as part of their mandatory curriculum, being punished in their grades if they refuse.
What do you think of this case? Do you think it is discriminatory to force a Christian student to write the Islamic conversion prayer? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!