Parents in Maryland are suing public school administrators over concerns that a classroom lesson attempted to indoctrinate their daughter into the Islamic faith.
In an incredible lawsuit filed in US district court last week, Melissa Wood and her husband John Wood, an eight-year US Marine Corps veteran, claim the La Plata Public School violated the First Amendment by promoting “Islam over other faiths, such as Christianity or Judaism.”
The Woods claim their daughter, identified as C.W. in court documents obtained by Infowars, was assigned lessons and homework in her 11th grade World History class which “required the students… to profess statements on the teachings and beliefs of Islam in written worksheets as graded homework assignments,” violating the family’s Christian faith.
According to the lawsuit, “C.W. and her classmates in 11th grade World History were instructed that ‘Most Muslim’s faith is stronger than the average Christian.’”
Additionally, “C.W. also had to profess the Shahada, by claiming, ‘There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,’” the lawsuit reads.
“This statement is in direct contradiction to C.W.’s deep-seeded Christian beliefs and heritage that it is sinful to express that there is any other god but the monotheistic Christian God.”
The Woods also took issue with C.W. being instructed that “’jihad’ is a ‘holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty.”
The lawsuit claims the history class instructed students to read from the text of the Qur’an and directed them “to learn and recite the Five Pillars of Islam.”
From the lawsuit:
“C.W. and her classmates in 11th grade World History were instructed that the Islamic religion is a fact while Christianity and Judaism are just beliefs. For example that the ‘Qur’an is the word of Allah as revealed to Muhammad in the same way that Jews and Christians believe the Torah and the Gospels were revealed to Moses and the New Testament writers,’ and that Muhammad was visited by the Angel Gabriel who proclaimed to him that there is only one true god.
“C.W. and her classmates in 11th grade World History were instructed from the Qur’an that “Men are the managers of the affairs of women” and that “[r]ighteous women are therefore obedient.” This statement conflicts with Plaintiffs and C.W.’s Christian beliefs and heritage that C.W. is blessed by God with the talents, gifts, and abilities to manage her own affairs and to place her obedience with God.”
In contrast to the two weeks spent promoting Islam, the lawsuit alleges, the class “only spent one day discussing Christianity” and did not cover the bible or “learn any tenants of Christianity… such as the Ten Commandments.”
The parents say the class also used two different textbooks, the first of which students could take home but which did not contain a chapter devoted to Islam, and a second which stayed at school which did contain additional sections on Islam.
Furthermore, Wood claims when he called the school and asked for his daughter to be assigned a different lesson, administrators retaliated against him by issuing a no trespass order.
The school district further discriminated against C.W. “by removing her from the academic environment of her World History class, relegating her to the student library, and issuing her failing grades on assignments because C.W. refused to deny and insult her Christian beliefs by affirming, for example, that Muslims hold stronger faith convictions than Christians.”
“Plaintiffs John and Melissa Wood objected to their minor child, C.W., being given religious instruction and being indoctrinated in Islam as part of her public high school education.”
In a statement to WTOP, Charles County Public School administrators said the teachings were part of a lesson on how the religion “along with politics, culture, economics and geography, contributed to the development of the Middle East.”
“When learning about the development of China and India, students examine Hinduism and Buddhism,” the statement said.
The Woods say the incident has caused them “irreparable harm, including the loss of their fundamental constitutional rights, entitling them to declaratory and injunctive relief.”
Read the Woods’ complaint below: