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STUDENT FORCED TO RECITE ‘MUSLIM CONVERSION PLEDGE’ APPEALS TO SUPREME COURT

Jesus, open our eyes! May your people not allow false gods to be uplifted in our schools!
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During the 2014-2015 school year, a Christian teenage girl was forced to recite the Islamic conversion creed — the Shahada — in writing for her 11th-grade class. She was also taught that “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.” The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) sued the school responsible, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled with the school. TMLC appealed to the Supreme Court, filing a Writ of Certiorari on Monday.

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“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 said in a statement. “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.'”

“Many public schools have become a hotbed of Islamic propaganda,” Thompson argued. “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 backwards 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.

In Wood v. Arnold, the parents of Caleigh Wood, John and Melissa Wood, are suing Charles County Public Schools in Maryland, the county board of education, and Evelyn Arnold and Shannon Morris, principal and vice principal of La Plata High School.

TMLC noted five specific pro-Islam teachings that the 11th-grade teacher told Caleigh Wood from the Powerpoint presentation she gave in class (the underlining is original): “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian;” “Islam at heart 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.” (To be fair, the Powerpoint did mention jihad as a “holy war” as well as a personal struggle.)

According to the TMLC filing, Wood was required to profess in writing the statement that “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” This statement is known as the Shahada, the Islamic conversion creed. A person recites this declaration in order to convert to Islam and then prays and repeats it during the Muslim call to prayer. Wood said she sincerely believes that it is a sin to profess, by word or in writing, that there is any god except the Christian God.

Yet the school required her to write the Shahada and docked her points when she did not.

Her father also testified that his daughter and her classmates “were instructed that the Islamic religion is a fact while Christianity and Judaism are just beliefs.” The teacher told students 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 that there is only one true god. . . .

The Fourth Circuit Court argued that this biased teaching did not violate the Lemon test for establishment of religion because the teaching of Islam was driven in part by a secular purpose, had the primary effect that neither advanced nor inhibited religion, and did not excessively entangle Church and State. If the teaching had not been biased in a pro-Islam direction, this may be defensible. After all, Americans should learn about Islam — just as they should learn about Islam and Judaism.

Unfortunately for the Fourth Circuit, previous court rulings kicking Christian prayer and Bible reading out of public schools suggest this teaching of Islam is also unconstitutional. TMLC, which almost certainly disagrees with the excising of prayer and Bible reading, used these legal arguments against the teaching of Islam.

TMLC cited Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), in which the Supreme Court ruled that school-sponsored reading of the Bible was unconstitutional. “The pervasive religiosity and direct government involvement inhering in the prescription of prayer and Bible reading in public schools, during and as part of the curricular day, involving young impressionable children whose school attendance is statutorily compelled, and utilizing the prestige, power, and influence of school administration, staff, and authority, cannot realistically be termed simply accommodation, and must fall within the interdiction of the First Amendment,” TMLC quoted from Schempp

This citation shows that the Supreme Court “has forwarded a stricter application of the Establishment Clause” where “impressionable youths are involved.”

At the time Schempp was decided, schools may have established Christianity to some degree. Yet since Schempp and similar rulings pushed the Bible out of public schools, Americans have lost out on the rich literary heritage and civic significance of the Bible. Religious literacy has reached dangerous lows, to the degree that journalists at America’s newspaper of recordThe New York Times, lack a basic understanding of Christian doctrine.

Americans should have a basic understanding of what the major religions claim, especially Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. These faiths have impacted history in important ways, and students should have direct access to their history and texts in the classroom.

Although I am a Bible-believing Christian, I learned the Shahada and have no problem saying or writing it. If there were a fair standard where schools taught all the major religious conversion creeds (including John 3:16 along with the Shahada), I think there would be no problem with requiring students to know them. Perhaps students could still get marks for alternate versions, such as writing “g-d” for “god” so as to avoid sin.

Yet current law restricts teaching about religion, on the theory that young minds are too impressionable and that schools teaching the Bible would constitute an establishment of religion. Perhaps in early elementary school this may have some merit, but at least in high school, students should gain a basic understanding of these things.

In any case, if the Supreme Court precedent prevents Christian prayer and Bible reading in schools, it should also prohibit this kind of skewed Islamic teaching.

(Excerpted from PJ Media, article by Tyler O’Neill)

JOIN US TO PRAY FOR THIS CASE THAT IS APPEALING TO THE SUPREME COURT. PRAY THAT THIS CASE WOULD BE HEARD AND THAT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR CHRISTIANS IN OUR NATION WOULD BE PRESERVED.

11 Replies to “STUDENT FORCED TO RECITE ‘MUSLIM CONVERSION PLEDGE’ APPEALS TO SUPREME COURT”

  1. Wait a minute. They claim “Oh we are just teaching religions” um, no you arent, you are ONLY teaching one. The class is called religious studies. Not Religion study. And yes, I would feel this way if they forced christianity. No one religion should be forced. Teach all of them, or none.

  2. I believe the teaching about religions in schools should be preserved so long as it does not compel, harm, or is blasphemous to other people’s beliefs. Be clear that reciting or writing the shahada does not make you a Muslim, but believing it does (this is from an Islamic perspective). If from a Christian perspective, the writing about other peoples’ beliefs is blasphemous then some alternative should be made. My understanding of Christianity is that there is no such restriction. Muslims pray to the same God Jesus prayed to – just ask any Muslim to confirm this. The problem is people want to ask non-muslims about what Muslims believe even when some non-muslims teach Islam incorrectly.

    Compare the Islamic prayer for healing with the Christian Lord’s prayer.

    O Lord God who is in heaven,
    Hallowed be your name,
    Your decree is in heaven and the earth,
    As your mercy is in heaven,
    Forgive us our sins and trespasses,
    You are the Lord of the good folk,
    Send down a mercy from your mercy,
    And a healing from your healing upon this pain so that it may be healed.

    What did Jesus say about God?

    Bible: John 20:17 Jesus said, “… ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

    This is the God Muslims pray to – the One that Jesus ascended to. Just ask a Muslim.

    Peace to you all my fellow servants of God

    1. Is laughable how ignorant you are. Ask any muslim? Yeah, good luck with that, honey. Also, they do claim God in islam is differetn thatn god in chrsitianity, which is laughable as they are both Abrahamic religions. Also, jesus is nothing but a disciple in their eyes, not a prophet. Mohammad is the prophet. Why do you think muslims students in a christian private school (dont ask) univ of kansas demanded that the church be converted – pews emoved, muslim prayer mats, jesus and the crucifix taken down…

      https://www.christiantoday.com/article/minority-muslim-students-take-over-christian-chapel-in-kansas-university/67125.htm

      They arent here to assimilate, sweetheart, they are here to dominate. Enjoy converting , or be raped or killed.

      1. Yes, both Abrahamic religions.

        FACT both Jesus and Muhammad are prophets in Islam.

        Muslims pray to the One and Only God. The one Jesus was referring to in John 20:17.

        “They aren’t here to assimilate”…. why would anyone need to assimilate? and with whom are people expected to assimilate with?

        “This chapel will be open to all creeds and to all races of people.” (from the link you shared) sounds tolerant to me.

        “enjoy converting, or being raped or killed”… I don’t want to say your ignorance is laughable. Just sad really.

        With Peace.

  3. Agreeing with Tom
    We are loosing this generation to false teaching and secularism, we need to re-establish the family alter and give our children a sound Christian point of refrance
    LORD JESUS may your name and your truth be declared to our children fir your praise and glory. Amen

  4. Recitation of the Shahada makes you a Muslim (they know what they are doing to be sure ) Jhihadist will execute if it is not recited with “emphasis “. Americans lack education of the Islamic tactics .

  5. No student should ever be forced to bow down to a false god.
    Teachers who practices this type of teaching are partial and out line. They have no respect or regard for the faith of Christian students. They out to be reprimanded for crossing the line.
    Thumps up for the Parents and TMLC for suing the school.
    You shall not pervert justice; you shall no show partiality, nor take a bribe for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. Dt 16:19

  6. The crime of forcing students to recognize a “false god” whether to satisfy the curriculum or some loose cannon administration, is wrong, is manipulation and child abuse; pure and simple.
    Children are in school to learn basics so they themselves have the skills to make wise choices and decisions. It is not the place of public schools to do “social engineering” or social experiments.
    May God bring repentance to America and spare our children from forced godless education. Most of our universities were established on Christian principles and Bible teaching so that “all our children would be taught of the Lord, and great will be the peace of our children”.

  7. Is it true that most textbook companies are owned by Muslims? Also has anyone researched the change in the AP World History curriculum. It sounds as if they are just going to ignore all Christian influence! What is happening in this country.

  8. I think schools should go back to bacics, reading, math,ect. I am a Christian and I’m really don’t want my children taught by secular people. I teach them they can pray anywhere. Bathroom, outside, car. My Lord doesn’t need a show of prayer. Christians need to pray about this whole mess. False gods should have never been allowed in this nation. Especially ones who want to destroy

  9. The Fourth Circuit Court argued that this biased teaching did not violate the Lemon test for establishment of religion because the teaching of Islam was driven in part by a secular purpose

    Since when has any Court been concerned about a secular purpose for religion, making any part of that religion acceptable for government support! The corruption of our society continues to make it more clear that Billy Graham was correct! In that God would need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah if he does not judge America! So let us pray God grant us the faith to do Jas 1:2,3 by Heb 12:2 & 2 Cor 4:17 for even Mat 5:44-48 kind of Trials of how to show Love FOR our enemies (NOT OF our enemies) like this judge making a obviously biased judgment against Christians

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