LA PLATA, Md. — A school district in Maryland has been sued by a former Marine and his wife for allegedly promoting Islam in student assignments.
In 2014, John Kevin Wood expressed objections to the assignments given to his daughter in her 11th grade world history class at La Plata High School, which included writing out the Islamic Shahada and memorizing the five pillars of Islam.
“There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” the Shahada reads.
The Woods state that the study materials told students that “[m]ost Muslim’s faith is stronger than the average Christian,” that Islam is “peaceful” and that “[t]o Muslims, Allah is the same God that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.”
The lawsuit filed this week in federal court further alleged that the Woods’ daughter and her classmates were “instructed that the Islamic religion is a fact while Christianity and Judaism are just beliefs.”
“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,” one reading stated.
The couple says that while Islam was studied for two weeks, the class only spent one day studying Christianity.
Kevin Wood called the school to object to the assignments, and requested that his daughter be provided with an alternative. According to the Woods, Vice Principal Shannon Morris denied the request and stated that if their daughter did not complete the assignments, she would receive zeros.
“Wood informed Defendant Morris that [his daughter] would not be completing the assignments that promoted Islam and that he was dissatisfied with Defendants’ treatment of [his daughter] and refusal to provide [his daughter] with an alternative assignment,” the lawsuit states.
Wood also told Morris that if she “wished to retaliate” against his daughter for her objection to Islam, that he would pursue recourse through an attorney and the media. As a result, the following day, the high school resource officer called Wood to advise that Morris had filed a complaint against him and that a “no trespass” order was in place, meaning that he was prohibited from setting foot on school property.
Wood says that that the order kept him from attending any school events or appearing at any parent/teacher conferences. He also states that his daughter was indeed given zeros for the incomplete assignments and sent to the school library following his complaint.
The Wood’s lawsuit seeks an injunction against any further promotion of Islam over other religions and seeks to lift the trespassing ban issued by Morris.
“Parents must be ever vigilant to the Islamic indoctrination of their children under the guise of teaching history and multiculturalism,” said Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, in a statement. “This is happening in public schools across the country. And they must take action to stop it.”
A response has not yet been provided to the lawsuit by Charles County Public Schools.