Marine Dad banned from school files lawsuit for Islamic indoctrination

Original article at Charisma News. By Catherine Mcmillan

john_wood-with-daughterThe Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) today announced its representation of John Kevin Wood, and his wife, Melissa, in their battle with La Plata High School in Maryland over the Islamic indoctrination of their 11th-grade daughter in her World History class. Their daughter was required to complete assignments where she had to affirm that “There is no god but Allah” and the other Five Pillars of Islam.

The case gained national attention when the school banned John Wood from entering school property after he objected to the religion of Islam being taught in his daughter’s history class and demanded that she be given an alternative assignment. The school refused.

Wood, a former Marine who served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and lost friends in that action, saw firsthand the destruction caused in the name of Allah and that Islam is not “a religion of peace;” and he would not budge from his position.

The Thomas More Law Center is a national public-interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. TMLC Senior Trial Counsel, Erin Mersino, and Maryland attorney, Michael F. Smith of The Smith Appellate Law Firm, represent the Wood family. Yesterday they filed a request for records relating to the case under Maryland’s Public Information Act.

On Oct. 22, 2014, John Wood discovered that his daughter was being forced to repeat religious tenets of Islam as a part of her World History class assignment. She was required to write how the prophet Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel and preached that there is only one true god, who is Allah. The assignment made her write that Mohammad is the messenger of Allah and that the Quran is holy text.

The assignment required her to affirm that “Allah is the same god that is worshipped in Christianity and Judaism” and that the “Quran is the word of Allah revealed to Mohammad in the same way that Jews and Christians believe the Torah and the Gospels were revealed to Moses and the New Testament writers.” The assignment also forced young women such as the Woods’ daughter, to fill in the following sentences: “Men are the managers of the affairs of women” and “Righteous women are therefore obedient.”

When John Wood discovered the Islamic propaganda and indoctrination, he was rightfully outraged, and that evening unsuccessfully tried to
contact the school by phone to voice his objections. Wood witnessed firsthand the destruction caused in the name of Allah and knows Islam is
not “a religion of peace.” He served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and lost friends in that action. On 9-11, Wood responded as a
firefighter to the smoldering Pentagon. He refused to allow La Plata High School to subject his daughter to Islamic indoctrination despite the threatened academic consequences.

The next day, Oct. 23, Wood had a phone conversation with a La Plata vice principal where he again reiterated his objections to his daughter being indoctrinated into the religion of Islam. The vice principal indicated that his daughter, a high school junior with college hopes, would receive zeros on her assignments on Islam if she did not complete them. He asked how the religion of Islam could be taught when schools are prohibited from teaching the religion of Christianity.

The following day, Oct. 24, John Wood again spoke with the vice principal. She again refused to allow an alternative assignment.

Commenting on the case, Richard Thompson, TMLC’s President and Chief Counsel stated: “Adding insult to injury, in an arrogant and unnecessary display of power, La Plata’s principal issued a written “No Trespass” notice, which denied this former Marine who stood in harm’s way defending our country—which included the principal and her staff—any access to school grounds. The school’s actions not only dishonored John Wood’s service, but the service of all men and women in our Armed Forces who defended our nation from Islamic violence. True to his Marine training, John Wood stood his ground. He did not retreat. Yes, his daughter has received a failing grade in her World History Class. But the story is not yet over.”

NC School misrepresents Islam, caught red handed by mom

A teacher at Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail, NC came under fire this week after a mother reviewed her son’s homework assignment. Like many schools around the nation, this one was studying Islam as part of the state approved curriculum, although none of the sources covering this story identified the publisher and title of the text being used. Nevertheless, the worksheet given to students has several troubling statements. Screen-Shot-2014-11-13-at-11.47.09-AMA copy of the student-completed handout can be viewed here. Also note, the school has not confirmed if the answers written by this student are the correct answers based on class content, but there is little reason to believe otherwise.

1. The handout suggests “Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world”. On the face of it, this is correct. But what is left unsaid is more informative and important. It is very troubling this statement is made without qualifiers. Islam is fastest growing only in terms of reproduction among Muslim families. Muslim women are having more babies than non-Muslim women, and all children are deemed to be Muslim per sharia. Unlike Christianity, where a child is not a Christian until he or she makes that choice personally, all children in Islamic households do not get a choice; they are already assumed to be Muslim. But in terms of conversion rates, Islam certainly is NOT the fastest growing religion in the world. The statement is loaded and may be intended to suggest that since Islam is the fastest growing religion, there must be an intellectual reason – Islam must be intellectually appealing for others to be drawn to it in record numbers. Such is NOT the case.

2. “Experts predict it will be the largest religion in the world some day.” Again, very misleading and suggestive that Islam has an intellectual appeal drawing record numbers into its fold. Such is not the case. And who exactly are the ‘experts’ being cited? What is the source of the criteria used? How was the research conducted? These questions may have been introduced in the classroom, but we have legitimate reasons to ask these tough questions, especially when it concerns intellectual honesty and integrity.

3. “Islam is, at heart, a peaceful religion.” This is patently false. There are two reasons why this statement would be made. Either the one making the claim has not studied Islam for herself, or she is deliberately attempting to portray Islam in a positive manner for other purposes to cover its true doctrine and make it palatable to Western sensitivities. Although there are peaceful Muslims, there is no peaceful Islam. The Quran is replete with scripture commanding Muslims to slaughter, mutilate, and behead all non-Muslims without limitations on time, place, or circumstance. Muhammad, whom Muslims believe to be the perfect example of righteous conduct (Quran 33:21) commanded the slaughter of those who mocked him, wrote poetry criticizing him, or opposed his claim to be God’s final prophet. These are all documented in the earliest and most authoritative biography of Muhammad’s life, written by Ibn Ishaq a mere 130 years after Muhammad’s death. I have highlighted some of these incidents in this article. Ibn Ishaq’s biography of Muhammad is the standard text all scholars of Islam use when studying his life, and it paints a picture of the man starkly different than the statement on the student worksheet. Statements that Islam is peaceful fly in the face of historical reality of 1,400 years of Islamic aggression and do not align at all with the example Muhammad set for his followers.

4. “Most Muslims [sic] faith is stronger than the average Christian.” This seems to be opinion offered as fact, a common tactic found when teaching Islam around the nation. On what research is this opinion based? Again, such a statement seems to have one purpose in mind: to elevate Islam as superior to any other religion. This is indoctrination, not education.

5. “Radical Islamic fundamentalists are opposed to Western Civilization’s way of life and imperialistic pursuits.” Again, a fundamentally incorrect view of the historical reality. Radical Islamic fundamentalism began just a few short years after the death of Muhammad, and centuries before any Western power began imperialistic pursuits. In fact, scholar Efraim Karsh has documented such Islamic imperialism in his book, aptly titled “Islamic Imperialism: A History.” Another excellent resource, researched with abundant citations, is Andrew Bostom’s “The Legacy of Jihad.”  Western society, foreign policy, and other arguments are nothing more than a smokescreen to hide 1,400 years of Islamic aggression sanctioned by Islam’s holy text and Muhammad’s commands.

6. “These fundamentalists represent a small percentage of the population of Islam …” Two comments here. 1) Estimates put the number of so-called extremist fundamentalists at around twenty percent. Although one might call this a small percentage, twenty percent of 1.8 billion still represents 360 million, larger than the population of the United States. Is this really a small number and of no concern? 2) Although the news media prefer to focus on the actions of extremist groups like Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, or the Islamic State, much of the persecution and terrorism against non-Muslims is at the hands of normal, every day, ordinary Muslims, not these extremist groups. The twenty percent number thus is an under estimate of the number of Muslims involved in what would be considered terrorism against non-Muslims. Consider, for example, the Arab Spring riots in Egypt not long ago. Churches were burned, Christians driven from their homes, their businesses looted and burned, not at the hands of extremists, but regular Muslims. The same can be said of countless other similar events across the globe.

7. “No where [sic] in the Qur’an does it say you will go to paradise if you martyr yourself with a suicide bomb.” On the face of it, this is a correct statement but misleading. The Qur’an never uses the word ‘bomb’ anywhere. But both the Qur’an and the hadith (traditions attributed to Muhammad) speak extensively of those who sacrifice their lives as martyrs in the service of Islam. Sahih Bukhari, the second most authoritative set of texts for Sunni Muslims after the Qur’an, dedicates an entire 50 or so page section on jihad. The blessings of martyrdom are given ample attention. Further, the Qur’an speaks directly to this topic in Sura 3:169-170, which says, “Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allâh as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision. They rejoice in what Allâh has bestowed upon them of His Bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve.”

8. “To win (the war on terror) we need to raise the standard of living in areas of squalor and educate so as to avoid political brainwashing.” The war on terror, and terrorism itself, has absolutely nothing to do with uneducated Muslims living poverty. This is one point drive home time and again by liberals and leftists who think poverty is the driving force behind Islamic militant movements. But consider these simple facts that will put to rest this notion. 1) Osama bin Laden, perhaps the best known terrorist, was both well educated and a multi-millionaire. 2) A significant percentage of young Muslim men joining ranks with militant Islamic movements come from wealthy households and are college graduates, some with advanced degrees. 3) If poverty drives extremism, why do we not see people living in poverty in other cultures forming militant groups and forcing their brand of religion upon the rest of the world?

The version of Islam being presented in our schools today is nothing short of brain washing and indoctrination. It has been this way for several years, but finally others are beginning to take notice. Parents must be vigilant to know what their child is being taught, and speak out when errors like these are noticed. We the people have the power to make a difference. To see how one group of common citizens is taking on this issue in Texas, visit the website of TruthInTexasTextbooks.

 

The Mosqueing of Public Schools in America

By Pamela Geller

I have been fielding calls from distraught parents all week, reeling from the proselytizing for Islam in their children’s “social studies” or “world history” classes. They are not teaching the children “world history,” which would include Islam’s 1,400-year history of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements, not to mention the extermination of the entire Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe of Arabia.

Instead, children are forced to recite the Shahada. (It’s an Islamic creed one says to convert to Islam.) Instead, they are forced to learn the five pillars of Islam.

This is an outrage, but expected and exactly what I warned of in my book, “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance,” in the chapter, “The Mosqueing of the Public Schools.”

One mother with whom I spoke told me that her 12-year-old son came home from school “depressed” and “sick.” Coming from a “good Christian home,” he was confused and “hurt” that he had to write and say the Muslim declaration of faith (the Shahada), and write it repeatedly. The mother was beside herself. Continue reading

Father of High School student banned from campus over Islam dispute

The insanity and indoctrination continues:

Local affiliate KDFW reported that Kevin Wood received a no trespassing order on Tuesday after he objected to a Charles County high school’s assignment teaching the benefits of Islam to students .

Wood, a a former corporal and eight-year combat veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps, could not believe what La Plata High School was teaching his daughter: making her memorize and recite the “Five Pillars of Islam” – the core of Islamic faith, along with a highly-sanitized biography of Islam’s “prophet” Mohammed.

Wood and wife Melissa said they thought religion was not supposed to be taught in schools, and they pointed out the outrageous hypocrisy that only Islam is being taught – Christianity and Judaism aren’t anywhere in the curriculum.

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Original story here. More coverage by the Daily Caller here.

According to the Daily Caller story:

It’s not clear if students learn the Jesus story, which Christians believe occurred in the Middle East very early in the Common Era, or the many stories of the Hebrew Bible, which are also set squarely in the Middle East.

In any case, Wood’s daughter must learn about Islam or fail.

“In the case of world history and other subjects, it’s part of the curriculum and it’s part of the standards you’re supposed to learn,” O’Malley-Simpson told SoMDNews.

Dad decided his daughter would not be indoctrinated into Islam. The school provided no alternate assignment, so she will receive a failing grade.

So this is what it has come down to: Accept Islamic indoctrination in middle and high school, or do not graduate.

Massachusetts school curriculum upsets parents

Parents in Revere, Massachusetts are understandably upset over the way Islam is being taught during a course in history.

Some parents in Revere were angry when they learned students were being taught about Islam and the Muslim religion.

“No religion should be taught at school. In their paper it says Allah is their only God. That’s insulting to me as a Christian who believes in just Jesus only,” said Anthony Giannino.

A section of the textbook describing the beliefs of Muslims says, “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah.”

Giannino immediately pulled his son out of the classroom.

“We don’t believe in Allah. I don’t believe in my son learning about this here,” he said. “If my son was from another country and came here, he would have been catered to. But where he’s not being catered to, they give him an F.”

Read the original story here.

History is no doubt a subject for academic pursuit, and no history lesson would be complete without mention of the various religious belief systems that have shaped history around the world. But when the subject matter deviates from history to theology, it crosses the line. In Massachusetts, the textbook being used deviates into indoctrination, as do many texts around the country. The text declared there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, the first step to becoming a Muslim. Herein is the danger: This phrase is known as the shahada, the Islamic confession of faith, by which one officially becomes a Muslim upon uttering the confession. School children, unbeknown to them, have confessed to be a Muslim simply by having their teacher recite the shahada aloud in class as part of a history or cultural studies program.

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I wonder if Christianity is given the same treatment with the teacher having the students repeat the sinner’s prayer with her/him.

The problem is compounded by the fact that major textbook publishers have Muslim scholars on their editorial boards. This in itself should not be problematic, for who knows better about Islam than a Muslim scholar. The problem arises when such scholars go to great lengths to distort or gloss over the rather unsavory aspects of Islam’s past, Muhammad’s behavior, and a great number of verses in the Quran which paint Islam as a supremacist ideology bent on subjecting the world to it’s ideology. Such editorial boards have such a naive understanding of Islam, they will believe anything their Islamic representative tells them. This is not only unfortunate, but dangerous.

Mark Durie puts it well why non-Muslims must study Islam for themselves and not rely on Islamic scholars to tell us what they want us to know about Islam, all the while hiding the less palatable aspects of Islam. From his book “The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude, and Freedom

Misinformation about Islam is a constant issue for non-Muslims. A report in the Herald Sun, a major Melbourne daily newspaper, was published on August 8, 2005 stating that the senior Muslim Imam of Victoria, Sheikh Fehmi (subsequently appointed as Australia’s mufti) reassured non-Muslims in Victoria that Muslims wish only to live in peace with their non-Muslim neighbours:

‘Muslims live cheerfully and happily with all denominations,’ Sheik Fehmi said. ‘This is what Islam is. The Prophet has lived among Jews and Christians. In many parts of the world Muslims, Jews and Christians are living happily.’

Who would not applaud Sheikh Fehmi’s desire for people of different faiths to live together in harmony?The problem arises when he appeals to Muhammad’s example as the basis for non-Muslims to have confidence, that Muslim neighbours represent no threat to peaceful co-existence. Although there was a time when Muhammad lived peacefully alongside non Muslims, large sections of Muhammad’s biographies deal with periods when he was embattled with his non-Muslim Jewish neighbours. Muhammad ordered assassinations of women and old men, oversaw a mass decapitation and enslavement of hundreds of his Jewish neighbours. This darker material Sheikh Fehmi could not fail to be familiar with, as these victories of Islam over the Jews of Arabia are as well-known to Muslim children as Joshua’s conquest of Jericho has been to Sunday School children.

How then are Fehmi’s non-Muslim, fellow Victorians to understand what he means by his reassurances that they can have nothing to worry about, because Islam takes Muhammad as its example? Should non-Muslims just regard this as propaganda, or is it to be understood as a threat?

If a non-Muslim were to have written in response to Sheikh Fehmi’s comment in the Herald Sun, pointing out Muhammad’s less than happy relationships with his non-Muslim neighbours, how could this be done without sounding like incitement of interfaith conflict and a rejection of Fehmi’s apparently moderate and peaceful stance? By relying on acceptance of the excellence of Muhammad’s example as a condition of interfaith harmony, Sheikh Fehmi’s words serve to lock up the truth about Muhammad even more tightly in the dark box of ignorance.

These are not easy subjects to deal with, but deal with them we must, and one of the keys to a free and frank conversation with Muslims about such matters of importance is that non-Muslims must study Islam for themselves. They cannot rely on Muslim spokespeople as their only source of information on Islam. The same can be said for Muslims: they also should not rely on secondary sources, not even on Islamic clerics, to understand their faith.

Hundreds will protest Islam lovefest history textbook foisted on high school students

On Florida’s Atlantic Coast, some 200 or more local parents and activists have announced plans to show up at Tuesday’s Volusia County school board meeting to protest the public school use of a world history textbook that devotes a whole chapter to Islam but exactly zero chapters to any other religions.

The textbook, called simply “World History,” contains a 32-page chapter fondly devoted to “Muslim Civilizations.” Sections include descriptions of the Koran, the growth of the Muslim empire and the Five Pillars of Islam.

The planned protest will include a demand that students rip out the 32 pages of the Islam chapter unless the school district agrees to provide students with a similar amount of officially-sanctioned material concerning other religions, reports local ABC affiliate WFTV.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/05/hundreds-will-protest-islam-lovefest-history-textbook-foisted-on-high-school-students/#ixzz2jnrQ5DxB

Tennessee HS students get copy of Quran at mosque field trip

A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities.

The students were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.

But some parents objected to the trips and wondered why the school would tour a mosque but not a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue.

“If you can’t go to all five, why are you going to any?” asked parent Mike Conner. “We sent the principal an email and voiced our concerns. She sent back a reply and told us they could not afford to go to all five.”

Children were given punch and cookies at the mosque where they listened to readings from the Koran, Conner said. They were also given copies of the Islamic holy book – which some students took and others declined.

During their visit to the Hindu temple, students engaged in meditation.

“Our kids are being indoctrinated and this is being shoved in their face,” Conner told Fox News. “It tells me they are pushing other religions and they want Christianity to take a back seat. They want our children to be tolerant of everything except Christianity.” Continue reading

Florida State Rep: History Textbook an Islam love fest

From The Daily Caller

A Florida school board is reviewing a state-approved world history textbook used in an Advanced Placement class over claims that the book covers Islam in loving, rah-rah detail while giving short shrift to Christianity and Judaism.

The textbook – called simply World History – is published under Pearson’s Prentice Hall imprint and is currently in use in an A.P. class in Brevard County schools—and in school districts across the country.

It contains a 36-page chapter fondly devoted to “Muslim Civilizations,” reports FOX News. Sections include discussions of the rise of Islam and the growth of the Muslim empire.

Take a wild guess about the number of chapters the book dedicates to Christianity or Judaism. That’s right: zero.

“It’s remarkably one-sided,” said Ritch Workman, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives who raised the ruckus that started the review process. Continue reading

Florida history textbook under fire

Prentice Hall World History

Prentice Hall World History

Yet another so-called history textbook is under fire, this time in Florida. And like other similar cases around the country, this textbook teaches a revisionist and sugar-coated view of Islam and devotes much more coverage to Islam than any other world religion.

Todd Starnes of Fox News reports in this article one glaring example of a sugar-coated revisionist history stated as fact in this book. The book says, “Jihad may be interpreted as a holy war to defend Islam and the Muslim community, much like the Crusades to defend Christianity.” At best, this statement is misleading and incomplete, and at worst it is inaccurate and wrong. One should expect students in our public schools to receive accurate and truthful information, particularly when studying history. Continue reading

Tennessee parents angry after school textbooks justify Palestinian suicide bombings

Tennessee parents are fuming after learning that school textbooks justify Palestinian suicide bombings in Israel.

Some parents in Williamson County, Tennessee, are calling for the removal of the high school textbook, believing that it is biased against Israel.

The textbook is taught on a college level elective course called Human Geography, and is available to students in public schools in Williamson County, which also offer an elective course on the Bible.

Parents are against the kind of questions that the book is encouraging teens to ask. One of the book’s questions is: “If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills dozens of Israeli teenagers in a restaurant in Jerusalem, is it an act of terrorism or a war against the policies of the Israeli government?”

Julie West, a mother of a 15-year-old student at Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee, said the question is pro-Palestinian.

“We are living in a time where people say: ‘How can someone put a bomb outside a restaurant or on a street with the intention of killing innocent people?’ And we wonder why, when at the same time we are teaching our children a curriculum that suggests it could be fine, or at least it might be okay if these children are Jewish,” West said.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, head of a pro Israeli group, said: “the book is anti-Semitic.”
Cardoza-Moore said that the book aims to delegitimize the right of the Jewish people to the Holy Land.

“I am shocked that such a book even exists in the U.S. It should be illegal. What is it doing in a school in Tennessee? This book seems more fitting for some radical country located thousands of miles away from the U.S.” Jerold Peralta, of Scottsdale, Arizona told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the book.

“I think it’s a slippery slope to go down if we start banning books, because people have opposing views,” county schools Superintendent Mike Looney said. “I think the fundamental question to be answered is: Does the book create an opportunity for students to engage in deep dialogue about important issues in the world? I think it does,” Looney added.

Original article can be found here.

Comment: Far too many in our nation are still under the illusion, as is the instructor mentioned in this article, that the cause of Arab and/or Palestinian hatred of Jews is somehow rooted in Israeli or United States foreign policy issues. They refuse to recognize that Islamic jihad has been a reality on the historical scene for long before Israel or the United States even existed. Nor do they wish to recognize hatred of Jews has theological roots embedded in Islamic teaching.

Let me quote just a small snippet as an example of the theological roots of hatred against Jews from Muslims. Kate McCord wrote her book “In The Land of Blue Burqas” to tell of her experience of living for five years among common, ordinary Afghanis. In her book, she relates the following:

An Afghan man, a graduate of Sharia law school, explained what he called the correct Islamic perspective on Israel. He said that the Jews have disobeyed God and are forever beyond redemption. That means, even if they convert to Islam, they still cannot be saved. He said that God hates the Jews and will never forgive them. He said that God has ordered the nation of Islam, the entire worldwide community of Muslims, to annihilate the Jews.

Does this sound like Jew hatred is caused by Israeli foreign policy issues?