US Marine vet sues high school, claiming daughter was all but forced to convert to Islam

The parents of a Maryland teenager are suing their daughter’s high school over a world history lesson they claim was little more than Islamic indoctrination.

The Thomas More Law Center filed a lawsuit against La Plata High School on behalf of John and Melissa Wood, claiming the lesson favored a “sugar-coated version of Islam” over other religions and forced their 16-year-old child “to disparage her Christian faith,” according to the law firm.

The parents said the class spent one day on Christianity, followed by two weeks on Islam.

And the 11th grader was “forced to profess and to write out the Shahada in worksheets and quizzes,” the firm said.

“The Shahada is the Islamic Creed, ‘There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.’ For non-Muslims, reciting the statement is sufficient to convert one to Islam.”


Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said the favoritism did not stop there.

“The course also taught false statements such as Allah is the same God worshiped by Christians and Islam is a ‘religion of peace,'” he said in court documents.

Thompson said “such discriminatory treatment of Christianity is an unconstitutional promotion of one religion over another.”

According to the suit, the class was told “the Islamic religion is a fact while Christianity and Judaism are just beliefs,” and were not allowed to opt out of the lesson on the basis of religious beliefs.

Wood was told his daughter would receive a zero if she didn’t complete the assignments.

The Thomas More Law Center said the Wood family, who are Christians, “chose to remain faithful to God and refused to complete the assignments, even though failing grades would harm her future admission to college and her opportunities to obtain college scholarships.”

Adding insult to injury, the father, a Marine veteran who was deployed in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, was banned from school grounds after he complained, according to the suit.

Charles County Schools released a statement about the world history class, insisting that “other religions are introduced when they influence or impact a particular historical era or geographic region.”

“The particular unit in question is on the formation of Middle Eastern empires in which students learned the basic concepts of the Islamic faith and how it, along with politics, culture, economics and geography, contributed to the development of the Middle East,” the school district said in the statement.

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161 thoughts on “US Marine vet sues high school, claiming daughter was all but forced to convert to Islam

  1. Just_me_and_God says:

    IF you are completely ignorant of Islamic history…
    It accurately describes how the Islamic State behaves and operates, it is a near perfect reflection of how Islam has always operated, as a collection of murder, kidnapping, extortion, slavery, and other criminal activities, similar to the Mafia or other organized crime rackets with a thin veneer of ‘god’-talk justifying and motivating it all. This is, in fact, Islam. The Islamic State ‘talks of god’ but utterly fails to acknowledge accurately the attributes of their ‘god’ exactly and that their ‘god’ is not in any way similar to the attributes of the ones Jews or Christians recognize.

    Islam is nothing more than the world’s largest, most ancient yet ongoing extortion-racket CRIME syndicate, which slanderously blames a sick, twisted version of a ‘god’ for its members’ own criminal desires and actions. Period.

    Islam isn’t “political” since no definition of politics equates it with naked criminal EXTORTION (which is ALL that islam really is and ever was!)

    Islam isn’t in any way “legal”, either (since it’s only extortion, which is always a CRIME).

    As for islam being “religious” in any way:

    The koran clearly and specifically tells muslims the Bible is wrong and also that all Christians and Jews are infidel criminals who worship a false god, and who must therefore be extorted, enslaved, and murdered for their “crime” of not being muslims:

    Surah (Chapter) 47:1-4 of the koran:
    1: non-muslims are bad, because they insult allah by dividing his nature;
    2: muslims are good, because to them allah is the cause of everything;
    3: Allah made them both like that;
    4: So muslims should chop off the non-muslims’ heads.
    (Allah could have done it himself, but he wants you muslims to do it for him).”

    It’s all right there, in context: islamic violence is entirely general doctrine-driven, and not at all specific grievance-driven.

    (And chapter 47 isn’t by any stretch even remotely the worst, most violent chapter; that honor goes to either chapter 8 or 9).

    So, if and when you consider islam to be a “religion”, you must agree with its main tenet: that “god” is a violent murderer who wants his muslim crime syndicate to violently conquer the world by extorting, enslaving, and murdering all the non-muslim humans.

    Bottom line: If you decide to believe in “allah”, you have declared yourself a criminal, and so must be arrested, indicted, tried, and convicted. Your confession of “faith” in your crime-god will help us to do so.

  2. tedlv says:

    I wonder if the teacher follows a religion, or instead is maybe a moslime.

  3. TAK1 says:

    Can I assume the ACLU will join in the lawsuit? What’s that? On, never mind. They are hypocrites anyway.

    1. They chose the TMLC. The ACLU’s hands are thus washed clean. Additionally, this is far from a slam dunk until the textbook is reviewed. This is not going to be a cheap lawsuit if there is no settlement.

      1. TAK1 says:

        What I am saying is the ACLU are liberal hypocrites who would be the first to attack if the two weeks was on Christianity and one day on Islam.

  4. msueh says:

    I’d take the zero. I had a college instructor with that attitude, but it was regarding feminazis.

  5. Friend Of St. Frank says:

    Just a quick education. Muslims are the decedents of Abraham, Issac, and Esau while Jews are the decedents of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Also, the Old Testament which is the Jewish Bible is also used as a background text for Muslims. So, is everyone saying the God of Abraham, Issac, and Esau is not the same God as the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob? Are you saying that Christians do not worship the Father, but just the Son and Holy Ghost?

    Now, Islam is quite a repressive religion as the Koran teaches. However, the God they worship is the same God the Jews worship and their customs regarding pork and other things are the same customs the Jews have.

    Do I agree that so much time should be devoted to the study of Islam. Absolutely not. However, the Muslims are the descendants of Abraham, Issac and Esau. You remember Esau, the man who was suppose to be the father of the 12 tribes of Israel except that Jacob pulled a fast one and went into his father Issac pretending to be Esau. Esau did not wither away into nothingness. The Arab population were his children and the religious teachings are those of Islam.

    O.K. Start screaming and name-calling.

    1. aliswell says:

      Wrong. Muslims are the descendants of ISHMAEL, Abraham’s son from Hagar and the one whom God said would live like a wild animal amongst his brethren, forever at war with everyone.

      That aside, the concept of allah was conceived from the moon-god of Arabian mythology. It’s noteworthy that Muhammad actually created the religious aspect of Islam by combining small portions of the Judaic and Christian faiths along with a vast dose of paganism. He then added his own thoroughly twisted concept of right and wrong to create the ideology known as Islam.

      The Christian faith understands that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is part of the Triune Godhead. Muslims deny such a concept, and that alone proves they certainly do NOT worship the same God as Christians do.

      See? All this info without any screaming and name-calling.

      1. RetiredRailman-Nam-Vet says:

        Thank you but do you think he/she understands?

  6. Mr02shadow . says:

    So if Islam started year 1 in 622 AD that would make this year 1394
    Let us see what happened in that year.

    Sep 17th 1394 Jews are expelled from France by order of King Charles VI

    1. That is pure coincidence.

      1. tedlv says:

        And kind of silly, and way off-topic, too.

  7. fossie1 says:


  8. Sal Belardo says:

    Christians and Jews must unite and fight the influx of Muslims who do not want to assimilate into our society.
    We must not allow them to do to the US what they have done to Europe. We must fight the Muslim President in the White House from sneaking them in, in UPS planes by the bus load! Boycott UPS!

  9. Sulla Felix says:

    A statement from the school:

    “The particular unit in question is on the formation of Middle Eastern empires in which students learned the basic concepts of the Islamic faith and how it, along with politics, culture, economics and geography, contributed to the development of the Middle East. Other religions are introduced when they influence or impact a particular historical era or geographic region. For example, when reviewing the Renaissance and Reformation, students study the concepts and role of Christianity. When learning about the development of China and India, students examine Hinduism and Buddhism.”

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