La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland has become the subject of a lawsuit after one student’s parents accused the school of indoctrinating their child into the Islamic faith.
The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm, decided to file a federal lawsuit against the high school and Charles County Public Schools on behalf of parents Kevin and Melissa Wood. Kevin is a former U.S. Marine, and he and his wife believe that their teenage daughter (referred to as C.W. in the lawsuit) has been “subjected to Islamic indoctrination and propaganda in her high school World History class.” Moreover, the lawsuit alleges that the Wood’s daughter was forced to recite and write out the Shahada, an Islamic Creed tantamount to converting one to Islam when recited.
Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that the World History class also favored Islam to other religions, especially Christianity. The child’s 11th grade class was reportedly taught that “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.” Moreover, the complaint also alleges that the school does not spend as much time teaching Christianity as they do Islam. In fact, it was reported that the class only taught about Christianity for a day while it promoted Islam for two weeks. Furthermore, students were also not required to learn any tenants from Christianity or Judaism, including the Ten Commandments. The lawsuit maintains that the First Amendment does not allow the promotion of Islam over other religions.
In response to the lawsuit, the Charles County Public Schools said that the issue is mainly focused on one unit of its World History curriculum that explores the formation of Middle Eastern empires. Here, students are taught basic concepts of the Islamic faith including its culture.
Moreover, the Charles County Public Schools maintain that it “does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices.”