Should Islam be Forced on Public School Students?
By Marc Alan Urbach
In Callaway Maryland this week, two parents, former Marine John Wood and his wife Melissa, represented by the Thomas Moore Law Center (TMLC) filed a federal lawsuit. Both parents “refused to allow their teenage daughter to be subjected to Islamic indoctrination and propaganda in her high school World History class.”
The lawsuit was filed against Principal Evelyn Arnold and Vice-Principal Shannon Morris of La Plata High School located in La Plata, Maryland.
According to a press release from TMLC, the Wood’s daughter was forced to profess and to write out the Shahada in quizzes and worksheets. The Shahada is the Islamic Creed, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Anyone who is not a Muslim, reciting the statement is sufficient to convert one to Islam. The second part of the statement, “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” signifies the person has accepted Muhammad as their spiritual leader. Their daughter was also required to memorize and recite the Five Pillars of Islam.
Orthodox Jew, former teacher, author and Constitutionalist Marc Alan Urbach most definitely agrees. “It’s one thing to learn this content from a teacher, but to have to write it down and memorize it is completely different. When I taught this course, I simply presented the information, but did not force students to memorize or write it. I did though give the students an optional assignment to write down the Ten Commandments and bring them back the next day.”
The Woods are devout Christians who said, we “believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and our Savior, that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and that following the teachings of Jesus Christ is the only path to eternal salvation. The Woods believe that it is a sin to believe in Muhammad as the messenger of God. The Woods most definitely believe in the Christian God and that Jesus Christ is the true messenger. Both parents believe their daughter was discriminated against when she was forced memorize certain Islamic doctrines.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said, “Her World History class spent one day on Christianity and two weeks immersed in Islam. Such discriminatory treatment of Christianity is an unconstitutional promotion of one religion over another.”
Urbach faced a similar dilemma at his school. “I had only one day to teach each of the following: Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, but four days for Islam. I do though believe all major religions should be taught, but an equal amount of time should be devoted to each.”
Urbach is an expert with “separation of church and state” and knows that lessons on religion do not violate it. Said Urbach, “The Bible was legal and constitutionally protected in our schools for over 150 years. Our Founding Fathers also required by law that the Bible to be taught. The Northwest Ordinance of 1789, signed by president Washington, said “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” “Meaning teach “religion” which was the Bible, morals and knowledge in the schools forever.” This is Federal Law and should be ENFORCED!!”
Woods maintains that the school ultimately refused to allow his daughter to opt-out of the assignments. He also had a No Trespass order issued against him. Both parents and the TMLC look forward to their day in court and so does Marc Alan Urbach.
Urbach has many more Founding Father quotes in his book, BELIEVE, Do We Need a Third Great Awakening that prove that they wanted to keep the Bible in schools. Dr. Benjamin Rush known as the “Father of American Public Schools was a Orthodox Evangelical Christian who was a staunch supporter for keeping the Bible in schools. He said, “The great enemy of the salvation of man in my opinion never invented a more effectual means of extirpating (extinguishing) Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible in schools. The Bible when not read in schools is seldom read in any subsequent period of life….It should be read in schools in preference to all other books from its containing the greatest portion of that kind of knowledge which is calculated to produce private and temporal happiness.”
Gouverneur Morris who was the penman and signer of the Constitution said, “Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man toward God.” Meaning the Bible is teaches good morals and this should be taught in the schools.
And the most powerful quote by Fisher Ames, who helped write the First Amendment. Ames was concerned about the amount of secular books being introduced in the classroom. “Why…..should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? It’s morals are pure, it’s examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.”
You decide what should mostly be taught in the schools.