There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court lately.
Conservatives currently control a 5-4 majority on the nation’s highest court, and now there’s serious speculation circling throughout the mainstream media that at least 2 liberal Justices may retire in the near future.
But that’s not what people are talking about this week.
Many were stunned when the Supreme Court declined to review the case of a Christian high school student in Maryland who, despite threats of receiving a failing grade, refused to deny her faith by making a written profession of the Muslim conversion prayer known as the shahada.
The shahada states, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
The Supreme Court declining to hear the case sends the message that it has no problem with teachers forcing Christian students to voice Islamic prayer.
Caleigh Wood, an eleventh-grader, was represented in the case by the Thomas Moore Law Center.
As part of the school’s “World History” curriculum, the La Plata High School students were forced to learn about Islam and required to list the benefits of the religion.
Students were also forced to view a slew of pro-Islamic PowerPoint slides, including one that stated, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.”
As noted by The Clarion Project, the curriculum also taught:
- “Islam at heart is a peaceful religion.”
- Jihad is a “personal struggle in devotion to Islam, especially involving spiritual discipline.”
- “To Muslims, Allah is the same God that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.”
- “Men are the managers of the affairs of women.”
- “Righteous women are therefore obedient.”
The case was previously heard by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the course did not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the law center, commented on the fact that the Supreme Court refused to hear the case:
“I’m not aware of any public school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord’s Prayer or John 3:16 [which states]: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’”
“Yet, under the pretext of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion.
“It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court did not take this opportunity to clarify the test which lower courts should use when ruling on establishment clause and free speech challenges to public school classes on religion.”
The question before the Supreme Court was simple: did the La Plata High School violate the First Amendment’s Establishment and free speech clauses when it gave Wood an assignment she was unable to complete without violating her religious conscience as a Christian.
The school denied her request to be transferred out of the class or be given an alternative assignment as well as failed her when she refused to complete the assignment to write the shahada.
Wood’s legal team argued that she believed it’s a sin to profess the existence of any other god but the Christian one.
“Many public schools have become hotbeds of Islamic propaganda. Teaching Islam in schools has gone far beyond a basic history lesson,” Moore commented.
“Prompted by zealous Islamic activism and emboldened by confusing court decisions, schools are now bending over backward to promote Islam while at the same time denigrating Christianity.
“Although the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to provide clearer constitutional guidance on this important issue, there will be other chances as this issue isn’t going away anytime soon,” he added.