By: News Editor – christianaction.org – November 5, 2018
The federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments for and against a high school’s teaching of Islam that the Christian Action Network found is advancing Islam over Christianity.
With this, the arguments stage of the process for the case of Wood v. Charles County Board of Education is slated for December 11-13.
“Their notification to us was very brief,” CAN President Martin Mawyer said. “There will be oral arguments heard for the case sometime during those dates. That’s all we know for now.”
In June, CAN Attorney David Carroll filed a “Friend of Court Brief” brief in favor of the plaintiff Wood family to overturn a federal court ruling that tossed out their objections to the indoctrination.
That put CAN on the list of case participants, which is right where Mawyer wanted to be.
“I think our points that we made are definitely a help for the arguments to overturn,” Mawyer said. “These were a few things that were being overlooked.”
The brief focuses on the legal battle between the Wood family, a father and daughter, against the Charles County Board of Education.
The Woods observed bias for Islam in daughter Caliegh’s World History class.
Mawyer said CAN joins the Thomas More Law Center, lead counsel in the case, to get the court ruling overturned.
“This school clearly advanced Islam over Christianity, violating the neutrality principle they are supposed to abide by,” Mawyer said.
“Whatever their intentions were, forcing children to recite words that favor one religion over their own is both offensive and unconstitutional on its face.”
But U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel ruled in March that the 11th-grader and her former-marine dad could not sue the school district for violating their First Amendment rights.
The Wood family observed compulsory assignments catered to force students to profess tenets of Islamic doctrine.
Ten points outlined in CAN brief:
CAN’S 33-page legal filing, known as an “Amicus Curiae,” is highly critical of ten activities children were forced to complete during Caleigh’s World History course:
- Children can be required to learn the Islamic creed of faith: “There is no god but Allah and the Prophet Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
- Children can be required to describe the Quran.
- Children can be told to write: “Most Muslim’s faith is stronger than the average Christian.”
- Children can be told to declare: “Islam, at heart, is a peaceful religion.”
- Children can be told to write: “Muslims conquerors treat those they conquered with tolerance, kindness and respect.”
- Children can be told: “All children are born without sin.” (This is fundamentally opposed to Christianity)
- Children can be told: “All people can lead themselves to salvation.” (This is fundamentally opposed to Christianity.)
- Children can be told to learn the Five Pillars of Islam.
- Children can be told to state the laws and morals that Muslims must follow.
- Children are told that Muslims and Christians both believe in “One God.” (This is fundamentally incorrect. Christianity believes in the Holy Trinity)
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