One Christian girl is fighting back after her Maryland school failed her when she refused to declare Allah as the only God in a school assignment.
Caleigh Wood faced a horrible dilemma in her junior year in High School when she was forced to either accept a failing grade in her class or declare Allah the only real God, and declare Islam was a better faith than Christianity.
The legal question at stake was whether La Plata High School violated the First Amendment’s Establishment and Free Speech Clauses when it gave Caleigh Wood an assignment she was unable to complete without violating her religious conscience as a #Christian.
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As a devoted Christian Wood had to choose; Fear her teacher or fear the Lord. She chose the higher power and now must fight back for her religious liberty.
Wood’s teacher at La Plata High School gave an assignment concerning the tenets of Islam. When Wood read the curriculum she discovered that much of it contained intellectually dishonest information. However, the final straw came when the young woman saw what the school was forcing students to declare.
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The curriculum made students declare these “truths” or fail the class.
“Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.”
“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” and “Righteous women are therefore obedient.”
Caleigh Wood refused to repeat or support the Shahada, which is the Islamic conversion prayer that declares Allah the only god.
Wood told her teacher that she couldn’t recite the Shahada because it would violate her Christian beliefs. However, instead of respecting her religious beliefs her teacher gave Wood a failing grade. Something Wood, and her family, were not going to accept without a fight.
CBN News reports that Caleigh Wood and her family contacted the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) and filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming it had violated the First Amendment by compelling the girl to profess faith in a religion other than her own.
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However, the increasingly left-leaning Federal District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the school. But that didn’t stop the law center, as they decided to take the case to the Supreme Court.
The TMLC argued that the school’s curriculum is not only discriminating against Christianity by putting forth biased opinions as facts. The curriculum also promotes Islam in the classroom. They have reiterated that taxpayer dollars are funding religious indoctrination in public schools.
“Under the guise 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,” TMLC President and Chief Counsel Richard Thompson said in a statement.
“I’m not aware of any school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord’s Prayer or John 3:16: ‘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.’”