Christian high school student, Caleigh Wood at La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland urged by a teacher to recite the Islamic Creed is back in the headlines [#CaleighWood #LaPlataMaryland #ChristianDiscrimination]
[October 7, 2019]
A Christian high school student who was urged by a teacher to recite the Islamic Creed is back in the headlines.
Her case had been appealed to the US Supreme Court. Now the girl’s plea is on the high court’s online docket which shows it has been distributed for a conference at the court on Oct. 11, 2019.
4 years ago, a Christian high school junior was compelled by her teacher at La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland, to recite the Islamic conversion creed – the Shahada – as part of a written assignment.
She was required to write the Islamic creed, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
The World History course also taught that “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian’s.”
Caleigh Wood refused to complete the assignment, believing that is it is a sin to profess by word or in writing, that there is any other god except the Christian God.
School officials refused to let her opt-out of the course, and as a result, she received a lower percentage grade for the course, but that did not affect her letter grade.
The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) on behalf of the Wood family filed a lawsuit, claiming the school had violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause and the girl’s right not to be forced to profess faith in another religion.
Both the Federal District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the high school’s Islamic curriculum.
Now, the TMLC has appealed the case to the Supreme Court asking the high court to decide whether any legal basis exists to allow public schools to discriminate against Christianity while at the same time promoting Islam.
UPDATE: Will Supreme Court Agree that Christian Student Should Be Forced to Cite Islamic Conversion Prayer in School?: