On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court declined to accept the case of a public school teacher in Maryland who asked her students to recite the Islamic “conversion prayer” for a passing grade.
Caleigh Wood, an 11th grade Christian student at La Plata High School is being defended by the Thomas More Law Center.
Thomas More said “by making a written profession of the Muslim conversion prayer known as the shahada – ‘There is no god by allah and Muhammad is the messenger of allah,’ Wood refused to deny her Christian beliefs.”
The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the teacher by saying she did not violate the Establishment Clause but the US Supreme Court did not. Christian Action Network filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in support of Caleigh Wood at the 4th Circuit.
Wood was also forced to view a series of PowerPoint slides that promoted Islam despite all the problems afflicting that religion and the atrocities committed by ISIS. One of the slides even cast aspersions on Christians by saying, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian’s.”
The high school’s content specialist, Jack Tuttle condemned the teacher’s actions in court.
Thomas More’s chief counsel, Richard Thompson, said that he was “not aware of any public school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord’s Prayer or John 3:16.”