There have been at least three news stories over the past few days about the compulsory teaching of Islam in public schools. The most egregious one was from the UK, where a school sent out a letter to parents threatening to put a permanent “racist” notation on their children’s record unless the students were allowed participate in a workshop on Islam — at parents’ own expense.
Then there were the parents in California who pulled their son from a school that was teaching him about Islam — not just the history of Islam, and not even just its practices, but the normative doctrines of Islam.
The third story concerns a father who was banned from the grounds of his daughter’s high school in Maryland after he vehemently protested the content on Islam contained in the curriculum for a course she was required to take.
The following video shows an excerpt from a local TV news report about the controversy at La Plata High School. It’s from one of CAIR’s YouTube channels, and, funnily enough, it doesn’t mention that the father was banned from school grounds. I don’t know whether the TV report failed to include that fact, or whether CAIR edited out that part of the report:
Below are excerpts from a news article about the same incident:
A father of a student at La Plata High School in Maryland was banned from school grounds last week when he took issue with a lesson on the history of Islam in his daughter’s World History class.
On Wednesday evening, Kevin Wood, a former corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, saw his daughter, a junior at the school, working on a homework assignment that examined Islam. “It’s not a religion my husband believes in,” Kevin’s wife, Melissa, tells Yahoo Parenting. “My husband’s issues, and mine too, are that they’re teaching Islam, but they are not teaching the current events on Islam. They are making Islam sound like [its followers] are peaceful people.… He is not saying all Muslims are bad.”
Melissa says she and her husband asked the school to give their daughter an alternative assignment, but were told that she either do the assignment or receive grades of zero. “That didn’t sit well with my husband,” Melissa says. “He said, ‘I will bring down a sh*t storm on the school. I’m contacting the media, the newspaper, and contacting an attorney.’ He did not say he would come to the school and create a disruption.”
Shortly after that conversation, however, the school issued Kevin a no-trespass order.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.