A former Marine and his wife sued a Maryland public school system for reportedly forcing students to complete homework assignments about Islam.
The lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of John Kevin Wood and his wife, Melissa. According to the suit, the couple's daughter and her classmates at La Plata High School were forced to do assignments that the Woods believed endorsed Islam.
One of the assignments was to write the Islamic creed "Shahada," which means: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."
When the phrase is recited by non-Muslims, Washington Free Beacon reported, it essentially means that the person is converting.
Another assignment made the students memorize and recite the Five Pillars of Islam, a list of obligations that Muslims must observe as part of their faith.
The suit was filed against the Charles County Public School system, the Board of Education, and the principal and vice principal of the high school.
In addition, the suit took a firm stance against the teaching of Islam in public schools and claimed that the teachings put Christianity in a negative light: "Defendants have treated Plaintiffs’ Christian beliefs and heritage as subordinate to Islamic beliefs and heritage, have treated Plaintiffs’ Christian beliefs and heritage with deliberate indifference, and have been hostile toward C.W. and her family."
Thomas More President Richard Thompson reiterated the suit's stance in a statement: "Parents must be ever vigilant to the Islamic indoctrination of their children under the guise of teaching history and multiculturalism. This is happening in public schools across the country. And they must take action to stop it."
The story quickly went viral, with many applauding the lawsuit and expressing their anger at the school for teaching students about Islam.
"If parents do not ban together and start suing it will get rubbed in your children face and down their throats. It is disgusting and against the law to do this. Fire the prinicipals and teachers who teach it. Get them out by suing, if enough parents sue them they will stop this," one reader commented on the site's Facebook page.
"I'm glad this veteran spoke out because Islam does not belong in America doesn't belong anywhere because it's not a religion it's the two people who don't believe in Islam and that's not the way life works so whoever is teaching it needs to go back to Middle East and teach it there because we don't need that s*** here," another added.