Marine Dad Battles School Over Daughter's Pro-Islam Homework

An American patriot has been banned from his teenage daughter's high school, after coming to the administrators to complain about the religious curriculum she was assigned in class.

Marine Corps veteran Kevin Wood fought for our freedom in Iraq, and does not believe that La Plata High School in Maryland should be teaching the benefits of any one religion over another. When he asked that his 11th grade daughter be given an alternate assignment, he was denied. When he threatened to make a stink about the religious teachings, he was banned from the school.


Which doesn't make sense at all, because hi, welcome to America. Amendment one -- freedom of religion. Why would a public school be pushing a religious agenda on students? Last time I checked, the Bible isn't a textbook.

Oh wait, we're not talking about the Old or New Testaments, we're talking about the Qur'an, because of course we are. Wood's daughter was asked to complete an assignment requiring her to write a three-page essay on the five pillars of Islam, Mecca, and Mohammad.

The school declined to give the girl an alternate assignment, saying that they were teaching history, not religion.

OK ... but was this before or after they asked the students to write up the significance of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt? Or what about how Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon? Was there a quiz on what Jesus said the two greatest commandments were? The differences between Buddhism and Hinduism? Why do Sikhs wear turbans? Heck, was there even a "match the Hollywood stars to Kabbalah or Scientology" worksheet?

Because unless those other religions were studied as part of history, this girl has every right to be let out of the assignment. Her parents weren't even asking for a pass -- they just wanted her to be able to write about something else.

In an interview, Wood said, "I don't agree with it ... You can't study God or Christianity in school. You've got atheist suing schools for saying 'God' in the pledge and not being able to say prayers before football games, but we can force-feed our kids Islam."

We could argue all day long about whether or not this is "force-feeding" Islam, but that's not the point. The school is teaching a religion, one that a parent is uncomfortable with their child being exposed to. That's just not cool in my book.

Wood is sticking to his guns, and said that if his daughter isn't assigned another topic, she'll take the "F" for the essay. He didn't fight for our freedom as Americans so that his children could be forced to study religions that go against their beliefs. 

Do you think schools should be allowed to study one religion over another?


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