The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) is reporting on two lawsuits currently underway to stop this underhanded practice from taking place in the nation’s public schools.
In the first case, the TMLC announced this week that it will represent Richard Penkoski in his fight with the Mountain Ridge Middle School, located in West Virginia, over the Islamic indoctrination of his 13-year old daughter.
Mr. Penkoski, an evangelist who hosts an online Christian ministry, “Warriors for Christ,” with an estimated 200K-300K followers, discovered the astonishing extent to which his daughter and her fellow classmates were being subjected to Islamic indoctrination under the guise of teaching about world religions.
On May 14 of this year, his seventh-grade daughter brought home a packet of lessons and assignments which included the following:
-Write the Shahada, the Islamic conversion creed, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” in Arabic as part of “calligraphy” practice.
-Fast for 24 hours and give lunch money and food to a food bank, to sympathize with Muslims going through Ramadan.
-Read chapters from the Koran.
Learn the Five Pillars of Islam.
Penkoski told his daughter that she would not be doing the assignment and immediately complained to the principal. But he didn’t stop there. He also contacted the TMLC to ask them to look into the legal aspects of the matter.
“This is typical of the public-school systems across the country,” said Richard Thompson, TMLC’s President and Chief Counsel. “Witless school officials have turned classrooms into Islamic indoctrination centers. They promote Islam in ways that would be unthinkable for Christianity or any other religion because they fear a lawsuit by the ACLU.”
Penkoski says his daughter’s teacher spends much more time on Islam than on other religions and that most of the faith aspects of Christianity and Judaism were stripped from the lesson plan.
Penkoski and his wife Amanda and 6 children refuse to shy away from the controversy. While it would be easy to remove his daughter from the school, Penkoski says, “We don’t back down during persecution.”
Nor should he. As Thompson has discovered, teachers sugar-coat Islam and prevent students from learning the truth about it.
“They don’t tell students about Islam’s barbaric brutality, where women and young girls are sold into slavery and used as sex-slaves, where men and women are stoned to death and burned alive—all in the name of Islam and the Koran,” Thompson said.
In the second case, the TMLC is representing a parent who is suing the Chatham, New Jersey School District where seventh grade students were forced to watch videos seeking to convert viewers to Islam in their World Cultures and Geography class.
Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer, parents of two of the students, attempted to persuade the School District to remove the videos and stop the Islamic indoctrination of students at the Chatham Middle School. Instead of complying, the school subjected her to a barrage of vicious personal attacks. They were defamed as bigots, Islamaphobes, and accused of being hateful, ignorant and intolerant. When the two women appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Show, to explain how students were being indoctrinated in the school, the attacks only got worse.
Once again, the material presented to the students was full of false depictions of Islam and made no mention of the kidnappings, beheadings, slave-trading, massacres, persecution of non-Muslims, or the repression of women that is commonly associated with the religion.
Hilsenrath sued the district and several employees and received a significant ruling this week from a federal court where U.S. District Court Judge Kevin McNulty denied a motion to dismiss her Establishment Clause claim.
“This ruling comes as no surprise,” said Kate Oliveri, TMLC’s attorney handling the case. “The motion to dismiss was a further attempt by the school district to bully and silence Mrs. Hilsenrath. The school district ignored the legal standard and ignored the facts, attempting instead to fool the judge with a poor attempt at sophistry.”
It didn’t work and the judge has allowed the case to move forward.
“To protect our children and our Nation from the insidious Islamic propagandizing going on in our public schools, courageous parents like Libby Hilsenrath must take the time to know exactly what their children are being taught,” Thompson said, “and if it’s Islamic propaganda, take action to stop it.”
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