A New Jersey mother who is suing officials and teachers in her son’s middle school for subjecting them to Islamist propaganda and explicit calls to convert to Islam won her first round in court.
The school district sought to have the charges dismissed, however, U.S. District Court Judge Kevin McNulty ruled that the case, which claims the school violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, should be heard.
The suit was filed by the Thomas Moore Law Center on behalf of Mrs. Libby Hilsenrath. It charges that seventh-grade students at the Chatham Middle School were forced to watch a disturbing set of videos in their World Cultures and Geography class which seeks to convert its viewers to Islam.
Watch one of the videos in the curriculum:
Moreover, no other religion was being taught to their children except for Islam in the school.
The suit claims the students’ First Amendment rights (freedom of religion and separation of religion and state) were violated by the curriculum used in the class.
Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer, another mother whose son was exposed to the course material, originally brought their concerns to the attention of the school board. Instead of an investigation, Hilsenrath said that those concerns were disregarded.
After the school board meeting, and particularly after an appearance on the Tucker Carlson Show, the mothers were denounced in the community and on social media as racist, xenophobic, hateful and Islamophobic.
Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas Moore Law Center, remarked, “What would people say if our public schools taught Christianity as the true faith? After watching this video [in the curriculum], I can’t imagine any reasonable person saying this is not Islamic indoctrination.”
One of the videos in the curriculum ends with the prayer, “May God help us all find the true faith, Islam. Ameen.” The video presents statements about Islam as facts, such as:
- “Allah is the one God who created the heavens and the earth, who has no equal and is all powerful.”
- “Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the last & final Messenger of God.”
- “What is the Noble Quran? Divine Revelation sent to Muhammad (S) last Prophet of Allah. A Perfect guide for Humanity.”
- “Islam: A shining beacon against the darkness of repression, segregation, intolerance and racism…”
The video also contains excerpts from the Quran stating that Islam is the “perfected” religion and the only religion for mankind.
Thompson says the background music includes the poem “Qaseedah Burdah” in Arabic. The poem describes Christians and Jews as “infidels” and praises Muhammad for slaughtering them.