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Whenever I speak, the question I get asked most is, "what can I do?" The answer, "so much!" Case in point: this Ohio mom. Get involved, fight back and fight fiercely.

What is stunning is just how deep the stealth jihadists have embedded themselves. These weren't lessons in Islam or Islamic history, these were conversion classes.

Ohio Mom Teams-up With TMLC to Remove Islamic Proselytizing Video from 7th Grade History Class TMLC

The
Olmsted Falls City School District, located in Olmsted Falls, Ohio has
agreed to remove the video “30 Days: Muslim and America” from the 7th
grade World History Curriculum
.  The action was taken to avoid a
constitutional challenge by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a
national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which
filed a series of requests for public records concerning the video on
behalf of Jenny McKeigue, a mother of three children who attend schools
within the district. 

McKeigue
first became concerned about the history curriculum in 2011 when her
son, then in 7th grade, was required to memorize the 5 Pillars of Islam
(the requirement was later discontinued).   After a deeper look into the
7th grade history curriculum, McKeigue became concerned about the
content of the “Muslims and America” video to which the school had
exposed her son.   She asked the School District to remove the video
from the curriculum and replace it with an objective video relevant to
the history of Islam, not one that taught children how to become a
Muslim.
Her request was denied.  Subsequently, Mrs. McKeigue began the
escalation process to the Superintendent and the School Board

After
over a year and a half of denied requests for information, including
requests for the class syllabus, from the School District, McKeigue
reached out to the Thomas More Law Center for assistance. TMLC agreed to
help.  Ohio attorney Michael S. Goldstein acted as an affiliated local
counsel.

The questionable video features a Christian (Dave)
agreeing to embrace the religion of Islam and the Muslim culture by
living with a Muslim family for 30 days in Dearborn, Michigan.  Dave was
required to live, dress and eat as a Muslim, study the Koran daily and
participate in Muslim prayer. The video features several instances of
Muslim prayer and even a look at a “how to pray in Islam” sheet complete
with Dave practicing how to pray and reciting lines such as “I testify
that there is no God other than the Almighty” and “I testify that
Mohammad is the messenger of God.”

The video is also set up in a
manner that portrays non-Muslims as uneducated bigots and Muslims as
persecuted victims. At one point in the video, 7th grade students are
told that if they hear someone say something wrong about Islam, it is
their responsibility to fix it.

The video was being used as a
part of the Ohio 7th Grade Social Studies Standards Expectations for
Learning which requires students to “describe achievements by the
Islamic civilization and how these achievements were introduced into
Western Europe in the time period between 750 BC – 1600AD.” As such,
“Muslims and America” is clearly irrelevant to Ohio Social Studies
Standards.

Mrs. McKeigue felt the video, in addition to being
irrelevant, also violated several Board Policies with regard to the
promotion of religion in the classroom and the fair representation of
all ethnic and religious groups
. Additionally, she questioned the
accuracy of the video as well as the applied double standard as no other
video was shown nor instruction given demonstrating how to perform the
religious exercises of other religions. 

In response to
McKeigue’s criticism, the school district invited Olmsted Falls pastors
to review the video.  To the school district’s chagrin, several pastors
agreed with McKeigue and also questioned the accuracy of the video.  Dr.
Todd Hoadley, school superintendent at the time, disregarded their
concerns.
  At a March 2013 Board meeting, and in private conversations,
he defended the video with the astonishing argument that the
inaccuracies of the video proved its value.

Richard Thompson.
President and Chief Counsel of the TMLC commented: “Teachers may not
constitutionally show video tapes that violate the neutrality they must
maintain toward religion or that engages in religious instruction.
Showing “Muslims and America” violated those principles and the
Establishment Clause of our Constitution.  Under the guise of teaching
the history of Islam to seventh graders, history teachers were
proselytizing students to the Islamic faith.  Although I applaud the
school district for resolving this issue without litigation, I was
disappointed to discover internal communications from one history
teacher ridiculing and disparaging Mrs. McKeigue, and even suggesting
she should be fired from her part time job as alumni director for the
school because of her criticism of the video.”

Thompson
continued, “Teachers may provide instruction about a particular
religion, but they are not constitutionally permitted to provide
religious instruction. The education of our children is too important to
be left to teachers and school administrators alone.   Parents have a
duty to be personally involved as well.  Mrs. McKeigue was exercising
her constitutional right to free speech in fulfilling her crucial duty
and responsibility as a parent.”

 

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