New Jersey school sued for allegedly forcing students to endure Islamic propaganda

A school in New Jersey has been sued for allegedly violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by forcing seventh-grade students to experience Islamic propaganda as well as an invitation to convert to Islam.

(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Jim.henderson)Looking north at Chatham Middle School on a mostly sunny midday. 16 May 2010.

In a press statement issued on Jan. 24, Michigan-based national nonprofit public interest law firm Thomas More Law Center announced that it has filed a federal lawsuit against Chatham Middle School and the School District of the Chathams in New Jersey. The suit was filed on behalf of a woman named Libby Hilsenrath and her son, who alleged that videos containing Islamic propaganda were shown during a World Cultures and Geography class.

One video in question ended with a prayer asking for God's guidance for people fo "find the true faith, Islam." It also included declarations that Allah was the unequaled God and that Muhammad is God's prophet.

"What would people say if our public schools taught Christianity as the true faith? After watching this video, I can't imagine any reasonable person saying this is not Islamic indoctrination," said TMLC president and chief counsel Richard Thompson. "Chatham Middle School made a mockery of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause."

In addition, Thompson recalled how the school board had allegedly ignored Hilsenrath's concerns. She was also labeled as "hateful" and "intolerant" by her own community after she appeared on the Tucker Carlson Show last year to air out her concerns.

Meanwhile,  a homework assignment given to students at an Elgin-area U46 school which declared that Christians, Muslims, and Jews believe in the same God has caused a number of people to be very vocal against it. Christians attended a recent school board meeting to express their opposition to the assignment, which was given last month, The Elgin Courier-News reported.

People who wanted to discuss the issue were not allowed to speak during the public comment portion of the school board meeting. However, they were given time to talk after the meeting.