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Sound Off: Banned Former Marine Sues His Daughter's School


When we last heard about former Marine Kevin Wood in the fall of 2014, he had been banned from the ground of his daughter's high school after his spirited protests against his daughter's assignment to write a paper about the five pillars of Islam.

Now his daughter is scheduled to graduate from high school this spring and Wood has filed suit against the Charles County school system and La Plata High School in hopes that the ban will be rescinded and he can see his child graduate in person.

That may be the goal, but the Wood family's lawyers are going full-bore with a civil and constitutional rights lawsuit: "the First Amendment prohibits the promotion of the religion of Islam over other faiths, such as Christianity or Judaism, in our public schools,” says the complaint, filed in U.S District Court in Maryland.

Wood claims he made no threats but the school banned him because they "wanted to quash criticism of their pro-Islamic curriculum.” Of course, Marine communication isn't like civilian communication and school officials might have been terrified by a friendly "hello."

The school system claims they aren't promoting Islam. They say they cover the religion when students study the Middle East but that they address Christianity when they study the Renaissance and Hinduism and Buddhism in units about India and China.

What do you think? Should high school students learn about world religions? Does that education help our citizens understand the challenges our country faces in the 21st century? Or should we keep Islam out of our schools? Sound off!


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