A legal team that advocates for the Judeo-Christian heritage in the United States has been put in a bull’s-eye by Muslims after its leader commented about special privileges for Islam.
According to the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., several Islamic news sources such as Ahlul Bayt News Agency and the International Islamic News Agency recently targeted the organization and its president, Richard Thompson, in articles claiming U.S. Muslims are treated unfairly.
The agencies reported the story of a Muslim girl who said she was hesitant to practice her faith while in public school and cited comments from Thompson.
The IINA, for example, said, “Some also say providing Muslim students with prayer rooms and special food constitutes an organized attempt to push Islamic law in public settings. In fact, some of the most outspoken critics of accommodation for Muslim students are Christian groups. ‘What (school officials) are doing … is to give Muslim students religious benefits that they do not give any other religion right now,’ Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel at the Thomas More Law Center, a Christian advocacy group, told USA Today.’”
Thompson said today that the comments reflect exactly what he meant to say.
“Islam is more than a religion,” Thompson said. “It is a political ideology that regulates every aspect of human existence and calls for the Islamic domination of the world. Since radical Muslims know they can never defeat our military on the battlefield, they devised the strategy of internal subversion.”
Thomas More is known for its advocacy for Judeo-Christian traditions in the U.S. in the face of advancing Islam.
In 2002, it filed a federal lawsuit against the Byron Union School District in California for a three-week indoctrination course in the Islamic faith for seventh- grade students, using the workbook “Islam, A simulation of Islamic history and culture.”
In that case, 12-year-old students were ordered:
- “From the beginning you and your classmates will become Muslim”
- “Dress up as a Muslim and try to be involved guarantee an excellent grade”
- “Pick Islamic names and wear them around your neck as ID tags”
- “Read the fatiha, the opening chapter in the Quran and recited by Muslims at every daily prayer”
- “Play a dice game called jihad by declaring a jihad against another group”
- “Jihad is a struggle by Muslims against oppression”
- “Complete the phrase required for conversion to Islam”
- “Complete the Five Pillars of the Islamic faith”
- “Analyze certain verses from the Quran”
In an astonishing ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved the school’s Islamic indoctrination, holding that the Islam program activities were not “overt religious exercises” that raised Establishment Clause concerns.
“Just to make sure their ruling could not be precedent to establish similar classes for Christians, they made their ruling ‘Not for Publication,’” Thomas More reported.
Said Thompson, “Like the ancient Trojan Horse welcomed within the city’s gates, Islam has entered America disguised as a religion. But its ultimate objective is political: Destroy America and establish an Islamic nation under Shariah law. So while America sleeps, they are awake and subverting our government, as well as our public schools and universities. And we will not be deterred from our efforts to stop them.”
The center also has battled over the use of textbooks that sugarcoat Islam.
Textbooks promoted by the Council on Islamic Education don’t mention the kidnappings, beheadings, slave-trading, murder and persecution of non-Muslims, the center said.
In another recent case, the center fought starting in 2007 against the Poway School District over math teacher Bradley Johnson’s patriotic and historic banners, with phrases such as “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God.”
He was ordered to take them down because they promoted a Judeo-Christian message and might offend a Muslim student – even though they had been on display without opposition for 25 years.
And at the same time, school officials allowed other teachers to have non-Christian messages such as Tibetan prayer flags, Buddha, Gandhi’s 7 Social Sins and Malcolm X.
That case is being presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.