A school district in New Jersey that indoctrinated children in the Islamic faith, teaching beliefs as facts, has failed to dismiss a lawsuit, with a judge ruling the motion wasn’t worth more than “minimal discussion.”
U.S. District Court Judge Kevin McNulty denied a motion June 21 to dismiss an Establishment Clause claim brought by Libby Hilsenrath against the Chatham school district and various district employees.
“This ruling comes as no surprise. The motion to dismiss was a further attempt by the school district to bully and silence Mrs. Hilsenrath,” said Kate Oliveri, a Thomas More Society lawyer who is representing Helsenrath. “The school district ignored the legal standard and ignored the facts, attempting instead to fool the judge with a poor attempt at sophistry.”
Hilsenrath and her son claimed seventh-grade students at the Chatham Middle School were forced to watch a disturbing set of videos in their World Cultures and Geography class that seek to convert its viewers to Islam.
Her legal team said Hilsenrath has been the target of “vicious personal attacks” since she raised the issue of the school teaching Islam.
Richard Thompson, president of TMLC, noted: “Witless school officials have converted classrooms across America into Islamic indoctrination centers. These schools do not educate, they propagandize. Under the guise of teaching social studies courses, teachers promote the religion of Islam in ways that would never be legally allowable for Christianity or any other religion. Because the explicitly stated goal of Muslim leaders and organizations is to dominate America by a ‘civilization jihad,’ these schools collude with them to jeopardize our national security.”
Thompson said that to “protect our children and our nation from the insidious Islamic propagandizing going on in our public schools, courageous parents like Libby Hilsenrath must take the time to know exactly what their children are being taught, and if it’s Islamic propaganda, take action to stop it.”
When the case was filed, WND reported social studies teacher Christine Jakowski, a defendant in the case, included in her lesson an explanation on how to become a Muslim and ended with a plea: “May god help us all find the true faith, Islam. Ameen.”
Thompson said that when Hilsenrath brought her concerns to the school board on Feb. 6, 2017, they were disregarded.
She then appeared on “The Tucker Carlson Show” on the Fox News Channel on Feb. 20, 2017, “to express her concerns to the nation” and “the school community pilloried her.”
The case charges violations of the First Amendment.
“Defendants assailed the First Amendment, despite the opposition of plaintiff, by forcing children to endure the promotion of Islam in the public schools, including an explicit and direct call to the children for conversion to the religion of Islam.”
The case seeks a declaratory judgment that such actions are in violation of the students’ constitutional rights and an injunction preventing it from happening again.
The class was assigned videos to watch online, and Hilsenrath found her child directed to “Intro to Islam,” a video promoting the religion and claiming that it is superior to all others.
“This nearly five-minute long video seeks to convert viewers to Islam and is filled with the religious teachings of Islam presented, not as beliefs, but as facts,” the complaint asserts.
Among the statements made:
- “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. God gave him the Noble Quran.”
- “Lo, We have sent thee (O Muhammad) with the truth, a bringer of glad tidings and a warner.”
- “What is the Noble Quran? Divine Revelation sent to Muhammad (S) last Prophet of Allah. A Perfect guide for Humanity.”
- “The Noble Quran: Guidance, Mercy and Blessing for all Mankind.”
- Islam: “A shining beacon against the darkness of repression, segregation, intolerance and racism.”
Hilsenrath had tried to get the propaganda removed from the class assignment, the complaint states, but she was subjected to personal attack, including those describing her as “hateful,” “ignorant,” “intolerant,” “racist” and “close-minded.”
One video lesson concludes with, “May God help us all find the true faith, Islam.”
The background music includes the poem “Qaseedah Burdah” in Arabic, describing Christians and Jews as “infidels” and praising Muhammad in gruesome detail for slaughtering them.
It claims Muslims “created a tradition of unsurpassable splendor, scientific thought and timeless art” and “Muslims rediscovered the lost sciences of architecture, engineering, medicine, astronomy and agriculture becoming the greatest patrons of science and art in the middles ages while Europe languished in the dark.”
The video claims the European Renaissance is based on the work of Muslims.
The Thomas More organization said: “Seventh-grade students were also instructed to view a subtle propaganda cartoon video, 5 Pillars, which included bright, multi-colored words quoting the Islamic conversion creed: ‘There is no god except Allah and Prophet Muhammad is his messenger.’ The video concludes with text containing contact information for the students of Chatham Middle School to set up their own mosque tour.”
One assignment required students fill to fill in the words “Allah” and “Muhammad” in the following statement: “There is no god but [Allah] and [Muhammad] is his messenger.”
And it explains that reciting that phrase three times in front of witnesses is “all that anyone need do to become a Muslim.”
The lessons completely ignored other Middle East religions, including Christianity and Judaism.
“Any reasonable individual, especially someone with experience or training in how public students are to be educated, would be troubled by a video that includes direct calls for conversion to Islam, doctrinal religious instruction, or references to Christians and Jews as ‘infidels’ who should be killed,” the complaint points out.