Supreme Court Denies First Amendment Appeal
A case from Maryland regarding a high school student and her faith was declined by the US Supreme Court on Tuesday.. In 2016, the high school student sued her local school district due to hostility in the classroom towards her Christian faith. This included being required to write the shahada, which is the Islamic profession of faith that is recited when someone converts. The statement included the phrase “there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Her legal team also cited that the characterization of Christianity vs. other religious was less than hospitable.
Attorneys from the Thomas Moore Legal Society noted in their appeal: “For example, Ms. Wood [the student] and her classmates were instructed that the “Qur’an is the word of Allah as revealed to Muhammad in the same way that Jews and Christians believe the Torah and Gospels were revealed to Moses and the New Testament writers.”
After receiving the assignment, the student refused to complete it and was given a failing grade. By passing this case up, the Supreme Court missed an important chance, in the words of Thomas Moore’s Richard Thompson, “…to provide clearer constitutional guidance” on an important issue.”
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You can read the appeal filed by the Thomas Moore Legal Society here.