Why Did Several Islamic News Agencies Suddenly Target the Thomas More Law Center?

ANN ARBOR, MI –Several international Islamic news agencies, including the Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA) and the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), this past week, targeted the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) and its President Richard Thompson, in articles claiming that U.S. Muslims are being unfairly treated.  

The Thomas More Law Center is a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose mission includes the promotion of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and a strong national defense.

The agencies, relating a story of a Muslim girl who was hesitant in practicing her faith while in public school, focused their attack on comments by Thompson. The story published by the International Islamic News Agency stated in part:

“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 did not back down from his comments.  “Islam is more than a religion.  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.” 

Continued 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.” 

In fact, the Thomas More Law Center was one of the first Christian advocacy groups in the nation to take legal action against the double standard that favored Islam over Christianity.

In 2002, the Thomas More Law Center filed a federal lawsuit against the Byron Union School District in California for a three week indoctrination course in the Islamic faith for its seventh grade students, using the work book Islam, A simulation of Islamic history and culture, workbook’s cover page.

The 12-year old students were told:

In an astonishing ruling, the Ninth 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.”

Our K-12 textbooks contain sugarcoated versions of Islam promoted by the Council on Islamic Education.  Those versions don’t mention its kidnappings, beheadings, slave-trading, savage murder, and persecution of non-Muslims or the repression of women.

The founder of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Omar Ahmad said this to a group of American Muslims in 1998:

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

In a more recent Law Center case, in 2007 the Poway School District ordered math teacher Bradley Johnson, to take down banners displaying patriotic phrases such as “In God We Trust,” and “One Nation Under God” because they promoted a Judeo-Christian message and might offend a Muslim student.  Johnson’s banners had been displayed for 25 years without a single complaint from students or parents. 

Showing their bias against Christians, school officials allowed other teachers to display non-Christian religious messages in their classrooms.  These displays included a 40-foot string of Tibetan prayer flags with images of Buddha hung across a classroom, a poster with Hindu leader Mahatma Gandhi’s “7 Social Sins;” a poster of Muslim leader Malcolm X; and a  poster of the Buddhist leader Dali Lama.

In September 2011, the Thomas More Law Center’s lawsuit on behalf of Brad Johnson was dismissed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Law Center has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.