Wingnut Father Threatens to Disrupt School for Teaching History

A school in Maryland has barred a father from setting foot on campus after he threatened to disrupt classes if they kept teaching his daughter about the formation of Islamic empires in the Middle East. Because he apparently demands that his children be kept ignorant of history.

The father of a La Plata High School student has been barred from the school grounds after officials said he threatened to disrupt the school environment.

Kevin Wood was issued a no-trespass order last week after a telephone call with La Plata High Vice Principal Shannon Morris on Thursday. Wood called to air complaints regarding his daughter’s world history assignment that asked students to examine elements of the Islamic religion.

Morris and La Plata High Principal Evelyn Arnold reported to the Charles County Public Schools central office that Wood in his phone call had threatened to upset the school environment in some way Monday, according to school spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson. O’Malley-Simpson declined to elaborate on what threats Wood had made.

If the trespass order is ignored, police could be called and have the violator removed.

“We don’t take that lightly,” said O’Malley-Simpson. “We have a lot of students, and safety comes first. We don’t allow disruptions at the schools, especially if we’re forewarned of them.”

No kidding. But Wood is having none of this.

“I told her straight up ‘you could take that Muslim-loving piece of paper and shove it up your white [expletive],” Kevin Wood said in an interview. “If [students] can’t practice Christianity in school, they should not be allowed to practice Islam in school.”…

In a later phone call with Morris, Kevin Wood said he blasted the school for violating his daughter’s “constitutional rights” and said he would contact the media and “bring a [expletive]storm down on them like they’ve never seen.”

For crying out loud, they aren’t teaching them to “practice Islam,” they’re teaching about the rise of Islam in the history of the Middle East. You can’t teach a world history class well and leave that out. It’s especially important right now that we understand the history of Islam. But dumbasses like Wood prefer ignorance to knowledge. Knowledge actually threatens them.

Now watch, he’ll become the next cause celebre for the Christian right. He’s ready for his close up, Mr. Farah.

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  • Chiroptera

    Look, all the history we need to know is in the Bible. Adam and Eve begat George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, who then sailed to America and founded the USofA after Jesus gave them the Constitution.

    What more do kids need to know?

  • busterggi

    Apparently, in Christian conservative history, the Europeans went on the Crusades against nobody but themselves – its true for a fair part but …

  • Jared James

    I predict this yahoo incensing a few dimwitted right-wing bloggers (SMOTI comes immediately to mind) with violations of what they imagine to be freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution (the right to fail history? the right not to believe other religions exist?) will be less of a shitstorm than a shit sandwich.

  • marcus

    Chiroptera @1 “What more do kids need to know?”

    Well obviously you forgot the part where the Africans agreed to come over and be slaves to help create this great nation and also be Christians and be kept in the lap of luxury.

  • blf

    Apparently, in Christian conservative history, the Europeans went on the Crusades against nobody but themselves…

    Indeed. My favourite example of this is the “children’s crusade” where, after reaching Italy, the local seafarers agreed to take the “crusading” child-“warriors” to the mideast. And they did — to Cairo, where the children were sold as slaves.

  • shouldbeworking

    Chiroptera @1 “What more do kids need to know?”

    And that Canadians had the opportunity to receive the blessing of god in 1776, 1777, 1812 to 1814, 1837, and 1839. But we rejected his word and so suffer under the climate we have to this day.

  • whheydt

    He needs to learn about, and see maps at the time of, the Battle of Tours to find out how much of Europe was part of al-Islam.

    The kid needs to know about the history to appreciate that there are some Moslems who still hold the idea that any territory that was *ever* part of al-Islam must be restored to it.

  • lanir

    I think it’s also especially poignant that this person is threatened by knowing that an advanced culture in that area fell victim to religious savagery (I’m not a historian, there are probably other factors at work like climate but that science is also blacklisted, I’m sure). It would be convenient for fundies if we all forgot that could happen.

  • theschwa

    Just wait until the school tries to teach algebra. And wait until dad learns the school has been using ARABIC numerals for years now!! Thanks, Obama!

  • jefferylanam

    blf, modern historical analysis has cast doubt on the whole story of the “children’s crusade” that you and I learned in school. There were several incidents of wandering poor, including children, that occurred around the time of the Crusades. Later writers embellished them and probably added the “sold into slavery” part as propaganda.

  • Modusoperandi

    It is said that if you know do not your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” ~ The Art of War, Sun Tzu (New King James Version, Wallbuilders Publishing, copyright 2003)

  • D. C. Sessions

    I think it’s also especially poignant that this person is threatened by knowing that an advanced culture in that area fell victim to religious savagery

    Actually, it was the invasion of Mongols from the Asian steppes that brought down the high Islamic civilization (which was actually fairly enlightened in a lot of ways, especially compared to the Christians in Europe.) Much as with the Black Death and Europe, the crushing military (and territorial) losses inspired a religious response, which for the Moslems was the rise of fundamentalism and corresponding retreat from anything like civilization.

  • John Pieret

    Well, I can’t tell if WingNutDaily has picked it up yet but Faux News did:

    This started when their eleventh grader came home from La Plata High School with a three-page assignment. It asked for explanations of Islam’s Five Pillars, Mecca and Muhammad.

    Kevin and Melissa didn’t like it and feel religion should not be taught in public schools. They say Islam should not get priority over Judaism or Christianity.

    “We cannot discuss our Ten Commandments in school, but they can discuss Islam’s Five Pillars?” said Melissa.

    Well, if your little petunia was studying the history of the Jews, she could certainly be asked to know the 10 Commandments (both of them). But since she is studying Islamic culture and history, she can be asked just to know what the 5 Pillars are, but need not believe in or accept them.

    (P.S. Don’t read the comments, unless your blood pressure meds are up to date.)

  • Nick Gotts


    Just as horrible, but more historically consequential was the fourth crusade, which ended up sacking Constantinople, killing tens of thousands of people and destroying priceless works of literature and art in the process. The main villains were the Venetians, who had contracted to ferry the crusaders to the east, and insisted on the diversion to Constantinople when they discovered the crusaders couldn’t pay, initially with the aim of putting a puppet on the throne who would recompense them. They succeeded, but he was unable to pay up, and the crusaders ended up burning most of the city and seizing the Empire.

    To turn to the idiot who’s the subject of the thread, you’d think he’d be glad to have his daughter taught about the rise of Islamic empires – which did, after all, involve a great deal of aggressive warfare, much of it inflicted on Christian states and people.

  • Nick Gotts

    D.C. Sessions@12,

    The turn to fundamentalism came earlier than that. As early as the mid-9th century, the Abbasid caliph al-Mutawakkil turned against the rationalist Mu’tazilite school of Islam, and imposed harsh conditions on non-Muslims. The 11th century Seljuk conquest of much of the Islamic world, and of Muslim Spain by the Almoravids, pretty much completed it: both Seljuks and Almoravids were recent converts of nomadic background, who despised the soft city ways of relative religious tolerance, wine-drinking, and book-learning.

  • pixiedust

    I live in Maryland but had not yet heard of this particular bit of news. However, we’ve had the “they’re teaching Islam!!11!!” in my town too. It comes up every couple of years.

    IIRC, the origin of Christianity is covered in history classes in Maryland public schools the year preceding the one in which Islam is covered. (Something having to do with the 6 centuries between those developments. It is history, after all.) Yet the whiners never seem to remember that Christianity did indeed get equal time. Just not the same year.

  • eric

    What more do kids need to know?

    That Darwin had three sons that the liberal so-called “history” books won’t talk about: Adolph, Josef, and Militant Atheism. These three built a time machine which they first used to collect Jesus, then to travel with him to the 20th century, where they killed him daily from 1940 through 2014.

  • Michael Heath

    The article Ed cites:

    Administration will not be discontinuing the assignment in dispute, O’Malley-Simpson said.

    The Woods’ daughter skipped the world history class Monday and will not complete any more assignments, per her parent’s wishes. She will receive “zeros” on those assignments, the Woods said.

    This man is now abusing his child. He’s limiting her educational and career opportunities because of his own ignorance, hate, and religious beliefs. Fuck him and all those like him – where they are legion.

  • colnago80

    Re eric @ #17

    Let’s not forget Mao.

  • colnago80

    Re Nick Gotts @ #15 & D. C. Sessions @ #12

    Actually, the decline in Islamic science was due in great part to the influence of an Islamic scholar named al-Ghazali who, among other things, claimed that mathematics was the work of the devil. We have all too many al-Ghazalis in the US these days who are bound and determined to undermine science through rubbish like creationism and global warming denialism.

  • vmanis1

    I hope the young lady in question never takes computer science, because she will need to learn about algorithms, which of course are named in honor of the 9th century scholar Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī (who, incidentally, gave rise to the word `algebra’ as well). al-Khwārizmī was Persian, not Arabic. Many Westerners have trouble telling these groups apart; George W Bush famously confused Afghanistan with Iraq.

    The father reminds me of the apocryphal story of the burning of a library under the auspices of a religious mob (it has been told about the Library of Alexandria, which over the years was attacked by both Christian and Muslim zealots). The person in charge of the destruction is supposed to have said `Either these books contradict the Word of God, in which case they are in error; or they agree with it, in which case they are redundant’. Three cheers to the school for having none of it.

  • marcozandrini

    “Religion poisons everything.” Christopher Hitchens RIP

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    I like how faux noise chose to highlight the fact that this idiot was (or is?) a marine.

    In his case, lunkhead might be more accurate than jarhead.

  • Ysidro

    Now now, everyone knows algorithms are named after Al Gore in a blatant attempt to convince the sheeple that he invented math, instead of Jesus!