Jen Shroder
June 4, 2004
Judge Phyllis Hamilton: Ten Commandments are out, Allah is in
By Jen Shroder

Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled on Tuesday that a woman's right to have an abortion is paramount, and that it is 'irrelevant' whether the unborn child suffers pain in the process of partial birth abortion, according to AgapePress.

Hamilton has also ruled in favor of public school curriculum inclusion of a student guide: "From the beginning you and your classmates will become Muslims," choosing a Muslim name, dressing up as Arabs, reciting lines from a Muslim prayer such as "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful," (the court document changed "Allah" to "God" but the actual handout says "Allah") making group banners that state the words, "In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate," requires students to give up something, (lunch, television, candy) in demonstration of fasting for Ramadan, requires students to volunteer community service in conformance with Muslim requirements (by Hamilton's own words, this is CONFORMANCE, and in this context is to the glory of Allah).

Also included is a "pilgrimage to Mecca" game with dice and "Wisdom" cards such as: "The Qu' God's third revelation that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad" or "The Holy Qu'ran is God's word as revealed to Prophet Muhammad through the Archangel Gabriel" without any qualifying language such as "Muslims believe." To get the answer "right" one had to answer that this was "true." However, Hamilton ruled: "Given the context in which the cards were used, no objective observer could conclude that the cards endorsed Islam."

Students were required to write an essay with the instruction, "BE CAREFUL HERE if you do not have something positive to say, don't say anything!" thus supporting Islam.

Thomas More Law Center filed the lawsuit dismissed by Hamilton. The student in the lawsuit stated, "I never did anything in class that made me think I was engaging in prayer of any kind." This child refused to accept the prayer he was asked to recite. But because he denounced belief in it, Hamilton ruled it as appropriate.

The student's little sister opted out of the class and the teacher flunked her on her independent study for which the teacher "didn't have time."

Hamilton further states "the students' subjective lack of spiritual intent further demonstrates that the activities in question cannot objectively be considered "religious activity" and cited cases that BlessedCause is investigating for a future post.

These religious practices "are unconstitutional if it has the primary effect of either endorsing or disapproving of any religion." Hamilton circumvents this issue by citing a case that states, "activity must be considered as a whole in the context of the entire curriculum." Therefore, Hamilton's claims, asking children to memorize prayer to Allah is merely a "coincidental resemblance to a religious practice" that "does not have the primary effect of endorsing religion."

Hamilton blatantly ruled that the parents presented no evidence that these activities were motivated other than a "purely secular purpose of instructing Islamic culture and history." Meanwhile, parents in different parts of California have reported that teachers had asked students to perform the prayer on their hands and knees, but this is not an issue for the Court.

Hamilton cites a Supreme Court ruling that the Ten Commandments are unconstitutional because it endorses Christianity. Hamilton argues, "Here, in contrast, the primary purpose of the Islam module was the secular goal of educating students about Islamic culture. Thus, even the display of religious texts in a purely secular context will survive."

So the Ten Commandments are out, "In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate" is in. What a welcome home for our American troops, especially the ones returning to the town near Detroit, with calls to Islamic prayer five times a day. But did they read today's public school textbook? It says, "Assume you are a Muslim soldier." Maybe they are just confused as to what uniform to wear.

IMPEACH HAMILTON, and all liberal judges that outrageously betray our religious freedom and legitimate national heritage!

Full PDF Hamilton ruling at

Thomas More Law Center has been valiantly battling this lawsuit and many like it. I shudder to think of where we would be without organizations like this protecting our rights.

Blessedcause is receiving emails asking HOW to impeach Hamilton and how can we help? Christian and conservative organizations need to unite on this issue. All persons and organizations are welcome to join. Davis was recalled. Massachusetts is also working on the recall of a liberal judge. Please contact us at We are not trying to lead, we are organizing an army. Blessedcause does not need top billing on this, it's not about money or fame, it's about getting rid of bad judges. Contact us. Let's work together. It can be done.

© Jen Shroder


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