MI Schools and Muslim Principal Sued Over Firing of Christian Wrestling Coach


*ANN ARBOR, MI, July 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Thomas More Law Center announced today that a federal lawsuit has been filed against a Dearborn, Michigan high school, Fordson High School, and its Muslim principal, Imad Fadlallah, over the firing of Gerald Marszalek because of Marszalek’s connection to a Christian volunteer coach …

“We are getting a glimpse of what happens when Muslims who refuse to accept American values and principles gain political power in an American community,” said Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center. “Failure to renew coach Marszalek’s contract had nothing to do with wrestling and everything to do with religion.”

Principal Fadlallah was allegedly so upset by the conversion that he punched the student and informed him he had disgraced his family…

[quote=Associated Press]Gerald Marszalek, 64, said his troubles began in 2005 when a Protestant minister lost his job as a volunteer assistant coach after he introduced Muslim students to Christianity. The discussions took place during a private off-campus wrestling camp for the Fordson High School’s team.

Marszalek said he was ordered by principal Imad Fadlallah to keep the Rev. Trey Hancock away from the Dearborn school. The lawsuit said that was impossible: The minister’s son was a star wrestler at the school.

Marszalek, who also is Christian, said his contract wasn’t renewed in 2008 because of his religious beliefs and his association with Hancock. Dearborn has a large Muslim population, and Fadlallah is described in the lawsuit as a devout Muslim.


There doesn’t seem to be much information since only the coach’s side is talking.

You can read the legal complaint here.

Well that’s a disturbing story…

The principal should be fired and issue an apology for his wrongdoings.
Has the local news covered this story?

The Detroit Free Press has run a couple stories, but they don’t have any additional information.

It is a public school I think?

Well, I agree let’s hear what the other side has to say. It’s premature to rush to an opinion here. Policy/procedures must be looked at.

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