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Former Marine protests daughter's Islam homework assignment, is banned from school

A former Marine has reportedly been banned from his daughter's high school after he had a "heated meeting" with the school's vice principal over a homework assignment.

Kevin Wood, an Iraq War veteran, was angry that his daughter's history homework at La Plata High School in Maryland required her to list the benefits of Islam.

According to Fox News, "Wood did not deny getting worked up over the issue, but said he was standing up for the Constitution and is against any religion being taught at the public school."

The Iraq War veteran told MyFoxDc.com, "I have witnesses that have said I did not threaten anybody. I don't force my religious views on them, so don't force your religious views on me."

The school insists that the Islam assignment is based on history, not religion, and is permitting Wood's daughter to spend the class time in the library.

Wood's wife, Melissa, protested, saying, "We cannot discuss our Ten Commandments in school but they can discuss Islam's Five Pillars?"

A sample of one question on the three-page assignment obtained by MyFoxDc.com is: "How did Muslim conquerors treat those they conquered?" to which students are expected to answer: "With tolerance, kindness and respect."