Opps! Says Gerry Connolly Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on the Islamic Saudi Academy Hate Text Reports

June 24, 2008 at 3:19 am | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment

by Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth, June 23, 2008

connolly_inaug2.jpgThere was a mad scramble to get to the Fairfax County (Virginia) Center for an early afternoon news conference. The reason was to witness a ‘mea culpa’ by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors concerning their embarrassment over the Islamic Saudi Academy text book report released by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on June 11th. Last Tuesday’s protest at the ISA campus in Alexandria, Virginia was led by Jim and Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC). There were also representatives from the United American Committee, Washington, DC based Center for Security Policy, Stop the Madrassas and the ACT! For America Virginia and Maryland volunteers. This protest caught a media wave of attention that embarrassed the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Chairman, Gerry Connolly, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 11th District-Virginia. Even the Arab News covered one glaring aspect, the arrest and charging of the ISA director general Al-Shabnan, for ‘obstructing justice’ in a cover up of a child abuse compliant.

Jim Lafferty arrived at the press conference when Connolly effectively said, “no one spoke Arabic, and so how were we to know.” This is the same Connolly who was recorded on video tape at the May 19th hearings on the renewal of the ISA lease lambasting Lafferty and others calling them “bigots engaged in slander”. Now, Connolly has been recorded with this lame response on video cameras from local TV news outlets , Channel 4 (NBC) Channel 5 (FoxNews) and Channel (7) (ABC News).

Watch Lafferty of TVC and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Connolly on this NBC news Washington, DC affiliate news interview, here.

The purpose of this news conference, according to Lafferty, was to announce that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors had sent a letter to US Secretary of State Condi Rice to investigate the allegations in the USCIRF hate text report of June 11th.
That is putting the entire embarrassing matter into the laps of the Arabists at the US State Department.
How, do we know that? Look at the CNSNews.com report on what State said when pressed on the ISCIRF report. Pure bafflegab.

    Since they’re already made public [ on the Saudi Ministry of Education Web site] we don’t need to duplicate them on our web site or give them to ( the Commission) because they’ve already been put out in the public domain.

Lafferty had a comment on the whole unraveling of the ISA USCIRF hate text report triggered by last Tuesday’s protest.

    ISA is simply one of a worldwide network of Saudi-sponsored school pouring the same Wahhabi doctrine of hate into the minds of tens of thousands of students, Saudi and others. Consider ISA a franchise. It is equivalent of walking into a McDonald’s franchise in the US. You’d expect to find a Big Mac there, wouldn’t you?

Connolly, and the rest of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors now look downright foolish and arrogant.

Connolly, the Virginia 11th District Democratic candidate, may face a formidable attack by his GOP opponent given snippets of his remarks at the May hearings contrasted with today’s news conference.

The letter sent by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the US State Department should go to US Senate and House groups investigating Saudi-sponsorship of extremist Wahhabi doctrine. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools should also re-open their accreditation file on the ISA based on the ISCIRF report.

This story has legs.

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