Tags: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Islamic Saudi Academy, Islamist Textbooks, July 13 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Immediate action required!
The United American Committee, ACT for America, the Traditional Values Coalition, the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force, American Constitution and Capitalism Defense Front, and citizens of Fairfax County need your help. The Islamic Saudi Academy is seeking to expand a campus in Fairfax County, and our County Supervisors are too cowardly to hold the ISA accountable. The ISA has the Saudi Government and CAIR supporting it and we need reinforcements.
Please support us by following the schedule below in contacting Fairfax County Supervisors. For the amount of time it takes to scan the headlines of your favorite blog, you can support those of us on the frontline by delivering this simple message: No on the Islamic Saudi Academy.
Be kind, be courteous, but be firm: On July 13, No on ISA.
Download, print and distribute the “Speak Out July 13” flyer from the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force:
Virginia Chapter Director
United American Committee
July 8 Wednesday 9-11
Supervisor John Cook
July 8 Wednesday 11-1
Supervisor John W. Foust
July 8 Wednesday 1-3
Hunter Mill District
Supervisor Cathy Hudgins
July 9 Thursday 9-11
Supervisor Jeff McKay
July 9 Thursday 11-1
Supervisor Penelope A. Gross
July 9 Thursday 1-3
Mount Vernon District
Supervisor Gerry Hyland
July 10 Friday 9-11
Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth
July 10 Friday 11-1
Supervisor Pat Herrity
July 10 Friday 1-3
Supervisor Michael R. Frey
July 10 Friday 3-5
County Chairman Sharon Bulova
Tags: Action Alert
ACTION ALERT: Planning Commission Public Hearing on March 18th, 2009 at the Government Center in Fairfax County.
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Tags: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Times, Islamic Saudi Academy, lease on county property to Saudi Embassy, news, State Department
The U.S. State Department has left it up to Fairfax County whether to continue leasing county buildings to the Islamic Saudi Academy, a local Islamic school that has operated in Alexandria and Fairfax for more than 20 years.
Textbooks used by ISA were recently found by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom to promote religious intolerance and violence.
“The [State Department] has not objected to the [Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia] leasing the property in question for the Academy,” reads the letter to Fairfax Board chairman Gerry Connolly on behalf of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Although the county board voted in May to renew the school’s lease, they reconsidered after the allegations by the USCIRF were released. Since the school is leased through the Saudi Arabian government, Fairfax asked the State Department to weigh in, a request that agency has now denied.
“No authorization from the Department to renew the lease is required,” the federal response reads, putting the ball firmly in Fairfax County’s court.
As of press time, county supervisors had not indicated what their next step might be.
At the academy, school is out for the summer, but the controversy has created a lot of work for school officials, who have worked to create new textbooks without offending passages in time for the coming school year. The new textbooks have been sent out to Islamic studies professors at several American universities for review.
“They’re checking the new books over with this issue in mind,” said ISA Director of Education Rahima Abdullah, referring to the controversial passages.
According to Abdullah, the school is not sure which passages in the old textbooks the USCIRF specifically referred to, but hopes the review will eliminate future problems. Many passages of the school’s old textbooks, which were provided by Saudi Arabia, were not taught at the school, Abdullah said.
The older books included “some extremely troubling passages that do not conform to international human rights norms,” according to USCIRF.
“We don’t teach hate or intolerance,” said Abdullah, whose three children attended the Saudi Academy.
USCIRF Director Judith Ingram said that new books without the controversial language would fix the problem “as long as the new books were publicly available. … They have to be able to be verified.”
The ISA has its hopes set on the upcoming school year, when “the new textbooks will hopefully be ready in time” and the school won’t have to deal with the protesters who marched outside its gates at the close of the last school year, while students were taking their final exams.
Tags: Dwight Bashir interview, Glen Beck Program, Islamic Saudi Academy, Islamist Textbooks, transcript, US CIRF
by Jerry Gordon, American Congress for truth blog
Last night on the Glen Beck Program, there was a segment devoted to a discussion of the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) textbook report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Beck’s guest for this segment was Dwight Bashir, senior policy analyst at the USCIRF. What follows is the transcript of that interview. Note that Beck indicated there would be a follow up on tonight’s program that dealt with yesterday protest at the Alexandria, Virginia campus of ISA. The demonstration was organized by Traditional Values Coalition with participation by the United American Committee Virginia Chapter and the ACT! for America Chapter and Maryland volunteers, Center for Security Policy and others.
Transcript of Glen Beck Program Interview with Dwight Bashir, senior policy analyst, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
BECK: Well, I told you yesterday and about a year ago about the Islamic Saudi Academy. It`s a private school that teaches about 900 students in grades K through 12 in Virginia.
The school receives much of its funding from the Saudi government. That`s fantastic! And investigators claim it`s using textbooks that say you get an A-plus if you kill somebody.
When a school is using textbooks that say it`s permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam, that the Jews conspired against Islam, that Muslims are permitted to take the lives and property of those deemed polytheist, which — then it might be time to draw a line in the sand, what do you say? Especially when it`s our damn sand.
Fortunately, protests against the school are raging now. Worst of all, the school`s director was arrested today for failing to report child abuse. Oh, and a past valedictorian is sitting in prison after being convicted of plotting to assassinate the president.
I don`t know why there`s a problem with this school. Just another day at class, kids.
Dwight Bashir is a senior policy analyst for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Dwight, first of all, this is — you are appointed by Congress, right?
DWIGHT BASHIR, U.S. COMMISSION FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: That`s correct. We`re appointed by Congress.
BECK: OK. All right. And you`re not out on a witch hunt and you don`t have a problem with Islam. Let`s get all this bull crap out of the way.
BASHIR: Absolutely not.
BASHIR: Our mandate is to monitor violations of freedom of religion and belief and to make recommendations for U.S. policy.
I brought this school up, I don`t know, a year ago, maybe two years ago, and said, what is in the textbooks? You guys have been doing the same thing.
I`m a clown on television. You guys are the Congress. You have the power of the Congress behind you.
You couldn`t get the textbooks until recently. It says all kinds of horrible things. This school tried to avoid the Congress by going to the State Department.
Is that right?
BASHIR: Well, actually, we`re a federally funded entity, but what happened here is that we actually went to Saudi Arabia about a year ago and met with the Saudi officials who told us that they had add revised their textbooks. We have been following this for years. And we asked for the textbooks, including those at the Islamic Saudi Academy, and inevitably, we never actually got copies of the books.
When we released the report last year that you`re referring to that said there were reports that there was intolerance and hatred and violence in the books based on previous reports, we went ahead and asked for the books again. And they never did send — give anything to us. But later, they gave them to the State Department and to Fairfax County, a local county that leases the property to the embassy of Saudi Arabia.
BECK: OK. This textbook is Wahabiism. This is the most extremist kind of nonsense out there. The State Department, everybody could make this thing go away, but nobody wants to, right?
BASHIR: Well, the thing here is that the embassy has the ability to do anything it wants with the textbooks here because the chair of the board is the Saudi ambassador. And the State Department has jurisdiction over this school because the Saudi government funds it, the property it`s on is leased by the embassy. And so the problem here is that the State Department has received the books that we had said we`re not able to get copies of for now eight months, and they haven`t made a review of those books public.
We`re calling for a review of the books, because what we were able to do is to get some copies from independent sources and from a congressional office. And what we found in a small fraction of these books was this kind of language that you refer to, the incitement to violence and the intolerance towards other religious groups and so on that`s still in there.
So they`ve taken some things out, but a lot of this bad stuff is still there. And we just want the State Department to make it clear what`s in there.
BECK: Dwight, thanks. We`ll follow up on this story hopefully again tomorrow and tell you more about the protests.
I`ve got to tell you, sometimes I sit here and I watch the news and I think, I`m watching the destruction of my own country by people who are supposed to be protecting us.
Tags: Abdalla Al-Shabnan, Fairfax Board of Supervisors, Gerry Connolly, Islamic Saudi Academy, Supervisor Gross, Supervisor Hyland
Islamic Saudi Academy Director Arrested for Obstruction of Justice
June 16, 2008
On June 9th, Fairfax County Police arrested the Director General of the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA), Mr. Abdalla I. Al-Shabnan, on the charges of Obstruction of Justice without Force (VA Code 18.2-460). Charged and released on the same day, Mr. Al-Shabnan is out on his own recognizance as he awaits his first hearing at Fairfax County General District Court on August 1, 2008, at 9:30 a.m.
Mr. Al-Shaban’s arrest stems from an investigation into the ISA’s alleged failure to comply with State requirements for reporting child abuse. According to authorities, instead of reporting the child abuse, Mr. Al-Shabnan deleted the report, contacted the student’s parents, and recommended psychological counseling for the young victim. Mr. Al-Shaban’s June 9 arrest comes after a May 23rd police search of the ISA where they gathered evidence that has contributed to the charges against Mr. Al-Shabnan.
Years of Controversy Continue
The ISA has been at the center of controversy for many years. A 2007 United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report recommended to the State Department to call for the closure of the school. The 2007 USCIRF report prompted a coalition of concerned grassroots organizations to request the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to delay the renewal of the ISA lease until a Federal investigation into the ISA was completed. During the May 19 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors hearing, County Supervisors dismissed concerns as slanderous, bigoted, and unfounded. During the course of the hearing, Gerald Connolly, Fairfax County Chairman and Democratic Candidate for the 11th Congressional District, apologized to Mr. Al-Shabnan for what he deemed slanderous accusations that impugned the integrity of the Islamic Saudi Academy.
Since that May 19 hearing, the Mr. Al-Shabnan has been arrested and the USCIRF has confirmed ISA textbooks justify murder as an Islamic right.
Only Supervisor Gross has responded to the issue, and she continues her support for the ISA, and its textbooks that contain passages filled with hate and incitement to violence. Chairman Connolly has yet to retract his apology to the ISA and Mr. Al-Shabnan. Supervisor Hyland has not yet commented on whether the texts cited in the USCIRF report are the similar to those he identified as “texts of concern” during his independent and undocumented investigation of the ISA.
These hateful passages remain despite a 2006 US State Department request for the ISA to remove all insensitive and offensive content from textbooks. The ISA’s non-compliance with the 2006 US State Department request has not been accounted for and raises concerns about what the ISA, as an extension of the Saudi government, considers offensive, and the level of accountability they have to their local hosts and Federal government.
Since the US Treasury Department still considers Saudi Arabia as one of the leading financiers of terrorism, and USCIRF reports identify Saudi Arabia’s education as filled with incitements to murder as a religious freedom, the US State Department has not commented as to whether they will extend this policy and allow Iran and North Korea to open official schools in the US as well.
The ISA has run afoul of Virginia law before in hiring a bus driver, Abdelrazeg Abdalla, who had a suspended license, seven traffic violations, a misdemeanor for kidnapping his wife and child at knife point, and a six month detainment by Homeland Security. Nevertheless, the ISA hired Mr. Abdalla as a bus driver. Mr. Abdalla, operating a faulty ISA, bus was responsible for a 2005 multi-car accident.
Additionally, the ISA winner of the superlative Most Likely to Be a Martyr, and 1999 class valedictorian, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, has been convicted on charges of terrorism and attempting to assassinate President Bush.
As a result for the a May 19 hearing, the ISA’s lease of Fairfax County property continues for another year, as the Board of Supervisors unanimously supports the ISA as a model school beyond reproach.
A video of the complete May 19 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Hearing on the Islamic Saudi Academy can be found at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/vod.htm
Select “Public Hearings” from the May 19 links.
42:58 Fairfax County Chairman Connolly charges of slander remarks
49:35 Supervisor Gross: Latin can be violent and Parochial Schools contain material as equally offensive as the ISAs.
1:02 Supervisor Hyland begins testimony about why and how they’re is no documentation on his investigation.
For Immediate Release
June 13, 2008
Contact: Jessica Dues (202) 547-8570 or James Lafferty (703) 931-2324
ISLAMIC ACADEMY INVESTIGATION – The Traditional Values Coalition and other national and Virginia groups will hold a demonstration at 8 a.m., Tuesday, June 17 near the Islamic Saudi Academy, 8333 Richmond Highway Alexandria, VA. A federal commission reported the academy uses textbooks which advocate violence against and intolerance of non-Muslims. TVC has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate activities at the academy and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ role in leasing the county-owned building to the Saudi Embassy in Washington.
Contact: Jessica Dues, (202) 547-8570 or James Lafferty, (703) 931-2324.