July 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Islamic Saudi Academy | 1 Comment
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:
Flyer – Speak Out July 13 – Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force
Background Information here at ACT-DC
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
July 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
Tags: Abdalla I. Al-Shabnan, AP, conviction in failure to report child abuse matter, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Islamic Saudi Academy, Islamist Textbooks
by Matthew Barakat, AP, July 30, 2008
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The director of a Saudi-funded Islamic school in northern Virginia accused of promoting religious intolerance has been convicted of failing to report suspected child abuse.
Abdalla I. Al-Shabnan, director of the Islamic Saudi Academy, was fined $500 Thursday after admitting that he failed to inform authorities about suspected sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl who attended the school’s Fairfax campus.
As part of a plea bargain, prosecutors dropped an obstruction of justice charge, which could have carried up to a year in jail. A trial had been scheduled for Aug. 1.
The charges against Al-Shabnan provided fuel to the school’s critics, who say it teaches an intolerant brand of Islam in line with the Wahhabist form of the religion prevalent in the Saudi kingdom.
According to court papers, the girl made comments that led her teacher to suspect the girl’s father might be sexually abusing her.
The teacher and school principal filed a report to Al-Shabnan, but he didn’t believe the girl. He advised the girl’s parents to put her into counseling, according to a police affidavit.
State law requires school authorities to report alleged child abuse within 72 hours of learning of the allegation.
Police also said in court papers that the Al-Shabnan, 52, had a report of the girl’s complaint deleted from a school computer.
Al-Shabnan, of McLean, Va., and school officials did not return phone calls seeking comment Wednesday, nor did Al-Shabnan’s attorney, Robert C. Whitestone.
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh was out of town and unavailable for comment, his office said.
School officials have countered allegations of intolerance by saying they modified textbooks and religious courses to delete intolerant material.
However, a federal commission issued a report last month stating that even the academy’s revised textbooks contain numerous hateful passages. One passage said it is permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam, while other passages state that “the Jews conspired against Islam and its
people” and that Muslims are permitted to take the lives and property of those deemed “polytheists.”
And a regional accrediting body said earlier this month that it was reviewing the school’s status in light of the commission’s report and Al-Shabnan’s arrest.
Fairfax County officials have said it’s up to the State Department to decide if the school can continue running. But the State Department has said that operations at the school — which sits on land leased by the county — remain a local issue.
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., sent a third letter Wednesday to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging her more actively investigate what’s being taught at the school.
The school serves about 900 students in grades K-12 at campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax.
Andrea Lafferty — executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition, a conservative advocacy group that has been critical of the school — said the $500 fine amounts to a slap on the wrist.
“His fine wasn’t much more than an HOV (traffic) violation,” Lafferty said. “That’s pretty outrageous for failure to report child abuse.”
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July 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Fairfax Board of Supervisors, Islamic Saudi Academy, Islamist Textbooks | 1 Comment
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.
July 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
Tags: Abdullah Al-Shabnan, Andrea S. Lafferty, Christine Brim-CSP, CSP, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Gerry Connolly, Islamic Saudi Academy, Jerry Gordon, Jim Lafferty, John Cosgrove UAC-VA, New English Review, Nina Shea, opinion, Patrick Poole, Rep. Frank Wolf, TVC, USCIRF ISA text book report
by Jerry Gordon (July 2008)
This article focuses on the controversy generated by a report of the Congressionally chartered group, The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The report spearheaded by Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute. The USCIRF reviewed the Saudi-sponsored Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) of Fairfax , Virginia, in particular the hate texts from its Wahhabi Islamic Studies program. It tells the story of a coalition of regional and national grass roots activist groups and a courageous U.S. Congressman, author of the landmark 1998 federal legislation (PL 105-202) that created the USCIRF, Rep. Frank Wolf of Northern Virginia . Who, faced with the feckless political actions of Fairfax County government officials, has vaulted the problems of the ISA from a local to a national and international arena. In the words of one of the leaders of the grass roots protests against the ISA, its Saudi Embassy sponsorship and its Wahhabi hate texts, Jim Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), and a former Capitol Hill aide, it has become a “hot potato.”
Christine Brim of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), noted in an email comment to the author the common thread from the 1990’s to today regarding citizen actions against the Saudi-sponsored ISA and the positions of local leaders:
Over the last twenty years, the boards of supervisors of Poolesville, Loudoun County , Fairfax County , and officials at the State Department all demonstrated the same craven support for the terrorist-financing regime of Saudi Arabia ‘s first radical madrassa in the U.S. , the Islamic Saudi Academy. Time after time, elected local officials gave in to the ISA in the face of Saudi petrodollars and intimidation. The good news is that also over the last twenty years, local citizens have organized and won against the ISA in Poolesville , MD and Loudoun County , VA. This year, the residents of Fairfax county have a chance to close down the ISA as recommended by the USCIRF. We have a chance especially in this election year; especially given the ISA Director’s refusal to obey Virginia laws to report – not to cover up – the alleged sexual abuse of a five year old student.
The scandal is how Gerald Connolly and the rest of the Fairfax board of supervisors may have created a political climate over the last several years making that alleged cover-up a probability.
Unlike Connolly, more socially responsible citizens in Poolesville , MD and in Loudoun and Fairfax counties have spoken out against the Saudis and against Saudi lessons in shariah law which requires violent jihad against other religions and against civil liberties.
A Washington Jewish Week report on the ISA hate text controversy entitled: “Islamic Text books get an F” raised the level of concern:
Pro-Israel activist and Silver Spring resident Sarah Stern, founder and president of the think tank EMET: Endowment for Middle East Truth, said the presence of institutions such as ISA exemplifies “a huge infiltration” of Saudi influence in America . Many of these institutions, she added, regularly expose students to militant Islamist philosophy.
“They’re hiding behind our constitutional protections, and we in the West who have a hands-off attitude are being seduced by our own naiveté,” she said. “It’s happening right under our noses. We are asleep at the wheel of history and we’ve got to wake up and take the sand out of our eyes.”
(Continue Reading this Article)
July 1, 2008 at 1:05 am | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
Tags: Abdullah Al-Shabnan, Andrea S. Lafferty, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Islamic Saudi Academy, opinion, Traditional Values Coalition
June 27, 2008
The Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria is operated by the Saudi government and it has a long history of teaching young Muslims violence against non-Muslims and its faculty and students history of breaking the law.
Several members of our coalition told this to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in May when they were voting to renew the lease on the county-owned property to the Saudi embassy.
We told them about the reports of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bi-partisan, multi-religious commission created by President Clinton, which had asked the State Department to close the school. When one of our members quoted an anti-Semitic remark from the commission’s report, Board chairman Gerry Connolly shouted “Slander!” and erupted into a rant in defense of the “academy.”
One-by-one, supervisors congratulated the Saudis for keeping the grass cut and not racing cars in the neighborhood. They ignored the substance of the debate and went right to patting each other on the back. Supervisor Penny Gross compared the Saudi school which, until it was discovered in 2006, included diagrams of how to cut off a person’s hands and feet, to Catholic schools.
The finale of the supervisors’ presentation was a special guest Mr. Abdullah Al-Shabnan, the school’s Director General. After a glowing introduction by Chairman Connolly, Mr. Abdullah Al-Shabnan nervously praised the school.
That was May 19, 2008. Less than a month later on June 9, Al-Shabnan was arrested by Fairfax County police and charged with failing to act on a report of sexual abuse involving an Academy student and obstruction of justice. According to police, Al-Shabnan ordered the report of the sexual abuse deleted from the school’s computer. Continue Reading MY VIEW: Andrea Lafferty – Saudi school debate is about more than cutting the grass…
July 1, 2008 at 12:59 am | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
Tags: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, IPT News, Islamic Saudi Academy, letter to US State Department to investigate
June 27, 2008
High school students in the Wahhabi-led school learn that “the Jews conspired against Islam” and Sunni Muslims should shun all Shia Muslims. They also are taught that killing an apostate or an adulterer is acceptable under Islamic law. And polytheists (defined elsewhere as Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and even Shia and Sufi Muslims) likewise can be subject to death for their transgressions.
It is troubling enough to consider such lessons being ingrained in the minds of teenagers in Riyadh and throughout the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But the same textbooks are in use in Alexandria, Va., at the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA), a report issued earlier in June by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) found.
The school issued a statement disputing the findings as “erroneous,” and claiming the commission used “mistranslated and misinterpreted texts, and references to textbooks that are no longer in use at the Academy.”
But this week, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which leases property to the Saudi Academy, appealed to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for guidance. According to a local news report, Fairfax County Chairman Gerry Connolly, who signed the letter, “offered a strong defense of the Islamic Saudi Academy and accused the school’s critics of slander during a meeting last month in which the school’s lease was” renewed. Now the county seems less sure as its letter to Rice indicates:
“As a local governmental entity, Fairfax County is not capable of determining whether textbooks, written in Arabic, contain language that promotes violence of religious intolerance, or is otherwise offensive to the interests of the United States. The County simply does not employ the linguists and scholars required to make such a determination, and more important, such an effort is well beyond the scope and responsibility of local government.” Continue Reading State Dept. Stands Alone on Virginia Saudi School…
June 25, 2008 at 3:38 am | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
Tags: Act! for America, Center for Security Policy, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Gerry Connolly, Islamic Saudi Academy, Stop the Madrassas, Traditional Values Coalition, United American Committee Virginia
by Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth
You have heard it often said that networking makes a difference. Well, that’s the minor epiphany that occurred with the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) protest last Tuesday. A coalition of like minded groups concerned about the onslaught of Cultural Jihad in America rose to the occasion. The result was push back against unrestrained Saudi Wahhabi hate doctrine in America.
The effort of the coalition caused the sudden reversal by the Fairfax (Virginia) County Board of Supervisors with the stunning statements by its Chairman, Gerry Connolly, running for the Congressional seat in the 11th District-Virginia. On a conference call today, members of the working party for the coalition that fielded last week’s stunning protest and media blitz talked about this. The consensus was that Chairman Connolly and the Fairfax Board of Supervisors got stung with a veritable hornets nest of adverse public opinion and phone calls. Supporting the renewal of the lease for the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) granted unanimously just a few weeks ago became a political liability, so they reversed their decision, 180 degrees,. As we posted yesterday, Chairman Connolly threw it into the lap of the State Department regarding renewal of the lease to the ISA and verify what was in those hate texts cited by the USCIRF. All because, get this, “they couldn’t read Arabic” and determine, as the USCIRF report did, what was in those Wahhabi hate texts: incitement to commit violence and hatred of non-Muslims, us.
Watch this FoxNews Channel 5 report here.
Pay particular attention to what Chairman Gene Connolly said at the May 19th hearing on the ‘good neighbor’ ISA versus what he said yesterday. Both he and the Fairfax Board of Supervisors look both ‘foolish and arrogant’. We’ll see if Connolly can pull this roasted chestnut out of the fire of public outrage and salvage his credibility for the Congressional campaign.
Below is the News Release from the United American Committee of Virginia that pays recognition to what it and the other participants in this worthy endeavor did. They included the Washington based Center for Security Policy, Stop the Madrassas and our own ACT! for America Virginia and Maryland volunteers. The protest against ISA and the infamous Wahhabi hate texts was organized by Andrea and Jim Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition. Of course without the USCIRF ISA hate text report released on June 11th this stunning reversal of fortune would not have occurred. This was push back against Saudi Wahhabi cultural Jihad, big time.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Reverses Support for Islamic Saudi Academy, Responds to Interfaith Coalition and Public Outcry, Demands Full US State Department Investigation.
The United America Committee
June 24, 2008
The efforts of United American Committee (UAC), as a part of an interfaith coalition of grassroots organizations, have resulted in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BoS) calling for a full U.S. State Department investigation of the Islamic Saudi Academy. The UAC’s Virginia and New York chapters have worked with the Traditional Values Coalition, ACT! For America’s Virginia and Maryland Chapters, Center for Security Policy, and Stop the Madrassa to demand transparency, due diligence, and accountability from local and Federal government. This coalition has made a difference.
On June 23, 2008, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, responding to public outcry, unanimously reversed its support of the Islamic Saudi Academy, and called for the U.S. State Department to investigate the school. Though the UAC applauds the BoS’s decision to demand such an investigation, the UAC disagrees with the BoS’s claims of ignorance regarding the ISA. Given the preponderance of available government reports, and the testimony presented to the BoS during a May 19, 2008 hearing on the ISA, the BoS only remained unaware of relevant information due to its own preference. The UAC questions how the BoS on May 19th, proclaimed their investigation of the ISA sufficiently resourced and conclusive, yet now claims the County lacks the capability to conduct an adequate investigation.
The UAC regrets that it took the arrest of the ISA Director General, another government report, and a protest to convince the BoS to finally take action and heed the warnings of the USCIRF reports that BoS Chairman Gerry Connolly called TVC member Jim Lafferty slanderous for citing.
The UAC also disagrees with the BoS assertions of impotency, as, on May 19th, it fully had within its power to delay the approval of the ISA lease until completion of a US State Department investigation. Instead it issued the ISA, and its now arrested Director General, an apology. The BoS has now called upon the US State Department to conduct the same investigation UAC and coalition partners requested on May 19th.
The UAC believes the BoS can do even more, and believes the ISA has abused the goodwill of its hosts. The BoS must stop passing the buck and finally hold the ISA accountable for its repeated lies and running a curriculum of religiously sanctified murder for almost 20 years. Accordingly, the UAC calls for the closure of the ISA and competitive bidding for use of the County property it leases.
Join the United American Committee, Traditional Values Coalition, ACT! For America, Center for Security Policy, Stop the Madrassa, and a growing group of concerned citizens, in demanding transparency, due diligence, and accountability from our government. Visit saudiwatch.wordpress.com on how to help.
For more information contact:
Virginia Chapter Director
United American Committee
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June 25, 2008 at 3:28 am | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
Tags: American Congress for Truth, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Gerry Connolly, Islamic Saudi Academy, RNCC news release, slam of Connolly for flip flopping
by Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth
Yesterday we noted in a post that oine of inevitable consequences of the yesterday’s 180 degree reversal by Chairman Gerry Connolly of the Fairfax County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors on the renewal of the lease for the controversial Islamic Saudi Academy, was that he would become fair game for his GOP political opponent in the Virginia District 11 U.S. House race.
Well, as night follows day that’s what occurred today. The Republican National Congressional Committee issued a press release slamming Connolly for his ‘flip flop’ on the ISA lease renewal decision.
Below is the RNCC news release containing excerpts from the May 19th hearing on the ISA lease renewal versus Connolly’s comments at yesterday press conference at the Fairfax County Center. Looks like Connolly has been hoisted on his own petard-his own words. These sound bites will doubtless find their way into political flyers and campaign advertisements by Connolly’s GOP opponents. Read these excerpts. Again they make Connolly and his fellow Fairfax County Board of supervisors look both foolish and arrogant. What did the fictional character Forest Gump say: “stupid is as stupid does.”
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Press Office
June 24, 2008
Connolly Flip-Flops on Saudi School After Giving a Full-Throated Defense of “Terror High,” Connolly Now Calls for Investigation after Feeling Political Pressure
Washington – Gerry Connolly, the Democratic Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Fairfax County and Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District, suddenly reversed his position and turned on the Islamic Saudi Academy yesterday, as he asked for the State Department to investigate the school. The school has come under harsh criticism from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a panel appointed by the U.S. Congress, over the last year for the high potential of spreading anti-American teachings to its students. This past week, the head of the academy was arrested on obstruction of justice charges with regards to a child abuse case.
According to the Associated Press, Gerry Connolly supported the school just last month, when their lease was up for an extension:
“Protesters also criticized the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for voting unanimously last month to extend the school’s lease. County officials conducted their own review of the textbooks and said they didn’t find any
“The board’s chairman Gerry Connolly, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 11th District offered a strong defense of the school and accused critics of slander during the meeting in which the lease was approved.” (AP, 06/17/2008)
At the meeting on May 19, 2008, Gerry Connolly specifically said, “I find no evidence, no grounds, to do anything but to renew the lease of an institution that has been a good neighbor.”
But now, Gerry Connolly is singing a different tune:
“Fairfax County leaders asked U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday to determine whether the county should continue leasing property to the Islamic Saudi Academy following controversy surrounding the school’s teachings.
“With unanimous support from the county’s Board of Supervisors, Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) sent a letter to Rice ‘formally requesting’ that the State Department provide direction regarding the county’s one-year lease renewal, approved last month, with the Saudi Arabian government for operation of the academy.” (Washington Post, June 24, 2008)
“Gerry Connolly’s change of heart seems to come at an opportune time,” said NRCC Press Secretary Ken Spain. “After giving a full-throated defenseof the school and accusing critics of ’slander’, it appears that Gerry Connolly is buckling under political pressure. Its hard to figure out what is worse, a public official who is incapable of standing by the courage of his convictions or one who has incredibly bad judgment.”
Gerry Connolly’s latest flip-flop on such an emotional issue shows that he is willing to do and say anything to get elected. Virginia’s voters shouldsee this as nothing more than a political stunt.
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June 25, 2008 at 3:23 am | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
Tags: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Islamic Saudi Academy, letter to US State Department to investigate, reverse decision, USCIRF ISA hate text report
Last night, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided to ask the State Department to “investigate” the textbooks in use at the Islamic Saudi Academy of Virginia before a final decision whether to continue leasing public land to the school. Some are celebrating that decision as a “reversal” and a “victory,” but it is not. Actually, the Board cynically wimped out, refusing to accept the obvious evidence already presented by an independent commission of the federal government, and punted the whole issue away from that agency to the State Department. Surely the Board knew, as any of us who have followed this issue, that State will continue to do what it has done for years on this issue – nothing.
I last posted on this issue on June 12, in which I laid out how the ISA is a case study in homegrown radicalization, applying criteria developed by the New York Police Department, citing the new report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and recalling the ISA’s most famous valedictorian, convicted terrorist Ahmed Omar Abu Ali. The examples cited in the report of the anti-Israeli and pro-Wahabbist textbooks in use at the school are painfully obvious: “The cause of the discord: The Jews conspired against Islam and its people. A sly, wicked person who sinfully and deceitfully professed Islam infiltrated (the Muslims)… Only through force and victory over the enemies is there security and repose. Within martyrdom in the path of God (exalted and glorified is He) is a type of noble life-force that is not diminished by fear or poverty.” And recall what the USCIRF report says about the Saudis’ continued deceit in hiding the textbooks from official U.S. government review:
“In every official meeting during the visit to Saudi Arabia, the Commission delegation asked Saudi interlocutors for copies of textbooks. The Saudi government’s refusal to make them available during that visit or after the Commission’s return, despite repeated requests, left the Commission with continued concerns about their content and serious questions about whether they were in fact being reformed. The Commission also sought to obtain the textbooks used at the ISA…While neither the ISA nor the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia complied with the Commission’s requests to release the school’s books publicly, the Commission did obtain some Arabic-language books currently used in the twelfth grade and a random selection of texts currently used in middle and high school classes. The Commission’s review of these textbooks found that they did contain passages justifying violence toward, and even the killing of, apostates and so-called polytheists. The texts also include highly intolerant passages about non-Sunni Muslims, such as Shi’a, Ismailis, and Ahmadis, and non-Muslims, such as Jews and Baha’is…
However, the books reviewed by the Commission in the winter of 2007-2008 show evidence of truncation, omission, cutting and pasting, and the use of correction tape or fluid to cover over text—but not sufficient revision to remove all objectionable material, as evidenced by the passages cited above. They appear to be Saudi Ministry of Education textbooks, with some alterations but with identical wording in many sections of the texts.”
I would remind the county supervisors that USCIRF was created in 1998 by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. So the investigation they want has already been conducted by an official agency of the U.S. government. There is nothing left to prove.
What we have here is a failure of leadership. The State Department has done nothing about these books over the past five years, and the Fairfax County supervisors know it. The county supervisors contracted for a secret, special report, have not released it to this day, and won’t take obvious action. I repeat what I posted on June 12: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors should revoke the lease and force the school to leave public property.
The ISA incubator of homegrown radicalization operates unabated. May God protect the good people of Fairfax County, because their elected supervisors apparently will not.