Head of Islamic School Guilty Of Not Reporting Child Abuse

July 31, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
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By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 31, 2008

The director general of a controversial private Islamic school in Fairfax County has been found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of failing to report child abuse and fined $500.

Abdalla I. Al-Shabnan, head of the Islamic Saudi Academy on Route 1 in the Mount Vernon area, was arrested last month by Fairfax police, who said Al-Shabnan had been informed of the possible sexual abuse of a 5-year-old student at the school. School authorities are required by law to report alleged child abuse within 72 hours.

Al-Shabnan was charged with misdemeanor counts of failing to report child abuse and obstruction of justice. He pleaded no contest July 24 to the failure to report charge, and Fairfax prosecutors agreed to dismiss the obstruction charge, according to court records.

Al-Shabnan did not return a phone call seeking comment yesterday. His attorney, Robert C. Whitestone, said, “We thought it was a fair resolution.”

The Islamic Saudi Academy has come under criticism because some of its textbooks contain passages that extol jihad and martyrdom, call for victory over one’s enemies and say the killing of adulterers and apostates is justified. The academy has rented the school from Fairfax County since 1984, and the county recently renewed its lease for three years.

Protesters picketed the school last month, saying it promotes religious intolerance. The county has asked the State Department to review the school’s texts.

Cultural differences might have led to the episode that resulted in Al-Shabnan’s arrest. A police affidavit filed last month said that detectives learned in May that the 5-year-old girl attended the academy’s West Campus on Popes Head Road, just south of Fairfax City, and her sexual abuse allegations had been reported to the school’s administrators. No report was made to any state agency.

Detectives interviewed the girl and then visited Al-Shabnan, who said he “did not believe her complaint and felt she may be attempting to gain attention,” according to the affidavit by Detective Doug Comfort.

Al-Shabnan told police that he met with the child’s parents and advised them to seek counseling for the girl. Al-Shabnan then reportedly told the detectives that he “was not aware that he was required to make such a report” to child protective agencies, Comfort wrote. Police also found that Al-Shabnan had “ordered the written report deleted from the computer” of the school.

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Ian M. Rodway said the plea agreement “was satisfactory to all the people involved in the case.”

Review Finds Slurs In ’06 Saudi Texts

July 15, 2008 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
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Academy in Fairfax Making Revisions

By Jerry Markon and Ben Hubbard
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, July 15, 2008; B01

A Saudi-funded academy in Fairfax County used textbooks as recently as 2006 that compared Jews and Christians to apes and pigs, told eighth-graders that these groups are “the enemies of the believers” and diagrammed for high school students where to cut off the hands and feet of thieves, a Washington Post review of the books has found.

Saudi officials acknowledged that the textbooks used at the Islamic Saudi Academy had contained inflammatory material since at least the mid-1990s but said they ordered revisions in 2006. School administrators said that they have been scrambling to change the texts and that all potentially offensive passages will be gone by the coming academic year. But, they said, teachers have always been told to avoid inflammatory material in the classroom.

A sampling of 2006-07 Islamic studies textbooks showed that much of the controversial material had been removed. At least one book still contained passages that extolled jihad and martyrdom, called for victory over one’s enemies and said the killing of adulterers and apostates was “justified.”

The academy, founded in 1984, has about 1,000 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and is separated into boys’ and girls’ schools. It is the only Saudi-funded school in the United States. About 70 percent of the academy’s students are U.S. citizens drawn from the region’s Muslim communities. About a quarter are Saudi.

The school has leased land from Fairfax for two decades and has been the subject of growing controversy. Last month, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said the academy’s textbooks contain passages that advocate violence, less than a year after calling on the State Department to close the school unless it can prove that it is not teaching religious intolerance.

As a small group of protesters gathered recently outside the academy, less than 15 miles from the District, Fairfax officials were weighing what to do about the school’s $2.2 million annual lease, which is signed by the Saudi Embassy and is “contingent upon” State Department approval. In May, the county Board of Supervisors extended the lease for another year, the fifth time it has been renewed since 1988, but Fairfax has since asked the State Department to determine whether the county should continue leasing the property to the school. Continue Reading Review Finds Slurs In ’06 Saudi Texts…

Stand and Deliver the ‘Clean books’, Islamic Saudi Academy

June 18, 2008 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Shariah | Leave a comment
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Stand and Deliver the ‘Clean books’, Islamic Saudi Academy

by Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth blog

20080617-215832-pic-157543443_r350×200.jpgThere was a flurry of news articles on yesterday’s protest demonstration at the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) in Alexandria, Virginia. The Washington Post, entitled its version, “Group Says School Teaches “hate”, the Washington Times headlined theirs, “Islamic school draws fire”. Both pieces drew attention to the basis for protests, the Islamic hate texts revealed in the USCIRF report. The group of 15 protesters had signs that said:

    Honk to Stop Islamic Terrorism;

    This Saudi school is Anti-Semitic and Anti-Christian.

Andrea Lafferty, executive director of Traditional Values Coalition organized the ISA protest with participation by the United American Committee, Virginia Chapter, the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy (CSP) and Act! for America Virginia and Maryland volunteers.

Lafferty commented:

    They’re free to come here and worship, but they are not free to come here and teach hate.

Christine Brim of the CSP said:

    They don’t have a First Amendment right in this country to incite violence against other groups.

Rahima Abdullah, the ISA education director replied to these allegations:

    That’s absolutely not true. What we teach here is love and and tolerance.
    We have new books now and the ones the commission is talking about have been out of use for some time, and were misinterpreted, then.

But the focus of both articles was on the arrest and charging of the school director general, Abdalla Al-Shabnan with not reporting a claim of child abuse of a five year old pre-school student by a family member that required him to file an incident report under Commonwealth of Virginia law. As we have posted in the AP story, Al-Shaban neglected to file a report in a timely manner within 72 hours as prescribed by law. Further, he ordered the written report of incident deleted from a secretary’s computer thereby resulting in a charge of obstruction of justice. Al-Shabnan faces a hearing on August 1st. If convicted, he could face a possible 12 month jail sentence. As noted in the Washington Times :

    Fairfax County Police searched school offices last month and seized computers, notebooks, student files and disks.

Neither Mr. Al-Shabnan or school officials would comment. Shabnan wasn’t returning calls.

It was left to the CNSNews.com account to question whether the ISA was cleaning up its act in a headline: “Islamic Saudi Academy Prepares “Clean” Books for Fall”.

‘Clean’ books on Wahhabi doctrine means expunging many elements of the canon of Islam, the Qu’ran, Hadiths, the sayings, and the Sira, the biography of Mohammed the Messenger of Allah, as well as, the basic elements of Shari’a Law the bedrock of Wahhabism. Seems to us there would be much left to read in the ISA Islamic studies course, if that were the case. The CNSNews.com report had several revelatory exchanges with school officials, State Department and USCIRF spokespersons.

Judth Ingraham, spokesperson for the USCRIF indicated that the State Department didn’t turn over textbooks that the Saudi Embassy had turned over to State and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The USCIRF had to resort to obtaining them from other sources, including Members of Congress. In 2006, the Saudi government said it would “revise and update textbooks to remove remaining refernces that disparage [Shia and other] Muslims or promote hatred towards other religions”.

CNSNews.com queried the State Department and got this bizarre response:

    “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”.

Then the logical question was why did the USCRIF have to scramble and use other means to obtain these allegedly public documents. Typical State Department bafflegab.

A spokesman for ISA, a U.S. history teacher, David Kovalik was shown these wordings from an ISA textbook and agreed that they were offensive:

    The cause of discord. The Jews conspired against Islam and its people. A sly, wicked person who sinfully and deceitfully professed islam infiltrated (the Muslims).

Kovalick’s response was:

    Well, that is very anti-semitic and uh, wow, no but those don’t exist in our books.

I guess the CNSNews.com reporters forgot to ask Kovalick whether he could read Arabic. Because, he looks like a dhimmi engaging in pre-pacakgedtaqiyyah-religiously sanctioned dissimilitude to fool the ‘infidel’, us.

When State was questioned about its own investigation, the result was more bafflegab from their spokesperson.

    We’re continuing to review the hard copy ones received, and we’re working with the Saudi government. But they are taking place. This is a priority, it’s not something that we’ve slipped under the rug.

Sounds like a Freudian slip to me.

Then an ISA official indicated that “the books will not include controversial subject matter” but will still teach Islam. That’s a virtual impossibility given the analysis of the canon of Islam by analysts like Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam.

With doubtless tongue in cheek, USCIRF spokeperson, Ingram said:

    If that’s true, we are working toward the same goal. Let’s start the school year off on the right foot, with ‘clean’ textbooks.

What was the famous cry of English Highwaymen of the 18th century confronting frightened stage coach passengers? Applied in this instance it would be ’stand and deliver’, ISA.

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