Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Islamic Saudi Academy: Fairfax County Backpedals On The Lease

Photo Credit: the Washington Post

Background: Previous IBA postings about the Islamic Saudi Academy are HERE.

From this article in the June 24, 2008 edition of the Washington Post:
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.
You might recall from earlier postings about the Islamic Saudi Academy that previously the County supervisors voted unanimously to renew the school's lease and called citizens who voiced concerns about the school "bigots engaged in slander." You can watch the May 19 pro forma hearing at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors HERE; select "Public Hearings" from the May 19 links.

Continuing now with the above-cited Washington Post article:
At issue are recent reviews of teaching materials concluding that some textbooks used by the Islamic school in Fairfax contain language intolerant of Jews and other groups as well as passages that could be construed as advocating violence.
Read the entire report from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom HERE. The report is damning!

Please watch this NBC 4 video of June 23, 2008. The video is approximately three minutes in length.

(Crossposted to Always On Watch and Northern Virginiastan and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS)


Pastorius said...

Gee, I guess the "bigots" made some good points.

What do you know?

Gerry Connolly is a twat.

Always On Watch said...

Can anybody say "Election year"?

Anonymous said...

cited from "Washington Post" article - (rubs eyes and pinches self)

hmmmm, didn't I just read that the editor of the Washington Post was resigning?

Damien said...

Always On Watch,

I just watched NBC 4 video, let me say this, a Saudi school without hatred, bigotry and intolerance is not like a Macdonald's without a big mac, its like imagining a school run by Nazis without hatred, bigotry or intolerance. The state department should shut them down. If we have to let them run institution's, at the very least the government should warn people as to their true nature. They should not treat them like any other private school.