Everyone knows that Islam is a sublime and gentle religion.
I mean, to think that a Saudi religious academy in Fairfax County, Virginia (of all places!) might be a haven for intolerance and possibly even violent exhortations to its young believers is simply too shocking to bear!
Yet the evidence seems to be there, at least if you want to believe the words of infidel Alex Adrianson.
On Wednesday, Fairfax County, Va., approved a lease extension for the Islamic Saudi Academy, an elementary school run by the Saudi government. The extension allows the academy to remain in its current facilities, about 15 miles from Washington, D.C., until June 2012. Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, offered testimony reviewing concerns about extremist teachings in the ISA’s curriculum:
“Until the 2008-09 academic year, ISA’s religious textbooks used Saudi government textbooks that teach that it is permissible, or even required, to kill those who leave Islam (which includes the majority of Muslims who reject Saudi Wahhabi doctrine), polytheists (which includes Shiite Muslims), Jews, homosexuals and others, and that militant jihad to spread the faith is a sacred duty. The State Department, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, a top counter-terrorism official at the Treasury Department, Undersecretary Stuart Levey, and Congressman Frank Wolf have all recognized the link between such extremist education and violence and terror. Even a Saudi government panel concluded that the Saudi Ministry of Education’s Islamic curriculum promotes violence. In fact, one of the academy’s valedictorians, American born Ahmed Abu Ali, was convicted of giving material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to assassinate Pres. George W. Bush and in 2009 was sentenced to life imprisonment.”
But they do have money to give to the county, which more than makes up for any irregularities in their, um, faith-based outreach strategies.
From a linked article to the main piece, it is evident, that to some, a few pieces of silver are more beguiling than mundane security issues:
“…residents like Lynne Strobel who support the lease renewal say that the school is a ‘strong contributor’ to local businesses who put $2.5 million into Fairfax County each year.”
It is one thing that this “institution of learning” has been brazenly operating out in the open since 1984. It is quite another that it has now been granted a lease extension by simply promising to eliminate some of its violent teachings, and replace them with, well, exactly what have the calls to Jihad been supplanted by? As Shea further states,
“For the school year beginning in fall 2008, after my reports and those of the Gulf Institute, USCIRF, the Washington Post, Slate magazine and others demonstrated the extremist content of its Islamic Studies textbooks, ISA began using Saudi textbooks in its Islamic studies curriculum that were heavily redacted, as well as other material that is not publicly known.
“We wish we could celebrate the deletions in the texts at ISA that we helped catalyze, but we are not persuaded that the problem is solved. The books have simply removed the previous lessons, but they have put no other written content in their place. The texts do not offer an alternative, they are simply silent, they contain no significant discussion of jihad and make few references to the religious ‘other.’ The silence is deafening. It raises the question – a question ISA has yet to satisfactorily answer – of what supplemental material the academy is using.”
I can tell you this much:
It isn’t the latest edition of Pilgrim’s Progress.