Skip to comments.Religion monitor: Shut Saudi school
Posted on 10/18/2007 6:17:42 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
An independent government agency that monitors worldwide religious freedom will suggest today that the State Department shut down the 23-year-old Islamic Saudi Academy in Northern Virginia on the grounds it is fomenting hate and religious extremism.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which advises Congress, the State Department and the president on religious-freedom issues, has issued a 30-page document saying the Saudi Embassy, which operates the 933-student academy, is violating U.S. law...
Foreign governments can engage in nondiplomatic activity on American soil...but cannot do so via their embassy, according to the 1982 Foreign Missions Act. The State Department can require an embassy to divest itself of property and close down any businesses not embassy-related.
Embassy spokesman Nail al-Jubeir did not return a call seeking comment. His brother, Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, is chairman of the bilingual English/Arabic academy's board of directors.
At issue are textbooks the USCIRF says contain "highly intolerant and discriminatory language, particularly against Jews, Christians and Shi'a Muslims." Its findings are based on a three-year study of Arabic-language textbooks, some of them from the Saudi Academy, by the Center for Religious Freedom in the District.
The textbooks instructed students to "hate" Jews, Christians, "polytheists" and other "unbelievers," praised violent jihad as a "religious duty" and to believe as fact the anti-Semitic forgeries known as "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
Saudi officials said in response that the textbooks were being revamped and an official at the academy, who asked not to be named, said school textbooks were revised in 2006....The Saudi Academy is one of 20 international Saudi schools around the world. The Virginia academy's main campus is on Richmond Highway in Alexandria and a west campus for young children is on Popes Head Road in Fairfax.
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Shocking that the Saudi’s would run something like this :)
Wouldn’t be PC to close it. Bush doesn’t have the cajones.
Seems there are some who would prefer to allow the school to continue.
N. Va. PING
the jihad academy has been in business quite a long time here!
The modern-day version of the German-American Bund.
Even a simple reading of mad moes terrorist training manual (The ignoble queeranus) will give you that impression.
What took them sooooo long?
Speaking of schools, civics classes would be nice....
I smell a rat. Maybe this IS another Turkey.
Wonderful little "religion" they have there.
Heard of any Buddists bombing buildings? How about those bloodthirsty Shintos. Dont forget the Amish, what with their invading elementary schools taking hostages, and killing children.
is-Slime needs to be BANNED. It has all the same social redeeming, and society building qualities as the Jivaro headhunters religion.
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