Keyword: madrassas

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  • Thousand boys disappear from school system

    07/14/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by Borges · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/14/2014 | Andrew Gilligan
    As many as a thousand boys aged 13 to 16 have disappeared from the registered school system in East London after their parents sent them to illegal religious schools where English is not spoken and academic subjects are not taught. Government documents obtained by Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Jewish Chronicle newspaper say that many of the schools are “operating illegally and without the most basic health, safety and child welfare checks”. Many boys in the Orthodox Jewish community in Stamford Hill, London, “will stop secular studies at the age of 13 or 14 and start attending ‘yeshivas’ where the...
  • While we turn a blind eye to Islamists, our children suffer (England finally waking up?)

    06/07/2014 2:01:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 6, 2014 | Charles Moore, authorised biographer of Margaret Thatcher
    Politicians are so busy squabbling over extremism that they are failing to tackle it. Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, the Home Office website published a letter from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. In it, Mrs May asked some rude questions about why his department had not acted earlier to investigate accusations of Islamist infiltration of schools in Birmingham. This was heat-of-the-night stuff. One government department is not supposed to publish its attacks on another. The error was tacitly acknowledged: on Thursday afternoon, the letter was taken down from the website. As has been reported,...
  • UK: schools are fighting Trojan Horse plot and Cameron vows to clear the classrooms of Islamism

    05/04/2014 10:13:59 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 4 2014 | LUCY CROSSLEY
    Now schools in Bradford are fighting Trojan Horse-style plot after two headteachers have left their jobs and David Cameron vows to clear the classrooms of 'Islamism' Former Respect councillor accused of being behind Bradford plots Faisal Khan sat on governing bodies of two schools under suspicion Schools in Bradford are fighting alleged Trojan Horse style plots after two teachers left their jobs while a third fears being 'driven' out as David Cameron vows to clear the classrooms of 'Islamism'. The plot involves ousting moderate headteachers from schools, and is also feared to have taken place in Birmingham, Manchester and parts...
  • German Homeschooling Family Takes Fight Against Deportation to Supreme Court

    07/19/2013 11:57:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Jul 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The Romeikes, a German family granted legal asylum in the United States by a U.S. immigration judge in 2010, will petition the Supreme Court to hear its case to be granted permanent legal status in the country. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled Germany after their family was vigorously prosecuted with steep fines, threats of loss of custody of their children, and imprisonment—all for homeschooling. Homeschooling is largely illegal in Germany. Though the family was granted political asylum in the United States, the Obama administration appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and that Board decided in favor of...
  • Muslim Congressman: U.S. Schools Should Be Modeled After Madrassas

    07/06/2012 4:44:25 AM PDT · by vg0va3 · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 07/05/12 | Posted By Ian Schwartz
    "America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our Madrassas, in our schools where innovation is encouraged. Where the foundation is the Koran," Rep. Andre Carson (D-Indiana) said at the ICNA-MAS convention at the end of May.
  • US commission: Pakistani schools teaching intolerance of non-Muslims, increasing militancy

    11/13/2011 6:51:14 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    WaPo ^ | Nov 8, 2011 | Not Listed
    ISLAMABAD — Text books in Pakistani schools foster prejudice and intolerance of Hindus and other religious minorities, while most teachers view non-Muslims as “enemies of Islam,” according to a study by a U.S. government commission released Wednesday. The findings indicate how deeply ingrained hardline Islam is in Pakistan and help explain why militancy is often supported, tolerated or excused in the country.
  • 115 Pakistani Schools to Receive U.S.-Funded Equipment, Furniture; U.S. Contractors Need Not Apply

    10/29/2011 2:31:35 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Oct. 29, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. taxpayers are going to pay for equipment and furniture for 115 schools in Pakistan—and unlike most other federal programs, companies from the United States are not allowed to compete for contracts stemming from this initiative, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. Data about this project became available almost simultaneously with U.S. Secy. of State Hillary Clinton's warning to Pakistani officials that they could "pay a very big price" for failing to take decisive action against insurgent havens in that nation. Clinton issued that threat on Oct. 20; similarly, according to a Request for Proposals (see #SOL-391-12-000001), the U.S....
  • Activists target charter schools with Turkish ties

    07/01/2011 11:07:46 AM PDT · by wolfcreek · 17 replies
    AAS ^ | 7.01.2011 | Kate Alexander
    Harmony Public Schools, a high-performing charter school network that focuses on math and science, has been the target of activists concerned that its leaders are non-U.S. citizens with ties to Turkey. Led by the Texas Eagle Forum, a conservative pro-family organization, Harmony's critics have issued a flurry of legislative alerts in recent weeks that said the state's $25 billion endowment for "our children's textbooks" was imperiled by "Turkish men, of whom we know very little other than most are not American citizens."
  • ISLAMIC ARMED FORTRESS EMERGES FROM POCONO MOUNTAINS

    04/06/2010 7:39:11 PM PDT · by SPC CHEESE · 20 replies · 968+ views
    thelastcrusade ^ | April 6, 2010 | Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
    WORLD’S “MOST DANGEROUS ISLAMIST” ALIVE, WELL, AND LIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA FEDS TURN BLIND EYE TO MOUNTING HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT by Paul L. Williams, Ph.D. The most dangerous Islamist in the world is neither Afghani nor Arab. He comes from neither Sudan nor Somalia. And he resides in neither the mountains of Pakistan nor the deserts of the Palestinian territories. This individual has toppled the secular government of Turkey and established madrassahs throughout the world. His schools indoctrinate children in the tenets of radical Islam and prepare adolescents for the Islamization of the world. More than 90 of these madrassahs have...
  • Detroit: If Need be Schools can be Changed to Accommodate Islam

    04/04/2010 12:27:27 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 31 replies · 962+ views
    Logans Warning ^ | April 4Th, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    It is bad enough that the dropout rate in Detroit is almost 3X the national average, but the schools are also willing to accommodate Islam. With the high dropout rate, I wonder if Muslim kids are learning anything but Islam? This will result in Islamic ruled ghettos, as we see in the Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK, etc. In regards to Islam, we are heading down the same road as Europe. It is time to stop catering to Islam, and end all Muslim immigration. If not it is just a matter of time until they takeover.
  • Fear That UK Islamic Schools May Groom Children For Terror

    11/06/2009 6:03:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 399+ views
    express.co.uk ^ | Nov. 7, 2009 | By Paul Jeeves
    FEARS are emerging that vulnerable children might be groomed for religious extremism or even terrorism at taxpayers’ expense. Muslim pupils are being taken out of classes and sent to study at Islamic schools, or madrassas. A pilot scheme, the Open Madrasah Network, has received a £550,000 government grant to pay for under-achievers to attend lessons in Arabic, Urdu and religion. The classes, described as booster lessons for primary and GCSE age pupils, are already running at four madrassas in Bradford, West Yorkshire. If pupils show improvement, the scheme is likely to be rolled out nationally. But critics say it will...
  • Jihad in the Classroom

    07/21/2009 12:21:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 397+ views
    Th Australian ^ | July 21, 2009 | Sally Neighbour
    INDONESIA will continue to live with the threat of terror attacks unless its government cracks down on the militant Islamic schools and religious zealots who espouse worldwide jihad. Last Friday's hotel bombings in Jakarta have focused attention yet again on a network of radical Islamic boarding schools across Indonesia that continues to espouse the cause of violent jihad and churn out eager young zealots willing to die in its name. Four days after the bombings, investigators have linked them to two Islamic schools that are well known to the Indonesian authorities but have neither been shut down nor had their...
  • Thai Rebels Recruiting in (Islamic) Schools, Study Says

    06/21/2009 5:47:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 343+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2009 | Thomas Fuller
    BANGKOK — Insurgents in southern Thailand are using a network of Islamic schools to recruit fighters, but their movement does not appear to be linked to Al Qaeda or other foreign Islamist groups, according to a study due to be released Monday. Since an increase in violence five years ago, analysts have sought to pinpoint the primary motivations of an insurgency that has left more than 3,400 people dead in towns and villages only several hours away from Thailand’s most popular beach resorts. The 20-page study, by the International Crisis Group, describes a homegrown movement of Malay Muslim fighters seeking...
  • Teachers ‘beat and abuse’ muslim children in British koran classes

    12/10/2008 11:11:01 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 825+ views
    InfidelsAreCool ^ | 12/10/08 | Kal
    More evil and violence from the ‘religion’ of ‘piece’. No wonder muslim kids grow up so full of hate and venom, the very people charged with protecting them are beating them down in the name of allah. Gee what a shocker there… Muslim children are being beaten and abused regularly by teachers at some British madrassas - Islamic evening classes - an investigation by The Times has found. Students have been slapped, punched and had their ears twisted, according to an unpublished report by an imam based on interviews with victims in the north of England. One was “picked up...
  • [Pakistani Islamic] School accused of Mumbai terror role opens its doors

    12/04/2008 7:29:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 387+ views
    The London Guardian ^ | December 5, 2008 | Saeed Shah in Muridke, Pakistan
    At first sight, they could be the grounds of an English public school, with neatly trimmed lawns and earnest young pupils walking between classes. But this is the site that India believes is the headquarters of the terrorist group responsible for last week's Mumbai attacks. Boarding houses provide spartan accommodation, and orderly rows of trees line the sprawling site, just outside the eastern city of Lahore. Smartly turned-out pupils perform science experiments in the classrooms, peering into microscopes and connecting electric circuits. There is a farm, a swimming pool and a hospital. India, and some western terrorism experts, believe this...
  • Storm brewing between state officials and Muslim school

    09/10/2008 8:58:15 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 25 replies · 218+ views
    Minneapolis (Red) Star Tribune ^ | 9-10-08 | katherine kersten
    Last week, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA) and the Minnesota Department of Education appeared to reach an understanding in the controversy over whether Islam is being promoted at this public school. But behind the scenes, a storm may be brewing. TiZA officials have "taken a confrontational road" in discussions with the department, according to Deputy MDE Commissioner Chas Anderson, the department's No. 2 official. Anderson says that the two sides have not yet reached an agreement on one key issue and that MDE will be closely monitoring TiZA's performance in future months.
  • Karachi Kids

    07/21/2008 9:20:56 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 328+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 21, 2008 | Robin Beshear
    Karachi Kids by: Robin Beshear, July 21, 2008 California-born Muslim Imran Raza takes Americans behind the doors of the radical madrassa Jamia Binoria in his upcoming documentary, The Karachi Kids. The film focuses on the story of two American boys from Atlanta who were sent by their Islamic father to the Taliban-affiliated madrassa in Pakistan. The film takes place over a four-year time period, showing the progression of brainwashing that happens at these madrassas. At the beginning of the film, the boys are eager to go back to America and be with their families. By the end, they want to...
  • 600 U.S. Taliban?

    07/18/2008 5:07:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 178+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 18, 2008
    War On Terror: After 9/11, Pakistan promised to close its radical madrassas as part of anti-terror reforms. Now we learn they're not only still open, but also recruiting and brainwashing American boys.All told, 600 American children are being indoctrinated into jihad in 22 madrassas across Pakistan. A U.S. filmmaker stumbled on them while tracing the path of the London suicide bombers. He discovered they attended the same radical Islamic schools. A congressional delegation has confirmed his findings. One particularly radical school in Karachi freely displays a banner at its main gate urging Muslims to join the Taliban. At least 80...
  • Madrassas do not breed terrorists: Musharraf

    07/16/2008 3:38:47 PM PDT · by milestogo · 23 replies · 127+ views
    Madrassas do not breed terrorists: Musharraf ISLAMABAD: There is a need to dispel the western notion that Islamic educational institutions breed extremists and terrorists, President Pervez Musharraf said on Wednesday. Talking to International Islamic University (IIU) Rector Dr Manzoor Ahmed, the president said that the institutions of higher education were best placed to promote a critical dialogue within the Muslim world and that they could create an interfaith harmony. President Musharraf, who is also chancellor of the university, also discussed issues related to university academics, including improving the higher education system in the country, with the IIU rector. Sources said...
  • Mad For Madrassas

    06/13/2008 5:29:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 63+ views
    IBD ^ | June 13, 2008
    Islamofascism: Saudi money buys a lot in Washington, even an extension of a lease to an Islamic school that graduates terrorists and teaches its students it's OK to kill non-Muslims.A federal panel wants the Islamic Saudi Academy inside the Beltway shut down for promoting hate, something we've urged for years. But remarkably, this madrassa still has powerful backers — including the State Department. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom last week released the results of a probe of the academy, which is financed and operated by the Saudi government. It found the school has failed to eliminate violent and...
  • Bid to transform Afghan madrassas

    01/11/2008 3:30:25 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 4,511+ views
    BBC ^ | 11 January 2008 | David Loyn
    The Afghan government has changed its policy on madrassas, the religious schools that inspired a generation of fundamentalists who became the Taliban. Rather than trying to freeze them out, it is trying to bring them into the state system, providing they widen their syllabus to teach other subjects. The Education Minister Hanif Atmar says: "We are critical of policies in the past. Actually it was a result of those policies to exclude these madrassas, keep them on the margin of the society, and then entirely hand them over to the fundamentalists." Under the reform the schools will be able to...
  • Fred on the GWOT (Video interview)

    11/25/2007 7:51:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 553+ views
    The Weekly Standard/PajamasMedia ^ | November 21, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    Roger L. Simon, last seen cavorting with Pajama clad babes on the floor of the BlogWorld convention like a latter day Hugh Hefner, sat down with Fred Thompson to discuss the Global War on Terror. Bob Owens, proprietor of the excellent Confederate Yankee blog, joined Roger in conducting the interview. I linked to this yesterday in my Republican race Q&A, but the interview itself merits a little post of its own. In no particular order, a few observations: 1) The long form interview allowed Fred to express his knowledge and thoughts on the war on terror. He was impressive. Believe...
  • Feds Recommend Closing Saudi School in Va.

    10/18/2007 5:38:48 AM PDT · by milestogo · 110 replies · 61+ views
    Feds Recommend Closing Saudi School in Va. By MATTHEW BARAKAT The Associated Press Thursday, October 18, 2007; 12:25 AM McLEAN, Va. -- A private Islamic school supported by the Saudi government should be shut down until the U.S. government can ensure the school is not fostering radical Islam, a federal panel recommends. In a report released Thursday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom broadly criticized what it calls a lack of religious freedom in Saudi society and promotion of religious extremism at Saudi schools. Several advocacy groups in recent years have cited examples of inflammatory statements in religious textbooks...
  • Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills Own Family

    10/15/2007 10:54:34 AM PDT · by RDTF · 87 replies · 99+ views
    Google ^ | Oct 15, 2007 | AMIR SHAH, AP
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A mother who tried to stop her son from carrying out a suicide bomb attack triggered an explosion in the family's home in southern Afghanistan that killed the would-be bomber, his mother and three siblings, police said Monday. The would-be bomber had been studying at a madrassa, or religious school, in Pakistan, and when he returned to his home in Uruzgan province over the weekend announced that he planned to carry out a suicide attack, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said. Surviving family members told police that the suicide vest exploded during a struggle between the...
  • Proposed Regulations Will Tighten Religious Visa Requirements

    07/18/2007 4:42:31 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 8 replies · 477+ views
    Religious organizations are raising an unholy ruckus over proposed changes in religious worker visa regulations that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says would reduce rampant fraud in the program, reports The Washington Post: [R]eligious organizations that increasingly serve immigrant populations cite a need to bring in workers with the spiritual, cultural and linguistic expertise to serve them.Religious worker visas are used to bring in Catholic nuns, Hebrew teachers, Muslim imams and Baptist church administrators, among other workers. In 2006, more than 11,000 of the visas were issued, most to natives of Korea, Israel and India.Religious organizations say no other...
  • Jihad In Schools?

    07/10/2007 5:54:57 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 47 replies · 1,604+ views
    Political Correctness: Seems the ACLU couldn't care less that a San Diego public school has set aside 15 minutes of classroom instruction time for Muslim students to pray, while non-Muslims twiddle their thumbs. Right now it has no plans to legally challenge the budding madrassa as endorsement of a religion by government. Apparently the establishment clause only applies to the practice of Judeo-Christian rituals in public places. The special accommodations for Carver Elementary's nearly 100 Somali Muslims don't stop with organized prayer. The school cafeteria has banned pork and other foods that conflict with the Islamic diet.
  • NYC's Public Madrassa

    04/18/2007 7:15:08 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 592+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 18 April 2007 | Staff
    Homeland Security: New York City plans to give Brooklyn Arabs and Muslims their own public school where they can speak Arabic. The idea is to promote cultural harmony. But it's Pollyannaish, and potentially dangerous. With this culture, tolerance is not mutual. Putting aside the issue of American taxpayers supporting a school dedicated to the study of a foreign culture hostile to our own, the move raises serious security questions. Will the school, located not far from Ground Zero, condone or encourage jihad? Will it act like a madrassa? How will authorities know any better, if classes are taught in Arabic?...
  • Pakistan jihad schools thriving

    04/01/2007 3:32:29 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 5 replies · 403+ views
    The Australian ^ | 31 March 2007 | Bruce Loudon
    THE International Crisis Group has condemned President Pervez Musharraf's failure to curb Pakistan's extremist Islamic schools. A report released yesterday by the group, headed by former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans, says promises made by General Musharraf in 2002 to reform madrassas, or religious schools, are "in shambles". Focusing on the city of Karachi as a hotbed of radical madrassa activity that reflects the situation persisting across Pakistan, the ICG report says: "Banned sectarian and jihadi groups, supported by networks of mosques and madrassas, continue to operate openly, with consequences for internal stability and regional and international security." (Excerpt)
  • Alert to textbooks [Palestinians taught hating Israel pursuing its destruction - religious duties]

    03/21/2007 4:11:16 AM PDT · by Posting · 8 replies · 325+ views
    JPost ^ | 03, 20, 2007 | HAVIV RETTIG
    Alert Abbas to PA textbooks [Palestinian 12th grade textbooks teach hating Israel, pursuing its destruction - religious duties.] By HAVIV RETTIG Talkbacks for this article: 11 "You can't have agreements while this kind of hatred is inculcated in the children," Knesset Education Committee Chairman Michael Melchior (Labor-Meimad) said on Tuesday after seeing new 12th-grade textbooks published by the Palestinian Authority late last year. "I intend to demand from Prime Minister [Ehud Olmert] that he present the findings [of a new report on the textbooks] to Abu Mazen [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas] at their next meeting," Melchior said. Melchior's statements at...
  • Are Koran Schools Hotbeds of Terrorism? [I'd say...]

    03/20/2007 8:52:11 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 5 replies · 438+ views
    Spiagel ^ | March 21 2007
    OF SCHOLARS AND ZEALOTS Are Koran Schools Hotbeds of Terrorism? http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,472583,00.html By Bernhard ZandTo most Western minds, madrasahs are breeding grounds for terrorists. But that's only one side of the coin. The syllabus at many Koran schools is far removed from Islamist extremism. For millions of Muslims, these schools are the only hope of an education. One of the men is wearing a white turban and a mint-green cloak over his tailored dishdasha, the traditional Arab men's robe - pure silk, freshly ironed. When he sits down, the mere fall of its folds betrays that he is a man of...
  • Muslim leaders fear thousands of children are abused at madrassas

    02/16/2007 3:55:08 AM PST · by Posting · 4 replies · 493+ views
    Muslim leaders fear thousands of children are abused at madrassas Independent, The (London), Mar 22, 2006 by Robert Verkaik Legal Affairs Correspondent Thousands of Muslim schoolchildren are being physically and sexually abused by their religious teachers every year, according to a report into the Islamic education system in this country. The potential scale of the abuse has led to fears among Muslim leaders that Britain's Mosque-based schools will face the kind of child abuse claims that has recently scandalised the Roman Catholic Church. Up to 100,000 children are taught at 700 Islamic schools, or madrassas, of which almost a half...
  • Can a past of Islam change the path to president for Obama?

    01/29/2007 2:36:31 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 99 replies · 3,082+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | January 29, 2007 | Bill Sammon
    WASHINGTON - Although Sen. Barack Obama is a Christian, his childhood and family connections to Islam are beginning to complicate his presidential ambitions. The Illinois Democrat spent much of last week refuting unfounded reports that he had been educated in a madrassa, or radical Islamic school, when he lived in Indonesia as a boy. “The Indonesian school Obama attended in Jakarta is a public school that is not and never has been a Madrassa,” said a statement put out by the senator’s staff. But the school did teach the Quran, Islam’s holy book, along with subjects such as math and...
  • Scholastic joins education industry's campaign for Islam

    01/03/2007 3:40:00 AM PST · by Man50D · 10 replies · 767+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 3, 2007 | Bob Unruh
    The Junior Scholastic "news magazine" that is written for elementary students and used in thousands of public schools across the United States has published an article promoting "madrassa" school life for American children who are Muslims, much to the outrage of some parents. "Remember way back in grade school and getting Junior Scholastic magazine in school? Well here is an example of what JS has devolved into. Force-feeding the barbaric propaganda of Islamic madrassas down the throats of my 7th and 4th graders. Disgusting," a father wrote WND about the issue, published in November. Scholastic spokeswoman Jennifer Slackman told WND...
  • Muslims ask to worship at Cordoba [Spain's Cordoba Cathedral........]

    12/26/2006 4:30:30 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 92 replies · 2,183+ views
    Muslims ask to worship at Cordoba More than a million of Spain's 44 million inhabitants are Muslims [GALLO/GETTY] Spanish Muslims have written to the Vatican to demand the right to worship at Cordoba Cathedral. Spain's Islamic Board wrote to Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, calling on him to grant them permission to worship in the cathedral, parts of which were built as a mosque during Spain's period of Islamic rule. The group said in their letter: "What we wanted was not to take over that holy place, but to create in it, together with you and other faiths, an ecumenical...
  • Crying Kids Pray Over George Bush At Jesus Camp - Film Documents Childrens' Summer At 'Jesus Camp'

    09/27/2006 6:43:02 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 82 replies · 2,674+ views
    WFSB.com, Hartford ^ | September 26, 2006 | Unattributed
    LOS ANGELES -- The new documentary "Jesus Camp" is shocking Christians and non-Christians alike with its scenes of children sobbing and crying out to God at a Pentecostal summer camp in North Dakota. The film follows Midwestern children Rachael, now 10, Levi, now 13, and Tory, now 11, who attended Fischer's Bible camp in Devils Lake, N.D., in 2005, according to the Los Angeles Times. Filmmaker Heidi Ewing said she was raised Catholic and her co-director, Rachel Grady, is Jewish, enabling them to present what they hope is a neutral view of Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" program. Grady...
  • Pakistan Urged to Shut Extremist Schools

    09/26/2006 1:59:20 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 6 replies · 371+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/25/2006 | Barry Schweid
    Pakistan Urged to Shut Extremist Schools September 25, 2006 By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON Afghanistan's president urged Pakistan on Monday to shut down extremist schools and arrest the people who run them. Hamid Karzai, who has strong U.S. support, has engaged in some sniping with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on countering terrorism. "There will not be an end to terrorism unless we remove the sources of hatred in madrassas and the training grounds," Karzai said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars. He is due to meet with President Bush on Tuesday. Then, at...
  • Saudis are still teaching intolerance by the book

    05/25/2006 7:08:31 AM PDT · by Mel Gibson · 2 replies · 339+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2006 | Nina Shea
    Saudis are still teaching intolerance by the bookClaims that school texts have been revised are untrue By NINA SHEA SAUDI Arabia's public schools have long been cited for demonizing the West as well as Christians, Jews and other "unbelievers." But after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis — that was all supposed to change. A 2004 Saudi royal study group recognized the need for reform after finding that the kingdom's religious studies curriculum "encourages violence toward others and misguides the pupils into believing that in order to safeguard their own...
  • Agent says a school near Lodi would breed terrorists

    08/11/2005 4:04:55 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 4 replies · 706+ views
    Lodinews.com ^ | Aug 09, 2005 | Layla Bohm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A lead FBI agent on Tuesday linked two local Muslim clerics to the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, contending the two were planning to set up a school near Lodi that would breed anti-American terrorism. The agent testified that Lodi clerics Shabbir Ahmed and Mohammed Adil Khan were prepared to relay information on terrorist plots from sources close to bin Laden. The allegations were dismissed by Ahmed's lawyer, who said the FBI and federal prosecutors have "made the whole thing up." The striking allegations came during an immigration hearing for Ahmed at which Immigration Judge Anthony Murry...
  • Mullah Sought After Boys Flee School In Chains

    02/04/2006 5:56:44 PM PST · by blam · 66 replies · 1,461+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-5-2006 | Massoud Ansari
    Mullah sought after boys flee school in chains By Massoud Ansari in Karachi (Filed: 05/02/2006) Pakistani police have issued an arrest warrant for a mullah at one of the country's Islamic schools after two young pupils claimed to have been beaten up and kept in chains for failing to memorise Koranic scripture. Mohammad Ammar, eight, and Ahsan Mawia, 10, were found crawling through the streets in shackles in the dead of night after fleeing in terror from a strict school in Karachi. The pair were in a "hysterical state" and showed "visible sign of torture", according to police who examined...
  • Pakistan: More restrictions on madrasas

    12/02/2005 9:54:04 PM PST · by Stoat · 3 replies · 382+ views
    The Hindu (India) ^ | December 3, 2005 | B. Muralidhar Reddy
    More restrictions on madrasas B. Muralidhar Reddy   Ordinance prohibits seminaries from promoting militancy, religious hatred   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday promulgated an ordinance making it mandatory for every madrasa (religious seminary) in the Federal capital to carry out audit of its accounts and prepare an annual educational activity report. It also prohibits seminaries from promoting militancy, sectarianism and religious hatred. Similar ordinances are in the process of being promulgated in other provinces of the country. Religious schools in Pakistan, with an estimated enrolment of 10 lakh students, have once again become the focus of attention of...
  • "Jihad Not Our Fault," Say Pakastani Muslim Clerics

    07/23/2005 4:47:07 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 5 replies · 201+ views
    BBC NEWS, LAHORE ^ | Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK | Aamer Ahmed Khan
    Pakistan clerics explain 'jihad' Students are angry madrassas have been raided after bombs in London ( tough titty) Pakistan's top Muslim clerics have said it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to preach the real concept of jihad, or holy war, to young Muslims. "The situation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine is radicalising young people," says Mufti Rafi Usmani, one of Pakistan's highest-ranking clerics. "And an angry young man is in no-one's control," he said. Other high-ranking Islamic scholars have also endorsed these views. Circumstances for jihad Mufti Rafi Usmani heads Darul Uloom Karachi, one of Pakistan's most respected religious...
  • Musharraf urges holy war on terrorJuly 22, 2005 From combined dispatches

    07/22/2005 3:09:46 PM PDT · by river rat · 12 replies · 397+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 22, 2005 | From Combined Dispatches
    Musharraf urges holy war on terrorJuly 22, 2005 From combined dispatches ISLAMABAD, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf called on Pakistanis yesterday to join a jihad, or holy war, against preachers of hatred and violence and announced steps to rein in militant Islamic schools and organizations. In a televised address to the nation after security forces detained nearly 300 militant suspects in a crackdown following the July 7 London bombings, Gen. Musharraf said all Islamic schools, or madrassas, would have to register with authorities by December. The speech was recorded before yesterday's fresh wave of attacks on the London transit system, which...
  • Nothing Will Change Until Musharraf Closes Pakistan's Militant Madrassas

    07/21/2005 10:17:27 PM PDT · by ttsmi · 5 replies · 282+ views
    South Asia Tribune ^ | 22 July | Ahmed Rashid
    Britain has allowed militant Muslim preachers freedom to preach their message of hate in the mosques, the meeting halls and the sitting rooms of British Muslims. Literature and videos promoting extremism have been allowed to spread deep into the Muslim community. While some outsiders saw this as typical British eccentricity or liberalism, foreign intelligence agencies have been furious with British laxity for some years. This week, more than 250 militants have been arrested and, in a speech to the nation last night, Musharraf again asked the public to join him in a jihad against Islamic extremism. But since September 11,...
  • Across the world to train for their murderous missions

    07/19/2005 4:41:11 AM PDT · by ttsmi · 1 replies · 195+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 19 July
    A week after The Scotsman first revealed the suspected link between the bombers and al-Qaeda-related groups in Pakistan, intelligence services there released pictures of three of the men - including Mohammed Sidique Khan, the suspected ringleader - arriving in Karachi for extended stays. The men are believed to have spent months meeting terrorist groups and receiving tuition at their associated religious schools. A list of 20 other Britons is said to have been passed to the Pakistani authorities to check out, amid fears that they too may have been through the same process before returning to Britain to prepare for...
  • The Pakistan connection

    07/18/2005 3:14:57 AM PDT · by ttsmi · 1 replies · 241+ views
    The Sunday Times, Britain ^ | 17 July | Christina Lamb
    He pointed out that all six of the most senior Al-Qaeda leaders captured so far were living in Pakistan. Richard Reid, the failed shoe-bomber, had spent time there as had Saajid Badat, the second would-be shoe-bomber who was arrested in Gloucestershire. Pakistan was the base for Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the British-born LSE student sentenced to death for beheading Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter. Now it seems that the Leeds suicide bombers were probably trained and perhaps masterminded from Pakistan. “This cannot be just coincidence,” said Gohel. “What it shows is that in spite of General Musharraf’s stated...
  • Jihadi madrassas alive and well

    07/17/2005 10:28:32 PM PDT · by ttsmi · 3 replies · 217+ views
    The Daily Times, Pakistan ^ | 18 July | Khalid Hassan
    In an article in the Sunday edition of Washington Post, Samina Ahmed, the Group’s South Asia project director and Andrew Stroehlein, its media director, claim that “Jihadi extremism is still propagated at radical madrassas in Pakistan” and that “these religious schools still preach an insidious doctrine that foments the sectarian violence that is increasingly a threat to the stability of Pakistan.” In a reference to the London bombings, they observe, “And now, it seems, the hatred these madrassas breed is spilling blood in Western cities as well.”
  • Our safety is in the hands of Pakistan

    07/16/2005 11:15:55 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 33 replies · 619+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | July 17, 2005 | Con Coughlin
    Irrespective of whether you are dealing with the disaffected youth of Leeds or a brainwashed Jihadi at a madrassa on the North West Frontier, the inescapable conclusion is that Pakistan forms the epicentre of Osama bin Laden's unremitting campaign of terror against the West.This unpalatable, yet irrefutable, truth will no doubt come as a shock to Tony Blair and the other coalition leaders who have placed such faith in President Pervez Musharraf's ability to rein in al-Qaeda's murderous activities. It was, after all, Mr Blair who helped to persuade the Pakistani general to decide whose side he was on after...
  • Pakistan to scrutinise madrassas

    07/16/2005 10:40:21 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 6 replies · 228+ views
    BBC ^ | July 17, 2005 | Paul Anderson
    Will anything truly be done? Better then nothing I guess.......... "Pakistan says it is placing its madrassas, or Islamic religious schools, under closer scrutiny. The move comes amid reports that one of the bombers who attacked London last week spent some time in one. Pakistan's authorities will not confirm whether the bomber did attend a school run by a banned militant organisation during a visit to Pakistan last year. The authorities also denied claims that they have started arresting suspects in connection with the London attacks. Indoctrination Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao told the BBC in an interview that...
  • While the Prince Is Away . . .Saudi Arabia's religious police crack down.

    06/15/2005 4:01:44 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 16 replies · 693+ views
    WEEKLY STANDARD,COM ^ | JUNE 13, 2005 | PAUL MARSHALL
    SINCE MAY 27, THE Saudis have arrested eight Christians from India and seized documents naming others. One of those arrested, Chittirical John Thomas, was pulled away from work and beaten in front of his five-year-old son. He is reportedly in the Shemaissy Detention Center. This followed the March 22 arrest in the Batha area of Riyadh of Indian pastor Samkutty Varghese by the religious police, the muttawa, for not ending a cell phone conversation when the call for Muslim prayer went out. Rev. Varghese, who went to Saudi Arabia as a tourist in January, was apparently not aware of rules...
  • Mr Osama, are you OK?

    05/10/2005 9:03:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 1,621+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 05/11/05 | B Raman
    Mr Osama, are you OK? By B Raman Dear Mr bin Laden, Are you OK? One has not heard from you since October 29, 2004, when you sent a recorded message through al-Jazeera on the eve of the US presidential elections. One knows that such periodic spells of silence are not unusual in the interest of your physical security. But whenever there are long spells of silence, the rumor mills start over-working. This had happened in the past and this is happening now, but this time, the rumors are stronger and more persistent than before. In the last week of...