From the Washington Post.
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.
That’s rich. “Teachers have always been told to avoid inflammatory material in the classroom.” But the stuff is in the textbooks. These kids read the books. They take the books home. They study from them. Well, it’s a relief that at least the teachers avoided the inflammatory stuff in class. I guess they had to avoid the inflammatory stuff for all ten years it was in there.
This sounds a little like perhaps the Muslims running the Academy in Fairfax, might have been, what’s the word? Intolerant? Bigoted? Racist? Anti-American? Anti-Semitic? Prejudiced?
Those will do to start.
Let’s see what else is going on in this bastion of learning.
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.”
Hmmm. Which enemies would those be? The pigs? The apes? Nah, the enemies of the United States are the Islamo-fascists, right? They must mean those guys.
A little background on the school.
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.
Intolerance? Where? What intolerance?
It seems that some pretty smart kids go there. And the school’s track record is pretty good, if you don’t count the one kid who bypassed college, joined al-Qaeda, and tried to kill President Bush.
The debate is befuddling to many affiliated with the academy, which has a graduation rate of nearly 100 percent, sends students to prestigious colleges and trains U.S. soldiers in Arabic — yet also counts among its alumni Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a 1999 graduate convicted of plotting with al-Qaeda to kill President Bush.
The future of the school is being debated.
She would not say what the county might do based on any State Department response, but she noted that the lease has a provision saying Fairfax can terminate the agreement if the board determines that is necessary for public “health, safety and welfare.” The State Department has not responded to the county, and a department spokesman said late Friday that he was unfamiliar with the letter.
I’ve got an idea. How about shutting it down and never letting Saudi Arabia open another one. Ever.
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