School of hate

Students at Islamic Saudi Academy, a Saudi-funded private school in northern Virginia, learn from Saudi textbooks that it’s OK for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam. So says the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a panel formed by Congress.

Other passages in the school’s textbooks state that “the Jews conspired against Islam and its people” and that Muslims are permitted to take the lives and property of those deemed “polytheists.”

Polytheists include Shiite and Sufi Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists.

Other texts vilify non-Sunni Muslim sects, Bahais and, of course, Jews.

School officials say they’ve revised the books and claim the commission refused invitations to visit the school and review materials. The commission says it obtained 17 texts from third parties after the school refused to cooperate. There were pages torn out and passages blanked out, but many offensive statements remained.

Textbooks aren’t the only issue, writes Patrick Poole on PJ Media. Last month, the school was raided when the director failed to report a five-year-old girl’s claim that she was being sexually abused by her father. Reporting of possible abuse is mandatory.

Then there’s the valedictorian, who went on to study at the University of Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Just a few days ago, the academy’s 1999 class valedictorian, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, had his 2005 conviction upheld by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on charges that he joined Al-Qaeda and had plotted to assassinate President George W. Bush. Abu Ali was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

I wonder what students are taught about Barack Obama, the son of a Muslim father. Is he a Muslim convert to Christianity and therefore fair game for murder? Or is he fair game as a Christian polytheist?

This is a Saudi government school, so the U.S. State Department is supposed to monitor it, but the diplomats aren’t eager to offend the Saudis. The school leases Fairfax County land; last month, the county commissioners voted to extend the lease.

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  1. I certainly think that those who dislike the school’s message might want to write to the school, the lease-holder, and possibly picket the school. I am proud that we have a country, unlike their homeland, that has freedom of speech and freedom of religion. I am also proud that we live in a land of laws that would issue restraining orders, grant asylum to victims or possible victims, provide protection to victims, and prosecute any one of those crimes, or incitement to a specific crime, to the fullest possible extent of the law.

  2. Oh yes, and we’re also free to express how complete idiotic the whole school is.

  3. I’d like to know how the school’s doing six months from now.

    Muslim parents might not have all that much to choose from when it comes to a Muslim-flavored education for their kids so are willing to not notice that the school pushes a particularly hard-edged version of Islam. But with the school revealed as a minor league team for Al Queda I wonder whether that willful ignorance will hold up?

  4. Saudi Arabia is frequently referred to as a friend and valuable ally in the war on terror. A friend? The saying, “With friends like that, who needs enemies?” has never been more true.

    Let’s face it, we call the Saudis friends because we’re so dependent on oil, and they’ve got lots of it. I can’t believe that if we really wanted to we couldn’t find something to replace oil. We are a nation who developed the atomic bomb, sent a man to the moon, and won the Cold War. We’ve known how hazardous it is to be dependent on nations like Saudi Arabia and their oil for at least the last 35 years. But here we are in the same mess we were in back when Jimmy Carter was president. We are told by the oil companies and many politicians that we should let market forces deal with the situation. Hey, that’s worked real well! Let’s bring over some more madrasas so we can be even better buddies with the Saudis.


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