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 academyâ€™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.