Saudi’s Still Bullying FXCO

September 27, 2008

The Islamic Saudi Academy still not compliant, County Supervisors, State Dept. still impotent.

Wolf Challenges State Department ISA Inaction
ISA textbook report to Hyland remains undelivered.

By Chuck Hagee, Gazette
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

U.S. Representative Frank R. Wolf (R-10) has again called for a thorough investigation and review of curriculum textbooks being used by the Islamic Saudi Academy citing the U.S. Commission in International Religious Freedom’s claim that they “promote violence and intolerance.”

In a September 16 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Wolf chastised the State Department for not answering his previous letters on the Saudi Academy textbook issue and for ignoring his plea to have the controversy settled prior to the commencement of the 2008-09 school year.

“I write to let you know that I just received my first response from the State Department after having written three letters over a two-month period regarding the Islamic Saudi Academy and concerns raised by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on the content of textbooks being used there,” Wolf wrote.

“After seeming inattention to these concerns, the letter my office ultimately received in response did not address my repeated requests that you convene a meeting of relevant State Department and USCIRF representatives — to include the expert analysts commissioned by USCIRF to translate and interpret the ISA textbooks as well as any analysts commissioned by the State Department…to conclusively determine what is being taught at ISA,” he stated.

To buttress his request, Wolf included a recent report by the Heritage Foundation that stated “ISA is subject to the terms of the Foreign Missions Act” and that it is in the State Department’s powers to declare ISA “a foreign mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

IN THE LETTER to Wolf, signed by Matthew A. Reynolds, Acting Assistant Secretary, Legislative Affairs, the State Department indicated that, although they had not answered previous inquiries about ISA in writing, they had kept Wolf and his staff informed of their actions.

“Your letters have raised important issues. We have appreciated the opportunity to discuss these with you and your staff in recent months. No government should produce materials that are intolerant of religious, racial, or ethnic groups, nor include such material in its educational curricula,” Reynolds wrote.

When questioned as to why his letter seemed to indicate that no contact had been made by the State Department relative to his ISA inquiries, Wolf insisted, “The State Department has never been by my office.” However, he did not confirm or deny any contact between his staff and the State Department over the period of time of his correspondence with Secretary Rice.

“The matter is very simple. If there is no problem with the textbooks than the State Department should act to remove the cloud. If there is a problem then remove the books,” Wolf said.

“Two scholars from the Religious Freedom Commission have looked at these text books and they say there is a problem. It needs to be resolved one way or the other,” he said.

Reynolds also pointed out to Wolf that, “the school has reported that it is in the process of adopting new religious curricula and textbooks for the 2008-09 school year. The ISA has stated publicly that the new school year’s textbooks are currently being reviewed by professors at two American universities.” Neither the professors nor their universities were identified by Reynolds in his letter to Wolf.

DEBATE ABOUT the school’s curriculum and textbooks ignited in October 2007 when the Religious Freedom Commission issued a report calling for the school’s closure “until such time as the official Saudi textbooks used at ISA are made available for comprehensive public examination.” The Commission also sought intervention by the State Department and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

The school building at 8333 Richmond Highway, is leased from Fairfax County. That lease recently came up for renewal and was renewed for one year with an option for two one year extensions on a motion from Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerald Hyland, in whose district the school is located.

ISA’s Director General Abdalla I. Al-Shabnan, who heads the school, has insisted all along that the textbooks do not contain hate and violence imbedded within the subject matter. He has also insisted that the textbooks of ISA are not those supplied by the Saudi Arabian government.

At the outset of the controversy, Hyland had a specialist in Arabic review the texts. Her report concluded that the curriculum texts did not, on their face, contain offensive language pertaining to hate, violence and religious intolerance. However, she did conclude that certain passage should be expunged because they could be misinterpreted.

Al-Shabnan submitted the curriculum texts to two independent university scholars to have them analyzed and evaluated. A report on those findings was to have been delivered to Hyland’s office no later than Monday, Sept. 22. As of late afternoon Sept. 23 the report had not been delivered and phone calls to ISA and Al-Shabnan office were received by voice mail with no call back.

“We have not received the report or any explanation from the Academy as to why we have not received it,” said Brett Kenney, chief aide to Hyland.

The entire matter including both the textbook issue and ISA’s lease renewal was further complicated early this past summer when Al-Shabnan was arrested as a result of his failure to report a complaint from a five year-old female student that she was allegedly being sexually abused at home by her father. Virginia law requires reporting of all such accusations by school personnel.

Al-Shabnan was originally charged with two misdemeanors of failing to report and obstruction of justice. He said that he did not believe the girl and advised the parents to seek psychiatric help for her. However, he also ordered the school’s computers to be purged of any report about the complaint.

In the final analysis he was fined $500 on the failure to report charge. The school also instituted an in-depth training program for all personnel on Commonwealth requirements dealing with such matters.

Following the vote to renew the lease, Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerald Connolly sent a letter to Secretary Rice asking the State Department to make a determination not only on the textbook matter but also the lease renewal. He noted that during the Board’s public hearing on the lease no objections were voiced by the State Department or the Commission “regarding either the renewal or the textbooks.”

A reply from the State Department stated, “No authorization from the Department to renew the lease is required. The Department has not used the Foreign Missions Act to regulate private pre-school, elementary and secondary school curricula.” Actions by the State Department on Wolf’s requests remain unresolved.

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In their own words: Death to Mickey

September 21, 2008

View video here
Aired on Al-Majd TV  Saudi Arabia  –
August 27, 2008 – 00:01:22 : Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid: Mickey Mouse Must Die!

Following is an excerpt from a religious program featuring Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid, which aired on Al-Majd TV on August 27, 2008:

Muhammad Al-Munajid: What is the position of Islamic law with regard to mice? The Shari’a refers to the mouse as “little corrupter,” and says it is permissible to kill it in all cases. It says that mice set fire to the house, and are steered by Satan. The mouse is one of Satan’s soldiers and is steered by him. If a mouse falls into a pot of food – if the food is solid, you should chuck out the mouse and the food touching it, and if it is liquid – you should chuck out the whole thing. Because the mouse is i-m-p-u-r-e!

According to Islamic law, the mouse is a repulsive, corrupting creature. How do you think children view mice today – after Tom and Jerry? Even creatures that are repulsive by nature, by logic, and according to Islamic law have become wonderful and are loved by children. Even mice. Mickey Mouse has become an awesome character, even though according to Islamic law, Mickey Mouse should be killed in all cases.

Jihad Matinee

September 18, 2008

We are excited to announce the next two dates in the UAC free film screenings.

The following dates are confirmed, all for the following location:

Fairfax City Regional Library
10360 North Street
Fairfax, VA 22030-2514
Room 101A

Sept. 20, 1-3 p.m.: Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West
Oct. 4, 10 a.m-Noon: What the West Needs to Know About Islam

Please feel free to bring a friend and/or skeptic, just RSVP.

We will also provide a quick brief on the latest developments in the efforts against the Islamic Saudi Academy in FXCO.

A Note On Islamist Tolerance

September 15, 2008

ACT for America! in NOVA alerted me to the following post from blueweeds.typepad.com.

That such a note was left at 9-11 memorial should not be a surprise given that the Dar al Hijrah Mosque down the road in Falls Church was the last place of spiritual comfort visited by one of the 9-11 hijackers, was religious guidance for a convicted terrorist and Islamic Saudi Academy Alumni, had a prominent leader removed from a Governor’s task force after a video of his Islamist beliefs surfaced, and the list goes on and on…

Couple more enlightening articles about Dar al Hirjrah here.

Bottom line, Islamic tolerance exists, but only when it in a one-sided dominating manner…expect worse to come.  Many will think this is just an opinionated view, fine, so if you doubt me, please feel to ask a Copt in Egypt or a priest or rabbi in Mecca or Tehran.

Note Left At Falls Church 9/11 Memorial Calls For Removal Of Public Art

An anonymous note has been left at the base of The Dust Cries Out, a statue done by artist Karen Swenholt commemorating the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, which calls for the removal of the recently erected public art.

The note asks for the statue to be removed because it is “… just a remembrance of the daily injustice inflicted to every follower over the sees murdered by the United States every day …”  [sic].

The statue was placed a few weeks ago on Great Falls Street in Falls Church as part of the City’s honoring the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Falls Church City is just four miles from the Pentagon and its fire department was among the first responders at the Pentagon attack.

The unsigned note appears to have been produced on a word processor, is typed in blocked letters, and is written in broken English syntax.  There is no information on who may have authored the note or why it was left at the site.

The content of the note is a bit shocking, but our City has a long and bitter history of unsigned notes and lit drops appearing around town to inflame citizen passions on political issues.

Fimian Supports American Enterpise

September 4, 2008

A crosspost from radiofreedaralharb.blogspot.com. On the issue of confronting Islamist aggression, Mr. Fimian has Connolly beat in spades.

More review at: blogtalkradio.com/radiofreedaralharb

Fimian Supports American Enterprise

Just got back from hearing 11th Congressional District Rep. Candidate Keith Fimian speak. Overall, Mr. Fimian, as a successful entrepreneur, believes in American Enterprise and will work to promote the liberty and opportunity our free market system provides. This will be accomplished by removing government impediments to growth, particularly in the technology and energy sectors. Those impediments include, bloated government and government spending, staggering national debt, and taxes and trade agreements that unduly burden the most important and most innovative companies in America, the small businesses. Strengthening the American economy and restoring our global lead in technology and energy is integral to Fimian’s national security strategy. A strategy that focuses on not only removing our dependence of foreign energy, but an ability confront terrorists, and their murderous Islamist ideology. Mr. Fimian is man who weathered the pains of starting up a business and came out on top. Keen fiscal discipline and fortitude of moral resolve guide his decision making.

Fimian is an accountant by education and successful entrepreneur. Comparison: Fimian built a business from the ground up and made it profitable. Connolly: Took over a well managed County and led it to a $430 million deficit. With our national debt standing at $455,000 per household and growing, we need government servants who understand deficit=failure.

Fimian on taxes: Kennedy and Reagan both demonstrated tax breaks stimulate growth and actually provide the more revenue.

Fimian on BRAC: Federal impact deserves Federal impact funds.

Fimian on Energy: Drill, clean coal, nuke, solar, wind, and provide incentives for business innovations that develop alternative energy. He believes that if China and Nigeria are drilling in the Gulf of Mexico we should be too, and we shouldn’t stop there. We should be the global leaders in development of alternative energy thereby solving our energy problems and creating the ability to export alternative energy.

Fimian on Immigration: High Wall, Wide Gate.

Fimian on National Security: Secure southern border, confront Islamist ideology and their State sponsors. Gerry Connolly in contrast, doesn’t see fit to close the Islamic Saudi Academy that has produced a convicted terrorist and preaches the murder of infidels. See here and here for a dramatic display of contempt from Gerry Connolly. In keeping with Connolly’s arrogance, he didn’t even have the courtesy to debate Fimian recently, instead sending his campaign manager because “he was too busy overseeing the best managed County in the US.” This highlights one of Fimian’s virtues, he has real world experience that allows him to know that a $430 million deficit is not successful management. Apparently, Connolly is just too busy to be bothered with facts.

UAC VA Free Documentary Series

July 15, 2008

UPDATE: August Screening of Obsession Postponed. Everything is ok, just need to move the date.

Possible reschedule on August 23, 30, or into Sept.

Will update as soon as I can.

Concerned about the Islamist threat?

Please join us to get out of the heat and into the fight against jihad.

The Virginia Chapter of the United American Committee proudly begins an objective and unapologetic series of film screenings and discussion on Islamist aggression. For free, a new film will be shown each month beginning in July and ending in October.

From 2:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 19, 2008, “Terrorists Among Us” will be screened in Room 101 A&B, of the new City of Fairfax Regional Library.

“Terrorists Among Us” is a 1994 PBS documentary that reveals footage of jihadi networks inside the US. US Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) endorses the film by saying “I encourage every member of the House and Senate and hopefully every American to view this video.”

A one hour discussion period will follow for those wishing to participate or listen.

Those concerned about the Islamist threat are encouraged to attend. As seating is limited, please RSVP to: virginia@unitedamericancommittee.org

The City of Fairfax Regional Library is located at 10360 North Street Fairfax, VA, 22030-2514. Phone: 703-293-6227

Future Events

September 20th Film Screening: What the West Needs to Know About Islam

NoVa Location TBD

October 18th Film Screening: TBD

NoVa Location TBD

For more information about events, the United American Committee, or how you can contribute to the fight against Islamist aggression, contact: virginia@unitedamericancommittee.org