An update on this story: State is allowing the Islamic Saudi Academy to continue operating because school officials have assured them that they will — in effect — stop teaching things they have been teaching as basic tenets of Islam. And State bought it. Of course.
“State lets Islamic school operate: Officials say Saudi institute will revise violent textbooks,” by Gary Emerling in the Washington Times, June 13 (thanks to Ruth King):
State Department officials said Thursday they have no plans to close a Saudi-financed Islamic school in Northern Virginia that has failed to eliminate violent and intolerant language in textbooks.
“They told us they would revise the textbooks by the 2008 school year,” State Department spokesman Rob McInturff said. “We don’t plan to take additional action apart from the discussions that have been going on with the Saudi government.”
Results released Wednesday from a federal investigation into the Islamic Saudi Academy – with campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax – found textbooks at the 900-student private school had passages that blame the Jews for “discord” and say it is sometimes permissible to kill non-Muslims. The investigation by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom focused on 17 textbooks used during the last school year and obtained from independent sources.
The panel, formed by Congress, last year recommended the State Department close the school, though members had not yet reviewed the textbooks….
State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos on Thursday cited the Saudi government’s 2006 acknowledgement of a need to revise its textbooks and agreement to do so “in time for the start of the 2008 school year,” which starts this fall….
The passages found in the review, according to the panel, include:
— A passage in a 12th-grade Koranic interpretation textbook that states it is permissible for a Muslim to kill those who have left the faith, an adulterer or someone who has murdered a Muslim intentionally: “He (praised is He) prohibits killing the soul that God has forbidden (to kill) unless for just cause ….”
The commission said the text defines “just cause” as “unbelief after belief, adultery and killing an inviolable believer intentionally.”
As I explained here, that is simply traditional, mainstream Islam. And now this school is going to stop on a dime and teach the opposite? I’ve got a bridge to sell you, too.