Right in our own backyard

Posted: June 17, 2008 in Politics

Pulling out of Iraq is one thing. Getting serious about this foolishness is something totally different.

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Mad For Madrassas

ibdeditorials.com

A federal panel wants the Islamic Saudi Academy inside the Beltway shut down for promoting hate, something we’ve urged for years. But remarkably, this madrassa still has powerful backers — including the State Department.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom last week released the results of a probe of the academy, which is financed and operated by the Saudi government. It found the school has failed to eliminate violent and intolerant language in textbooks.

The texts used at its main campus, located just across the Potomac in Alexandria, Va., contain passages that vilify Jews and proclaim killing non-Muslims is sometimes permissible.

Despite the failing grade, local government officials renewed the private school’s lease in an old public high school building. The Democrat county supervisor in charge of the lease doesn’t see any problem with the school or its texts.

In fact, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly reportedly dismissed critics of the Saudi academy as “bigots” as he accepted a check from the Saudi Embassy for another $2.2 million to extend its lease. Perhaps not coincidentally, Connolly is running as a Democrat for Congress. He hopes to fill the local seat of retiring Republican Tom Davis, whose district includes one of the fastest-growing Muslim populations in the country. (more…)

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