Friday, November 30, 2007

Storm Track Infiltration: Saudi Academy Still Teaching Radical Islam

Yesterday I wrote a post about how Saudi Arabia was forced into bed with radical Islam. Here’s what we see today as the fallout of that marriage made in hell.

The Saudi Academy opened in 1984. It’s K-12 school with campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia, that is owned by the Saudi embassy and accused of promoting Islamic extremism.

Most recently, the religious freedom commission--an independent federal agency created by Congress--issued its report, saying it was rebuffed in its efforts to obtain textbooks to verify claims they had been reformed.

The commission recommended that the academy be shut down until it could review the textbooks to ensure they do not promote intolerance.

Since the commission's report, the academy has given copies of its books to the Saudi embassy, which then provided them to the State Department. The commission is waiting to get the books from the State Department.

On Nov. 15, a dozen U.S. senators, including Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., wrote a letter to the State Department urging it to act on the commission's recommendations. And on Tuesday, Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced legislation to write the commission's recommendations regarding the academy into law.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Academy has stated that they have ‘cleaned up’ their textbooks. But that is not the case.

After the Saudi government similarly claimed to have modified its textbooks in 2006, Nina Shea at Freedom House reported that those textbooks still included passages such as these:

SIXTH GRADE: Just as Muslims were successful in the past when they came together in a sincere endeavor to evict the Christian crusaders from Palestine, so will the Arabs and Muslims emerge victorious, God willing, against the Jews and their allies if they stand together and fight a true jihad for God, for this is within God's power.

EIGHTH GRADE: As cited in Ibn Abbas: The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are the Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus.

TWELFTH GRADE: Jihad in the path of God -- which consists of battling against unbelief, oppression, injustice, and those who perpetrate it -- is the summit of Islam. This religion arose through jihad and through jihad was its banner raised high. It is one of the noblest acts, which brings one closer to God, and one of the most magnificent acts of obedience to God.

The real problem then is not that a religious school is asserting that its religious claims--even hate-filled claims against other religions--are true, but that particular teachings compel believers to wage war on unbelievers.

As much as the Washington Post editorial page and U.S. political leaders would hate to admit it, even if the textbooks of the Saudi academy were scrubbed of intolerance, a literal interpretation of certain passages in the Koran would still promote violence. After all, when bin Laden and friends issued their 1998 declaration of war, they weren't quoting from a textbook when they wrote: "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)."

More 'taqiyya': from our Muslim ‘allies’. Lies, deceit, silences, obfuscation (including the swearing of false oaths, bearing false testimony, even denying 'allah') which a Moslem may engage in, in order to present a false, positive image of Islam, especially to non-Muslims.

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  • "Storm Track Infiltration: Saudi Academy Still Teaching Radical Islam"

    Did you mean "radical" Islam or Islam?

    By Blogger Richard, at 9:27 AM  

  • Richard - it depends on your point of view. Some say there is a distinction between Islam the religion and and Islamism the political fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran. Others say there is not distinction.

    I'm divided on the issue. I guess I want to keep them distinct for now to give Muslims who want accommodate and integrate a back door out of what the Koran teaches and show me they can ignore those passages like we ignore passages from the Bible when creating a secular state.

    BUT - as Robert Spencer said, the real problem with the Koran is that it is prescriptive of violence while the Bible is only descriptive. An important distinction.

    So, I don't know.

    By Blogger WC, at 10:44 AM  

  • wc - have you joined brigitte gabriel's ACT?

    check this out, if you haven't already.


    By Blogger nanc, at 12:21 PM  

  • I lean towards Robert Spencer's views. Reading his latest book will give you an indepth perspective between Islam and Christianity.

    I also view Islam as Islam. Its a religion and its political. Their prophet set it up that way so I dont make the distinction between the 2, because they are intertwined.

    "we ignore passages from the Bible when creating a secular state."

    As for that, Jesus said give unto Ceaser which is Ceaser's. That means that Jesus said to keep religion and government seperate.

    Christianity has nothing that give a guide to a Christian government like Islam has with Sharia law.

    And one more thing. The Qur'an is written by Allah while the Bible was inspired by God. Its much easier to ignore a passage in the Bible than ignore a pasage from the Qur'an. This is what makes reforming Islam next to impossible. You are asking Muslims to ignore Allah's will.

    By Blogger Richard, at 12:25 PM  

  • Thanks Nanc - will make a good post. Richard - good points.

    By Blogger WC, at 1:09 PM  

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