Middle East studies in the News
Connolly Takes $18,758 From Saudi Nationals? [on Islamic Saudi Academy]
Bearing Drift (Blog of The Washington Post Blog Network)
(UPDATE: Bearing Drift will be live-blogging the public hearing at the Fairfax County Government Center starting just before 5.00pm. You can watch the proceedings yourself by clicking here.)
Tonight at 5pm in the Fairfax County Government Center, there will be a public hearing in Fairfax County on renewing the lease to the pro-Sharia and highly controversial Islamic Saudi Academy. This meeting is important, because as localities in Virginia begin to struggle with the highly complex realities of Sharia enclaves in the Commonwealth, one should know how they operate, and who precisely is pulling the strings.
Which is why the silence from the Fairfax Board of Supervisors is so absolutely numbing. Perhaps it has something to do with the allegation that former Fairfax BOS Chairman and current Rep. Gerry Connolly took over $18,000 from Saudi nationals?
So says Jim Lafferty from the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force:
So what makes this important now?
Earlier this week, the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force had asked the 10 Fairfax County supervisors whether or not they too received money from Saudi special interests. Only one — Sharon Bulova — cared to respond that she had no conflicts and intended to vote on an upcoming lease renewal for the Islamic Saudi Academy.
Why is this important? Well… because this is how ISA supporters choose to get their point across:
Need video? Here's your Fairfax Planning Commission meeting before the vote was cast in March 2009:
So a little bit of intimidation, a little bit of a campaign kickback, and viola! Easy as pie to get that public lease renewed in Fairfax County, isn't it?
Before we go off on the whole "Islamic hate" thing in the comments section, remember this: it's one thing to come to the United States and practice a faith. It is something entirely different when the valedictorian of your Islamic madrassa school is arrested for plotting to assassinate the President of the United States.
There really is such a thing as having a mind so open your brain falls out. In this instance, the Islamic Saudi Academy's 15-minutes of fame are up. Fairfax can't prevent them from operating, but they can refuse to commit the public trust towards an agenda-driven organization more focused on preaching hate than faith.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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