How they do it ........ use the kids in impose Islam on the secular public schools.
And this of course: Imposing Islam in Your Public School in Six Easy Steps
How they do it ........ use the kids in impose Islam on the secular public schools.
And this of course: Imposing Islam in Your Public School in Six Easy Steps
Imposing sharia on campus. Muslim students are pushing to install footbaths at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
Your taxpayer dollars made to work for Islamic supremacists. Pay attention to how the demand is couched. Muslim students are installing Islamic foot baths in this university school because foot-washing in sinks is "disrespectful to non-Muslims." Yeah, ok.
Extra paper towel dispensers were installed, but "this still was not accommodating."
Muslim students push for ritual sinks on campus The Independent Collegian (hat tip Diane)
When Omar Subei would perform wudu, the Islamic cleansing ritual before praying, he often felt uncomfortable when other people would walk into a public bathroom on and see him putting his foot over the sink.
"You have to raise your foot and put it on the sink and as you're taking your foot off the sink, your leg is dripping water," Subei said, a senior majoring in biochemistry.
Wudu involves an individual washing their hands, feet and face before engaging in prayer. They must perform the ritual one of the five times they pray during the day.
Subei said Muslims felt this was disrespectful to non-Muslims and the watery mess left over on the sinks would leave a bad impression on how non-Muslims saw them.
To solve this, Subei and other Muslims have been looking to install a small sink that would allow them to perform wudu cleanly.
Legislation was passed by Student Government to install the new sinks on the third floor of the Student Union near the Muslim Prayer room Tuesday.
The legislation states that two small sinks with drains at the bottom would be installed in both the men and women's restrooms. It calls for construction during winter break with the sinks completed by spring 2011.
Student Government President Matt Rubin said he was working with Tom Trimble, former director of the Student Union, to install these sinks.
"We noticed that paper towels were always running out and still [are]," Rubin said regarding the bathrooms on the third floor of the Student Union.
An extra dispenser was installed, but Rubin said this still was not accommodating.
"We've been asking so many questions about it and trying to find out what to do. We worked with Tom Trimble last fall to try to find ways to do it but there wasn't enough money," Rubin said.
Subei is not sure how much the project costs, but said he is first trying to get the plan finalized before costs are calculated.
Subei said this is something Muslim students have been wanting for a long time.
Islamic supremacism at non-Muslim religious universities, expect a Holder lawsuit --
Muslims Want Catholic School to Provide Room Without Crosses
Catholic University has been accused of violating the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers, according to a complaint filed with the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights.
The 60-page complaint said Muslim students “must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism – e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.”
Patrick Reilly, the president of the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that promotes Catholic identity among Catholic schools, seemed stunned by the complaint.
“I don’t know what the attorney wants them to do – if he wants them to actually move the Basilica or if the Muslim students can find someplace where they don’t have to look at it,” he told Fox News. Catholic University, he said, is a Catholic institution.
Read the rest at radio.foxnews.com ...
In the continuing islamization of the Department of Justice, Obama's DoJ filed a lawsuit against a Chicago-area school district for not allowing a Muslim teacher to take time off to make a religious pilgrimage to Mecca, thereby abandoning her students for a month. The school needed her and said no. She was the only math lab teacher, a new hire on probation. Why take a job you can't do? Why take a job that you plan on leaving for a month? Islamic supremacism.
The DoJ sued the school, forcing the district to pay $75,000 in lost back pay, compensatory damages and attorneys’ fees. Your taxpayer dollars at work to sue, to lose, to pay 75K in jizya.
Safoorah Khan had taught middle school math for only nine months in this tiny Chicago suburb when she made an unusual request. She wanted three weeks off for a pilgrimage to Mecca. The school district, faced with losing its only math lab instructor during the critical end-of-semester marking period, said no. Khan, a devout Muslim, resigned and made the trip anyway.
Obama's Department of Sharia filed an unusual lawsuit against the school system in December 2010, not to ensure the kids get a good education, mind you, but more importantly, to ensure that the Muslims get special rights and extraordinary accommodation.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced that it settled Safoorah Khan’s religious discrimination lawsuit against the Berkeley School District, forcing the district to pay $75,000 in lost back pay, compensatory damages and attorneys’ fees.
This is the same DOJ's Holder who spoke at the Muslim Advocates dinner a few months back and reassured Muslims of "DOJ's anti-bias focus."
This is the same DoJ that scuttled the prosecutions against Muslim Brotherhood-tied groups, i.e. CAIR et al.
This is the same DOJ that is creating Muslim majority legislative districts by converting a religious class into a racial one.
This is the same DOJ's Holder who sued a New Jersey county demanding that a correction facility accommodate a Muslim employee's khimar, a religious head covering.
The Department of Justice sponsored a booth at the Muslim Brotherhood front ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) convention underwritten by, among others, the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas-linked CAIR.
Further, Obama's Department of Justice dropped the "charges" against the Muslims who blew up the USS Cole.
DOJ helps Muslim teacher shake down school for $75K over hajj Creeping
The Dept. of Jihad is forcing mosques on communities and shaking down anyone who doesn’t submit to sharia law. via Woman wins right to Mecca trip.
A Muslim woman has won her fight against a west suburban school district after being denied unpaid leave to go on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced it settled Safoorah Khan’s religious discrimination lawsuit against the Berkeley School District, forcing the district to pay $75,000 in lost back pay, compensatory damages and attorneys’ fees.
The district also will have to develop a policy accommodating religions consistent with the Civil Rights Acts to ensure something similar will not happen again.
Khan, a teacher at MacArthur Middle School, requested an unpaid leave of absence in December 2008 to perform hajj — a pilgrimage required by Islam — but was told she had to choose between her job and her religious beliefs. She resigned.
“I’m glad that we settled and I hope this does set a precedent,” Khan said. “I hope they realize that hajj means a lot to Muslims and there will be more and more people taking the trip. I hope this helps people and their employers to accommodate Muslims and their requests.”
The very definition of stealth jihad and creeping sharia. It’s all about accommodating Muslims. Imperialists.
According to the settlement, the district must also provide mandatory training on religious accommodations to all board of education members and school supervisors.
Khan, now 30, says she went to Mecca, Saudi Arabia the year she resigned.
“It’s required once in our lifetime at the earliest opportunity you can get,” she said.
The solution is not to hire people who will likely leave their students flat to go to a place where most of their students would be discriminated against.
Well, well, who'd a thunk it? Soros is funding the whitewashed journalism course on Islam. More on islamizing journalism: here "Islam on Main Street" for reporters – and aspiring reporters – covering Muslim communities in America (here), and this back in January: The Society of Professional Journalists: Why We Never Get the Straight Story on Islamic Jihad.
''Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a group of right-wing activists who view themselves as 'anti-Jihadists' have aggressively tried to tie American Muslims to terrorism overseas and in the United States"
American Jihadists and mass murderers (2011) : Anwar Awlaki, American Muslim, check! Samir Khan, American Muslim, check! Major Nidal Hasan, American Muslim, check! Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, American Muslim, check! Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan and Ziyad Yaghi, American Muslims, check! Daniel Patrick Boyd, American Muslim, check! Hysen Sherifi, American Muslim, check! Anes Subasic, American Muslim, check! Zakariya Boyd, American Muslim, check! Dylan Boyd, American Muslim, check! Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, American Muslim, check! Tareq Elkafrawi, American muslim, check! Kamil Madi, American Muslim, check! Maazen Kadir, American Muslim, check! Michael Jihad, American Muslim, check! Mohammed K., American Muslim teen, Check! Emerson Winfield Begolly, American Muslim, check! Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, American Muslim, check! Najibullah Zazi, American Muslim, check! Naqib Jaji, American Muslim, check! Muhammad Wali Zazi, American Muslim! Burhan Hassan, American Muslim, check! James Cromitie, American Muslim, check! Onta Williams, American Muslim, check! David Williams, American Muslim, check! Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, American Muslim, check! Amera Akl, American Muslim, check! Lance Cpl. Yonathan Melaku, American Muslim, check! Pfc. Naser Abdo, American Muslim, check! Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, American, Muslim, check! Samira Abdalla Salim, American Muslim, check! Sharif Ahmed Nour, American Muslim, check! Imam Hafiz Khan, American Muslim, check! Iman Izhar Khan, American Muslim, check! Irfan Khan, American Muslim, check! Mohamed Alessa, American Muslim, check! Carlos Almonte, American Muslim, check! Zachary A. Chesser, American Muslim, check!
Program launched to teach press about Muslim sensitivities blames 'right-wing activists.' (hat tip Brandy)
A new course on Islam designed for journalists tries to minimize the impact and importance of ''jihad'' by comparing it to the number of murders in America each year. That same course claims ''right-wing activists'' tried to tie American Muslims to terrorism and doesn't mention examples of Islamic attacks on press freedom.
That's the way a prominent news organization is teaching journalists in a three-hour online course. The Poynter News University, part of the Poynter Institute, launched the free course ''Covering Islam in America'' to guide the media on their coverage of Muslim communities.
The George Soros-funded Social Science Research Council, which received $50,000 from the Open Society Institute ''For Initiative on HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation,'' is one of the groups behind the initiative, along with the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. That fits with a theme for liberal financier Soros, who has spent more than $52 million on influencing the media. The Islamic course also links to another Soros-funded entity, the well-financed Center for American Progress.
In about 30 pages of text with links to other reports and articles, journalists can go through and read about the history of Islam, Muslims in America, and how to cover stories on Islam. Besides learning basic facts about Muslims and their history, the course adds ways to put ''jihad'' into perspective, attack conservatives, and provide a list of liberal groups that can be contacted for expert advice and quotes.
The pre and post-assessments give a hint as to the nature of the course. One question asked, ''What grievances might sources associated with 'Political Islam' hold against Western journalists?'' The answer is that ''Western journalists are seen as all of the following: ''hostile to Islam,'' ''focus too much on Islamic violence,'' ''viewed as water carriers for Western government agendas,'' and ''thought to be unable to understand Islam unless they embrace Islam.''
Course instructors Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin are both former foreign correspondents. Pintak serves as dean at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, which is a partner of the project. He also has two books on journalism and Islam and defends the biased, activist network Al Jazzera English.
This course is ''A project of The Poynter Institute funded by The Knight Foundation.'' Soros's Open Society Foundations have worked closely with The Knight Foundation. They partnered up to start the Investigative News Network, which received $200,000 from the Knight Foundation and $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations. The Knight Foundations President and CEO, Alberto Ibarguen, is also on the board for AOL and yet another key Soros backed group, the progressive investigative reporting start-up ProPublica.
There is some useful information in the Islamic course for those journalists that did not pay attention in their history classes and are ignorant of Islamic beliefs. However, this does not excuse statements that accuse conservatives of bigotry.
''Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a group of right-wing activists who view themselves as 'anti-Jihadists' have aggressively tried to tie American Muslims to terrorism overseas and in the United States. You can learn more about some of these groups in the following...''
The reports that journalists are told to look at to uncover the ''right-wing activists'' agenda are even more telling. The first is a report from none other than the Soros-funded progressive group Center for American Progress, which received $7.3 million from the Open Society Foundations since the year 2000.
Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, details charitable groups that ''spent almost $43 million financing anti-Muslim campaigns.'' One of the coauthors of the report is the Koch-hating Lee Fang, who writes for Center's left-wing blog Think Progress. Fang continuously goes after the Koch brothers for their contributions to conservatives and Tea Party support.
The other report is by The Tennessean in Nashville titled Anti-Muslim Crusaders Make Millions Spreading Fear. This article details the story of ''activists who have raised millions of dollars after they convinced donors that the nation's Muslim population posed a security threat.''
Another section of the course also encourages journalists to add context to their stories. They note it is important to explain political motives stating ''Politicians do not oppose or support proposed mosques and other Muslim-American projects without taking into account their own interests.''
One of the more offensive statements is that ''context is essential in covering this global story in a way that does not amplify fears of jihad.'' Journalists ''are far more likely to report on jihad-related incidents than other violence' which gives people a ''skewed impression of the prevalence of jihad.''
Read the rest of this bile here.
Religion of Peace has jihad attacks in American here;
|4/14/1972||USA||New York, NY||1||3||Ten members of a local mosque phone in a false alarm and then ambush responding officers, killing one.|
|1/19/1973||USA||Brooklyn, NY||1||1||Muslim extremists rob a sporting goods store for weapons, gunning down a police officer who responds to the alarm.|
|7/1/1973||USA||Bethesda, MD||1||0||An Israeli diplomat is gunned down in his driveway by Palestinian terrorists.|
|7/18/1973||USA||Washington, DC||8||2||Nation of Islam members shoot seven members of a family to death in cold blood, including four children. A defendant in the case is later murdered in prison on orders from Elijah Muhammad.|
|10/19/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||1||Nation of Islam terrorists kidnap a couple and nearly decapitate the man, while raping and leaving the woman for dead.|
|10/29/1973||USA||Berkeley, CA||1||0||A woman is shot repeatedly in the face by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|11/25/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||A grocer is killed in his store by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|12/11/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||A man is killed by Nation of Islam terrorists while using a phone booth.|
|12/13/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||A woman is shot to deah on the sidewalk by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|12/20/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||Nation of Islam terrorists gun down an 81-year-old janitor.|
|12/22/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||2||0||Nation of Islam terrorist kills two people in separate attacks on the same day.|
|12/24/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||A man is kidnapped, tortured and decapitated by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|1/24/1974||USA||Oakland, CA||4||1||Five vicious shooting attacks by Nation of Islam terrorists leave three people dead and one paralyzed for life. Three of the victims were women.|
|4/1/1974||USA||Oakland, CA||1||1||A Nation of Islam terrorist shoots at two Salvation Army members, killing a man and injuring a woman.|
|4/16/1974||USA||Ingleside, CA||1||0||A man is killed while helping a friend move by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|3/9/1977||USA||Washington, DC||1||1||Hanifi Muslims storm three buildings including a B'nai B'rith to hold 134 people hostage. At least two innocents were shot and one died.|
|7/22/1980||USA||Bethesda, MD||1||0||A political dissident is shot and killed in front of his home by an Iranian agent who was an American convert to Islam.|
|8/31/1980||USA||Savou, IL||2||0||An Iranian student guns down his next-door neighbors, a husband and wife.|
|11/6/1989||USA||St. Louis, MO||1||0||A 17-year-old girl is stabbed to death by her parents for bringing 'dishonor' to their family by dating an 'infidel' African-American.|
|1/31/1990||USA||Tuscon, AZ||1||0||A Sunni cleric is assassinated in front of a Tuscon mosque after declaring that two verses of the Qur'an were invalid.|
|11/5/1990||USA||New York City, NY||1||0||An Israeli rabbi is shot to death by a Muslim attacker at a hotel.|
|1/25/1993||USA||Langley, VA||2||3||A Pakistani with Mujahideen ties guns down two CIA agents outside of the headquarters.|
|2/26/1993||USA||New York, NY||6||1040||Islamic terrorists detonate a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring over 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers.|
|3/1/1994||USA||Brooklyn, NY||1||0||A Muslim fires on a vanload of Jewish boys, killing one.|
|3/23/1997||USA||New York, NY||1||6||A Palestinian leaves an anti-Jewish suicide note behind and travels to the top of the Empire State building where he shoot seven people in a Fedayeen attack.|
|4/3/1997||USA||Lompoc, CA||1||0||A prison guard is stabbed to death by a radical Muslim.|
|3/17/2000||USA||Atlanta, GA||1||1||A local imam and Muslim spiritual leader guns down a deputy sheriff and injures his partner.|
|9/11/2001||USA||Shanksville, PA||40||0||Forty passengers are killed after Islamic radicals hijack the plane in an attempt to steer it into the U.S. Capitol building.|
|9/11/2001||USA||New York, NY||2752||251||Islamic hijackers steer two planes packed with fuel and passengers into the World Trade Center, killing hundreds on impact and eventually killing thousands when the towers collapsed. At least 200 are seriously injured.|
|9/11/2001||USA||Washington, DC||184||53||Nearly 200 people are killed when Islamic hijackers steer a plane full of people into the Pentagon.|
|3/19/2002||USA||Tuscon, AZ||1||0||A 60-year-old man is gunned down by Muslim snipers on a golf course.|
|5/27/2002||USA||Denton, TX||1||0||Muslim snipers kill a man as he works in his yard.|
|7/4/2002||USA||Los Angeles, CA||2||0||Muslim man pulls out a gun at the counter of an Israeli airline and kills two people.|
|9/5/2002||USA||Clinton, MD||1||0||A 55-year-old pizzaria owner is shot six times in the back by Muslims at close range.|
|9/21/2002||USA||Montgomery, AL||1||1||Muslim snipers shoot two women, killing one.|
|9/23/2002||USA||Baton Rouge, LA||1||0||A Korean mother is shot in the back by Muslim snipers.|
|10/2/2002||USA||Wheaton, MD||1||0||Muslim snipers gun down a program analyst in a store parking lot.|
|10/3/2002||USA||Montgomery County, MD||5||0||Muslim snipers kill three men and two women in separate attacks over a 15-hour period.|
|10/9/2002||USA||Manassas, VA||1||1||A man is killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas two days after a 13-year-old is wounded by the same team.|
|10/11/2002||USA||Fredericksburg, VA||1||0||Another man is killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas.|
|10/14/2002||USA||Arlington, VA||1||0||A woman is killed by Muslim snipers in a Home Depot parking lot.|
|10/22/2002||USA||Aspen Hill, MD||1||0||A bus driver is killed by Muslim snipers.|
|8/6/2003||USA||Houston, TX||1||0||After undergoing a religious revival, a Saudi college student slashes the throat of a Jewish student with a 4" butterfly knife, nearly decapitating the young man.|
|12/2/2003||USA||Chicago, IL||1||0||A Muslim doctor deliberately allows a Jewish patient to die from an easily treatable condition.|
|4/13/2004||USA||Raleigh, NC||1||4||A Muslim man runs down five strangers with a car.|
|4/15/2004||USA||Scottsville, NY||1||2||In an honor killing, a Muslim father kills his wife and attacks his two daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been sexually molested.|
|6/16/2006||USA||Baltimore, MD||1||0||A 62-year-old Jewish moviegoer is shot to death by a Muslim gunman in an unprovoked terror attack.|
|6/25/2006||USA||Denver, CO||1||5||Saying that it was 'Allah's choice', a Muslim shoots four of his co-workers and a police officer.|
|7/28/2006||USA||Seattle, WA||1||5||An 'angry' Muslim-American uses a young girl as hostage to enter a local Jewish center, where he shoots six women, one of whom dies.|
|2/13/2007||USA||Salt Lake City, UT||5||4||A Muslim immigrant goes on a shooting rampage at a mall, targeting people buying Valentine's Day cards at a gift shop and killing five.|
|1/1/2008||USA||Irving, TX||2||0||A Muslim immigrant shoots his two daughters to death on concerns about their 'Western' lifestyle.|
|7/6/2008||USA||Jonesboro, GA||1||0||A devout Muslim strangles his 25-year-old daughter in an honor killing.|
|2/12/2009||USA||Buffalo, NY||1||0||The founder of a Muslim TV station beheads his wife in the hallway for seeking a divorce.|
|6/1/2009||USA||Little Rock, AR||1||1||A Muslim shoots a local soldier to death inside a recruiting center explicitly in the name of Allah.|
|11/2/2009||USA||Glendale, AZ||1||1||A woman dies from injuries suffered when her father runs her down with a car for being too 'Westernized.' (10-20-09)|
|11/5/2009||USA||Ft. Hood, TX||13||31||A Muslim psychiatrist guns down thirteen unarmed soldiers while yelling praises to Allah.|
|12/4/2009||USA||Binghamton, NY||1||0||A non-Muslim Islamic studies professor is stabbed to death by a Muslim grad student in revenge for 'persecuted' Muslims.|
|4/14/2010||USA||Marquette Park, IL||5||2||After quarrelling with his wife over Islamic dress, a Muslim convert shoots his family members to 'take them back to Allah' and out of the 'world of sinners'.|
|4/30/2011||USA||Warren, MI||1||0||A 20-year-old woman is shot in the head by her stepfather for not adhering to Islamic practices.|
(3,094 killed by Muslims in America in 66 terror attacks)
See also List of Jihadists and Terror Sympathizers in America by DC Watson
Judith Miller at FOX has picked up on my coverage of islamizing journalism: "Islam on Main Street" for reporters – and aspiring reporters – covering Muslim communities in America. and this back in January,The Society of Professional Journalists: Why We Never Get the Straight Story on Islamic Jihad
Miler signed up for a journalism class, “Covering Islam in America," and was shocked, (shocked, I tell ya) to find the whitewashing of jihad. Miller calls out Poynter Institute and the professors teaching the course. And while Miller believes that "there are excellent individuals in CAIR" (who?) at least she is covering this critical issue and calling out the propagandists.
Journalism Class That Urges 'Context' in Reporting on Jihad Misses Point: Motive Matter by Judith Miller
The respected Florida-based Poynter Institute, whose mission is to improve journalism in support of democracy, is trying to help journalists cover Islam more effectively by offering a new on-line course free of charge. So I registered.
And I learned, among other fairly uncontroversial facts about what has been among the world’s fastest growing religions, that while approximately 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, approximately 15,000 people in the U.S. are murdered each year.
I also learned that in most years, “jihad organizations” have accounted for “well under 1 percent” of the half million people who are murdered annually. At its “peak” – of what, Poynter.news University doesn’t tell us– the jihad groups have accounted for under 2 percent of the toll.
Poynter’s professors – Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin, both former foreign correspondents – also tell me that 500,000 individuals die each year from “nutritional deficiencies,” (I suppose in layman’s English, they mean hunger and related causes) “more than 800,000 from malaria, and two million from HIV/AIDS.”
The professors offer these helpful comparative death tolls to give the 9/11 death toll “some context,” they say. But the implicit message of the course seems obvious enough: 3,000 dead Americans, (and they might have looked up the actual death toll) have been over-covered. Why don’t journalists spend more time covering malaria, or hunger, or especially HIV/AIDS, which the last time I checked, was hardly being ignored by the nation’s media?
For that matter, why aren’t the media investigating bathtub deaths, since according to “Overblown,” John Mueller’s attack on what he regards as the government’s obsessive focus on terrorism, more Americans die in bathtub accidents each year than in terrorist attacks?
The answer should be fairly obvious to such an august institution as Poynter: just as the press covers murders rather than traffic fatalities, which far outnumber killings in America each year, it covers terrorism intensively because motive matters. “If it bleeds it leads,” may be a rule-of-thumb in journalism, but how and why the person died still determine the importance of the story. Terrorism is not just run-of-the-mill murder; It attempts to strike at the heart of who and what we are as a nation. And to compare the numbers who died in the deadliest terror strike in our nation’s history with the annual homicides, which occur in all countries and cultures, is to miss the point of what happened in and to America on that fateful day.
Just what kind of journalism is Poynter promoting?
Terrorism was legitimately “the” story of the past decade. And we need only look at today’s newspapers – though no longer on the front pages of most of them – to appreciate the potential threat it still poses, despite America’s impressive gains against this intractable scourge.
As Poynter was recruiting journalism students for its mediocre course on Islam, real journalists were reporting that a “26-year-old man” from “a town west of Boston,” as The New York Times described him in its first graf, was being charged with plotting not only to blow up the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives, but also to supply Al Qaeda with detonation devices and weapons to kill American soldiers overseas. The suspect, Rezwan Ferdaus, the Times continues, is “an American citizen” with “a physics degree from Northeastern University in Boston.”
Are those facts about him more important than something that is never reported in the story – the fact that he is a Muslim? The story dances all around religion, of course. It quotes the FBI affidavit as saying that Ferdaus considered Americans “enemies of Allah,” for instance. But nowhere does it say that he is part of a tiny, but growing, worrisome trend among Muslim Americans – those who are being radicalized here at home by real-life and on-line radical Islamist clerics and by myriad other factors that are still poorly understood.
The Poynter course, “Covering Islam in America,” barely mentions the proliferation of such “home-grown” Islamist terrorism in its discussion of important trends and facts about Islam. Its omissions – documented in detail by the conservative Media Research Center – are legion. Among them are the death fatwas issued by militants Muslims against Salman Rushdie (perhaps that is by now too ancient an outrage to include) or the more modern day threats against Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon about the Muslim prophet Mohammed sparked riots around the world.
Although just this week Saudi women were just promised the right to vote – albeit in a municipal election four years from now – the new course gives short shrift to the Wahabism in the kingdom which makes women unable to make basic decisions about their lives – to travel, work, get educated, or open a business – without the permission of a male guardian. It says nothing, as MRC notes, about the fact that the Saudis executed a Sudanese worker last week for the Islamic crime of “sorcery.”
Its list of individuals and organizations for journalists to consult include such groups as CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which the FBI has shunned for a time, and other dubious, self-appointed “spokespersons” for Islam. While there are excellent individuals in CAIR and at several of the other organizations the course lists, there are also some extremely radical voices. But Poynter’s free, on-line tutorial on Islam offers few such caveats. (You get what you pay for, I suppose.)
It is good to see other influential voices on the political landscape calling out Rick Perry on the Islamic propaganda and whitewash curriculum he instituted in Texas. Props to Tom Tancredo for calling Rick Perry out on his proselytizing program in the public schools.
Perry never answered for it. He never did a mea culpa on the brainwashing of tens of thousands of Texas children. He certainly did a 180 on the Gardasil-HPV vaccine. This is even more dangerous to our young.
Tom Tancredo Picks Up Jihad Watch/Atlas Shrugs Expose on Rick Perry’s Dhimmitude I Own The World's BigFurHat
- Tom Tancredo for the Daily Caller
What is not yet as widely known about Perry is that he extends his taxpayer-funded compassion not only to illegal aliens but also to Muslim groups seeking to whitewash the violent history of that religion. Perry endorsed and facilitated the adoption in Texas public schools of a pro-Muslim curriculum unit developed by Muslim clerics in Pakistan.
Perry’s connections to Muslim groups in Texas are well documented. A recent Christian Science Monitor story said, “Perry has attended a number of Ismaili events in Texas, brokered a few agreements between the state and Ismailis (including the legislation introducing Islamic curricula into Texas schools), and even laid the first brick at the groundbreaking ceremony for an Ismaili worship center in Plano in 2005.”
The Muslim Histories and Cultures (MHC) project was formalized in 2004 in a signed agreement between the University of Texas at Austin and Aga Khan University in Pakistan. The announcement of the MHC project credited Gov. Perry by name with being “instrumental” in its launch.
The agreement calls for an extensive program of bi-cultural teacher training funded jointly by both parties. More than 200 Texas teachers have been trained in the program, which is ongoing. The project’s curriculum units were initially available for viewing on the university’s website, but have since been scrubbed from the Internet. It appears Texas officials do not want the curriculum examined by Texas taxpayers.
Islam scholar Robert Spencer, head of Jihad Watch, examined the program and concluded, “The curriculum is a complete whitewash and it’s got the endorsement of Perry. It’s not going to give you any idea why people are waging jihad against the West — it’s only going to make you think that the real problem is ‘Islamophobia.’”
Perhaps Spencer exaggerates the curriculum’s bias? Examine it for yourself here.
Perry’s close ties to Muslim groups led the political blog Salon to headline a recent story: “Rick Perry: The pro-Sharia candidate?” Evidence in support of that theme comes from Gov. Perry’s refusal to support legislation sponsored by Texas Republican legislators to outlaw Sharia law in Texas.
Check out my latest at the American Thinker. More news on the dawah being "taught" in our schools.
Islamizing the Curriculum in Georgia Pamela Geller, American Thinker
Many of us have been calling out and exposing the destructive propaganda war that is being waged in our nation's classrooms. Time and time again, we find extensive lessons on Islam in the public schools, extolling Islamic misogyny and waxing poetic on sharia and the brutal oppression of non-Muslims and apostates.
Last week, we found that schools across Georgia were Islamizing the curriculum by selling misogyny to children. They were using a lesson plan that glorifies the cloth coffin that Muslims dress women in, as well as polygamy:
My name is Ahlima and I live in Saudi Arabia. ... Perhaps two differences Westerners would notice are that women here do not drive cars and they wear abuyah. An abuyah is a loose-fitting black cloth that covers a woman from head to toe. I like wearing the abuyah since it is very comfortable, and I am protected from blowing sand. ... I have seen pictures of women in the West and find their dress to be horribly immodest. ... Women in the West do not have the protection of the Sharia as we do here. If our marriage has problems, my husband can take another wife rather than divorce me, and I would still be cared for. ... I feel very fortunate that we have the Sharia.
A parent, Hal Medlin, complained: "I thought this was absurd. [The teacher] was trying to compare Islamic rules of dress and how they compared to school uniforms, which I thought was a stretch. The principal and the [superintendent] agreed with me ... but they wouldn't agree with my premise that it put Islam in a positive light because of the [statements]."
Of course it put Islam in a positive light. This is not education; this is proselytizing. Bear in mind that these letters are fictitious -- propaganda created to soft sell misogyny. It is time our children were taught about the 270 million victims of over a millennium of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations, and enslavements. And the systematic dehumanization of women: honor killings, clitorectomies, and so much more. Where is the caning? Where is the prohibition of women leaving the house without a male family member? Where is the prohibition of women driving?
This document was hosted on a public school district's official website. When we called attention to it, the lesson was quickly pulled and scrubbed from the web. But I have screenshots of everything, because I knew that as soon as I exposed this dawah (Islamic proselytizing), the school official quislings would scrub this material. And they did -- so they know that what they are promoting is wrong.
Laura Armstrong, a columnist for the Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal, informed me that Hal Medlin is in Cobb County, a northern suburb of Atlanta, while the lesson plan was on the website of Henry County, a southern suburb of Atlanta. So this lesson is or was being used in at least two of the most populous suburban counties in Georgia.
Then there was another incident at another school in Georgia just last week. Armstrong wrote me:This is dawah, a religious mandate in Islam. It is proselytizing.
According to parents, a coach from a nearby high school, a Muslim American, was invited to at least one class to talk about his trip to Mecca. A parent complained to the principal and a school board member with no result. The excuse is "we're studying the culture of the Middle East." But the visitor/lecturer is an American high school coach. His culture is obviously American. So the argument that it's a "cultural study" and not a religious study holds no water. He was obviously there in the public school classroom to promote and teach about his religion.
I have been blogging for years on the public school madrassa, the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) in Minnesota. It was a publicly funded Islamic school, in direct violation of the separation of mosque and state.
"Sunlight is the best disinfectant, " said Louis Brandeis. Indeed. Atlas readers are very familiar with the supremacist Islamic academy, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Charter schools are public schools, and by law must not endorse or promote religion. TIZA is an Islamic school, funded by Minnesota taxpayers.
TIZA has many characteristics that suggest a religious school. It shares the headquarters building of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, whose mission is "establishing Islam in Minnesota." The building also houses a mosque. TIZA's executive director, Asad Zaman, is a Muslim imam, or religious leader, and its sponsor is an organization called Islamic Relief.
When the ACLU opposed the arrangement (surprisingly so), TIZA hit them hard.
Parents who criticized the Muslim school were threatened with death fatwas.
The Muslim American Society of Minnesota, (the Muslim Brotherhood front group that financed devout Muslim Congressman Hakim Muhammad, aka Keith Ellison's, trip to the haj) received nearly $900,000 in taxpayer money in 2006 and 2007 from a rental arrangement for Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA), an Inver Grove Heights charter school.
TiZA has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union and probed by state officials for allegedly promoting Islam, which would violate the church and state separation required of public schools -- including charter schools. The school received state funding to pay rent to the Muslim American Society Property Holding Corp., a nonprofit spin-off of the Muslim American Society that owned the building. The corporation then turned over $879,000 to the Muslim society as a grant.
We are in Katherine Kersten's, a columnist for the Star Tribune, great debt. Kersten has been unmatched in her bravery and pursuit of this story and of Islamic supremacist infiltration in the Minnesota area. She is a national treasure (i.e. here).
Keeping up the pressure and exposing the supremacists. This is how you win. This is a good day. And I am under no allusions. I am sure these Islamic supremacists will attempt to open under a new name and new mosquerade, but we will be there. I promise.
Local media has reported that the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) in Minnesota has closed its doors for good. According to the report:The test scores were high. And until the specter of expensive legal bills landed the school in bankruptcy this summer, the finances were healthy. Yet, on July 1, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy – the 540-student charter school with campuses in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine – was no longer. Left without the state-backed overseer it needed to keep going, the school closed after a final flurry of lawsuits and recriminations. TiZA’s board debated fighting on but dissolved the school this month. Why didn’t the academy make it? A search for a clear-cut answer in documents and interviews with education leaders, attorneys and TiZA stakeholders turns up instead a tangle of factors that chipped away at the school’s chances:- Intense scrutiny that put the school on the defensive.- An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that swelled beyond anyone’s wildest guess, and the unraveling of the school’s relationship with its overseer.- And a final combative stance that, at least in hindsight, seems counterproductive.“Ultimately, all those other issues overrode how well the school was doing academically,” said Eugene Piccolo, the head of the state charter school association.Until the end, former lead teacher Wendy Swanson-Choi believed the school would survive. With its high test scores and long waiting list, it seemed too much of a success story not to. The state – about to rule on a crucial application for a new TiZA overseer, or authorizer – had given the school many nods of approval. In 2009, a $375,000 federal grant the state awarded TiZA brought guests from other charter schools into its classrooms, where, says Swanson-Choi, teachers had cultivated a culture of high expectations and discipline.Read the rest here.An earlier post discussed the connections between TIZA and the Muslim American Society (MAS) and Islamic Relief as well as the Islamic character of the school. The MAS was established in 1993 by leaders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and a Hudson Institute report has discussed the relationship of the MAS to both the Egyptian and U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Another post has discussed the Brotherhood ties of Islamic Relief. Other posts have discussed aspects of the controversies surrounding TiZA including the controversy surrounding the links between TiZA and another group that was seeking to sponsor a local charter school.Related posts:
- Minnesota School Tied To Muslim Brotherhood Resists Ordered Changes
- Minnesota State Officials To See If State Money Used For Mosques On School Campuses
- Minnesota School Tied To U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Ordered To Make Changes
- French Muslim High School LInked To Muslim Brotherhood Opens Its Doors
- VOA Praises Islamic School Operated By Imam With Ties To The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood
Here again we see the impostion of Islamic law and practice in the public square, or in this case, the public school. A similar situation exists at the TiZA school in Minnesota. The leading Canadian counter-jihad blog, Blazing Cat Fur, has the story:
Islamic Ritual Prayer Conducted At Toronto District School Board Middle School
I received this e-mail from Mark Harding. I phoned Valley Park Middle School, who in a panic directed me to call the TDSB directly @ 416-397-3000. The TDSB "Communications Dept." is so far incommunicado -they are away at a meeting.
"Islamic ritual prayers are done in my 13 year old daughter's middle school on every Friday.
Every Friday my daughter's school cafeteria changes into a mosque as dozens of Muslim boys and their imams (Islamic preachers) lead Islamic ritual prayers and no one else can even walk through the cafeteria.
Some imams (Islamic preachers) come from the outside of the school and lead Muslim students in the Islamic prayer and this happens at the school Cafeteria after the lunch on Fridays. All other non-Muslims are in classes in the afternoon when they are using the cafeteria as mosque. There is a mosque nearby but the Muslim kids pray in the school
School administration take part preparing the Cafeteria and making it into mosque every Friday and no one but Muslims can use the Cafeteria during the Islamic prayers on Friday.
And there are a number of other incidents involving Islam and other anti-Christian issues that I complained about, including a white convert to Islam who was a supply teacher and who openly promoted Islam and bashed Christianity last year!"
The school's name is: Valley Park Middle School, and the address is:
130 Overlea Boulevard
Don Mills On, M3C 1B2
Phone: 416 396 2465
"Mark, my other two kids also go to a different public primary school and the snack for all the kids in this primary school is all "Halal". My wife complained about it and she was told she can prepare her own snack for our kids but the school would not drop the Halal menu for all the students. All the school kids in this primary school have to eat halal snacks whether they are Muslim or not"
Update: It is confirmed thanks to reader Munimula, the Valley Park Middle School cafeteria is turned into a mosque and a local Imam is brought in to lead the children in worshipping Allah:
"Prayer Service, the school is providing a venue for the Muslim student’s to have prayers at school on Fridays. An Imam from the neighbouring mosque comes to our school and conducts the prayers. Prior to this, students signed out early on Friday afternoons to go to mosque. By staying at school, valuable instructional time is saved for our students."
The notorious hater rises again.
During the early months of 2008, Philadelphia-based scholar of Islam and the Middle East Dr. Daniel Pipes chronicled the failed attempts of soul-music-mogul-turned-Muslim-activist Kenny Gamble (aka Luqman Abdul-Haq) to shake down the Philadelphia Housing Authority and create an all-Muslim enclave in South Philadelphia.
While the sordid affairs makes for fascinating reading – not least because it led to the resignation of Bush Administration HUD secretary Alphonso Jackson and the collapse of the attempted shake-down – its “happy ending” should not have lulled anyone into complacency.
Now comes the news that the Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has given to Gamble two South Philadelphia public schools – Audenried High and Edwin Vare Middle School – to be converted by him into charter schools, with an estimated annual income to Gamble’s Universal Companies of 9 million Philadelphia taxpayer dollars.
Not surprisingly, this latest Gamble shake-down has all the trappings of a back-room deal, which has provoked South Philly residents and Philadelphia school activists to outrage. The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a respected newsletter and website “for parents, educators, students and friends of the Philadelphia public schools,” reports that “neither the public nor the SRC [School Reform Commission] will be given a say in plans to turn over the schools to Universal Companies.”
According to the March 10th Notebook:
The process troubles Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan, who has fought against the conversion of District schools to charters.
“The [District's] attitude is that it doesn’t matter what anyone says or thinks,” he said. “The deal is done.”
The first SRC vote on the Promise Neighborhood Partnership schools will come in April, when the members vote on authorizing the charters for Audenried and Vare.
“The match and the charter [for Audenried and Vare] will be approved at the same time,” Childs said.
The SRC now has only four members following the recent resignation of Ambassador David Girard-diCarlo last month. Chairman Robert Archie has confirmed that he will recuse himself from any eventual votes involving Universal because of his longstanding personal connection to founder Kenny Gamble. He has served on Universal’s board and his law firm, Duane Morris LLP, has represented the organization in business dealings.
Because of SRC rules, that means that the votes of all three remaining commissioners will be required to grant the charters.
Community members have also been shut out of the bequest of the schools to Universal.
According to the March 13th Notebook:
[M]any of the roughly 100 people in the audience [at last week's community meeting with Universal], frustrated that the Universal takeover was presented to them as a fait accompli, remained focused instead on the School District’s process for deciding Audenried’s future.
“From what I read, [the plan for the school] sounds good,” Jim Helman of the Grays Ferry Partnership, a coalition of seven community groups in the area, said after the meeting. “[But] I think the School District went about this conversion to a charter school all wrong, Instead of consulting with the community, they’re now informing the community of something they already decided.”
Still other residents don’t want Universal in control at all.
Audrey Martin, a resident of Grays Ferry, said that Nunery was missing the point.
“We don’t want this,” said Martin, referring to the charter conversion plan itself. “We want you to keep these teachers. These kids are close to them, and that’s what makes a difference.”
As part of the District’s “Promise Neighborhood Partnership” model for turning around Audenried and Edwin Vare Middle, all of the current teachers will be force-transferred, then given the opportunity to re-apply to work for Universal – minus their union benefits. They will not be guaranteed a job in another school in the District, which might need to lay off some teachers due to a massive drop in state and federal aid.
Entirely left out of this whole discussion, of course, is what kind of schools the Islamist-inspired Universal would run, and where the $9 million in annual Philadelphia taxpayer funds would be spent.
As Pipes pointed out in his 2008 series on Gamble and Universal, the company’s website openly proclaims:
[T]he whole of Universal Companies is a testament to faith:
By the Blessing and Mercy of Allah (SWT), the efforts of Universal Companies serve as a national model for what can be done with commitment, compassion, focus and careful planning and execution. Just another proof positive of the words of the Qur’an where Allah (SWT) states: Let there arise from among you a small group of people, inviting to all that is good. They enjoin the good, and forbid the evil, and it is they who attain success”. (3:104)
Good job, freedom lovers. You fought back against mandatory Arabic Classes in Public Schools in Texas.
"It shows how we mischaracterized, we willfully misunderstand Islam. Yes, on the face of it, yes, Arabic is a language. In a sense there would be no difference between opening a foreign language school -- a Spanish language school or a french language school -- but in fact Arabic is more than a language. It is explicated the language of Islam, so in that sense it is part of the Islamic religious imperial project. Radical Islam advances through the Arabic language. And you go all kinds of places that aren't in the Arab world now, like Pakistan, Indonesia, Central Asia, the Balkans, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada and the United States, and you will here those Imams preaching in Arabic. Arabic is not just another language like French or Italian, it is the spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States."
Mansfield backs away from Arabic studies program Star Telegram
The Mansfield school district has backed off plans to implement an Arabic studies program after almost 200 people showed up with questions at a parents meeting at Cross Timbers Intermediate School on Monday night.
Superintendent Bob Morrison apologized for not communicating with parents and invited them to be part of developing the curriculum.
"Nothing will be taught in the classroom until the curriculum is rolled out," said Richie Escovedo, Mansfield district spokesperson.
The Arabic studies program, funded by a federal five-year $1.3 million Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant, was to begin this semester at Cross Timbers, then spread to Davis Elementary and Howard Middle Schools in the fall and to Summit High school by the fall of 2012.
Arabic culture was to be integrated into the curriculum in elementary and intermediate schools, then offered as a language credit in the middle and high schools. Davis, Cross Timbers and Howard are feeder schools to Summit High School.
"Part of the grant language brings in targeted instruction that will be embedded in the classes," Escovedo explained. "Algebra comes from the Arabic world. You talk about things while you’re doing your lessons. Instead of a Valentine's cake, you might make a Moroccan dessert."
Parents attending Monday night's meeting ranged from supportive to upset, said Willie Wimbrey, assistant principal at Cross Timbers.
"We had people who were animatedly fearful of anything to do with Islam," Wimbrey said. "Others want their children exposed to everything. Others who say we teach about Christmas, why not other religions? All cultures and major religions are taught throughout the state."
Cindy Henderson, whose son Kolton is in the fifth grade at Cross Timbers, said she wasn't as upset about the content of the program as she was about the way it was implemented.
"The parents weren't notified," Henderson said. "We should have been told and excited about the grant. The school knew about it, but it wasn't publicized. Unless you were digging on the website, you wouldn't know about it."
Her son is excited about learning about the Middle East, but Henderson doesn't think Arabic studies should be mandatory.
"I don't think we should spend all our time on one culture," she said. "I think we should spread it around and be fair. I don't like it being stuffed down our throats."
Read the rest.
In a federally funded program, students will now be required to take Arabic. Mandatory Arabic? Your taxpayer dollars at work to advance Islamic culture. In addition to language, the grant provides "culture, government, art, traditions and history as part of the curriculum." Islamic supremacism on the march in the public square.
Mark Steyn discussed this very thing when we were fighting an Arabic public school in Brooklyn here in New York City (Pamela Hall led the charge and took the incriminating photo of the "intifada NYC' tee-shirt that led to the prinicpal Almontaser's ouster).
Steyn explained the real implications of an "Arabic school and the Arabic language" here in my interview with him.
"It shows how we mischaracterized, we willfully misunderstand Islam. Yes, on the face of it, yes, Arabic is a language. In a sense there would be no difference between opening a foreign language school -- a Spanish language school or a french language school -- but in fact Arabic is more than a language. It is explicated the language of Islam, so in that sense it is part of the Islamic religious imperial project. Radical Islam advances through the Arabic language. And you go all kinds of places that aren't in the Arab world now, like Pakistan, Indonesia, Central Asia, the Balkans, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada and the United States, and you will here those Imams preaching in Arabic. Arabic is not just another language like French or Italian, it is the spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States.
Mandatory Arabic Classes Coming Coming To Mansfield CBS (hat tip lizlyn)
MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – Some Students at Mansfield ISD schools could soon be learning Arabic as a required language. The school district wants students at select schools to take Arabic language and culture classes as part of a federally funded grant.
The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant was awarded to Mansfield ISD last summer by the U.S. Department of Education.
As part of the five-year $1.3 million grant, Arabic classes would be mandatory at Cross Timbers Intermediate School and Kenneth Davis Elementary School. The program would also be optional for students at T. A. Howard Middle School and Summit High School.
Parents at Cross Timbers say they were caught off-guard by the program, and were surprised the district only told them about it in a meeting Monday night between parents and Mansfield ISD Superintendent Bob Morrison.
The DOE has identified Arabic as a ‘language of the future.’ But parent Joseph Balson was frustrated by the past. “Why are we just now finding out about it?” asked Balson. “It’s them (Mansfield ISD) applying for the grant, getting it approved and them now saying they’ll go back and change it only when they were caught trying to implement this plan without parents knowing about it.”
Trisha Savage thinks it will offer a well-rounded education. “I think its a great opportunity that will open doors. We need to think globally and act locally.”
Mansfield ISD says in addition to language, the grant provides culture, government, art, traditions and history as part of the curriculum.
Some parents had concerns over religion. “The school doesn’t teach Christianity, so I don’t want them teaching Islam,” said parent Baron Kane. During Monday’s meeting Morrison stressed the curriculum would not be about religion, but about Arabic language and culture, similar to the Spanish curriculum already in place in the district.
Kheirieh Hannun was born in the Middle East but raised in the U.S. She believes giving students the option to learn Arabic will give her son and others like him the option to learn more about their culture. “It was surprising, but I think it’s okay, and it will help come down on the stereotype.” Hannun says she is hopeful the class could broaden the minds of not only students, but also parents.
The FLAP grant was awarded to only five school districts across the country, including Mansfield.
Muslim supremacists demand special rights and special sharia accommodations in the public school.
Why do they come to live in Westerrn countries if they want to live under the bitter sharia?
Muslims want children excused from music, mixed phys-ed classes The Gazette
WINNIPEG — A dozen Muslim families who recently arrived in Canada have told Winnipeg's Louis Riel School Division that they want their children excused from compulsory elementary school music and coed physical education programs for religious and cultural reasons.
"This is one of our realities in Manitoba now, as a result of immigration," said superintendent Terry Borys. "We were faced with some families who were really adamant about this. Music was not part of the cultural reality."
Borys said the school division has alerted Education Minister Nancy Allan about the situation since music and phys-ed are compulsory in the province's elementary schools.
There have been no issues so far with children of middle-school or high-school age, he said.
The families accept physical education, as long as the boys and girls have separate classes, but do not want their children exposed to singing or the playing musical instruments, Borys said. The division has suggested they could instead do a writing project to satisfy the music requirements of the arts curriculum.
However, a local Muslim leader says there is no reason for young kids to be held out of music or phys-ed classes based on religious and cultural grounds.
"Who is advising them? My first concern would be who are these new immigrants talking to?" said Shahina Siddiqui, executive director of the Islamic Social Services. "This is the first time I am hearing this; I'm not very happy about it."
Siddiqui said there is no problem with elementary-school children taking coed phys-ed, at least "not with little kids under the age of puberty."
She said when some middle-school and high-school students have asked not to mix genders, they have been accommodated by schools.
Siddiqui acknowledged that music can be an issue — but only for a few people.
"Music is controversial in our community; this is a North American phenomenon," she said. "There is a minority view that music is forbidden. (That view) is not accepted by the majority."
Borys said that there had been one or two requests for kids to be excused previously, but this year a dozen families came forward at six schools.
Borys said that school division contacted a member of the Islamic community whom the parents suggested, consulted the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and looked at what other jurisdictions are doing about accommodation, particularly Ontario.
WNYC News Headline:
Park 51 Opponents Cancel Protest
Uh, this is the twisted asshattery of the media. The craven NYC Council canceled the hearing that we were going to protest. Nothing like rewriting the news in a manner that is void of truth or objectivity.
As noted last week, opponents of Park 51 were planning to hold their first protest in months on Tuesday. The protest was meant to be held in a committee room at 250 Broadway, during a City Council hearing on Wal-Mart. But last week, that hearing was postponed until January 12, so the Park 51 protest has also been put off.
According to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the new venue would be larger, due to the intense interest in Wal-Mart and whether the company will open stores in New York City.
Park 51 [Cordoba] opponent Pamela Geller says her protest was meant to address the "hypocrisy," as she saw it, in council members questioning Wal-Mart while not questioning the idea of a mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero. According to Geller, the council "caved" out of fear of anti-Park 51 [Cordoba]
"She [Quinn] said we needed a bigger room," said Geller. "I don’t believe that. I think they were afraid that we would overwhelm them -- I don’t mean that in a physical way -- and they cancelled."
The reporter, Arun Venugopal, got that wrong too. The Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, said “We needed a bigger room.” “We heard from unions all across the city, small business leaders from across the city." I said that was a transparent lie. They needed a bigger room because we would overwhelm them. They need a bigger room because they are afraid of us.
However, Jamie McShane, a spokesman for Quinn, said he didn't know who Pam Geller was and that he hadn't been aware of any protest at the hearing related to Park 51.
Geller hadn't expected the protest to be "huge," citing the conflicting schedules of many opponents, some of whom live in other states or have day jobs. But she said the re-scheduled protest would simply take place whenever the Wal-Mart hearing is scheduled.
"Whenever it is, we'll be there," said Geller.
Meanwhile, slumlord Rauf is going on a lecture tour of Harvard, Yale, the University of North Carolina and other institutions.
January 12th is the next hearing. Freedom lovers, mark your calenders. We'll be there with IOTW's award winning signage. Announcement to follow.
File this under "what were they thinking?" Look at 1,400 years of Islamic expansionism, supremacism and imperialism, and what did they think would happen? Look at the Middle East -- once entirely Christian, now entrely Islamic save for the tiny Jewish state. What did they think would happen?
Look at Europe today. What did they think would happen?
Look at the Islamic persecution of Christians in Indonesia, Egypt, Sudan, Darfur, Lebanon, etc........ what did they think would happen?
Muslims in Christian Schools: Religious Friction 101 Islamist [?] Watch hat tip Jack
As Muslim enrollment increases at Christian schools, especially in Europe, so too does interfaith conflict at such institutions. A recent piece in Le Figaro highlights the stresses placed on French Catholic schools in particular. For example, the report describes how one had set up a crib for Advent, but "a Muslim parent demanded its removal, saying 'a Muslim cannot hear that Jesus is the Son of God.'" At another, Muslims walked all over a well-intentioned but hapless administrator:
A headmistress … offered Muslim students a room in which to pray and to help them avoid being caught in rain in the school courtyard. The students have turned it into a prayer room and invite other people who have nothing to do with the school to pray with them. Since then the director has been unable to use this space for other activities.
Of course, Christian schools also share many of the challenges faced by secular ones, such as students refusing to swim during Ramadan due to fear of swallowing water (an old standard). No word from Le Figaro on whether Muslims in French Catholic schools respond to lessons on evolution or the Holocaust any more positively than their public school counterparts do.
A 2008 New York Times article explains that France's hijab ban in state-run classes has pushed Muslims to Catholic schools, which are not bound by this law and must accept students of all faiths to qualify for subsidies. Yet even the less critical Times piece could not ignore the ensuing cultural friction. For example, it relates the story of one Catholic school's headmaster who, after a series of accommodations, finally had to "put his foot down when students asked to remove the crucifix in a classroom they wanted for communal prayers during Ramadan."
Christian schools elsewhere are caught in a similar cycle. NIS News reported in 2008 that "two Amsterdam secondary schools with a Christian basis are to close during [Eid al-Fitr] to accede to their Muslim pupils." A year later, a Dutch Catholic elementary school with a handful of Muslims was planning to serve halal food at a Christmas meal, but officials reversed course following parental outrage. In the UK, bishops have recommended that Catholic schools include prayer rooms and washing facilities for Muslims. The Times of London has also noted that at least one Muslim-heavy Church of England school "no longer observes the requirement to have an act of daily collective worship that is 'consistently and recognizably Christian.'"
The latest outrage in a textbook case of Islamic supremacism in a taxpayer-funded Islamic school is the thug-like Muslim intimidation and bullying of anyone who challenges this publicly funded madrassah. I have been covering this school since early 2008.
This is a "teachable moment" for the ACLU, which has generally refrained from tackling issues of separation of mosque and state despite its war on Christianity and the separation of church and state. TiZA is an egregious violation of the separation of mosque and state, which is why the ACLU is suing the school. Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) is a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Charter schools are public schools, and by law must not endorse or promote religion. But TIZA is an Islamic school, funded by Minnesota taxpayers.
TiZA shares the headquarters building of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, whose mission is "establishing Islam in Minnesota." The building also houses a mosque. TIZA's executive director, Asad Zaman, is a Muslim imam, or religious leader, and its sponsor is an organization called Islamic Relief.
Students pray daily, the cafeteria serves halal food -- permissible under Islamic law -- and "Islamic Studies" is offered at the end of the school day.
Here is what one teacher at TiZA said: "teachers led the kids into the gym, where a man dressed in white with a white cap, who had been at the school all day," was preparing to lead prayer. Beside him, another man "was prostrating himself in prayer on a carpet as the students entered." "The prayer I saw was not voluntary," Getz said. "The kids were corralled by adults and required to go to the assembly where prayer occurred."
Katherine Kersten of the Star Tribune continues her seminal, brave and singular reporting TiZA vs. the search for truth. Here's an excerpt of her latest, read it all (hat tip George).
In June 2010, the ACLU returned to court to quash what it described as yet another TiZA attempt to intimidate current and former employees from speaking about what they had seen at the public school. TiZA's "Staff Handbooks include a secrecy clause, and related threat of legal action for violating it," according to the ACLU's court filings. TiZA "wields [these provisions] as a sledgehammer to keep former employees quiet about what they saw at the school." As a result, "former TiZA employees have expressed fear about speaking to the ACLU."
According to the ACLU, TiZA's refusal to agree not to enforce the secrecy clause "sends the ominous signal that current and former employees who talk to the ACLU may be forced to defend themselves against a baseless, expensive lawsuit."
On Oct. 1, Judge Donovan Frank agreed -- affirming an order the ACLU had earlier won barring TiZA from enforcing the confidentiality clause in the context of this litigation.
The court's order and memorandum spoke volumes: "It appears that information related to TiZA's business, finances, operations and office procedures is public data and cannot be kept secret." "The relevant question ... is why TiZA, a public charter school, does not want to allow its former and current employees to participate in the informal discovery process to ascertain the truth about how TiZA operates."
The court's strong language in response to TiZA's actions was unusual: "[I]ntimidation and threats will not sit well with a fact-finder such as a jury." As a result of the school's actions, "[T]he Court may be required to draw adverse inferences about how TiZA operates as a result of TiZA's efforts to keep information about its operations secret. ... [TiZA's] behavior during the discovery process thus far ... has not been consistent with a good faith search for the truth."
The ACLU has characterized TiZA's recent actions regarding the secrecy clause as "only the last in a long line of intimidation efforts." Not quite. Last month, an attack was launched from a different front.
Several organizations that are not even parties to the lawsuit went to court in an attempt to disqualify the ACLU's lawyers -- Dorsey & Whitney -- from representing the ACLU on grounds that Dorsey personnel had previously communicated with Zaman about entities involved in the litigation. The organizations include the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN), MAS-MN Property Holding Corporation and the Minnesota Education Trust (MET).
"The ACLU believes Mr. Zaman's testimony relating to control of virtually every significant event at TiZA, MAS-MN, MET and MET's subsidiaries, coupled with his efforts to hide such control, constitute powerful evidence against TiZA's denials that it is a Muslim school and that it funnels state and federal money to other Muslim organizations."
Every time we read about this lawsuit, we have to pinch ourselves and say: We're talking about a public, taxpayer-funded school.
Previously at Atlas:
Feb 28, 2010 ... Atlas readers are very familiar with the supremacist Islamic academy, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove ...
Mar 13, 2010 ... "Basically, TiZA is being sued for the Muslim-ness of its students," it said. ... TiZA families seek to join in legal fight over religion at ...
TiZA charter school in Inver Grove Heights countersues state's ACLU ... In a countersuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, lawyers for TiZA argue the ...
Apr 9, 2008 ... Recently, I wrote about Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights. Charter schools are public schools and ...
Jul 22, 2009 ... TiZA, which also has a campus in Blaine, received an estimated $4.7 million in state aid this year, including more than $520000 in annual ...
Jul 30, 2009 ... TiZA's suit is in response to an ACLU lawsuit filed in January, which argues the school violates the First Amendment by sharing space with ...
Mar 9, 2008 ... Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) -- named for the Muslim general who conquered medieval Spain -- is a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove ...