Islamic Schools Teaching Homegrown Hate
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Washington Post on Monday revealed that one such school outside
Other accredited Islamic
These astonishing facts were broken by Post reporters Valerie Strauss and Emily Wax in their front-page piece, too tepidly entitled, "Where Two Worlds Collide: Muslim Schools Face Tension of Islamic, U.S. Views."
But their reporting was anything but tepid.
assume Islamic hate teaching resided "out there" — in
As with all educational institutions, the stakes are high. But the prospects here are low.
I don't know precisely
what new immigrant schools taught when waves of Catholics or Jews first flocked
Surely not the hatred
propagated in many Islamic studies classes. At the
The Post reporters questioned "Fawzy, a 19-year-old who will graduate from George Mason University in 2003, [who] … wonders whether the United States just needed someone to blame and picked a Muslim. 'A lot of the students can't make up their minds if [Usama] is a good guy or a bad guy,' Fawzy said. 'The thing is, we don't have any real proof either way. I think a lot of people feel this way.'"
Classrooms of the
Washington Islamic Academy, which teaches kindergarten through fourth grade,
feature world maps without
When the reporters asked
about this, academy officials "defended the maps, pointing out that some
of the students are refugees from
These school officials
attempt to delegitimize
With the massive
immigration of Muslims over recent decades — primarily because of the
wretchedness of most native Islamic states — these parochial schools are
It may rank among the worst of these academies, as it is funded by Saudi money. Its high school textbook, in the reporters' words, "says one sign of the Day of Judgment will be that Muslims will fight and kill Jews, who will hide behind trees that say: 'Oh Muslim, Oh servant of God, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him.'"
According to Strauss and Wax, "Several students of different ages, all of whom asked not to be identified, said that in Islamic studies, they are taught that it is better to shun and even to dislike Christians, Jews and Shiite Muslims.
"Some teachers 'focus more on hatred,' said one teenager … 'They teach students that whatever is kuffar [non-Muslim], it is okay for you' to hurt or steal from that person."
What can be done about this outrage?
First, reveal it, for which Valerie Strauss and Emily Wax and the Post deserve a Pulitzer Prize. Other reporters and top media outlets should follow in their steps.
Second, stop the accreditation of these hate schools. This, too, the reporters investigated when contacting an official at an accrediting agency of the Islamic Academy. His response was typical bureaucratese: the Secondary and Middle School Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools "does not delve into curriculum extensively but … would be 'concerned' about such material being taught."
Well, he can stop being "concerned" and start de-accrediting the place.
Third, stop the Saudi
funding. After Sept. 11, we were shocked to realize that "our friends, the
Saudis" gave us Usama bin Laden, 15 of the 19 terrorists of Sept. 11 and
more than 100 of the 150-plus terrorist leaders now confined in
Now we learn that Islamic hatred is being spread here at home, molding young American minds in what is shaping up as a real fourth column.
Kenneth Adelman is a frequent guest commentator on Fox News, was assistant to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld from 1975 to 1977 and, under President Ronald Reagan, U.N. ambassador and arms-control director