The ISA has been a source of controversy in the county for the last few years. The 1999 valedictorian of the academy is in prison after being part of an al-Queda conspiracy to assassinate former President George W. Bush in 2005. A director of the ISA, Abdallah al-Shabnan, was arrested after the last board hearing on the lease in 2008, on charges of obstruction of justice in failing to comply with Virginia State law on a child abuse case.
Books used at the ISA have contained passages stating adulterers and converts from Islam could be killed. Other passages have stated, "the Jews conspired against Islam and its people" and permitted the taking of lives and property of polytheists. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended to the State Department in 2007 the school be shut down, but no action was taken.
Once again, as seen in the last hearing on the lease in 2008 (in which then Supervisor and current Congressman "Jihad" Gerry Connolly called opponents bigots), as well as the construction project on Pope's Head Road in 2009, the liberal dhimmis on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are turning a blind eye to possible extremism at this Saudi-funded madrassa, where school directors follow Shariah Law instead of Virginia law.
I wasn't able to make it to the meeting tonight, but I wonder if this scene may have been repeated in the lobby of the Fairfax County Government Center.
This was from last July, during the public hearing by the board over the ISA project on Popes Head Road.
UPDATE: Bearing Drift was there and liveblogged through the hearing. BD described the audience as "overwhelmingly anti-ISA lease renewal." Some of the comments made to the board:
Jim Lafferty (Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force): ...(I) have spoken on many occasions on the lease of the ISA. The way they structured these hearings, the BOS gets to speak after public comment. First, Chairman Connolly introduced a man that was supposed to be an example of the high quality of the ISA. This individual was arrested in June 2008 for failing to report an incident of child sexual abuse at the ISA. The interesting point to make is that this person followed Shariah law — not Virginia law. That’s why we don’t like ISA — it teaches by Shariah, and promotes Shariah. Defines right according to religion and gender. Muslim males are given higher precedence. In America, everyone is equal. From this sort of teaching flows sedition, and that’s what the ISA brings. The Fairfax BOS is well aware of those who attend: photographing bridges and threatening to assassinate the President. Get as tough with these people as you are with those who aren’t cleaning their front yards!Denise Lee: What’s it going to take for the Fairfax BOS to do the will of the people, and not just those who are members of a special interest group with deep pockets? ...Met a former ISA teacher who is scared to death and is terrified that he will be put to death for what I am about to tell you. He says it doesn’t matter if you remove what’s in the textbook. The teachers at the ISA have the lessons down pat. Children were singing songs of killing Christians. When the teacher who was a Christian complained, the children responded that they would not kill him, but just all the other Christians. ...We have asked politely to shut down the ISA, members of your board have ignored and even maligned us. We’ve asked, implored, and begged. Now we’re telling you. We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore.
The final vote was six to four, with Supervisors Frey, Cook, Herrity, and Smyth dissenting.