A conservative group says it's attempting to "lift the veil off the deception" at an Islamic school in Virginia funded by the Saudi government.
The Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) recently held a demonstration outside the Islamic Saudi Academy, which is renting a school facility from Fairfax County, Virginia. Conservative activists, as well as the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, have called on the State Department to shut down the private school because of its use of textbooks that promote violence against Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims.
Andrea Lafferty, executive director of TVC, says both the State and Justice Departments need to investigate the Academy because it is "a virtual one-stop shopping center for law enforcement."
"The former valedictorian from this school is in jail right now because he plotted to kill President Bush," she points out. In addition, that individual -- Ahmed Omar Abu Ali -- was convicted of joining al-Qaida after graduating from the school. He is serving a 30-year sentence.
Lafferty also relates a widely reported news story involving a man and woman who were taking pictures of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. "The person that was apprehended [in that incident] was the finance officer at the time for the school," says the TVC spokeswoman. "Then, you had some of the students who were apprehended by Israeli intelligence because they flew to Israel with no luggage, lots of money, and some questionable documents."
Lafferty says in the case of the Muslim school, "it's clear that where there's smoke, there's fire."
"There are schools like this all around the country, and America needs to wake up," she declares. "Traditional Values Coalition is wanting to lift the veil off of the secrecy and the deception surrounding Islam. But, I don't want people ... to think 'Oh, it's just Virginia.' No, it is all over the country -- and if America is not free, no one is free."
More recently, the director of the Islamic Saudi Academy was arrested for obstruction of justice and refusing to report child abuse.