Since 2007, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has been highly critical of the textbooks used by the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax, Virginia. The 900-student school with close ties to the Saudi government operates in a former high school building leased from Fairfax County. It has been charged with using textbooks containing passages that incite religious intolerance and violence. (See prior postings 1, 2.) In response to U.S. criticism, last year the school developed new texts for all grades. Yesterday the AP reported on its review of those new books, concluding:
While the Islamic Saudi Academy deleted some of the most contentious passages from the texts, ... enough sensitive material remains to fuel critics who claim the books show intolerance toward those who do not follow strict interpretations of Islam.