US TAXPAYERS MUST FUND MADRASSAHS
LANDMARK VICTORY FOR MUSLIM SCHOOL IN NEW YORK
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that New York school officials discriminated against radical Islamist Debbie Almontaser by forcing her to resign as principal of a publicly funded Muslim school in Brooklyn.
In addition to serving as the head of the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA), Ms. Almontaser also served as a spokeswoman for Arab Women Active in Art and Media – – a group responsible for the dissemination of “Intifada USA” tee shirts. Intifada represents the battle-call for Muslim attacks on Israeli civilians.
Ms. Almontaser also aroused the ire of civic and community organizations by denying that Arab Muslims were responsible for the 9/11 attacks and likening the US response to the attacks to that of a totalitarian regime.
The New York officials, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have vowed to appeal the EEOC ruling, which is nonbinding for now.
When KBIA opened in 2007, Mayor Bloomberg and other city officials drew widespread criticism for funding a madrassah that separates the sexes and encourages girls to wear hijabs and other Islamic attire.
The stated mission of KBIA is to provide a curriculum that centers on Arabic language and culture.
But critics of the school say that it indoctrinates students in the principles of radical Islam, including jihad.
KBIA is not the only publicly funded Islamic school in the U.S. Similar institutions include the Amana Academy in Alpharetta, Georgia; the International Academy of Columbus and the Westside Academy in Columbus, Ohio; the Islamic School of Oasis in Cleveland, Ohio; the Islamic Academy School of Arts and Sciences in Cleveland; the Tarek ibn Zayad Academy in Inver Grove, Minnesota, and the Silicon Valley Academy in Sunnyvale, California.