New York City’s Khalil Gibran International Academy: An Incubator for Islamist Radicalization?

From Richard Thompson and Family Security Matters.

The imminent opening of a publicly funded Muslim academy in New York City has raised questions about the double standard that exists when it comes to religion in our schools. FSM Contributing Editor Richard Thompson has an eye-opening report you won’t want to miss.

“A group of citizens is opposed to the September 4th opening of the publicly funded Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) by the New York City Department of Education. Claiming it is nothing more than a thinly disguised incubator for Islamist radicalization, the Thomas More Law Center will represent this group. KGIA, which will immerse its students in Islamic culture, has three fundamentalist Islamist imams on its Board of Advisors, as well as other promoters with connections to militant Islamic organizations.

This is not the first time the Thomas More Law Center has become involved in this kind of legal action. In 2002, the Law Center filed a federal lawsuit against California’s Byron Union School District because of its three week intensive course to teach seventh graders how to become Muslims. During the course, students took on Muslim names which they printed on name tags worn during class, were taught the five duties all Muslims must perform, were required to complete a project for each duty, and memorized verses and prayers from the Koran. They even played a game entitled “Jihad.”  

More recently, the Law Center’s public criticism of California’s Carver Elementary School for designating a special time and room so that the Muslim students could pray during school hours contributed to a change in that school’s policy.

This proposed public school is nothing more than an incubator for the radicalization that leads to terrorism, as an NYPD Intelligence Report recently warned Americans. Rather than use the public school system to assimilate Muslims and other immigrants into American culture, New York City is doing everything it can to keep them isolated – a target rich  environment for recruiting potential new homegrown terrorists and a recipe for a future 9/11 disaster, according to my read of the NYPD Report.

New York City School Chancellor, Joel Klein, who is aggressively promoting this Islamic school, is the same person who refused to allow two Christian students, a second and a fourth grader, to display a nativity scene during Christmas – another example of how political correctness is leading to a malicious double standard when it comes to religious expression in public schools.

The Law Center will act as co-counsel with attorney David Yerushalmi, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request on July 23, 2007 asking for more specific details about KGIA. Thus far, his requests have gone unanswered, leading to increased suspicion that the school as currently configured cannot meet state educational standards. Moreover, several factors, including an executive summary of the KGIA proposal, point to the school as an anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish propaganda center paid for by American tax dollars.

Some of the school’s promoters have ties to questionable Islamic organizations including CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations), an unindicted co-conspirator in cases dealing with the funding of terror, whose founder and chairman publicly stated in 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

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