Asharq Alawsat runs this piece quoting the Saudi Embassy in DC disagreeing with the US Commission on International Religious Freedom report that called for the closure of the Saudi Academy, based in Northern Virginia.

Embassy Spokesmen Refutes Religious Textbooks Criticisms
Talhah Jibril

Washington, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Saudi embassy in Washington has refuted the contents of a report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom which criticized what it called the promotion of religious extremism in Saudi-run schools, particularly the Islamic Saudi Academy, which operates two campuses in Fairfax Virginia.

A spokesman for the embassy said that the books and curricula at the academy do not carry any hostile language against the followers of other religions.

Dr Abdul-Muhsin Ilyas, deputy director of the Saudi Media Office, told Asharq Al-Awsat, “I can absolutely confirm that all textbooks at the academy do not include contents that offend any religion. We extend an open invitation to all US and non-US media to visit the academy, verify the validity of this, and closely examine the subjects that are taught and also the books used by the students.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended the closure of the Saudi academy, if it does not prove that it does not teach subjects that promote fanaticism. Commenting on this recommendation, a spokesman for the US State Department told Asharq Al-Awsat that Washington will work with the Saudi Government to make the agreed-upon changes in curricula (in a general way).


October:21:2007 - 23:39 | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink
One Response to “Saudi Embassy Refutes USCIRF Charge”
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    Solomon2 Said:
    October:22:2007 - 15:28 

    I feel the Saudi Embassy’s response is proper and correct (if a bit tardy), but I wonder why it is directed at the English-language Saudi press rather than the U.S. and international media (no hits on Google or Yahoo!) who are thus invited to visit the Academy for themselves.

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