Where is the ACLU?

August 15, 2007
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/60520
Now that Dhabah aka Debbie Almontaser has resigned as the principal-designate of the Khalil Gibran International Academy and has been replaced by a Jewish woman, Danielle Salzberg, some assume the opposition to the school itself is over. That supposition would be false. Commenting on the new principal, the Stop Madrassa Community Coalition released this statement: “Salzberg is completely implicated in Almontaser’s radical designs for KGIA. She should be permitted to return to New Visions to work on other schools, and KGIA should not open in September.”

The demand for information from the Department of Education continues. The big question is why isn’t the ACLU involved in this issue?

The last I heard, this legal civil liberty organization was seeking removal of a cross in a Louisiana courtroom and threatening a lawsuit in Connecticut because a public school was using a cathedral for its commencement ceremony. Meanwhile New York has created an Arabic public school which has several religious clerics on the advisory board. That’s as incongruous as if the city had established a Gaelic school with Cardinal Egan on the Board.

The New York Sun has been reporting the existence of this school since March 16th when our education columnist Andrew Wolf wrote, “The city’s Department of Education is wrong in establishing any school that focuses exclusively on one culture.” In April, Daniel Pipes warned that a Madrassa was growing in Brooklyn and by the time my May column calling it a monstrous idea appeared, a grassroots community group seeking to end this project was formed. Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition sent a Freedom of Information Law request to the governor and the mayor. One of the representatives, Sara Springer, went on the “Hannity & Colmes” program to explain that the DOE had not responded to requests for information on the proposed curricula or why the school has a religious advisory board. Another panelist on the cable show was Hussein Ibish, executive director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership, who supports the school and asserted that the coalition’s Web site, http://www.stopmadrassa.wordpress.com, was filled with bigotry and hatred. In her resignation, Ms. Almontaser said the critics’ “intolerant and hateful tone has come to frighten some of the parents and incoming parents.” It’s so easy to toss that word, “hate” when confronted by opposition to one’s agenda but I found nothing on that Web site or in any of the critics’ (who include Diane Ravitch and Randi Weingarten) statements that compares to the fury of supporters of the school. Once my column was quoted by the New York Times, I received what can only be described as evil correspondence condemning me in vivid detail to the same fate as certain Holocaust victims. It certainly made me wonder what kind of person still reads the New York Times. Reuters also accused me of inflaming Islamophobia. That was a mild curse, but Reuters is hardly a credible news source anymore since they were once again caught using fake photographs to illustrate their news.

All parties agree that we do need more Arab language instruction, if only for our national security. When I was in high school during the Cold War, our school offered Russian as an after-school program. Ms. Springer told me, “Students should take languages as electives. Our American way of life, principles, and Constitution cannot be allowed to dissolve in multiculturalism and sensitivity training.”

The question is, where is the ACLU? If a cross is anywhere to be found on public property, the ACLU will file a case to have it removed. Yet, clearly, this zeal is nonexistent when it involves Islam.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is spending $25,000 to build footbaths for Muslim students. In San Diego, an experimental school, Carver Elementary, has morphed into one with accommodations for Muslim prayers and dietary needs not previously made for Christian and Jewish students. In San Francisco, the Bryon Union School District held a three week “How to be a Muslim” program wherein students prayed to Allah and took Islamic names. When the case was taken to court, the liberal Ninth Circuit ruled for the school.

Perhaps the ACLU requires someone to initiate the complaint and atheists only seem interested in targeting Christian artifacts. Exactly what is it about the religion of peace that makes it immune from litigious nonbelievers?


2 Responses to “Where is the ACLU?”

  1. Barbara Says:

    This is so insanely crazy, stupid beyond belief that SLN
    should do a skit about this.

    Picture it, a school in New York, you remember, the place the United States of America was attacked, where you can purchase “intafadia nyc” tee-shirts.

    Maybe Susan Sarandon should buy one.

    Hey, why didn’t they have a school in New York , a school for the study of “NAZI” culture and literature.
    After all, we can find out how Hitler built all those roads, and we all know how those nasty Jewish People run the Media.
    Even George Soros said so.
    We could have had a Jew run the “NAZI” Cultural Learning Center…
    Maybe Bella Abzug..

    For all you liberal jews out there…
    If it doesn’t turn your stomach that one of your own we be invovled , let alone the principal of a school that teaches about a culture that wants to destroy us, maybe you should move to the Upper West Side.

    Let’s review..
    In the city that was attacked on 911, your tax payer money is going to a school that teaches the religion that promotes teaching their children to blow themselves up, torture and murders women, kills every jew on the planet.
    And a jew is running the place?

    Is this somekind of sick joke.
    Wake up and read Oriana Fallaci before it’s too late.

  2. Michael Says:

    Yea, It does seem like a sick joke. A “joke” created by our brilliant politicans. Its obvious we are being sold out.

    The NYC Islamic community just keeps pushing the limits. They demand a school, in which over steps seperation of church and state. Then after they get it, they say that its disrespectful that the principle is Jewish. This is insane!!!

    I say since they are going to use our tax money, we should not pay taxes. It sounds crazy, maybe unrealistic but something to think about.

    If this school does open, there should be protests as much as possible.

    The future doesn’t look so bright, what shall be next ?

    Perhaps NYC will make Arabic it’s offical lanuage, or Islam will be the offical religion. NYC is on the road to theocracy.

    If 9/11 didnt wake this city up, nothing will certainly not this. Its sad but true. Yet, we can not give up.

    Shouldn’t the ACLU get involved because this school is not lawful to the constitution.

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