The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has attacked the Islamic Saudi Academy, a private school serving nearly 1,000 students in grades K-12 in northern Virginia’s Fairfax County. The Commission has that the school reflects a lack of religious freedom in Saudi society and promotion of religious extremism at Saudi schools. The real question is why we still have this commission funded by the federal government.
What is odd is that this is a private school. If the parents want to teach the most hardcore version of Islam (even if true as alleged) it shoudl be their right to do so. The real question is why we have this commission to begin with. The Commission is part of the campaign to incorporate faith into public policy. It has no power but receives federal funding to serve as a federalized religion watchdog for some and a religion police for others. The attack on the private school should finally lead Congress to defund this commission. I am sure that there are plenty of religious folk who will fund a private institute with the same purpose. Many such groups already exist. The question is why the taxpayer should pay for such arbitrary religious review by a powerless commission.
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