Controversial Islamic School Gets OK to Expand

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A Fairfax, Va., school said to be linked to terrorism teachings was given the go-ahead to expand its campus, Monday.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the Islamic Saudi Acedemy's request by a 6-4 vote.  The Saudi-owned college preparatory school is supported by the Saudi government and has been proven to teach Islam's radical Shariah law.

Click play to watch an interview with the Gulf Institute's Ali Al-Ahmed as he explains the background of this school and what it teaches.

Now, Christians say they have had enough.

By law, the academy's request to expand is a land use case.

"But of course,  that ignores the 800 pound gorilla that has come with this land use case," said county supervisor John Foust.

Members of the board received countless emails and letters of concerns over terrorism and religious intolerance from, as one supervisor put it, "residents in every state but Alaska."
    
Those opposed said the road to the proposed expansion is too dangerous to add more traffic.  Angry shouts rang out after the vote.
   
"This issue is very basic.  It's about Shariah law," said Jim Lafferty, chairman of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force. "The Islamic Academy teaches Shariah law and also practices it."

The school has attracted national attention after it's textbooks were found to include anti-Semitic and violent teaching. It has also graduated less than distinguished alumni.
   
The school's valedictorian 10 years ago was convicted of joining al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate former President George W. Bush.
    
Christians at the meeting said they plan to organize in an attempt to stop what they call a history of discrimination against Christians in Fairfax County.

"They denied our request for expansion and that was 23 years ago when the traffic was so much less," said JoAnn Metzger, Fairfax County resident.

Metzger's son attended the Fairfax Christian School when they tried to improve some buildings and add a basketball court, but were denied.

"We were literally forced off the property," Metzger added.
    
Supervisors said many neighbors were opposed to the expansion.
    
"When they allow a school to start teaching children how to kill Jews and Christians that involves me," said resident Marilyn Henretty.
    
Christians and others upset by the decision cannot do anything to change it, but say they can make their voices heard at the ballot box.

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