Islamic Saudi Academy refutes US Commission on International Religious Freedom report

June 13, 2008

The Islamic Saudi Academy today called the latest report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) erroneous and based on “mistranslated and misinterpreted texts, and references to textbooks that are no longer in use at the Academy.”

In a statement issued today, the Academy said it “welcomes dialogue and constructive criticism, and has always had open lines of communication with governmental bodies and with the community. It has made its textbooks and curriculum available for review by third parties, including the Fairfax County Board of Education.  It has held open-house events for congressional offices and the media.” 

“The Academy has repeatedly extended invitations to the USCIRF to visit its campus, review materials and meet with teachers and administrators, in order to establish a constructive dialogue.  But the USCIRF has refused to accept these invitations, which speaks volumes about the seriousness of the commission’s intentions,” it noted.