Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Taxpayer funded Minnesota madrassa

It seems our tax dollars are funding a madrassa in the muslim rich community of Inver Grove Heights, a St. Paul suburb. Katherine Kersten, a StarTribune columnist, has been all over this and other islamic shenanigans in Minnesota. Kersten’s latest investigation involved the legality of the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy charter school.

When substitute teacher, Amanda Getz, came forward and "dropped a dime" on the school, news reporters descended on the campus looking for evidence. Police were called when an academy representative assaulted the cameraman and held his equipment until law enforcement arrived. Getz believes the activities she witnessed are consistent with a religious institution. Ritual washing prior to Friday prayer service, mandatory after school islamic studies and the absence of the American flag in the school courtyard, were all red flags.

This is just another example of the rampant "nose-snubbing" of the ummah to the state of Minnesota. The Target kowtowing over pork-free check-outs, muslim cabby's restricting alcohol and canine transport and the taxpayer funded installation of foot-baths at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. And lets not forget the death threat against Emmitt the service dog.

Debbie Schlussel has a lot of information on the islamic take-over in Minnesota as well as Michigan. It's worth taking a look and spending some time.

~~Editors note~~ I believe in parochial education, school choice and early religious instruction for children. My husband and I made the financial sacrifice to send our son to our parish elementary school and a Catholic high school. This is one of our most precious freedoms, one that many parents sacrifice to pay the tuition for a specific educational experience. Not once in 12 years were we given a tax break because we refused to utilize the public school system. ~~

However, when a majority of public school children are forbidden from celebrating with red and green anything during the "winter holiday" celebrations and the TIZA charter school march shoeless children into the gym to kneel on rugs and listen to an imam, "MeThinks" there's a double standard. If muslims want an islamic education for their children, then they need to pay tuition.


Malott said...

Great post, Janice.

It makes me want to grind my teeth...

And, I really respect you and your husband - And your choice of school for your son.

SkyePuppy said...

Too right!!!

Jacob said...

But with that said, I spent seven years holed up in a Catholic institution and came out of it as un-Catholic as you can imagine. So sending your kids to schools where the curriculum is maybe .00001% better than public education doesn't always guarantee the kind of education you're aiming for.

janice said...

Thank you Chris and Skye, it was money well spent!

I believe you may be missing the point, Jacob.

Public and these charter schools are taxpayer funded. Religious schools don't receive a dime of public money. We paid for the education we choose for our son. TIZA working all the angles to get public money for what is obviously a religious institution. And that's fine, just don't expect the public to pay the tab.

Dinah Lord said...

A-MEN, Sister!

I don't want my taxpayer $ going to finance another 9/11, thank you very much.

P.S. That's a very nice pic of the family.

Jacob said...

Jesus... that's a bit extreme ^

Janice - really? That surprises me. Oddly enough, 'private' religious schools in Australia are in part funded by the government too. I never realised how weird that is until now.

janice said...

Thanks Dinah, I'm glad your Mom is doing much better.

Yes Jacob, it's true. The secularization of our public school system is out of control. That's why homeschooling and private school attendance is on the rise.

Trust me when I tell you, Trinity High School tuition alone (not the 8 years at St. Monica) for the 4 years my son attended cost me $27,000.00. Books, uniforms and field trips were extra. Hockey and soccer was an addition $150.00 per sport per year. So yes, I'm a bit pissed when I hear about something like this in America.

janice said...

Also Jacob, we were obligated to work a Cleveland Browns football game concession stand, sell candy, lottery tickets, donate items to and attend silent acutions.

We had the option to pay for transportation ($400.00 a year), or make other agrangments, to and from school. {In our case, (we lived in Maple Heights and both the schools were in Garfield Heights) my husband dropped Christopher off in the morning and he was picked up my parents after school the first 2 years until he was able to drive}

We also paid a sporting events transportation fee, uniform and equipment fees and field rental. Trinity didn't have a "home" football, soccer or baseball fields (only practice areas) so we paid to use the stadiums in the Garfield Hts public school system.

And to top it off, Christopher (and all students) had to have documented 60 hours of community service before they were able to graduate.

Would we sacrifice our time and money again, absolutely! Our son is extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend both institutions. The education Christopher received was far superior to the public system in our city. And the experience helped to shape him into the fine young man (and nurse) he is today.

Jacob said...


Since when was 'secular' a bad word? Public schools are meant to be secular.

Malott said...


When our constitution was written, the main textbook in the public classroom was the Bible. If a teacher began the day - without - prayer, the parents would have been shocked.

A college education centered on theology.

Later, when evolution was beginning to creep into the classroom, the fervent plea of the Darwinists was that "both" creationism and evolution should be taught.

Secularism is a relatively new thing.

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