Abigail Spanberger and “Terror High”

7th District Congressional candidate worked at “Terror High,” an Islamic school Sen. Chuck Schumer called “another Madrassa.”

Richmond, VA – Last week, it was revealed that Abigail Spanberger worked at the Islamic Saudi Academy from 2002 to 2003. Spanberger went apoplectic with conspiracy theories to try to bury the lede about her work at the controversial school with extensive links to terrorism and radicalization.

The school in question, Islamic Saudi Academy, in Alexandria, VA ended up closing its doors and reopening with a different name after years of bad press. Among the graduates of the school were Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, convicted of plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush and providing support to al Qaeda. More notable graduates include Mohammed Osman Idris and Mohammed el-Yacoubi, who were “denied entry to Israel in Dec 2001, under suspicion of planning to carry out a suicide martyr attack.”

A release from the United States Committee on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) titled Saudi Arabia: USCIRF Confirms Material Inciting Violence, Intolerance Remains in Textbooks Used at Saudi Government’s Islamic Saudi Academy, provides details of a report the USCIRF conducted on the textbooks used at ISA. Among the passages found in those textbooks included the passages praising jihad (Islamic holy war), martyrdom, and killing those of other faiths. In addition, “The cause of the discord: The Jews conspired against Islam and its people. A sly, wicked person who sinfully and deceitfully professed Islam infiltrated (the Muslims). He was ‘Abd Allah b. Saba” (from the Jews of Yemen).”

The criticism of the school was bipartisan. In a 2005 press release, Senator Chuck Schumer “questioned whether the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, is another example of radical Islamic madrassas funded by and linked to terrorism here and abroad.”

In 2007, former DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-NY) and former Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced H.Con. Res. 262, which would have expressed the sense of Congress regarding Saudi Arabia’s policies relating to religious practice and tolerance, including Saudi Arabia’s commitment to revise Saudi textbooks to remove intolerant and violent references. This resolution was a reaction to the 2005 conviction of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a former student of the Islamic Saudi Academy.

To top it all off, the school was funded by the Saudi government whose extreme form of Islam, Wahhabism, serves as the law of the land. Under Saudi law, all adult females are required to fully cover their bodies in public, women cannot travel without the permission of a male spouse or relative, and, until two months ago, women were not permitted to drive cars. The Saudi government also allows for the death penalty for homosexual relations in their country, criminalizes the practice of other religions, and uses beheading and stoning as forms of capital punishment.

Abigail Spanberger needs to answer the following questions:

*Was she aware that the school was fully funded by the government of Saudi Arabia? Is she comfortable with the policies Saudi Arabia has on the books related to women’s rights and LGBTQ rights?

*Was she aware of the numerous hate-filled textbooks that were in use at the Islamic Saudi Academy while she taught there?

*Was she aware of the school’s extensive links to multiple terrorists?

*Did she ever report any female students for violating the full body covering dress code at the Academy?

“Either Abigail Spanberger is the least observant CIA operative in history, or she knew about the Islamic Saudi Academy’s link to terrorism and tried to conceal it,” said RPV Executive Director John Findlay. “What kind of person would willingly work at a school that indoctrinates children to hate?”