Statement from the Islamic Saudi Academy in response to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom

June 13, 2008

[WASHINGTON, DC] – The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) once again issued an erroneous report about the Islamic Saudi Academy. The report contains mistranslated and misinterpreted texts, and references to textbooks that are no longer in use at the Academy.

The Islamic Saudi Academy has provided an excellent education for thousands of students in the greater Washington metropolitan area. Graduates of the Academy have been accepted at many top academic universities and colleges in the US.

The Academy 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 Fairfax County. 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.