The concessions were made at the highest levels of American government.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been allowed to build a state of the art International Baccalaureate academy in Hearndon, Virginia.
Saudi Arabia, obviously, made a concession too; with the stipulation they be allowed to propagate Islamic values on U.S. soil.
The average urban American cannot modify a fence, haul a shed onto their property, or run a daycare facility from a residence without headache-inducing trips to city council, award of permits, mind-boggling court costs and a bureaucratic flotsam of paperwork.
Let’s look at the first sentence of the grade four interim mission statement:
King Abdullah Academy is an IB World School that enables students to excel academically while maintaining the values of Islam and proficiency with the Arabic language.
What the hell just happened? And what part did the American people have in approval of this decision? “We the People” were not properly consulted. Of that I am sure.
What values would (now deceased) King Abdullah seek for Americans to embrace?
Is it the public beheading of his security guards for the deadly Hajj stampede in 2015?
I have seen the video.
Is it the segregation of women who are deliberately covered, cloistered, and set upon by men if they don’t follow “the rules”?
Is it the herding of little girls back into a blazing furnace because they fled the school without their head coverings?
What about the unfairness of the workman’s compensation system which dispenses less funds to Jews, Hindu and Christian workers?
Talk is cheap. And so is slick narrative.
Until the House of Saud shows they can behave with democratic decency toward their own citizens, the campus with the hefty price tag is just the latest whitewash of Islam.
Muslims who embrace American values and exceptionalism? Yes.
Muslims who embrace values which do not reflect well on Western culture? No.