Muslim school officials attack news crew in Twin Cities

posted at 8:45 pm on May 19, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve followed the story about the Tarik ibn Zayad Academy and allegations that it abuses its status as a state-funded charter school to teach Islam instead of a public-school curriculum for the last six weeks. Katherine Kersten first brought the story to our attention, for which local journalists have begun petitioning the Star Tribune to fire her. The state department of education found several potential issues for violation of laws intending to keep public schools from providing religious instruction, and notified the school today that it had to make changes to its Friday prayer efforts and the lack of transportation service for students who opt out of prayers, among other issues.

Local ABC affiliate KSTP has also continued to update the reporting on this story. Today they went to the school to determine how TiZA would respond to the state’s demand for corrective action. Instead, they found themselves at the center of the story as two TiZA officials attacked the news crew and stole their camera:

In an attempt to report about the new findings from the Department of Education, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS went to TiZA. While on school grounds, our crew was attacked by school officials. The two men were able to grab our camera and kept it until police arrived.

Our photographer was treated by paramedics after suffering minor injuries. …

Tarik ibn Zayad Academy, which focuses on Middle Eastern culture and shares a mosque with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, came under fire after a teacher alleged that the school was offering religious instruction in Islam to its students.

KSTP has a video report on their website. The tape starts off pleasantly, as the children run up to the camera to smile and wave, just like children anywhere would do. One man walks rapidly towards the camera and grabs it, while another unseen man assaults the cameraman. Later, the police would retrieve the camera, and the video shows the police cars responding to the emergency call from the news crew.

The action by the MnDoE should make clear that Kersten had the story essentially right. Local journalists attempting to intimidate her and the Strib — which has thus far refused to submit to this bullying — have some explaining to do. If she had written a story about a charter school illegally giving instructions in the Catholic or Mormon faith, these same journalists would have nominated her for an award.

Next, the MnDoE should seriously reconsider this school’s accreditation in light of the attack on KSTP’s news crew. If nothing else, it calls into question whether the administrators should have children in their care at a state-funded charter school, given their temperament. They conducted this assault in full view of the students. If TiZA continues to employ these two men, the state should pull all funding from the academy.

Update: Michelle’s been following this story as well.


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They could call it “Crusaders Academy”…

FloridaBill on May 19, 2008 at 9:26 PM

There’s a private Catholic school in my area. I always chuckle when I hear their TV ad which ends with “Join the Crusader Spirit!”

What I want to know is this. TIZA is only 1 school in 1 community in 1 state. How many other “madrassas” are being funded with public monies in other communities in other states? This must end, especially if the Qur’an is used for instruction. The Qur’an is pure unadulterated bigotry and should not be allowed as a teaching tool for children.

Connie on May 20, 2008 at 12:23 AM

Can anyone say “Fifth Column”???

oldleprechaun on May 20, 2008 at 12:24 AM

This is off topic, but I just drank a Shiner 99 Helles Lager. That is the best beer I have ever tasted. Maybe the school administrator would like one. Naw…

Johan Klaus on May 20, 2008 at 12:31 AM

Can anyone say “Fifth Column”???

oldleprechaun on May 20, 2008 at 12:24 AM

Or five pillars.

Shy Guy on May 20, 2008 at 12:37 AM

In another generation, we’re gonna have some real problems with these…. people.

Kini on May 20, 2008 at 12:44 AM

Johan Klaus on May 20, 2008 at 12:31 AM

Good man!

Limerick on May 20, 2008 at 12:45 AM

nothing to see here…

move along

tiny minority

1 percent

islam means peace
islam IS peace
there is nothing wrong with islam, it is perfect.

“alhamdi’lillah
laysat al-walayat al mutahida akbar min al-islamiyyah!
allahu akbar! islamiyya wa muslimeen akbar min al-walayat al-mutahida!”

blatantblue on May 20, 2008 at 1:08 AM

Kini – We already have some real problems with these people but too few people are paying attention. I have a liberal friend who thinks that we don’t need to worry – they will all assimilate. Well, they won’t assimilate. They truly have a plan to take over this country and if we don’t start resisting their use of political correctness against us it will be sooner rather than later.
I greatly fear that most people in this country are too apathic to care. We’ve become a live and let live society and tend to ignore what is going on around us. We are becoming a people who know how to enjoy our freedom but can’t be bothered to fight for it.
Many won’t know how truly great this freedom that we have is until we have lost it.
Read “While Europe Slept” and you will realize what we are in for.

kaye on May 20, 2008 at 1:10 AM

Read “While Europe Slept” and you will realize what we are in for.

kaye on May 20, 2008 at 1:10 AM

Thanks for tip. Yes, we’ve had problems for years and no one is listening.

Kini on May 20, 2008 at 1:18 AM

kaye on May 20, 2008 at 1:10 AM

Make sure that your state has concealed carry license and then lock and load.

Johan Klaus on May 20, 2008 at 1:18 AM

Next, the MnDoE should seriously reconsider this school’s accreditation in light of the attack on KSTP’s news crew.

What, are you kidding? Reconsider it’s accreditation? If this is a publicly funded school it needs to be shut down as quickly as possible. Islam attracts victims and there is no shortage of those in this country. Start allowing public schools to indoctrinate in this cult of death and we will be signing our own death warrant. Public funds should not be going to religious training unless it is through a voucher system and all parents are given a choice as to where their children go to school.

peacenprosperity on May 20, 2008 at 7:16 AM

Close the public fund spigot. Change it to a private school and let them finance it themselves like the Catholics and others do. Why is Islam a special case?

It would be better if religion stayed out of ALL school curricula at least until the students can freely choose which, if any, religion to follow. Teaching comparative religion starting in the second year of high school would be fine.

Annar on May 20, 2008 at 7:41 AM

They obviously don’t recognize “freedom of the press”.

ctmom on May 20, 2008 at 7:41 AM

So much for “lamd of 10,000 lakes.” More like “land of 10,000 hates.”

WTF is wrong with MN ?

cannonball on May 20, 2008 at 7:43 AM

What has Minnesota done to anger them so?

They failed to properly “understand” them and “feel” their pain…

JohnAGJ on May 20, 2008 at 7:51 AM

Maybe Minn’s “muslim” congressman, the one that took the congressional oath on the koran………can step in and “talk” things over….appease them

sbark on May 20, 2008 at 8:05 AM

The Qur’an is pure unadulterated bigotry and should not be allowed as a teaching tool for children.

Connie on May 20, 2008 at 12:23 AM

That thing called the Constitution is there for a reason you know…

Darth Executor on May 20, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Is Minnesota the new canary in the coal mine?
Last week I wrote to school officials in St.Cloud,Mn. where muslim students forced out a disabled student teacher’s service dog,and they denied it ever happened, then attacked me for listening to “Rush Limbaugh,” (which I do not.)

lizzee on May 20, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Strip the school of its accreditation until it complies with state and federal statutes.

File assult charges against the perps.

moxie_neanderthal on May 20, 2008 at 9:10 AM

The Qur’an is pure unadulterated bigotry and should not be allowed as a teaching tool for children.

Connie on May 20, 2008 at 12:23 AM
That thing called the Constitution is there for a reason you know…
Darth Executor on May 20, 2008 at 8:08 AM

The Constitution is not a suicide pact. Islam is abusive to women and children and in its pure form mandates the destruction and subjugation of all kafirs – meaning you and me.

On the same bases that the FLDS “compound” can be raided and its children taken away, these outfits will be raided and shut down some day. Not this year, not the next, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ilive to see it.

Akzed on May 20, 2008 at 9:30 AM

That thing called the Constitution is there for a reason you know…

Darth Executor on May 20, 2008 at 8:08 AM

That sword cuts two ways. The 1st Amendment may one day be used as it was perhaps originally intended– to protect some citizens from a local government that has been taken over by Muslims and attempting to institute some type of Islam by fiat. Brits may soon wish they had a written constitution with similar protections.

People in Dearborn and elsewhere may be suing their local governments for violating 1st amendment rights.

JiangxiDad on May 20, 2008 at 9:37 AM

I’m no authority on the Constitution, but doesn’t the Warren Court give the govt the right to take action regarding First Amendment Rights where it is deemed in the best interests of the people at large?

OldEnglish on May 20, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Ha! Hide and watch. Our government, from Washington on down to the states, is either too afraid or too brainwashed by political correctness to take on the creeping Islamism in this country.

What I want to know is, where is the ACLU? If this were a publicly-funded school teaching Pentecostal Baptist theology to its students, the ACLU would already have hauled it into court and bankrupted it.

rockmom on May 20, 2008 at 9:42 AM

I haven’t read all the comments, so forgive me if I’m repeating something. Not to play devil’s advocate (which is REALLY appropriate phrasing), but I do have my concerns about someone showing up and videotaping kids. I don’t see the camera in the video, is it clearly marked as a news camera? Was there other media there as someone mentioned? Was it “news” or “press” the cameraman was shouting? I know at my public school, there must be written consent to have my kids photographed by anyone. That being said, I hope they sue this school to bankruptcy for assault.

dish on May 20, 2008 at 9:46 AM

The Constitution is not a suicide pact. Islam is abusive to women and children and in its pure form mandates the destruction and subjugation of all kafirs – meaning you and me.

Akzed on May 20, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Precisely. Muslims will tell you that Islam allows freedom of religion, but is it really freedom when those of other faiths must abide by Islamic law or when they must pay a tax for that freedom? Islam does not qualify as just another religion in so far as it is understood in our Bill of Rights and Constitution because there is no separation of church and state in the Islamic ideology. In fact, Islam is the exact opposite of what is expressed in American documents.

Connie on May 20, 2008 at 9:55 AM

This idea that anyone has a right to come to America and break our laws is a crock. If Americans don’t stand and fight now we may well be the appeasers and fools we are perceived to be. People only appreciate that which they have earned and obviously we are no longer earning our freedom.

Thank God for our forefathers insight. Lock and load America, they’re coming to take this great lady down one freedom at a time using political correctness for their initial foothold. Witness what’s happened to Europe. It’s clear that unfettered immigration ruins nations and cultures.

Ernest on May 20, 2008 at 9:56 AM

dish on May 20, 2008 at 9:46 AM

I believe the purpose of the camera was to get the principal’s reaction to the report from the MDE, not to videotape children.

Connie on May 20, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Connie on May 20, 2008 at 9:57 AM

I understand that, but it appears these guys show up and start taping kids before meeting with administrators. I’m just saying that in most cases, the smiling and waving kids are taped after and under the supervision of the school officials. Now, if there was a media area set up, it would be expected that these kids would be photographed and the officials could take steps to avoid having the kids taped; but the report looks like the guys just show up with camera rolling, hoping for a confrontation.

dish on May 20, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Travis Bickle on May 19, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Bill Clinton put a lot of Somalis in Minnesota (as well as in Nashville and a few other places). Just google for news reports of Muslim fanaticism like refusing to ring up pork products or refusing to take dogs or alcohol by taxi, and you will find a city where Bill Clinton dumped Somalis.

Al in St. Lou on May 20, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Publicly-funded Islamic schools, a black-liberation Presidential candidate that supports Farakan’s Nation of Islam, a President that calls and personally apologizes when a single Quran is shot (but supports the burning of our own flag), a U.N. populated and dominated by Muslim nations…

They’ve already won, people. Get ready for that poll tax.

spmat on May 20, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Of course they should have their government funding pulled. We also need to look at schools in heavy evangelical areas and see what ones need to be pulled there.

Also there should be no federal funding for schools, period. That is federalism.

Not just here, but it would be positive to see religion eliminated as much as possible from society, otherwise intelligent people are possessed by these demonic superstitions and made irrational. Mailing in your introspection of “morality” and outsourcing it to these outdated fable books full of witchery is just plain ridiculous. Our drift towards nihilism is confirming this need, otherwise there are events that will probably create another dark ages.

LevStrauss on May 20, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Is Minnesota the new canary in the coal mine?
Last week I wrote to school officials in St.Cloud,Mn. where muslim students forced out a disabled student teacher’s service dog,and they denied it ever happened, then attacked me for listening to “Rush Limbaugh,” (which I do not.)

lizzee on May 20, 2008 at 8:19 AM

heh. It’s all they’ve got. We can only hope that 10 years of screaming RUSH LIMBAUGH and RACIST are losing effectiveness on the general electorate.

Otherwise, prepare for the Obama Diet Plan for a grand new you!

funky chicken on May 20, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Immediately halt all funds!
Immediately close the school’s doors, suspended until futher notice.
Immediately file suit on all counts.
1. Free Press
2. Hate Crime by Muslims against non-Muslims
3. Assault and battery with intent to abuse the minds of children watching, coersion by force.
4. Original complaint of teaching religion using tax dollars
5. Teacher unions need to step in to defend non-Muslim teachers who were abused by the school authorities.

maverick muse on May 20, 2008 at 10:57 AM

I remember reading about a story like this a year or two ago. I wonder if it’s the same school.
A wonderful way to spend those tax dollars.

Christine on May 20, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Send in the governor, on his knees, crying with a Qu’ran kissed by George Bush to mollify the local Muslims. You don’t want this affecting the situation in Iraq.

BL@KBIRD on May 20, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Katherine Kersten first brought the story to our attention, for which local journalists have begun petitioning the Star Tribune to fire her.

Is it worth investigating whether some significant number of journalists (or some number of significant journalists) are supported partly by Saudi Arabian or other muslim sources? I wonder if any journalists are willing to say that they’ve received overtures that they’ve turned down.

Kralizec on May 20, 2008 at 12:40 PM

I think it is important that if you are going to make such inflammatory remarks that you at least have a basis for the comments.

Do you read your own comments, for crying out loud?

Islam is fundamentally incompatible with a free society. These are the so-called moderate Muslims I keep hearing about and this was supposed to be the model for other schools. Continuing to lie to ourselves about this ideology is akin to promoting the destruction of our society.

Mormon Doc on May 19, 2008 at 8:56 PM

So, what is to be done? Shall we outlaw Islam?

I’ll keep my own counsel about how to be taken seriously, thanks.

DrSteve on May 20, 2008 at 12:55 PM

So, what is to be done? Shall we outlaw Islam?

Yep.

There is no such thing as a moderate muslim. There are devout muslims and there are westernized muslims which are almost nearly all infected by post modernism. Ingraham had a “moderate” muslim on her show today who equated George Bush with the 911 hijsckers. Actually there are three types, western, devout and radical. The devout are subservient and obedient to islam and the mullahs. The radical are activist and leading the in destroying us infidels and taking over the world. The conservative estimate for radicals is 10% of all muslims. Of 1.2 billion. Thats 120 million who want to cut off your head.

What is going on in the world now is nothing new, it is the history of islams relationship with the rest of the world.

At some point islam will bee banned from the US but at this point it will be after we all lose most of our freedom and this country is no longer recognizable.

peacenprosperity on May 20, 2008 at 1:10 PM

We also have footbaths in some of our community colleges and special muslim prayer rooms in the Twin City high schools.

Bishop on May 19, 2008 at 11:20 PM

At Minneapolis Community and Technical College, there is a separate prayer room for Muslims. But none, curiously enough, for Christians, Jews, Buddhists or Wiccans. The attitude the Muslim males display to women of any race is deplorable, but don’t expect the administration there to address it, since they’re too busy trying to shove ‘diversity’ down the throats of the student population. This is the same school that tried to prevent a chapter of College Republicans from forming, but welcomes every.single.liberal/Socialist/Communist group you can think of.

And they wonder why they won’t get a dime from me as an alumna.

Blue-eyed Infidel on May 20, 2008 at 1:49 PM

I simply cannot wait until the youngest is out of school, and we can finally leave this sorry excuse for a state.

Blue-eyed Infidel on May 20, 2008 at 1:50 PM

DrSteve

It appears that you think by simply denouncing what I have posted will somehow nullify the truth of what I wrote. I welcome your feedback and presume you have good insight that is contrary to what I have written but you don’t seem to be including it in your posts to me.

If you have a counterpoint to one of my posts that is evidence based or philosophically opposed then please post it. If you simply don’t like what I have written based on your feelings then that is a different matter and may I suggest that a political blog is probably not the best place to try to persuade people with feelings.

I wrote that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with a free society. You rejected the notion but utterly failed to explain your position. I have attempted to be precise by providing examples based on Koranic teachings and referencing current events to support my position. Perhaps you could do likewise.

Responding to my posts as if your outrage counts for something more than pure emotion is counterproductive. I am more than happy to engage in a debate but we should try to keep our emotions out of it.

To answer your question about outlawing Islam I can only say that sedition is already illegal. Just because it hides itself under the guise of a religion makes it no less dangerous and no less illegal.

Mormon Doc on May 20, 2008 at 3:36 PM

And who’s fault is it that Minnesota has become a hotbed of radical Islam? First it was dangerous, flaming airport restrooms, and now this. I think you have to add MN to your list of states to watch…

bayam on May 20, 2008 at 4:50 PM

I don’t think that is necessary. All we need to do is start enforcing the laws on the books and stop giving special preferences to a dangerous ideology. Sedition is a crime and it should be prosecuted.
Mormon Doc on May 19, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Exactly, there is no reason to suspend the constitution to ban Islam/Muslims from America considering Islam is more than just a religion; Islam is also political because it is non-secular.

Therefore I agree with Mormon Doc that there is no reason to suspend the constitution as we have laws that make it illegal (treason) to support and foment a political ideology (regardless if the political ideology is religion based) that is a threat to the security, constitution, or sovereignty of our nation…therefore as Indy Conservative so eloquently stated:

The Muslim bastards who are in our country, who call themselves “Americans” must be stripped from their citizenship, should be kicked out, all of them and Islam must be outlawed.

End of discussion.

Indy Conservative on May 19, 2008 at 9:41 PM

There goes the First Amendment. Any other amendments in the Bill of Rights you’d like to take a crap on?

Hollowpoint on May 19, 2008 at 9:56 PM

While I agree our constitution does provide for the protection for religious freedoms I completely disagree that these freedoms afforded under our constitution applies to non-secular religions, e.g., religions that are also political as much as they are a religion.

I seriously doubt our forefathers would make the mistake of viewing Islam as strictly a religion (nor should we). Not only that but I doubt our forefathers would even be having this argument nor would they be fearful of not abiding by our constitution by getting rid of Islam as it is obvious Islam is just as much a political ideology as it is a religious ideology.

In fact I’d say our forefathers would be busily kicking their azz’s out of our country as soon as it became obvious how insidious and dangerous their Islamic religious/political ideology was to the union.

Liberty or Death on May 20, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Wow,, let me see, I thought we were a racist Muslim hating country after 911? Seems like we have been bending over backwards and giving the Muslims anything and everything they want. Including tax funded schools. Only in America can you fly airplanes into it’s skyscrapers killing thousands of it’s people and within just a few years get tax funding to build schools to create more little terrorists.

JellyToast on May 20, 2008 at 6:54 PM

I think it’s called winning the hearts and minds by licking the sandals of Islam. It’s a Saudi strategy, given to Bush for free in exchange for protecting everything Saudi.

BL@KBIRD on May 20, 2008 at 8:44 PM

I’m sure glad those first graders are veiled; think of the havoc their sexiness would cause otherwise.

*sarcasm off*

PattyJ on May 20, 2008 at 10:22 PM

The answer is obvious – more foot baths in airports.

labrat on May 21, 2008 at 5:05 AM

I think we are close to calling a fatwa on muslim based businesses if they keep it up!

sabbott on May 21, 2008 at 8:01 AM

It appears that you think by simply denouncing what I have posted will somehow nullify the truth of what I wrote.

I was providing evidence that your comments were directly contradictory, not to mention facially ridiculous. You said I needed to support my inflammatory comments, by which I inferred you meant my pointing out that what you said was itself inflammatory and not to be taken seriously.

Some things are so absurd reasonable people don’t have to take time to dissect them. To wit, your apparent contention that there are no moderate Muslims, your stated view that Islam is incompatible with a free society, and your conflation of Islam with sedition. The sweeping nature of these statements alone should give a person of even normal intelligence serious pause as to their validity.

There are moderate Muslims in America and elsewhere, living lives completely compatible with our free society. They are not committing sedition in daily following the tenets of their faith. The existence of even one such person invalidates your overbroad formulation.

Step back for a moment and look at the logical construction of what you’re laboring here to support.

DrSteve on May 21, 2008 at 10:17 AM

They are not committing sedition in daily following the tenets of their faith.

DrSteve on May 21, 2008 at 10:17 AM

That is because they are not following the tenets of their faith.

Connie on May 21, 2008 at 3:22 PM

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