Update: I’ve been out all day, but Jerry Gordon has the latest news, the ACLU case will go forward, here, at New English Review.
TiZA is the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy. We told you about the Minnesota charter school before, here. Thanks to reader Mars for alerting us to them, below are two recent stories to bring us up to date on the ACLU lawsuit against the school and its founders—the Muslim America Society (MAS), Minnesota chapter.
It might be useful for readers to first visit this 2004 article from the Chicago Tribune to understand how the MAS sprang from the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. The lengthy investigative report was one of the first things I read when I began studying the issue of Islam and its plans for us. I think you will be as stunned as I was to see what the goals are and for how long the stealth jihad has been going on in the US.
The first of my two articles today is from Katherine Kersten who is obviously the expert on the TiZA. I can’t believe I am cheering for the ACLU.
The ACLU of Minnesota made headlines in January when it sued Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA), a public K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights. The suit — which followed media reports of organized prayers and a pervasive religious environment at TiZA — alleged that the school is violating constitutional prohibitions against government endorsement of religion.
“It’s a theocratic school,” state ACLU director Chuck Samuelson told City Pages. “It is as plain as the substantial nose on my face.”
In the six months since the suit was filed, TiZA has fought tooth and nail — erecting procedural barriers to prevent the ACLU from investigating what goes on there.
The school’s efforts to avoid public scrutiny are part of a well-established pattern.
The reasons for TiZA’s obsession with secrecy may become clear if the ACLU prevails on pending motions regarding its “standing to sue.” A court ruling is expected soon.
Now, can you believe this, Kersten says the TiZA issue ties into the missing Somali youths case. Here is how:
The ACLU suit may reveal a Minnesota public school that is funneling state funds to an activist Islamic organization, and has connections to a controversial imam whose mosque is under scrutiny in the case of the disappearing Twin Cities Somali youths.
….A key figure here is Imam Hassan Mohamud, a founding TiZA board member and “director/developer” who has served as the school’s board secretary. According to news reports, he is also director of MAS-MN’s Islamic Law Institute. In 2006, he signed the MAS-MN “fatwa” forbidding Muslim airport taxi drivers from “cooperating in sin” by transporting passengers carrying alcohol.
Mohamud serves as imam at Minnesota Dawah Institute in St. Paul — a target of scrutiny in the missing youths case. Some of the missing boys’ parents say “their sons spent a lot of time” at Dawah Institute, according to National Public Radio. Mohamud has denied that the mosque played any role in the disappearances. In January, he told the Star Tribune that no one from the mosque had left for Somalia “except one man who went for his health.”
After you stop laughing, consider the fact that lying for the sake of Allah is permitted in Islam. It is another one of those Islamic laws that people raised with the Judeo-Christian concept of the Ten Commandments can’t get our heads around.
Our second TiZA story today was actually published a few days before Katherine Kersten’s article and in it we learn that TiZA is now suing the state of Minnesota which is threatening to cut off over a million dollars from the stunning $4 million the school got in 2008-2009. TiZA likely figures this is infidel money which they, as superior Muslims, deserve.
An Inver Grove Heights charter school where state officials say more than a dozen teachers lack proper licenses has taken its battle to court.
Officials at the Minnesota Department of Education told Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA) last month that they would recommend withholding $1.4 million in public funding from the school as a result of licensure violations, according to a lawsuit filed by the school Thursday in Ramsey County District Court.
But TiZA claims that state officials have refused to provide the school with public records related to the state’s investigation of the alleged violations, and that without them the school can’t properly defend itself as it appeals the decision.
In the lawsuit, TiZA and the school’s executive director, Asad Zaman, are asking the court to order the state to hand over the records and impose a civil penalty against the Education Department.
The skirmish comes during a time of intense scrutiny for the K-8 school, which has about 480 students — most of them Muslim — at campuses in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine. In January, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed suit against the school, arguing that TiZA has violated the Constitution by crossing the line between religion and public schools.
Hey TiZA, you can’t have it both ways. Those of us who have experience with private Christian schools know that if you take taxpayer money, you must follow government rules—it’s the price you pay.
Now, I can’t wait for the ACLU to discover there is an awful lot of government funding going into religious organizations resettling refugees, but I won’t be holding my breath.
For new readers, most of the students at TiZA are Somali:
The US State Department has admitted over 80,000 Somali refugees to the US in the last 25 years and then last year had to suspend family reunification because widespread immigration fraud was revealed through DNA testing.