Posted by: Ann Corcoran | March 25, 2011

Maryland to launch Arabic language in elementary schools—to help remove “misconceptions” about Islam!

It was only a little over a month ago that Texas parents went ballistic upon learning that the state of Texas was about to begin an Arabic language and culture program in schools in that state, now we are just learning, thanks to the blog Creeping Shariah, that the same is about to happen in Maryland (Hat tip: Annie).

Before launching into the Maryland story, Creeping Shariah directs us to an interview with writer Mark Steyn on Arabic language education posted at Atlas Shrugs (emphasis in the original):

“It shows how we mischaracterized, we willfully misunderstand Islam. Yes, on the face of it, yes, Arabic is a language. In a sense there would be no difference between opening a foreign language school — a Spanish language school or a french language school — but in fact Arabic is more than a language. It is explicated the language of Islam, so in that sense it is part of the Islamic religious imperial project. Radical Islam advances through the Arabic language. And you go to all kinds of places that aren’t in the Arab world now, like Pakistan, Indonesia, Central Asia, the Balkans, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada and the United States, and you will here (sic) those Imams preaching in Arabic. Arabic is not just another language like French or Italian, it is the spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States.

To Maryland….

Below is what Anwer Hassan, chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern Affairs and a board member of the Maryland Muslim Council, said to the Muslim Link (a publication of the Muslim Brotherhood in America according to Creeping Shariah) about the new Maryland program (emphasis mine):

Howard County, Maryland resident Anwer Hassan, who chairs the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern Affairs, told the Muslim Link that introducing Arabic language to public school students was one of the agenda items in meeting with the governor. Hassan also met with the Maryland State Department of Education, and was the one to suggest that Arabic be introduced at the elementary school level rather than at a later stage, as children can grasp more at an early age.

“Years of effort has paid off. Im glad we have a governor in the state of Maryland who is really supportive of [this] initiative,” said Hassan. Arabic instruction is important for bridging the gap of understanding between the west and the Arab world, and for removing misconceptions about the Islamic faith, he added. National security and trade are also in need for more Arabic speakers, he said, adding that Maryland is a heavy exporter to the Middle East. Muslim children will also better understand their religion by knowing Arabic, said Hassan.

So where is the separation of mosque and state—are taxpayers, through our public schools, now responsible for “removing misconceptions about the Islamic faith” and helping “Muslim children understand their religion?”     [Where is the MD ACLU when you need them?]

The Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs

Visit the website of Governor Martin O’Malley’s Muslim Commission (chaired by Hassan) here, and note that they will be meeting in a public meeting on March 31st:

Join the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs!

Date: March 31, 2011

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Banneker Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

To RSVP and for more information, contact:

Guest Speakers:

  • Israel C. Patoka, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives
  • Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
  • Susan Spinnato, Director, Instructional Programs, Maryland State Department of Education

Agenda Items

  • 2011 Legislative Session
  • Discussion on situation in the Middle East
  • Maryland Arabic Language Programs
  • And more!

Don’t miss out on the March 2011 Commission Meeting! Come meet the Commissioners and participate in our discussions. Light refreshments will be provided!

Governor’s Commission promoting CAIR!

Note in the right hand sidebar under Community Forum that the Commission’s (GOVERNMENT) website promoted a January ‘Know your Rights’ workshop put on by the Council on American Islamic Relations, here.

Readers should know that our FBI severed its relationship with CAIR in 2009.  Here is one of many stories on that bold action taken by the FBI resulting primarily from court findings that CAIR is connected to international terrorism.

And for Maryland readers, here is just one actual example I learned about in 2009 of CAIR’s “training” skills where they advised an Imam in western Maryland about how to get around FBI questions.

So, we have a Maryland government (taxpayer supported) commission promoting CAIR when the FBI has severed all ties?   And,we are about to teach our public school children about Islam when Christianity and Judiasm are barred from the classroom!  Ahhhhhh!



    • Beverly, you might want to send a message to the governor and your state legislators, but definitely make it clear to your local Board of Education that you are opposed to the plan in your county.

  2. […] Jamison| Leave a commentAnd the separation of “mosque and state” is where, again?? Ann Corcoran of the Potomac Tea Party Report says Maryland public schools don’t allow Christianity or Judaism to be taught, but will be […]

  3. […] is on their agenda?  Ann Corcoran sums up one listed topic in her “Maryland to launch Arabic language in elementary schools—to help […]

  4. […] Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs. What is on their agenda?  Ann Corcoran sums up one listed topic in her “Maryland to launch Arabic language in elementary schools—to help […]

  5. […] week I reported that the Chairman (Anwer Hassan) of the  Governors Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, […]

  6. […] have Arabic taught in Maryland PUBLIC elementary schools.  See my two previous posts on this issue, here and […]

  7. […] By the way, the umbrella group, the national Council on American Islamic Relations (the one that appears to have lost its tax exempt status recently) was mentioned this past year as being involved with Governor O’Malley’s Middle Eastern Commission that is pushing Arabic for Maryland elementary school children, here. […]

  8. […] lest I forget, remember that Maryland Muslims are pushing for Arabic to be taught in ELEMENTARY schools so that “Muslim children will better understand their […]

  9. […] Back in March we quoted from an article at the ML where the chairman of Governor O’Malley’s Commission on Middle Eastern Affairs, Anwer Hasan, said he supported Arabic being taught in Maryland ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (at taxpayers expense) so that “Muslim children would better understand their religion.” […]

  10. […] See also this related post about the proposal to teach Arabic in Maryland Public Elementary Schools.  I don’t know if this is still an on-going campaign by Muslim political activists in the state.  Does anyone know? […]

  11. […] us to O’Malley’s Muslims’ plans to require Arabic in Maryland elementary schools here in March […]

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