Houston district opens ‘Arabic Immersion School’ to create ‘global citizens’

Or local dhimmis. Prepare for nausea. via Houston district opens ‘Arabic Immersion School’ to create ‘global citizens’ – EAGnews.org.

HOUSTON – About 130 Houston student will attend a new Arabic immersion school next year, where they will learn to speak Arabic as they learn “to be truly global citizens.”

“With kids who learn Arabic, as a parent you’re going to set them up for success, as a teacher you’re going to challenge them to do the best they can, but that skill of learning Arabic and being fluent in it really can be life-changing for a Houston kid,” Kate Adams, the principal of Houston Independent School District’s Arabic Immersion Magnet School, told Houston Public Media.

“In addition to the students being fully functionally bilingual in Arabic and English, the bigger goal for me is that I want our students to be truly global citizens,” she said. “And so that doesn’t just mean language fluency or cultural fluency. It’s kind of how you look at the world and how you interact with the world.”

Click 2 Houston reports Arabic is the second most common foreign language spoken by Houston students, presumably behind Spanish. The school is scheduled to launch next year with two pre-kindergarten classes focused on Modern Standard Arabic. Officials plan to add a new grade level each year until those students reach fifth grade.

“Houston is one of the world’s leading energy capitals and it has strong economic ties to the Middle East,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said in a statement. “Those factors combine to create a significant demand in our city for Arabic language fluency – and we want to meet that demand.”

Amy Crouser told HPM she applied for one of the high demand slot at the Arabic immersion school and is thrilled her son was accepted. There were three applications for students for every one of the 130 spots for year one.

Crouser said her family has no ties to the Middle East, but picked the school over the district’s Spanish or Chinese immersion programs because it’s something unique.

“And the fact that we speak English in our household, and that’s it, I just don’t have the opportunity to teach that to him,” she said. “I have no one to speak another language to him where he can be immersed and truly learn as a native speaker.”

Emran El-Badawi heads the Arab Studies Department at the University of Houston, and serves on the board of the new school. He told HPM the school will have to contend with Arab stereotypes, but believes it will ultimately benefit the region.

“In some cases you’re teaching and sometimes you’re also un-teaching,” he said. “This is the city to do this. This is the city to break those stereotypes and start building bridges.”

Crouser read out loud one of the negative comments about the school she found online: “Let’s see, ‘Gee, what could possibly go wrong with this scenario? Why not just pack the kids up and send them off to an ISIS training camps? This is a very sad idea.’”

“They’re not even based on facts. It’s totally fear-ridden comments. I mean, the thing is that Arabic does not equal Islam and Islam does not equal terrorism, so to say that is bigoted and it’s bullying in my book,” she said.

The Houston Chronicle reports HUISD is focusing a lot on dual-language instruction, going from 14 to 55 campuses that offer two languages in just the last three years.t

“From the district’s standpoint, it’s a plus for any student to speak two languages. Officials describe bilingual students as having increased vocabulary, being more competitive academically and better prepared for the job market,” the Chronicle reports.

“Those students … in the dual language program do exceed the academic achievement of other students,” said Altagracia Guerrero, assistant superintendent of the district’s multilingual department, told the Chronicle. “So we want to be able to provide that opportunity for more students.”


If Arabic does not equal Islam then why are the Arabic classes only taught by Muslims and why is Islamic dawah/culture always part of the curriculum?

As noted in the previous post, 22-year old Muslim girl guilty for posting 45,000 terror tweets…all in Arabic.

 

 

Texas: Muslim Falls for “Sick Mom” Trick, Returns to US, Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS

It took the feds fifteen months after his return to make an arrest. Feel safer?

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via Department of Justice.

A criminal complaint has been unsealed in the Southern District of Texas following the arrest of a Spring man on allegations he conspired to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization. United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson made the announcement along with Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Division.

Asher Abid Khan, 20, was taken into custody this morning without incident. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy in Houston at 2:00 p.m. today.

The criminal complaint alleges Khan and a friend devised a plan to travel to Turkey and on to Syria for the purpose of joining and waging jihad on behalf of ISIL. Khan had allegedly asked a Turkish-based foreign terrorist fighter facilitator that “I wana join ISIS can you help?” He also told someone else that “I wana die as a Shaheed [martyr],” according to the allegations.

Khan’s friend allegedly made it to Syria and ISIL with the assistance of Khan and the foreign terrorist fighter facilitator. Khan had been living in Australia with a relative and made it to Istanbul, Turkey, where he was to meet up with his friend in their quest to join ISIL, according to the complaint. However, Khan’s family sent him false information regarding his mother’s health and he was deceived into returning home to Texas.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in federal prison. A conviction also carries a possible $250,000 fine.


 

More via Heavy.com: Asher Abid Khan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

The FBI alleges that Khan put his friend in contact with the Turkish-based ISIS facilitator so that the friend could join the terror group in Syria.

The complaint states that the friend goes by the name Abdullah Ali, and is a Mexican convert to Islam.

He is also from Texas, the FBI says. Ali’s Facebook page states that he is a Houston resident.

The FBI says his Facebook page included photos of S.R.G dressed in camouflage and holding what appeared to be an AK-47-style rifle. He told Khan he had gone through an ISIS boot camp, shot the rifle and “even fought a ‘(l)il bit,’” the FBI said in the complaint.

Khan told him through Facebook, “I’m happy for you and you are always in my prayer. I don’t want you getting in trouble so ima wrap this up real quick. Just a few things! Be careful who you kill, don’t neglect salah, recite qur’an and make tones of dua for guidance. And then trust in Allah. Don’t curse ppl you don’t know stuff about. And just take care, always.”

The two continued to talk in July 2014, and the friend tried to convince Khan to come join him in Syria. “That’s my baby,” he said with a photo of an AK-47. “You can have one too if you’d like.”

Khan told the ISIS recruiter through Facebook in January 2014 that he moved to Australia in 2013 because he was tired of living in the west. He said he was “sad,” because he lives in Australia “comfortably while (his) brothers are in so much hardship,” in the Middle East.

He said in a Facebook message, “All I know is that I want to fight fisabillah (for the sake of Allah). Who knows how long this fitna (a division between brothers that leads to fighting) will last? Will I miss my chance? I don’t want to fight for war booty or for nationalism. I want to just rise the laws of Allah and be a shaheed in his cause. I don’t want to be fighting with the wrong group, and so far all I see is ISIS fighting for Khilafah (the Muslim state).

Khan’s family intervened to prevent him from joining the terror group, prosecutors said. He was living in Australia with a relative and traveled successfully to Istanbul, Turkey, where he planned to meet up with a friend and join ISIS in Syria.

But Khan’s family sent him false information about his mother’s health, convincing him through that deception to return to his family’s home in Spring, Texas, near Houston.

According to the criminal complaint filed by an FBI agent, his family told Khan that his mother had been hospitalized. Khan complained in a Facebook message that he rushed back home because he was told his mother was in the ICU.

Khan, a 2013 graduate of Klein Oak High School, has been back in the United States since February 2014. He was arrested without incident by federal authorities on Tuesday, more than a year after his return from Turkey.

He also recently spent time living with relatives in Australia, according to the criminal complaint.

The FBI learned about Khan in August 2014 while investigating a friend of his. After getting a warrant to search the friend’s Facebook messages, they found he had been talking with his friend and others about traveling to Syria, joining ISIS and recruiting others to join him.

By that point, Khan had already traveled to Turkey and returned to the U.S.

 

Texas: Muslim Gets 40 Years in Prison in $116 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

via FBI — Assistant Administrator of Riverside General Hospital Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison in $116 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme.

The former assistant administrator of Riverside General Hospital was sentenced today to 40 years in prison for his role in a $116 million Medicare fraud scheme. To date, 10 individuals have pleaded guilty or been convicted for their involvement in the scheme.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas made the announcement.

Mohammad Khan, 65, of Houston, the assistant administrator who oversaw many of the partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) at Riverside General Hospital, pleaded guilty in February 2012 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks and paying illegal kickbacks. He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake of the Southern District of Texas. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $31,321,200.

According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, from January 2008 through February 2012, Khan and others at Riverside General Hospital operated a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting claims for PHP services that were not medically necessary and, in some cases, never provided. Prior to Khan’s arrest, Riverside submitted over $116 million in claims to Medicare for PHP services purportedly provided to the recruited beneficiaries, when in fact, the PHP services were medically unnecessary or never provided. Khan also admitted that he and his co-conspirators paid kickbacks to patient recruiters and to owners and operators of group care homes in exchange for which those individuals delivered ineligible Medicare beneficiaries to the hospital’s PHPs.

Others involved in the fraudulent scheme already have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

 

Texas: Senate Passes ‘Anti Sharia Law’

Considering Texas already has one, possibly two, Islamic sharia courts, and is a leading destination for Muslim refugees and immigrants (legal and illegal), they need to do more than pass a bill that no one will enforce. via ‘Anti Sharia Law’ Measure Passed Texas Senate | News Radio 1200 WOAI.

The Texas Senate last night passed and sent to Gov. Greg Abbott a measure that would prevent any ‘international law’ from being used in Texas civil courts, a bill many detractors say is Islamaphobic, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) doesn’t mention Islamic Koranic law, or ‘Sharia Law’ in her bill. She simply says it guarantees that no laws fro ‘foreign courts’ will be adopted by Texas civil court judges.

“It’s just to provide some belt and suspenders to make sure that, with judicial discretion, we don’t trump Texas law, American law, with a foreign law regarding family law,” Campbell said.

Muslim groups say the bill is a ‘solution looking for problem, and claim that the bill has its genesis in an anti Muslim demonstration on the steps of the Texas Capitol in January in which the proposal was cheered.

State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) grilled Campbell on examples she has seen of foreign law being used in Texas courts.

“What foreign law are you attempting to prevent being used, and can you give examples of where it has created a problem in the state?” Watson asked.

“No foreign law,” Campbell replied. “This just provides a context for judicial discretion.”

There have been instances of judges whose jurisdiction includes tightly knit religious communities, like the Amish in Ohio and Pennsylvania, the FLDS in Arizona and Utah, and the Hasidic Jews in New York City, agreeing, with the consent of all parties, to allow religious precepts to be used in court decisions on issues like divorce and child support.

In New York City, Jewish communities are occasionally allowed to establish their own Rabbinical courts to decide family law matters.

 

Texas Imam wants “change to the [free speech] law” (video)

 via Atlas Shrugs: Islam

“I think there needs to be a change to the law where people do not disrespect especially high people,” Imam Mobasher Ahmed said.


Joel Eisenbaum, Investigative Reporter, with a slanted report.

And it’s not just one Muslim imam. Many Muslims in the U.S. feel the same way:

 

San Antonio Human Resources Mgmt Association eliminates CAIR from ‘Islam in the Workplace’ curriculum

May many others follow suit.

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via FFA – San Antonio Human Resources Management Association eliminates CAIR from seminar entitled Understanding Islam in the Workplace curriculum.

San Antonio Human Resources Management Association eliminates CAIR from seminar entitled Understanding Islam in the Workplace curriculum.

Florida Family Association sent out an email alert on May 4, 2015 entitled San Antonio Human Resources Management Association sponsors CAIR seminar for educational certification credit entitled Understanding Islam in the Workplace. The email alert asked Floridafamily.org subscribers to send emails that urged San Antonio Human Resources Management Association officers and board members to abandon CAIR’s curriculum, cancel the May 12th workshop and terminate future educational relations with this organization. Thousands of people sent emails.

The San Antonio Human Resources Management Association (SAHRMA) website now has a new person addressing the workshop scheduled for May 12th instead of CAIR. The website NOW provides the following description of the new speaker: Rodney Klein graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and was hired by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as an Investigator in 1992. Mr. Klein investigated individual complaints of employment discrimination, along with large class and systemic cases. He worked as a liaison between the EEOC and various fair employment practice agencies. And, he was the San Antonio Office’s Charge Receipt Supervisor, responsible for receiving and processing all incoming discrimination complaints. Currently, Mr. Klein is the Dallas District’s Outreach and Training Manager. He speaks to audiences about employment related matters, the civil rights statutes, and EEOC procedures, and he is a featured speaker at his office’s yearly training seminars for employers.

Florida Family Association did not copy the web page before SAHRMA changed the speaker for the class. However, a Google search the morning of May 6, 2015 still contained part of the CAIR description in cache as shown in the photograph at the bottom of this email alert below. The Cache may change to the new description shown above for this Google search https://www.google.com/search?q=%22sahrma.org&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=%22sahrma.org%22+cair but at the time it was photographed the morning of May 6, 2015 the Google search cache stated: “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was created as an “organization that challenges stereotypes of Islam and Muslims”, a “Washington-based …”

Thankfully, it appears that SAHRMA has eliminated CAIR from teaching this course. Emails of concern clearly made a difference in SAHRMA’s quick removal of CAIR from teaching the course. Florida Family Association responded to the change of speaker by sending emails to inquire with SAHRMA’s top officers and directors if CAIR would have any other involvement in the course. None of the San Antonio Human Resources Management Association (SAHRMA) officials responded to Florida Family Association’s inquiry. Florida Family Association hopes to receive a report from insider(s) about the course presentation.

 

Texas: Allah Akbar, Bomb Graffiti Found in Lubbock

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via Exclusive: Disturbing Islamic Graffiti Found in Texas

The photographs, sent to Hannity.com by a Hannity Radio Show listener reveal graffiti on a cement block which reads, “Allah Akbar, LBK TX.” Also included in the graffiti is an image that appears to be a drawing of a bomb. LBK is an acronym for Lubbock, TX.

It is unknown whether the graffiti was painted before or after the Garland terror attempt. Garland is approximately 280 miles from Scurry County and Lubbock is approximately 87 miles from where the graffiti appeared.

Typical response from LEO: Islam-Inspired Graffiti in Scurry County Painted Over by Texas DPS

According to Texas DPS spokesperson Tom Vinger, the graffiti is not being considered a serious threat.

“We have looked into this with our law enforcement partners, including the FBI – and at this point in time, there is nothing to indicate that this constitutes a credible threat,” said Vinger (quote via EverythingLubbock). “If anyone has any information about the graffiti, please contact law enforcement.”

According to Texas DPS spokesperson Tom Vinger, the graffiti is not being considered a serious threat.

“We have looked into this with our law enforcement partners, including the FBI – and at this point in time, there is nothing to indicate that this constitutes a credible threat,” said Vinger (quote via EverythingLubbock). “If anyone has any information about the graffiti, please contact law enforcement.”

Read More: Islam-Inspired Graffiti in Scurry County Painted Over | http://kfyo.com/islam-inspired-graffiti-in-scurry-county-painted-over-by-texas-dps/?trackback=tsmclip

According to Texas DPS spokesperson Tom Vinger, the graffiti is not being considered a serious threat.

“We have looked into this with our law enforcement partners, including the FBI – and at this point in time, there is nothing to indicate that this constitutes a credible threat,” said Vinger (quote via EverythingLubbock). “If anyone has any information about the graffiti, please contact law enforcement.”

Read More: Islam-Inspired Graffiti in Scurry County Painted Over | http://kfyo.com/islam-inspired-graffiti-in-scurry-county-painted-over-by-texas-dps/?trackback=tsmclip

According to Texas DPS spokesperson Tom Vinger, the graffiti is not being considered a serious threat.

“We have looked into this with our law enforcement partners, including the FBI – and at this point in time, there is nothing to indicate that this constitutes a credible threat,” said Vinger (quote via EverythingLubbock). “If anyone has any information about the graffiti, please contact law enforcement.”

Read More: Islam-Inspired Graffiti in Scurry County Painted Over | http://kfyo.com/islam-inspired-graffiti-in-scurry-county-painted-over-by-texas-dps/?trackback=tsmclip

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