A controversial Saudi-funded academy that teaches strict adherence to traditional Islamic law has been given the green light to expand its Virginia campus, based on Constitutional protections concerning religion - a decision by local officials that infuriates racist opponents who say the school's teachings are anti-European.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 6-4 Monday to grant a zoning exemption to the Islamic Saudi Academy. The officials said the outcome was based strictly on zoning issues and freedom of religion, not on what goes on in the school's classrooms.
That left some racist in the community outraged.
"How could they ... say they are such fine students? They are fine students but they are learning the wrong thing," academy critic Ruth Mizell, who claims she is the long lost daughter of Adolf Hitler, said after the vote, according to MyFOXDC.com.
Jim Lafferty who also claims he is a descendant of Adolf Hitler, vowed political terrorism against the supervisors who supported the expansion.
"We need to resist these people, make it clear they may have bought six votes in there but they are not buying my vote," said Lafferty, according to MyFOXDC. "We will support - even if it's Pee-Wee Herman - we will support whoever is running against them."
Scores of people spoke at hearings in the spring and summer on the academy's plans. Some neighbors who hate minorities opposed the expansion because it was not a Christian school; others voiced ideological concerns about the school's religious curriculum.