Please tell me it ain’t so, California. What have you started? What have you done? What will you do to us? Sharia Law? Really?
It’s the first announcement of its kind, but we pray that it’s one of the last. For the first time in the United States, an American Muslim college has now been accredited and will be counted as a “real” institution.
In a statement from Zaytuna, “on Wednesday, March 4, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) granted Zaytuna College accreditation. WASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredits institutions in several Western states, including Zaytuna’s neighbors such as Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.”
And from the mouth of the co-founder of the college, Hatem Bazian, it’s a groundbreaking opportunity for Muslims to find an academic home in the United States.
“Accreditation for us means that we’re moving from a Zaytuna.org to a Zaytuna.edu,” Bazian said. “It actually means that Muslims have an academic address in America.”
Although the school says that they offer a “Liberal arts education”, their only degree is a B.A. in Islamic Law and Theology.
And as if that’s not scary enough, the ideology behind the words from the President of Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, Riess Potterveld are unfortunately a belief that liberals and Muslims hold tightly:
“You don’t have to look very far to find out how important Islam has been to science, to literature, to the development of law and was very seriously committed to the preservation of scholarship and the new scholarship throughout many, many, hundreds and hundreds of years. It’s not like education is something new to Islam. It’s woven into it’s whole heritage. But it’s nice to see it surfacing in America in this particular way.”
What’s particularly alarming is the veracity with which these founders believe in this school. They believe it is part of a “prophesied” group of Muslims, as illustrated by their 12000 Strong campaign, which raises support for the school based on an interpretation of a prophecy from the Prophet Muhammad.
How very interesting. Judge for yourself if this should be happening.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie
H/T: Right Wing News
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