This is exactly what I am wondering after reading the e-mail sent from Linda Summerall to various Northern Virginia legislators about their upcoming meeting, which is about (envelope, please) “The Potential Impacts of Global Sea Level Rise on the Mid-Atlantic Region.” Hmm, sounds like my taxes are being wasted to fund meetings that should be focused on transportation improvements or something more relevant.
At least, Ken Cuccinelli stands up for the taxpayers with his retort by agreeing with most taxpayers and saying that it is a waste of our taxes to be discussing such irrelevant topics.
Here is the exchange and H/T to BVBL:
From: Linda Summerall [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 10:42 AM
To: Mark Sickles; Thomas Davis Rust; Bob Marshall; Janet Howell; Al Eisenberg; Jim Scott; Ken Cuccinelli; Ken Plum; Patsy Ticer; Adam Ebbin; Bob Brink; Kristen Amundson; Timothy Hugo; Jill Holtzman Vogel; Herring Mark; Paul Nichols; Scott Lingamfelter; Toddy Puller; David Englin; Joe May; Brian Moran; Richard Stuart; Robert Griendling; Steve Shannon; Jeff Frederick; Chuck Colgan; Dave Marsden; Hon. Margi Vanderhye; Chuck Caputo; David Albo; Vivian Watts; Jackson Miller; Bob Hull; George Barker; Richard Saslaw; David Poisson; Mary Margaret Whipple; David Bulova
Cc: G. Mark Gibb
Subject: NoVa Regional Cmsn mtg
The attached agenda of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s monthly meeting on June 26 is being sent to you as an “FYI.”
This month’s presentation is on “Potential Impacts of Global Sea Level Rise on the Mid-Atlantic Region.” You are welcome to attend.
If you have any questions, please contact me or NVRC Executive Director Mark Gibb.
June 20, 2008
I received this press release from State Senator Ken Cuccinelli’s office regarding the recent developments with the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax.
June 19, 2008 www.Cuccinelli.com
FAIRFAX, VA – Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37), a current candidate for Virginia Attorney General, today released the following letter to Abdalla Al-Shabnan, Director-General of the Islamic Saudi Acadamy. The letter follows controversy surrounding the content of the Academy’s textbooks which merited a sharp review from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom last Wednesday.
Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II
June 17, 2008
Mr. Abdalla Al-Shabnan
Islamic Saudi Academy
8333 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
RE: Public repudiation of teaching of violence at Islamic Saudi Academy
Dear Mr. Al-Shabnan:
I read with great concern recent Washington Times news articles regarding the teaching of violent practices to students at the Islamic Saudi Academy on your two northern Virginia campuses. The Times reported on June 12, 2008, that a federal investigation found that your textbooks “teach students that it is permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam.”
ISA in its June 13, 2008, website press release states partially in response, “The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) once again issued an erroneous report about the Islamic Saudi Academy. The report contains mistranslated and misinterpreted texts, and references to textbooks that are no longer in use at the Academy.”
While I appreciate the press release response, it is not sufficient to alleviate concern. Since the allegations of teaching of violence are not directly and unequivocally repudiated in the press release, doubt remains that the allegations might indeed be true.
Therefore I call on you and each member of your Board of Directors to publicly (1) repudiate teaching at ISA that it is permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam, (2) affirm that it is not acceptable for your students to be taught lessons which if acted upon would violate US law and (3) that such lessons are not being taught at ISA.
Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II
*Cross Posted at Crystal Clear Conservative*