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Rep. Wolf Wants State Department to Step Up in Saudi Academy Controversy
by Matt Korade
Virginia Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf has weighed in on the controversy over the teachings of the Saudi government's school in Northern Virginia, sending a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking for a complete translation and assessment of the school's textbooks.
A federal commission's independent investigation of the books found that they contained passages espousing religious hatred and giving permission to kill unbelievers, passages critics say are in violation of an agreement the Saudi government made with the United States in 2006 to clean up its textbooks.
"The United States government owes it to those who are concerned and to the parents and students at the ISA [Islamic Saudi Academy] to thoroughly examine this matter and find out the truth about the content of the textbooks in question," Wolf's letter read. "Your personal attention is appreciated. Please keep me informed of developments."
A post-script handwritten in all capital letters near the signature read, "The State Department is not doing its duty."
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