Virginia â€“ A holy war is brewing in Virginia, where a controversial Islamic school is seeking permission to expand its campus and a group of residents is going all out to stop it.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Monday night to consider a proposal to expand the campus of the Islamic Saudi Academy, a Saudi-owned college preparatory school.
Critics of the plan point to former students of the school who have been convicted in a plot to assassinate former President Bush, and more recently, arrested for trying to board an airplane with a seven-inch kitchen knife.
And others say they oppose the move to expand the school for one reason only:
â€œWeâ€™re opposed to the operation of the Islamic Saudi Academy because it teaches and practices Shariah law,â€ said James Lafferty, chairman of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST).
â€œShariah law is anti-constitutional and we feel that it is the ultimate improper land use here in the state where the Constitution was created.â€