Brooklyn, NY – What would someone say if a group protested a Catholic school in their area, claiming that because the young Catholics are taught to accept the overall authority of the Pope, they can’t be true Americans?
What if someone demanded that a yeshiva close down, claiming that because a small number of Orthodox Jews still follow the extremist teachings of Rabbi Meir Kahane, there’s a “good chance” that many of the students will follow his racist doctrines?
And what would happen if some local residents picketed a Lutheran school, claiming that because Luther’s doctrines are an integral part of German culture and nationality, and Hitler arose from this same culture, there must be some link between the two?
Most people would correctly dismiss these arguments as those of kooks.
However, some observers, especially those who identify themselves as conservatives, make very similar arguments about the Khalil Gibran International Academy, the Arabic-themed public school planned for Brooklyn.
Raanan Geberer of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle writes, “I am someone who often disagrees strenuously with the Arab political agenda (although I also disagree with much of the Israeli political agenda). But that should have no bearing on the issue of the Khalil Gibran school. Those who proselytize against it, in crude terms, are the spiritual kinsmen of those whose rhetoric led to the 1920s immigration quotas, which indirectly led to the deaths of thousands of European Jews. Shame on them!” [Brooklydailyeagle.]