Katherine Kersten: Affidavits portray TiZA as threatening

  • Article by: KATHERINE KERSTEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 27, 2010 - 5:38 PM

Witnesses describe the charter school's response to criticism.

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jnkoFeb. 27, 10 1:12 PM

To nobody

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nmlp26Feb. 27, 10 1:24 PM

It's rare that I applaud the ACLU's efforts, but this seems to be one such case. Glad to see the Strib is trying to keep up with this story. There's much more to it than anyone is willing to say, either out of apparent fear for their lives or out of political correctness.

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active12Feb. 27, 10 1:44 PM

Katherine Kerstin failed, or intentionally ignored, to mention that there were 2 affidavits submitted by the ACLU, Janeha's and Khalid's. While TIZA's counsel filled SIXTEEN affidavits by parents, administrators and board members who either attended the parent meeting or interacted closely with the school. The SIXTEEN affidavits state completely the opposite of what Khalid and Janeha are claiming. An honest reporter should report all the facts not only what supports his or her view points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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active12Feb. 27, 10 1:51 PM

Kathrin Kristen failed to mention that there were another SIXTEEN affidavits filled by TIZA’s council. Those affidavits were filled by TIZA parents, administrators, board members who mostly were present at the mentioned parent meeting or worked closely with the school and interacted with Kalid and Janeha. There is overwhelming evidence in those affidavits of against what Khalid and Janeha mentioned in theirs. I would expect, like anyone else, that an honest journalist would report ALL facts, not only choosing what supports his or her viewpoints.

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beldarFeb. 27, 10 2:13 PM

KK's columns are in the STRIB as a brain teaser. They should be sub-titled "Spot the Hypocrisy". But that might be too obvious, since they're never very difficult. This week's clue comes already in paragraph three in which she approves of the ACLU now that it challenges a (non-Christian) school's promotion of religion. This is a two-fer, since past KK readers know that she admires civil liberties about as much as Dick Cheney, and hates religion in schools only when it's not her flavor. (Extra credit for those who remember when El Rushbo embraced the ACLU when HIS civil liberties were at issue). I'm not saying that what's alleged about TiZA's conduct isn't cause for concern, only that KK's fear baiting isn't credible because her intellectual dishonesty and hypocrisy dwarf the story.

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tonytecFeb. 27, 10 2:14 PM

While TIZA's counsel filled SIXTEEN affidavits by parents, administrators and board members who either attended the parent meeting or interacted closely with the school.

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mxm123Feb. 27, 10 2:54 PM

whats new about that. this is a school by the moslem community and we all know that in the world of KK only right wing christians can do no wrong

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msinman2002Feb. 27, 10 3:03 PM

I don't think anyone can deny that this school is so intimately connected with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota that they are essentially the same organization. Since state lease aid cannot be used to support a religious school (which this is), they should be disqualified from receiving future state lease aid. I have no problem with having a Muslim school that caters to the Somali community but I do have a problem if state money is supporting such a school. There are plenty of other religious schools in the state that receive no state aid, this school should be treated no differently.

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mxm123Feb. 27, 10 3:34 PM

if my local church has some extra space and i start a non-religious school there, it is not against the law. The same rule applies to moslems too.

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hahaha99Feb. 27, 10 3:36 PM

Not quite. Thanks to a 1960's era MN law, public school districts are REQUIRED to bus students to private schools. Because the State reimburses the public districts for just a fraction of the total cost, the districts are forced to use operating funds to partially subsidize the private schools.

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