Council on Islamic Education

NAME: Council on Islamic Education - Institute on Religion and Civic Values

ircv.pngBudget: 2011, $74,000; since 2007, $765,000
Funding sources: Majority from unspecified “gifts, grants, contributions and membership fees”; from admissions, merchandise sold, services or facilities furnished, $409 in 2011, $24,531 since 2007.
Goals: To proselytize Islam, as one of most powerful influences, and providers of content on Islam in U.S. public school textbooks. Pioneered public school “teaching standards” on “religion” (i.e., chiefly Islam), and established “training” materials for public school teachers to instruct on “religion,” mainly in taxpayer-funded schools. Opposes public school religious instruction from “secular” voices. Attempts to hide its genuine goals by claiming it merely “consults.”
Suspicious and/or Hostile Activities: To promote Islam via public schools; actively seeks and implements methods to evade First Amendment clause prohibiting government “establishment of religion.”
Key Leaders: Founder Shabbir Mansuri; director, Pakistani immigrant and co-founder Saghir Aslam (with wife, Bushra) of California Saba Trust, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and CIE.
Connection to MB and MB organizations: chief writer Susan L. Douglass, a former IIIT writer and Islamic Saudi Academy teacher; collaborated with Yousef Salam at San Jose Islamic Education and Information Center (and MB-affiliate Sound Vision); “secondary schools” associate for Abiquiu, N.M. non-profit founded by late Saudi King Khaled ibn Aziz in 1979 (later sold to fund Islamic education and “outreach,” teacher-training, website, speakers bureau, school and summer camp). Founders, writers, current leaders and activities, connect it to virtually every other Muslim Brotherhood organization in North America, including ISNA, CAIR, MSA, MAS, and global Muslim Brotherhood.
Projects: Presents itself on 2011 IRS filing as “national, non-profit research center with a mission to strengthen civil society by exploring issues at the intersection of faith, citizenship and pluralism, and to serve as a catalyst to align public policymaking with our nation's core values.” Also claims to advance “religious freedom, religious pluralism, and religious literacy” using “a non-advocacy approach....”
Complete Documentation For: CIE - IRCV