Sunday, May 21, 2006

Saudi textbooks persist in teaching intolerance

One reason the Muslim-Western conflict is so deep and persistent is a particular form of Islam being taught in religious schools all around the world. It comes from Saudi Arabia, which has financed and assisted schools, not only in traditionally Islamic countries but even in America. After the Sept. 11 attacks, the Saudis began to say they were reforming their schools to take the hate out. But the hate remains, and is systematic in the Wahabbist curricula, according to translations done for Freedom House for an article in the Washington Post. Read on:
The texts teach a dualistic vision, dividing the world into true believers of Islam (the "monotheists") and unbelievers (the "polytheists" and "infidels").

This indoctrination begins in a first-grade text and is reinforced and expanded each year, culminating in a 12th-grade text instructing students that their religious obligation includes waging jihad against the infidel to "spread the faith."

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