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Reader comment on item: On New York's "Khalil Gibran International Academy"
in response to reader comment: The shame of it all (August 10th, 2007 update)

Submitted by nadia (Pakistan), Oct 25, 2007 at 01:20

As one person here rightly pointed out that Khalil Gibran was a christian, and so he was, funny how living and being brought up in an Arabised Country: Lebonon neither he nor his family were forcibly pushed into any kind of "islamization".

As far as teaching languages is concerned , if you learn Greek you are immediately pushed into the world of Greek mythology, they tell you all about Their many Gods and their religion , simply because that 'is' their history. Does that mean they're converting people to paganism?? Ofcourse not.

The same goes for Hindi , if you learn Hindi , you will also learn about the Hindu religion and yoga and their many gods and mysticism and the chakra and so forth... Does that mean any one who knows Hindi is a hindu, certainly not, or that anyone who learns/knows Hindi has converted to Hinduism? wrong again.

Mecca, Saudi Arabia is the muslim holy land , obviously they will also use language to promote the knowledge and history of their most popular religion.

I'm originally from India, and I've noticed a number of Christian missionaries have been roaming around converting people in exchange for jobs and learning English from even before 1857. The year in which, antagonism against the self-righteous 'western' ideology rose to a peak.

The enfield rifle incident that spurned the war of 1857, some call it 'the war of independance' others just a mutiny, was a result of open ridicule of local religions mainly hinduism and Islam.

Hindus were told that the rifle was to be operated by mouth at a trigger laminated with Cow-fat (holy cow, the cow is sacred to Hindus) and muslims were told that the same was lubricated with pig-fat(Jews don't eat swine either). Christians have always imposed what they deem to be 'western' values, (forgetting that Jesus Christ himself , was from the MiddleEast) whereever they've travelled , either through colonialism or otherwise.

I had a sri-lankan Biology teacher who was visted by a priest,who offered him a job in exchange for a conversion to christianity.. and he refused. He's still a buddhist.

Mother Teresa's charity network , worked to convert lowcaste-Hindus to christianity for many years.

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