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Reader comment on item: What Are Islamic Schools Teaching?

Submitted by Dave M. O'Neill (United States), Mar 30, 2005 at 18:39

Your fight against terrorism using research and analysis is the perfect complement to the fighting by our soldiers on the battlefield--please do not stop.

This article is very informative and thought provoking. I grew up in a mostly Roman Catholic working class neighborhood and not having a Jewish name I can testify that the "christ killers" label was loosely thrown around (this was the late thirties and early forties).

I did not attend a parochial school so I do not know what went on inside the schools at that time. But I am appalled at what your research has uncovered about the current situation in Muslim schools. What can be done? I know that the 1st Amendment must be involved (both the free speech and the establishment clauses) but I would imagine that private schools must be subject to some regulation (or are they?). It seems to smack of the Columbia/Bollinger hate Israel professors situation. Maybe you can enlist some of our less combative Jewish scholars at the Jewish Theological Seminary to get in the fray.
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