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Reader comment on item: What Are Islamic Schools Teaching?

Submitted by Don Castella (United States), Mar 29, 2005 at 14:15

At this juncture, the preponderance of evidence suggests that Islamic educational institutions, particularly Saudi-funded schools and mosques, continue to teach religious intolerance and supremacism despite nominal changes in textbook wording since 9/11 2001. With clerics like Sheikh Saleh al-Fawazan in charge of Saudi religious curriculum, the calls for moderation in educational teachings by some Saudi Government officials have a very hollow ring. In 2003, foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, said there was "no room in our schools for hatred, intolerance or for anti-western thinking". Apparently something was lost in the translation.

Sadly, due to slick propaganda campaigns by Islamist organizations like CAIR, there is a growing misconception in the West that "Islam is the religion of peace" and tolerance. However, even a cursory perusal of the Qur'an will reveal many verses that explain exactly where the foundations of hatred and intolerance in Islamic religious curricululum are based. It should come as no surprise that devout followers of Islam would promote violence against non-believers.

Absent a serious revision of religious curricula, Islamic schools and maddrassas around the world will continue to turn out generations of graduates who are deeply inculcated with anti-Western, anti-semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-non-believer rhetoric. In the face of this continuing indoctrination, the ongoing violence against non-Muslims witnessed worldwide will continue and probably grow.

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