Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Our "Friends", The Saudis...

Remeber all the "reform" talk from Saudi leaders? We saw the beginning of that go down the drain last week with the "no pictures of women" decree --and now we learn that the notorious Maddrassas took the word "reform" to mean...stay exactly the same. I guess something was lost in the translation...

"Saudi Arabia's public schools have long been cited for demonizing the West as well as Christians, Jews and other "unbelievers." But after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis - that was all supposed to change.

A 2004 Saudi royal study group recognized the need for reform after finding that the kingdom's religious studies curriculum "encourages violence toward others, and misguides the pupils into believing that in order to safeguard their own religion, they must violently repress and even physically eliminate the 'other.'" Since then, the Saudi government has claimed repeatedly that it has revised its educational texts...." (source)

SO what do FIRST grade books in Saudi Arabia say now...5 years after 9/11?

"A review of a sample of official Saudi textbooks for Islamic studies used during the current academic year reveals that, despite the Saudi government's statements to the contrary, an ideology of hatred toward Christians and Jews and Muslims who do not follow Wahhabi doctrine remains in this area of the public school system. The texts teach a dualistic vision, dividing the world into true believers of Islam (the "monotheists") and unbelievers (the "polytheists" and "infidels")."

The book tells young children that it is their DUTY to perpetrate jihad against the infidels to win redemption. Now how do we possibly combat that with soccer balls and school supplies...?

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