Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance

WASHINGTON – A symposium discussing the newly released report Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance brought together a panel of experts and scholars who concluded that the official Saudi set of textbooks used by more than 5 million students of Islam is an ‘‘incubator for terrorism.’’

“One of the things that is absolutely manifested – looking back at the events that have already happened – is that there is an incubator for the ideas of terrorism,” said Danielle Pletka, the symposium moderator and vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at American Enterprise Institute. “An incubator that is filled with hatred of the West, with ‘can’ts’ about Christian and Jews, with [the sense] of separateness…”

“While I don’t think that is necessarily what Islam is all about, it is certainly what a lot of the textbooks propagated by the Saudi government contain.”

On Wednesday, one day following the release of the report on the Saudi textbooks by Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom, Pletka, the Center’s director Nina Shea, and Saudi scholar Ali al-Ahmed took part in a panel discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Al-Ahmed, an expert on Saudi political affairs, believes that the education system plays a significant part in creating terrorists.

“The Saudi education system is often an ignored front in the war on terror,” said al-Ahmed. “The Saudi 9/11 hijackers were products of this education system. As children they were indoctrinated with this curriculum that is full of hatred and hostility to others. It is not hard for them to be converted to al-Qaeda terrorists in a matter of months….

“Reforming the Saudi education system must be an integral part of the war on terrorism, before it is too late.”

Freedom House’s Shea, the principal author of the report documenting the textbooks, elaborated on the use of Saudi religious education to teach “intolerance” against unbelievers. She noted that even a Saudi royal study group analyzing the kingdom’s religious study curriculum a couple of years ago found that the curriculum for boys on religion “encourages violence towards others and misguides the people into believing that in order to safeguard their own religion, they must violently repress and even physically eliminate the other.”

Al-Ahmed agrees.

“The textbooks teach hatred and violence against other Muslims who do not follow Wahhabi Islam and against all non-Muslims,” he said.

“These textbooks turn millions of children into hateful, angry, and misinformed youths that are just one step away from being the perfect terrorist.”

Both al-Ahmed and Shea highlighted the network of belief schools and academy in 19 of the world’s capitals that use these Islamic text including London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Moscow, Beijing and Washington, D.C.

During her speech, Shea refuted the Saudi government’s repeated assertions that they have removed intolerance from the textbooks and “cleaned” them up.

“What we found in this report is that it is an ideological curriculum of intolerance against the unbelievers, or polytheists,” said Shea. “And this includes explicitly Christians, Jews, and other Muslims who are all demonized. They assert that peaceful co-existence is not possible.”

“The first grade text condemns Christians and Jews explicitly to hellfire, plant idea that they are evil. Keep in mind that this is not a religion talking but the government of Saudi Arabia; this is the official textbook.”

Shea summarized some of the indoctrination taught to students in Saudi Arabia and students using the texts around the world: fourth graders are taught that Muslims must hate the unbelievers; ninth graders’ text say Jews and Christians are enemies of believers; eleventh grade students are instructed not to greet the infidels; and twelfth graders are taught that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to engage in battle against the infidels to spread the faith or a military jihad.

“So why is this important?” the human rights lawyer asked. “In addition to being the intellectual foundation for terrorism, one must keep in mind that Saudis are trying to assert themselves as the most authoritative voice within Islam.”

Shea also pointed out that the Saudi government has “unlimited funds for these propaganda” and it is estimated that the country spends three times as much on ideological propaganda as the Soviets did per a year during the height of the cold war.

“Instead of hate, these textbooks must teach more than tolerance,” concluded al-Ahmed. “Tolerance is not enough. It must teach harmony, cooperation, and even to embrace the others in humanity. There are million of children that are victims, and that is why these textbooks must be reformed now.

“These toxic seeds of hate and bigotry implanted in the young minds are more dangerous than tons of explosives in the hands of terrorists.”

 

By Michelle Vu

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1 Comment

  1. I – Intolerant
    S – Satanic
    L – Loss of humanity
    A – Attacking infidels
    M – Missing peace

    Watch: Truth About EVIL Prophet Muhammad, I have it in my favorites. (THIS IS A FACTUAL VIDEO ABOUT EVIL MUHAMMAD & HIS DEATH CULT ISLAM). When enough of us know, a big change will come.


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