Saudi Textbooks: Still Teaching Hatred

(National Review) Nina Shea and Bonnie Alldredge - Nearly two years after the deadline by which the Saudi kingdom's educational curriculum was to have been completely reformed, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom told the president last week, "This promise remains unfulfilled." Saudi textbooks - used not only in Saudi Arabia but in Saudi-funded schools around the world - teach that Jews and Christians are "enemies," and they dogmatically instruct that various groups of "unbelievers" - apostates (which includes Muslim moderates who reject Saudi Wahhabi doctrine), polytheists (which includes Shiites), and Jews - should be killed. Given that most of the 9/11 terrorists and bin Laden himself were Saudi-born and educated, it has to be acknowledged that Saudi education poses a direct danger to American national security. Nina Shea is director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom. Bonnie Alldredge is a research assistant at the center.

2010-06-30 08:32:27

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