Saudi Textbooks Still Foment Hate

From the New York Daily News:
…How bad is it? The kingdom’s new books for the 2018-2019 school year continue to teach hatred or even violence against Jews, Christians, Shiites, women, gay men and anybody who mocks or converts away from Islam.

This academic year, once again Saudi Arabia’s high school monotheism textbooks teach that infidels such as Jews and Christians are “the enemies of Islam and its people” and that proper observance of Islam requires “abhorring the infidels” and “enmity” toward them. These textbooks characterize Shiite Muslims — like those who make up the majority in Iran — as polytheists and declare that Jews, Christians, and polytheists are “the most evil of creatures.”

Saudi Arabia’s current high school religion textbooks also call for violence against such people.

One textbook urges “fighting the infidels and polytheists” except under limited extenuating circumstances. Another, this one on the subject of sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, calls for jihad through “battling with the infidels by proselytizing them and fighting them.”

Another teaches the importance of “exposing the People of the Book,” meaning Jews and Christians, and “urging to fight them.”

In addition to calling Christianity “an invalid and perverted religion,” the books teach incorrectly that the American Universities in Beirut and Cairo are among the top sources of Christian missionary work at the expense of Islam in the world today.

But Jews — who are described in the textbooks as devious, deceptive schemers — are an even greater target than Christians for false conspiracy theories in the current Saudi curriculum. For example, these books teach that “a main goal” for the vast majority of Jewish organizations today is to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque and that the ultimate objective of Zionism is a “global Jewish government to control the entire world.”

One Saudi textbook advocates the beating of women, teaching that it is “a means of discipline” and “permitted when necessary.”

The kingdom’s introductory high school textbook on Islamic jurisprudence teaches that the penalty for adultery is death by stoning and that people who engage in anal sex or who mock or convert away from Islam should also be killed….

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