Apes and swine

Saudi textbooks still preach intolerance and hatred, says NBC News.

Nina Shea’s group — the Center for Religious Freedom — examined textbooks used during the past school year, and found the following teachings, which were verified by NBC News:

* Jews and Christians are “enemies” of Muslims.
* Every religion other than Islam is “false.”
* “The hour [of Judgment] will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”

. . . What’s more, an eighth grade text equates Jews with “apes” and Christian infidels with “swine.” A tenth grade text teaches that the life of a Muslim is worth twice that of a non-Muslim.

Furthermore, the texts are said to be better than they used to be.

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  1. hardlyb says:

    Given that it’s NBC News, I wonder how true it is.
    I don’t doubt that there are some such textbooks, but I’m sure that we can find American textbooks that demonize Islam (although probably only for homeschooled kids of nutcases). The U.S. public school textbooks that I’ve seen in recent years remove all information in an apparent attempt to avoid offending anyone.

    We turned on the TV for a month to watch the World Cup, and I am truly disgusted by most of what I saw. For one thing, it appears that the network shows have more commercials than show, and I actually couldn’t sit through more than 5 minutes of “news” on any station. (I’ve been spoiled by reading the Economist and WSJ — these both seem a little shallow and somewhat biased in their coverage sometimes, but they are miles above anything broadcast.)

    Also, what’s with the morons doing commentary on soccer on ESPN/ABC? There are billions of people that speak English and have some understanding of the game — maybe they should have used one of those people sometimes. Golf coverage was okay, though.

  2. The Saudis will never stop teaching these things because:
    1) Mohammed really did teach these hateful things.
    2) The Saudi Wahhabis know Mohammed taught this.
    3) The Wahhabis control religious education in Saudi Arabia.

  3. Yeah, but the Wahhabi’s are, or at least were, a useful political tool to help prop up the House of Saud. If they become more trouble then they’re worth then the House of Saud may have to change the deal.

    In any case, the Wahhabi’s now have international visibility which is quite a different thing from being a domestic political force.

  4. hardlyb,

    If you don’t trust NBC, how about the Washington Post?
    those noted right-wing nutcases at NPR?

  5. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    “hardlyb” needs to wake up….

    The Islamic jihad has been going on since the inception of Islam…and Islam is the only one of the three major monotheistic religions that has NOT undergone a reformation (heard about any Christian Crusades lately?)… Islamofascism is a worldwide ideology that must be destroyed, a la Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan (think of the incineration of Dresden, Hiroshima, Tokyo)…the same will happen to the so-called ‘Religion of Peace” and the jihadists, as well as ‘moderate’ (ha ha) civilians. ‘Nuff said.

  6. Robert Wright says:

    They teach that all other religions are false?

    Sounds like something out of Bob Jones University.

  7. cypherpunk says:

    I don’t understand how this is teaching hatred and intollerance. What if it is the truth? I’m not a muslim, but what if Islam is true? Then it is teaching the truth, as the truth of islam is that christians and jews are enemies. I don’t understand what the problem is…

  8. I’m not a muslim, but what if Islam is true?

    Prove it.

  9. BadaBing says:

    If Islam is true, then the world is supported on the backs of four elephants.

  10. cypherpunk says:

    You miss the point. Is it not intollerant to assume that “tollerance” is the dogma to which all others should conform?

    Also “prove it” — hillarious. I personally don’t think islam is true — but what if it is? Would you exepect people to teach untruth in the name of tollerance? That would be rather odd.

  11. Robert Wright wrote:

    Sounds like something out of Bob Jones University.

    What difference does it make what it sounds like? The islamofascists quite clearly believe that a few thousand murders speaks louder then words. The same can’t be said of the graduates of Bob Jones U.

  12. Robert Wright says:

    Allen, I read your post a dozen times and I still can’t tell what you’re trying to say.

    My point was that the rhetoric of religious intolerance isn’t unique to Islam.

    What’s your point?

  13. Indigo Warrior says:

    Don’t all religions teach that all other religions are false?

    Mind you, not all religions use the same methods on unbelievers.

  14. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    You both miss the point.

    The point isn’t that all religions profess an exclusive view to the Truth, or even that, in doing so, they are inherently ‘intolerant’ of other views….most religious people believe their views supersede others’… it’s the method of SHOWING that ‘intolerance’ that’s the rub… Between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which one prescribes DEATH (usually by beheading) to ALL ‘infidels’? Democracy, tolerance and peaceful coexistence with other faiths are incompatible with Islam, as taught in numerous passages of the Koran. Jihadists do have a literal interpretation of the Koran, like it or not. The boundaries of good and evil, expressed in the Old and New Testaments are redrawn in the Koran. “Islam’ means ‘submission’–to the will of Allah.

  15. Indigo Warrior says:

    Between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which one prescribes DEATH (usually by beheading) to ALL ‘infidels’?

    Do not confuse the scriptures with the typical behavior of the followers. How do you explain this:

    “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
    – Exodus 22:18

    Modern liberal Christians have all but forgotten about that hateful passage, to my gratitude. It’s the fundamentalists who remember it best.

    As for Islam, it seems to be all fundamentalist, by modern western standards. And its most repressive sect, the Wahhabis, are the ones in charge, the ones who control Mecca and feed on Saudi oil wealth. Christian parallel: the Christian Identity movement controls the White House (with no opposing parties) and the Texas oilfields, while all other denominations struggle to survive.

  16. Indigo Warrior says:

    If Americans were rational rather than superstitious about nuclear power (and science in general) – Islamofascist terror could have been nipped in the bud long before 9-11.

    Cheap electricity … electric and hydrogen-powered cars … superconductors … low demand for oil … impoverished saudi terrorists sipping grape juice rather than blowing up things.

  17. Robert Wright says:

    What is the deal with Muslims?

    Where does all the hate come from?

    Is it cultural? Economic? Or is there something in the theology?

    Is Islam basically an extremist religion?

    Is it Islam or fundamentalism that’s the problem?

    What’s going on here?

    I imagine if the U.S. was a homogeneous, fundamentalist Christian nation, our foreign policy would be less diplomatic, too.

    It’s not very PC to question the nature of somebody’s religion, but I think it’s time we take a cold hard look at what’s going on.

    They are out of their minds and violent and pose a threat and there are a lot of them.

    What made them go out of their minds? And what can we do about it?