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Hateful Speech Still Taught In School

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Despite Saudi Arabia's promises to implement a comprehensive internal revision and modernization plan for textbooks in the kingdom, and the Saudi king’s declarations that he was determined to eradicate an ideology of hate, Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, D.C, says translations of recent Saudi Arabian textbooks continue to raise alarms.

Al-Ahmed warned: “If you teach children in these important years of their lives, if you install that in their brain, no wonder we have so many Saudi suicide bombers.” According one textbook women are described as weak and irresponsible, another textbook calls for homosexuals to be put to death "because they pose a danger at society. While a 9th grade textbook, printed for the 2010-2011 academic year, students are taught the annihilation of the Jewish people is imperative, with one text stating in part: “The hour (of judgment) will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”

Consider the theory that the war on terror is fundamentally a war of ideas. If true then the content of these books its direct access to such a large community of potential future jihadists in their formative years is a bad sign.  Children are imitative and impressionable this disturbing subject matter taught in these schools has the potential to indoctrinate impressionable young minds into accepting a radical agenda. Remember schools are meant to teach children the fundamentals of academics, but hateful racist and anti- Semitic subject matter provides a powerful tool for recruiting sympathizers to the cause of jihad, or holy war and should be viewed as a major concern as a present and future threat.

In closing remember that Adolf Hitler used similar methods to gain control of German society. He accomplished what many call the “Nazification” of German Society by controlling the minds of the German youth through the use of propaganda, thus persuading them to support his anti-Semitic cause.

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