U.S. Lawmakers Call on Saudi Government to Stop Using ‘Hate Speech’ in Textbooks

saudi_in_the_classroom-1from Fox News

Reps. Weiner, Crowley and Berkley called on the Saudi government to stop planting what they said were seeds of hate in Saudi children through religious textbooks

Three U.S. lawmakers appealed to the Saudi government Wednesday to stop using religious textbooks that they say promote hatred and religious intolerance.

The appeal from the three Democrats came on the eve of President Obama’s much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world during a five-day journey to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in an attempt to smooth over bumpy relations between the U.S. and Arab countries. Obama met Wednesday afternoon with Saudi King Abdullah.

Reps. Anthony Weiner and Joseph Crowley of New York and Shelley Berkley of Nevada held a news conference to call on the Saudi government to stop planting what they said were seeds of hate in Saudi children through religious textbooks that teach controversial lessons, such as the hour of judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.

“This is not some rogue document,” Weiner said. “This is the position of the Saudi government. … If we’re going to solve the generational conflicts, it’s important not to hate one another.”

Congress has tackled controversial textbooks before. Last year, a congressional report denounced portions of religious textbooks used at an Islamic school in Northern Virginia. 

The school, in response to the report, deleted from its texts some of the most contentious passages, including references to Jihad, killing infidels and hatred of Jews and Christians. But critics say the revised books still are “toxic” and contain more subtle references, such as criticism of secular forms of government.

Rep. Berkley on Wednesday declared that peace won’t come to the Middle East until this issue is resolved.

“We hope this will be part of the discussion President Obama has with the Saudi leaders,” Berkley said.

Rep. Weiner urged the Saudi government to act immediately.

“What they say is that they’ll fix it next year, next year, next year,” he said. “But the time is up.”

3 Replies to “U.S. Lawmakers Call on Saudi Government to Stop Using ‘Hate Speech’ in Textbooks”

  1. i am a saudi who studied in the public saudi schools, later i got my MBA from Florida. I know that all of these media messages about the Saudi education are absolutely “non-sense”.

    The education was so weak that it didn’t teach us how to understand our culture. I remember when we were teens, we all were wearing and listening to celebreties like Michael Jackson, George Michael and Madonna.

    the whole purpose of this media game against Saudis is to blame someone else on creating terrorism.

    Take Osama bin Ladin life. He studied in Saudi public schools as well. What it made him? He did his college at Lebanon and had a christian girlfriend and used to go to pubs.

    What made him the other way around? It is his life in Afghanistan.

    Take 1991 war, when 500,000 US troops floods Saudi. How many hate incidents happened? ZERO.

    If we were taught to kill everything non-Islamic, massacares would happened in 1991.

    Why later, some Saudis (as claimed) did terrorist attacks? It is not because US or non-Muslims. It is because they believe US is killing innocent people.

    How to beat terrorism? To stop killing innocent people.
    How to encourage it? By keep killing innocent people.

    Iraq war is always said as the best ever thing happened to promote terrorism.

    Sir, what we learn in our school is how the prophet visited his Jew nighbour when he was ill. How he always was in good manners till that Jew nighbour understood this religion and became a Muslim.

    No sire, this cartoon promotes hate feeling against Saudi and its government and it is not linked in anyway to reality. It is just to blame someone else.

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