Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Pakistan school books: Hating Jews, Christians, and Hindus 101

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's state-sponsored bigotry and vilification of other religions has caught the attention of US policy makers following a raft of articles in the American media about the intolerance the country's formal education system is breeding.

In an unusually tough statement recently, the US state department said reports of continu- Bijit Kundu ed teaching of prejudice in Pakistan was a matter of "serious concern'' and Washington was having "ongoing discussions'' with Islamabad on the issue.

"We have engaged the Pakistani government on this, specifically on the issue of textbooks and language that, upon reading, was clearly unacceptable and inciteful or would cause people to perhaps lash out with violent actions,'' state department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

The reaction followed reports in the media that... highlighted the continued disparaging references to Hindus, Christians and Jews in the Pakistani school curriculum.

Some of the material taught in Pakistani schools includes describing Jews as tightfisted moneylenders, Christians as vengeful conquerors, and Hindus as devious and cowardly people. Such passages remain in the textbooks despite the Musharraf regime's promise to clean up its act.

Remarkably, the state-sponsored distortions are taught in Pakistan's westernised public schools and not in the much-reviled madrassas.


I'm growing increasing more skeptical by the day that Musharraf is not a friend of the US.

I caught something other night on LINK TV about Pakistan. It was talking about the Muslims there and that the majority of them there are Taliban and are wanting to make Pakistan into a another Afghanistan like state ran under strict Islamic law. I guess so they can do this to women that dare take of their Burka in public.

The show on Link TV also mentioned that it's likely that Osama Bin Laden is in Pakistan and is being hidden by the Mullahs in Pakistan.