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Pakistan's Textbooks Teach Muslim Children to "Hate" Christians and Hindus

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Pakistani children are taught that other religious groups, mainly Hindus and Christians, are the enemies of Muslims. Christian children are also harassed in public schools, often times as a result of the material being read in school textbooks.

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Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 7:27 pm
Pakistan textbooks raise debate about 'curriculum of hate'

Government-sanctioned textbooks across Pakistan contain numerous examples of anti-minority and anti-Western language, prompting activists to encourage teachers to stop using them.

Islamabad, Pakistan

In a public school located just outside the capital, a classroom of ninth-graders follows quietly along in their history textbooks as their teacher reads out loud about what happened shortly after the creation of Pakistan in 1947:

“Caravans that were on the way to Pakistan were attacked by Hindus and Sikhs. Not a single Muslim was left alive in trains coming to Pakistan.”

As the magnitude of the sentence registers with the students, the phrase “No Muslim was left alive!” echoes around the classroom from whispered lips. Students are clearly engaged with the subject and clearly disturbed with what history they have just learned.

The only problem? That description in the students' books is highly misleading.

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Though the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 was indeed one of massive violence, Mubarak Ali, who has written several books on India-Pakistan history, says this is a one-sided account of events and an exaggerated version of the truth. In fact, it was the Pakistani side where the communal riots started, and in reaction, Indians responded, he says, adding: "But very few trains were attacked. And many more made it alive, which is not taught."

Dr. Ali says that such content should be expunged from school books, much as India has managed to do.

"Instead of teaching Pakistani youth that Hindus from India are to be blamed for everything, textbooks should critically look at this communal violence, which can actually be traced to the way both Muslims and Hindus responded to British imperialism before the independence. We should not glorify this division but rather criticize it, because Muslims and Hindus coexisted peacefully for centuries before," he says.

Across Pakistan, government-sanctioned school textbooks contain blatantly anti-religious-minority, anti-Western material. And many are worried the curriculum is fueling intolerance, especially among youths – leading to violent behavior and even sympathy for the Taliban.

“Such textbooks try to create and define Pakistani nationalism in a very narrow sense. It tries to define it in term of an Islamic identity,” says Abdul Hameed Nayyar, a well-known historian, activist, and former physicist who is part of a Lahore-based campaign to encourage teachers around the country to raise awareness about this issue by calling it “the curriculum of hatred” and encouraging teachers to stop using the textbooks.

After the teacher finishes reading, he asks another student to continue reading aloud from the next chapter, which focuses on why Pakistan came into existence: "Narrow-mindedness of the Hindus and the conspiracies of whites led to the call of this Islamic country, Pakistan.”

When asked later about his opinion of Hindus and Christians, the student reiterates what his textbook said. “I think Hindus are against Pakistan, against Islam. Hindus are like that. And even the British and the non-Muslims – they still oppose Pakistan,” he adds.

That type of reaction is a problem, say activists, who note that school history texts are used by impressionable children and should be based in fact, not opinion, as students form their own ideas about the world. “These books try to show Pakistan and Muslims are victims of all kinds of conspiracy, from lots of people from many countries, which results in making people very paranoid,” says Mr. Nayyar. “And they become infused with narrowmindedness,” which can lead to extremism, he adds.

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Roseann d (178)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 9:03 pm
Don't many pseudo-Christian books do likewise....seems like there is hate comes from both sides. Jesus was on to something when he said, Love Thy Neighbor.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:04 pm
Actually, the command to love they neighbor predates Jesus by about a thousand years and can be found in Leviticus:

Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

People who believe in this commandment might not have the wherewithal to actually accomplish it to its highest degree, but at least it's there, in the Torah, and in the New Testament, as something to strive for.

This is very different from the many commands in the Quran to kill the non-Muslims/infidels/unbelievers. So the fact that this is being taught to Muslims in their schoolbooks in Pakistan, even though it harms their Hindu and Christian neighbors, is in concert with the teachings of Islam.

I just feel sorry for all the poor Hindus and Christians that have to suffer the abuse.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:25 pm
Let's give these fanatics a few billion more in aid so they can hate us even more.

Gillian M (218)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:04 am
Muslims teaching their children to hate non-Muslims, this is news?

It has been going on for years but no-one wants to believe it or accept this is a form of abuse.

From Golda Meir:

Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.

What bothers me most is not that Arabs kill our children, but that they force us to kill theirs.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:18 am
Hate has become part and parcel of Muslim beliefs.

Jaime Alves (52)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:01 am
Typical of Pakistan's murdering politicians and their milatary.!!
Murder and rape of innocents is their speciality.!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:09 am
Its a well known fact that all the muslim children are brainwashed in to hating anyone thats not a muslim and then by the time they are 12 they have a gun in their hand and are being taught that you will go to paradise if you become a suicide bomber or kill non muslims No wonder all the children grow up being fanatics as well

Noted thanks

Gene Jacobson (290)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:36 am
"Pakistani children are taught that other religious groups, mainly Hindus and Christians, are the enemies of Muslims."

What more can be expected of children? They emulate adults. And this is what the adults of Pakistan do daily. Riot, burn cars, throw stones, burn houses, burn bibles (but don't dare drop a koran on the floor, you'll be dead by morning) over rumors, or youtube videos. And it certainly is NOT confined to Pakistan, our ally, it is the same throughout the muslim world, indeed in any nation with a substantial muslim population, like Denmark, England and others. The western world needs waken to this threat and recognize it for what it is - we may not be at war with Islam but IT certainly is with us.

Madhu P (22)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:19 pm

Süheyla C (234)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:32 pm
noted Thank you

Russell R (87)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:35 pm
I know a Pakistani Muslim who has been living here for years and he said, Pakistan is afraid of India more than anything else. But I did learn the hard way that they do greet you as a friend, but it is all a put on!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:14 pm
This is merely applying the old Jesuit saying: Give me the child and I will show you the man. Keep them hungry and destitute. Keep them wanting and despairing so that their rage may easily be inflamed when innocent parties not part of the group or religion are blamed and framed.
Give them only enough so that when you do they will perceive you as their master who provides for them in his benevolence and thus they become indoctrinated more quickly - a self perpetuating army aimed at all non Muslims. That by the way is SOP of any cult training manual.

pam w (139)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:57 pm
And the Jews....don't forget the Islamic attitude toward Jews!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:43 pm
Thanks for this article.

bob m (32)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:00 pm

Roseanne..Jesus was also said to have said something about a den of vipers.. the perfect description of islam... ...which is antichrist!... truth be told.....and as to guns in childrens hands ..that must be deemed a universal virus.

Billie C (2)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:14 pm
yet obama keeps giving them our tax dollars. stop sending our money to these evil terrorists. let them eat sand and rot in their own filth.

Louise D (44)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:32 pm
Typical tactics of religious intolerance but then what would you expect from a country that uses blasphemy laws to murder innocent people, funds the Taleban and had Bin Laden living comfortably within their borders.

paul m (93)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:26 am


berny p (22)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:32 am

From Golda Meir:

Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.

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