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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Islamic school in London admits to using textbook that calls Jews "apes" and Christians "pigs"

The principal of an Islamic school in London has admitted - with no shame - that her school uses a textbook that calls Jews "apes" and Christians "pigs."
Dr Sumaya Alyusuf confirmed that the offending books exist after former teacher Colin Cook, 57, alleged that children as young as five are taught from racist materials at the King Fahd Academy in Acton.

In an interview on BBC2's Newsnight, Dr Alyusuf was asked by Jeremy Paxman whether she recognised the books.

She said: "Yes, I do recognise these books, of course. We have these books in our school. These books have good chapters that can be used by the teachers. It depends on the objectives the teacher wants to achieve."

In another exchange, Dr Alyusuf insisted the books should not be scrapped, saying that allegedly racist sections had been "misinterpreted".

The school is owned, funded and run by the government of Saudi Arabia. Mr Paxman asked: "Will you now remove this nonsense from the Saudi Ministry of Education from your school?"

Dr Alyusuf replied: "Just to reiterate what I said earlier, there are chapters from these books that are used and that will serve our objectives. But we don't teach hatred towards Judaism or Christianity - on the contrary."
And the Pope isn't Catholic.... And the sun rises in the west....


At 2:48 AM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

But we don't teach hatred towards Judaism or Christianity.

This teacher should try stand up...bet she said it with a straight face. A burka might be a tad uncomfortable, though.

Ahhh, Londonistan, Eurabia.

At 3:19 AM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

Have you ever seen the Monty Python skit where the philosophers are standing around insulting some royalty and ascribing it to another philosopher, who then has to explain the slur? This is what these people remind me of.

"Your majesty is like a stream of bats piss" says one.

The improbable explanation offered is that he is a "shaft of golden light when all around is darkness."

When this 'teacher' claims that the book which has this sort of slur in it, is still valuable, I am reminded of that skit.

The Monty Python version was funny, as it was ridiculous, and purposely so. The "saudi" 'school' is simply sad.


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