ILOILO CITY, Philippines, As part of Muslims’ unrelenting
efforts to wash away misconceptions about their religion, a Filipino Muslim lawmaker has recently tabled a bill on the inclusion of the basic teaching of Islam in the college curriculum.
“I believe that requiring all colleges and universities to integrate in their curriculum a subject on Islam and the Muslim is a feasible and credible answer,” Representative Faysah Dumarpa told IslamOnline.net.
She said the course would include a brief study on the basic teachings of Islam and the history of the Filipino Muslims and may be taken as an elective subject.
This “will enlighten and broaden the majority of Filipinos on the subject” and help foster “cultural sensitivity awareness”, maintained the lawmaker.
Dumarpa hopes the measure would be supported by her colleagues – both
Muslims and Christians….
Dumarpa recognized that the proposal, at first glance, might seem favorable to the religion of Islam and may constitute a violation of the constitution, which provides for a separation of religion and state.
But, she maintained, awareness and cultural sensitivity are also very important, as these are powerful tools for the achievement of peace and development….
I’m all for such a course — if it tells the truth.