How far will they go? From AP, with thanks to Nicolei:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Page after page, self-appointed hate hunters underline passages in Pakistani schoolbooks.
They flag hard-edged Muslim views toward other faiths, such as those describing past efforts by Hindus and Christians to ”erase” Muslims. They note sections that speak of martyrdom and the duty to battle perceived religious enemies.
So I guess they block out Qur’an 9:29, which commands that Muslims make war against Jews and Christians: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
I guess they will block out scores of ahadith supporting this passage as well.
”We are fighting for the future of Islam. Children are sometimes being force-fed a diet of hate, anger and intolerance,” said Ahmad Salim, leader of a campaign to push Pakistan’s education system to remove what activists consider extreme language and images from the curriculum….
In Jordan — the target of triple suicide blasts Nov. 9 claimed by al-Qaida — another overhaul is expected in next year’s textbooks, part of a process that includes making clear distinctions between terrorism and what that nation sees as legitimate struggles, such as the Palestinian intifada, or uprising. Even Saudi Arabia has started to rewrite its highly conservative lessons after worries they were encouraging home-grown radicals.
Much of the concern among reformers is how students learn about jihad, or holy war — a concept that encompasses all acts on behalf of Islam. It’s clear some textbooks pay homage — directly or indirectly — to violence.
‘Blood gladdens my soul’
”Recognize the importance of jihad in every sphere of life,” say the curriculum guidelines for Pakistan’s elementary schools. Critics claim the message is often interpreted in malignant ways: strong denunciations of Pakistan’s historical Hindu rivals in India or sympathy for Islamic guerrillas in Kashmir and elsewhere.
In a Palestinian seventh-grade Arabic language book, a protest poem called “The Martyr” includes the lines: ”And the flow of blood gladdens my soul. … And who asks for a noble death, here it is.”
The Palestinians’ 11th grade Islamic Culture book has dozens of appeals for Islamic solidarity to confront ”enemies” such as Israel, its allies and Western culture. ”The Islamic nation needs to spread the spirit of jihad and the love of self-sacrifice [martyrdom] among its sons,” reads one passage.
So I guess Qur’an 9:111 will have to go also: “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain…”
And if we’re red-lining passages that inculcate love for death, Qur’an 62:6 will have to be nixed: “Say (O Muhammad): O ye who are Jews! If ye claim that ye are favoured of Allah apart from (all) mankind, then long for death if ye are truthful.”
Etc. etc. etc.