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PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Pakistan, school textbooks teach its okay to kill Christians and members of other religions
In a report by the Middle East Media Research discriminatory books are widespread in all public primary schools . By law, Christians and other religious minorities are forced to study these texts.
Pakistani schoolbooks full of contempt and bigotry against Christians, Hindus and Sikhs
Pakistani curricula and textbooks promote extremism and violate minorities’ rights. An NCJP study notes distortions and requests a revision of the educational system, the first source of marginalization. Although minorities are guaranteed the possibility to deepen their own religion.
State jobs in Punjab, government fails to respect quota for minorities
The quota was introduced by Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities, killed on 2 March. Selected candidates only Muslims, Christians protest. A Catholic priest: "Without the Ministry for Minorities we are orphans in our own country."
Pakistani textbooks packed with anti-Christian bias
School curriculum is strong on religious discrimination and the glorification of war but zero on developing critical faculties.
Archbishop emeritus of Lahore: rethinking the curriculum, focusing on equal rights
Archbishop Saldanha invites schools to follow the ideals promoted by Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. However, the government has proved weak and unable to improve the system. Christian and Muslim Institute must enhance collaboration. The call for more funds and resources for Catholic schools, which are essential in the national school system.
Christians and Muslims: triumph on extremism through education and religious freedom
An interreligious seminar at the Christian Study Center. Muslim lawyer Aslam Khaki: "We have to think twice before sending our kids to madrassas." Fr. Bonnie Mendes: "A total overhaul of school and college syllabi."
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