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ICC Note:

A study released by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) found that Pakistan’s public schools are teaching intolerance and hate against the country’s Christian and religious minority communities. Approximately 70% of Pakistan’s youth are taught in the public school setting and this intolerance being taught in school has a direct link to Pakistan’s dire religious freedom situation. In most textbooks, religious minorities, especially Christians and Hindus, are portrayed as “nefarious, violent, and tyrannical by nature”. With intolerance being taught to Pakistan’s youth, is it any wonder that Pakistan remains one of the world’s worst persecutors of Christians?

4/13/2016 Pakistan (Christian Today) – “Pakistan’s public school textbooks contain deeply troubling content that portrays non-Muslim citizens as outsiders, unpatriotic, and inferior; are filled with errors; and present widely-disputed historical ‘facts’ as settled history,” said Robert George, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom which sponsored the study.

The study, Teaching Intolerance in Pakistan: Religious Bias in Public School Textbooks, analysed the country’s teaching materials, and assessed the content for bias.

“Missing from these textbooks are any references to the rights of religious minorities and their positive contributions to Pakistan’s development,” said George.

“These textbooks sadly reflect the alarming state today of religious freedom in Pakistan. A country’s education system, including its textbooks, should promote religious tolerance, not close the door to cooperation and coexistence.”

The report found that “the public school system is still fundamentally intolerant of religious minorities”.

Christian children are taught that “Christians learned tolerance and kind-heartedness from Muslims”, while Hindus are forced to learn about “Hindus’ conspiracies towards Muslims”.

“Public shaming begins at a very young age,” the report found, noting that the curriculum teaches that religious minorities – particularly Christians and Hindus – are “nefarious, violent, and tyrannical by nature”.

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