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For Justice and Peace, textbooks are full of intolerance and hatred towards non-Muslims

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The Episcopal Commission presents a comprehensive study on violent content in curriculum. Many references to hatred and intolerance fuel an atmosphere of violence, religious fanaticism and extremism. Over the years, textbooks have been cleansed of references to non-Muslim heroes, whilst “weapon-wielding warriors” have been chosen as heroes.

Lahore (AsiaNews) – State-approved textbooks and curricula are full of references that incite hatred and intolerance against non-Muslims, this according to a study released yesterday in Lahore by the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of Pakistan.

“This is not only about religious minorities but a national issue,” said NCJP executive director Cecil Shane Chaudhry. “It is a red flag for the government, which must ask the Church to promote the role of minorities in creating and defending the country.”

According to the 40-page study, government-approved curricula used in the country’s four provinces are responsible for the rise in mass violence, religious fanaticism and extremism.

It examines the effects of Islamic texts on society, looks at its effects on Muslim students, and reviews educational reforms.

At the same time, it points out human rights violations in education policy and in the school system, showing how historical facts are twisted, ending with some recommendations from the Commission.

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