ON-Lion Letter
In May 2006, the Center for Religious Freedom (CRF) at the Hudson Institute and the Institute for Gulf Affairs (IGA), both in Washington, D.C., released Saudi Arabia's Curriculum of Intolerance.  The report analyzed Islamic-studies textbooks published by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia and in Saudi-supported Islamic academies abroad. 

It found that the texts inflammatorily "propagate an ideology of hate toward the 'unbeliever,' that is, Christians, Jews, Shiites, Sufis, Sunni Muslims who do not follow Wahhabi doctrine, Hindus, atheists and others."  According to one text, for example, the hour of judgment "will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them."

In mid-October, citing the CRF-IGA report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called for halting the dissemination of such intolerant literature and reviewing and revising the texts to eliminate the intolerance.  USCIRF was created by Congress eight years ago to monitor violations of the rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief.  CRF director and Hudson Institute senior fellow Nina Shea is a USCIRF member.

USCIRF specifically urged the U.S. State Department to shut down the 933-student Islamic Saudi Academy, a Saudi-supported private school with two campuses in northern Virginia, unless the school can prove it is not teaching religious intolerance.  USCIRF attempted to get access to the school's curricular materials, but was unsuccessful.  The chairman of the school's board of directors is the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports Hudson's CRF.
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