While the United States government often discusses the threat of Iran in spreading Islamic extremism, it is often silent on the same influence of our close allies in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and other countries. Pakistan is reportedly moveing to eviscerate any remaining separation of mosque and state buy making Quran education compulsory in not just public but private schools.
State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman proudly unveiled the plan to deny students and their families the basic tenets of freedom of religion by forcing everyone to study the Quran. Once again, it is astonishing how these Islamic countries do not trust their faith to hold followers but must use compulsory and coercive measures to force adherence to Islam. He insisted that studying the Quran would make the nation more prosperous.
Last year, the plan indicated such a compulsory program for public schools. This is clearly broader. The “Islamic Republic” is continuing to indoctrinate students with the adherence to the Quran as a basic element of education.