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Textbook Asks School Children: Should Gays Be Stoned, Burned Alive, Or Tossed Off a Cliff?

The State Board of Education might be deleting prominent blacks from its school textbooks, but at least it’s not teaching students the proper punishment for gay sex is death? Because that’s what some British schools are doing.

Some 40 Saudi Students’ Schools and Clubs are using the official Saudi national curriculum to teach some 5,000 students about how thieves deserve to have their hands and feet chopped off (photos included!), and how non-Muslims deserve to die. (To be fair, that last lesson — aimed at younger children — comes in question form, and is posed as a question: What happens to non-believers when they die? The correct answer is “hellfire.”) The news arrives via a BBC investigation:

One of the text books asks children to list the “reprehensible” qualities of Jewish people. A text for younger children asks what happens to someone who dies who is not a believer in Islam – the answer given in the text book is “hellfire”. Another text describes the punishment for gay sex as death and states a difference of opinion about whether it should be carried out by stoning, burning with fire or throwing the person over a cliff. In a book for 14-year-olds, Sharia law and its punishment for theft are explained, including detailed diagrams about how hands and feet of thieves are amputated.

The Saudi embassy responded: The lessons were, ahem, taken out of context. And referred to historical instruction. After all, who throws gays off cliffs anymore when a gunshot will do just fine?