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  • Monday, June 23, 2008

    Islamic Confession

    But this year, the government is beginning to make substantive changes. The schools are moving from rote learning — which was always linked to memorizing the Koran — to critical thinking, where teachers ask students to research subjects and think about concepts.

    Yet the students and teachers are still unprepared, untrained and, in many cases, unreceptive.

    “Before, teachers used to explain the lesson,” Malek said. “Now they want us to think more, to research, but it’s very difficult for us.”


    The result of years of Islamic domination in Algeria. Quote taken from here.

    7 comments:

    skeptimal said...

    Religious domination of politics is always harmful to sound reasoning and independent thinking.

    panta dokimazete said...

    even moreso when dominated by atheists

    jazzycat said...

    So true panta especially when you consider that atheism is a faith based system based on an irrational premise!

    skeptimal said...

    Panta:

    Any "ism" or religion that takes control of a government and shuts out dissent is going to be destructive to the health of that country. It could be atheism, you're right. My response, though, was to an implied assertion that Islam is a unique danger to democracy, when Christianity, Mormonism, or Buddhism can be just as big a threat.

    swordbearer said...

    skeptimal,

    While Christianity (informed)recognizes a distinction between the church and state, we also differ from you on what constitutes a threat, as well as the basis for determining what constitutes a threat.

    skeptimal said...

    If you have time, I'd be interested in knowing what you *do* consider a threat to separation of church and state. I could guess based on past experience, but not all Christians think the same.

    swordbearer said...

    skeptimal stated: "If you have time, I'd be interested in knowing what you *do* consider a threat to separation of church and state..."

    Anything which in anyway opposes or fails to fully recognize, work toward as well as protect and preserve each entity in its own respect as well as the mutually dependent and independent relationship between the two, according to their God given purpose and for the sake of man.