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H. CON. RES. 242
Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the education curriculum in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 14, 2003
Mr. Davis of Florida (for himself, Mr. Bereuter, Mr. Wexler, Mr. King
of New York, Mr. Deutsch, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Matsui, Mr. Berman, Mr.
Skelton, Mr. Greenwood, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Hoeffel, Mr.
Engel, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mrs. Jo Ann Davis of
Virginia, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Delahunt, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Kind, and Mr.
Nadler) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was
referred to the Committee on International Relations
Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the education curriculum in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Whereas the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, were
carried out by 19 hijackers, including 15 Saudi Arabian nationals;
Whereas the Government of Saudi Arabia controls and regulates all forms of
education in public and private schools at all levels;
Whereas Islamic religious education is compulsory in public and private schools
at all levels in Saudi Arabia;
Whereas the religious curriculum is written, monitored, and taught by followers
of the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam, the only religion the Government
of Saudi Arabia allows to be taught;
Whereas rote memorization of religious texts continues to be a central feature
of much of the educational system of Saudi Arabia, leaving thousands of
students unprepared to function in the global economy of the 21st
Whereas the Government of Saudi Arabia has tolerated elements within its
education system that promote and encourage extremism;
Whereas some textbooks in Saudi Arabian schools foster a combination of
intolerance, ignorance, and anti-Semitic, anti-American, and anti-
Whereas these intolerant views instilled in students make them prime recruiting
targets of extremist groups;
Whereas extremism endangers the stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the
Middle East region, and threatens global security;
Whereas the events of September 11, 2001, have created an urgent need to promote
moderate voices in the Islamic world as an effective way to combat
Whereas in November 2002 and again in January 2003, Crown Prince Abdullah urged
all Muslims to reject extremism and conduct themselves in a tolerant and
moderate manner; and
Whereas the Government of Saudi Arabia is continuing to review its education
curriculum: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That the Congress--
(1) calls on the Government of Saudi Arabia to ensure that
its review of its education curriculum is thorough, objective,
(2) urges the Government of Saudi Arabia to reform its
education curriculum in a manner that promotes tolerance,
develops civil society, and encourages functionality in the
(3) expresses extreme disappointment with the slow pace of
education reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
(4) applauds the public statements by Crown Prince Abdullah
and urges him to implement policies that are consistent with
(5) urges the Department of State and other appropriate
Federal agencies to work closely with the Government of Saudi
Arabia on any efforts to address the issues related to
education curriculum, textbooks, and teacher training;
(6) supports expanding and creating more cultural,
academic, visitor, and other exchanges between the United
States and Saudi Arabia, subject to appropriate security
(7) requests the United States Representative to the United
Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) to encourage the organization to examine the
educational system in Saudi Arabia and monitor the progress of
the efforts to reform the education curriculum.
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