Why not ban religious schools

 |May 3, 2017

There are those, Muslims included, who say that Islamic schools should be banned or closed down.

Shut down the tahfiz schools! Sack the minister of education!” said Mariam Mokhtar.

She, of course, is talking about the one case of physical abuse in one school.

So, because of that, all the thousands of Islamic religious schools should be closed down.

That is like saying just because one Christian priest buggered a choir boy in one church then all churches should be closed down (actually more than one priest has been accused of this).

Or because one Indian schoolboy was beaten up by other Indians boys who were from the ‘08’ triad then all Tamil schools should be closed down.

Actually, all religious schools or religious education should be banned, not just for Islam but for Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc., as well.

Religion and religious education involves brainwashing.

Brainwashing is another form of abuse, mental abuse, and is worse than physical abuse.

To make it worse, this mental abuse is inflicted on children of five years old or younger, and this turns these children into religious freaks.

For example, in some countries, children five to seven years old are kidnapped and are brainwashed to kill.

When these child-soldiers are about eight to ten years old they are sent out to fight and kill.

They kill without any emotion because that is what they have been brainwashed to do.

Even the US employs them (by outsourcing the fighting to private contractors who employ these child-soldiers at US$250 a month instead of paying US$1,200 a month for ‘normal’ soldiers or war veterans).

So, brainwashing or mental abuse is bad and worse than physical abuse.

This is how religions work, by brainwashing or by inflicting mental abuse.

All religions, without exception, do this.

I mean if not why would children want to become Muslims, Christians, Hindus or Buddhists if not because they have been subjected to mental abuse such as indoctrination and brainwashing, a form of cruelty to children?

So, yes, ban religious schools and religious education by all means.

But do not just ban Islamic schools or Islamic education.

Christian, Hindu and Buddhist religious schools and religious education must also be banned because they, too, inflict mental abuse on children.

We should not tolerate child abuse and turn children into freaks who believe in nonsense, superstition, myths and unfounded and unproven beliefs called religion. – Malaysia Today

Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.