Posner declined to discuss the contents of the unpublished Saudi textbook study in the interview. But he spoke about the problem of Saudi textbooks in more general terms. “Among the references that were most offensive were commentary that linked Christians and Jews to apes and pigs,” Posner said.
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The move on President Obama’s part could arguably be rationalized as an act of self-preservation, or at least good will. He is preparing for a trip to Saudi Arabia. It is understandable that he might want to delay the release of a damning government study on Saudi Arabia’s education system and its emphasis on intolerance for other cultures and non-Islamic religions.
But the report was completed before the end of 2012. Why wasn’t it released long ago?
Eli Lake, writing at the Daily Beast, notes that the State Department underwrote the study of Saudi textbooks and other classroom materials, which was conducted by a Washington nonprofit called the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.