Mere superstructure

Almost as if in reply to the “liberal bullies” article, some US publishers say that words matter.

Despite promises to reform their textbooks, the Saudi education system continues to indoctrinate children with hatred and incitement. Seven current and former heads of major publishing houses address the critical importance of words.

The critical importance of words? But aren’t we always being told that words don’t matter? That we “radfems” are just batshit crazy, making all this fuss about mere “werdz” because it’s only fists and sticks that make any difference.

As current and former heads of major American publishing houses, we know the value of words. They inform actions and shape the world views of all, especially children. We are writing to express our profound disappointment that the Saudi government continues to print textbooks inciting hatred and violence against religious minorities.

Oh but there’s no hatred or violence directed at religious minorities in Saudi Arabia. That never happens!!1

A ninth-grade textbook published by the Ministry of Education states, “The Jews and the Christians are enemies of the believers, and they cannot approve of Muslims.” An eighth-grade textbook says, “The Apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews; and the Swine are the infidels of the communion of Jesus, the Christians.” These are just two examples of a long list of hate-filled passages.

Children who are indoctrinated with such hatred are susceptible to engage in bigotry and even violence. Hate speech is the precursor to genocide. First you get to hate and then you kill. This makes peaceful coexistence difficult, if not impossible.

No no no no no. That can’t be right, because free speech.

H/t Seth.


  1. dirigible. Big thanks to FTBs' admins for letting someone steal my nym says

    State propaganda is not free speech.

  2. xmaseveeve says

    My God. And I’ll not shop at Ikea anymore, for bowing to the bigots, and airbrushing women out of the picture. And why is it free speech when men attack women, and witch hunting when we speak back?

  3. says

    And this is for ‘people of the book’. Lovely.

    I’m pretty sure I don’t even want to know what they have to say about atheists.

  4. sunny says

    Drink some ‘oil’: it will go down easier.

    I suppose if South Africa had oil, we would be respecting their culture of segregation.

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