Saudi Arabian schools are teaching children that anal sex leads to natural disasters and corruption in society.
The US Anti-Defamation League (ADL) explored “problematic passages” of Saudi State Textbooks for the 2018–19 School Year.
They discovered that the passages encourage “bigotry or violence against numerous categories of people, including Jews, Christians, Shi’ite or Sufi Muslims, women, people who engage in anal sex and anyone who mocks or converts away from Islam.”
In regards to homosexuality, the Saudi textbook says anal sex should be punished with the death penalty as it corrupts “the human soul”.
It also teaches children that anal sex brings shame to one’s family (and tribe), and that if one engages in anal sex, that it will lead to natural disasters and corruption in society.
One book called Jurisprudence states: ‘The correct [ruling regarding sodomy] which the companions of the Prophet agreed upon is that both the top one and the bottom one are killed, whether they are married or unmarried.
“God forbade sodomy and was harsh in its punishment due to its bad effects on the individual and society.
“For it is a degeneracy in nature, and a corruption in character, kills virtue, and destroys morals, bequeaths depravity and lowliness in the soul of its perpetrator, eliminates modesty, and jealousy dies in the souls.”
In order to combat the teachings, ADL are endorsing the bipartisan Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act in the US House of Representatives, which calls upon Members of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation.
Earlier this year, a report titled Polarized Progress: Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 141 Countries, found that Saudi Arabia was one of the ten countries who are least accepting of LGBTQ people.
“Low levels of acceptance are tied to bullying and violence, physical and mental health problems, discrimination in employment, and underrepresentation in positions of civic leadership,” said researchers on the importance of LGBTQ equality.
Male and female same-sex activity is still illegal in the country and LGBTQ rights are not recognised by the government.
The law also punishes those who cross-dress, with punishments ranging from fines, floggings, life in prison, death and torture.