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Islamists Say ‘School’s Out’ in South Thailand

Eagerly awaiting an explanation as to how George W. Bush is responsible for the assassinations of schoolteachers in Thailand: …the new generation of separatist militants, calling themselves Patani Freedom Fighters (pejuang kemerdekaan Patani, or pejuang), has been responsible for 75 … Read More

By / June 17, 2007

Eagerly awaiting an explanation as to how George W. Bush is responsible for the assassinations of schoolteachers in Thailand:

…the new generation of separatist militants, calling themselves Patani Freedom Fighters (pejuang kemerdekaan Patani, or pejuang), has been responsible for 75 deaths and 91 injuries of teachers since January 2004, when the insurgency escalated. They have also burned 194 schools in the same period.

These folks aren't content to merely boycott educators and places of learning. They go all out. And why?

Human Rights Watch examined leaflets distributed by pejuang militants in the southern border provinces explicitly warning ethnic Malay Muslims not to send children to government schools and not to cooperate with Thai authorities. The leaflets say that doing so is considered to be a forbidden sin (haram) and can be subject to severe punishment, including death.

Apparently the Patani "Freedom Fighters" aren't even big on educating themselves in their own beliefs. If they were, they might have come across this quote from the Prophet Muhammad in the Hadith:

The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.

Insha'Allah, this idea will gain ground sooner than later.

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