Cardinal urges Italy to accept proposal from Muslim group
(ANSA) - Rome, March 9 - The Vatican on Thursday expressed firm support for the idea of lessons on Islamic religion for Muslim children in Italian schools .
Cardinal Raffaele Renato Martino voiced his openness to the inclusion of an 'Islam hour' in timetables following a proposal to this effect from an Italian Muslim association .
"If in a school there are 100 Muslim children, I don't see why their religion should not be taught. This is simply respect for human beings," said the Italian prelate, who is head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace .
As long as the Italian government maintains oversight over what is being taught in these Islam classes, there's absolutely nothing to lose by this. In fact, there is so much to be gained. It is better that these children are learning about a religion of peace in school than a religion of jihad from other sources that aren't under the control of the government.
They just need to make sure they don't hire any Saudi-educated closet Wahhabis.