Education Ministry Warns Students Against Mocking Islam

Arab News reports:

The Ministry of Education has warned that it would expel any student found mocking Islam or spreading illicit ideas at school. Penalties for violating the code of behavior include preventing a student from pursuing studies for one academic year.

Former US diplomat John Burgess says this a “major step back” for the minister. “People do not respect that which has to be beaten into them,” he wrote on his blog Crossroads Arabia. “Behavior based on fear of consequences is the least desirable kind of ‘good behavior’.”