A few days ago I stumbled across this article from Inquisitr: “ISIS Bans Children From Learning Math And Social Studies.” Essentially, the Islamic State is saying that they are willing to sacrifice their children’s future in order to live up to their interpretation of Islam. This is not merely saying they wish to teach intelligent design in addition to biology or something along those lines. The Islamic State is cutting mathematics — a fundamental necessity to understanding practically every branch of science — because it offends Allah.
If this is the way the Islamic State wants to play it, they will discover an entire generation of children in the Levant who are wholly unequipped to enter into the dialog of science. These intellectually unprepared children will continue to pull their societies down as more educated societies prosper. Let me put it this way: You will find fewer and fewer Iraqi and Syrian children applying for and getting accepted to medical schools. The engineers will dwindle. Technological innovation will be a thing of the past. Their idea of an Islamic paradise sounds like hell to me.
I can’t stress this enough; they aren’t cutting art or extracurricular activities to balance the school’s budget. They are banning math — MATH — because they’ve twisted their religion so much that mathematics is essentially satan. This is quite a contradiction of Islam’s previous contributions to mathematics. How has Islam fallen so far that it could even allow for this backward-thinking group to come to power? This is another reason why moderate Muslims should condemn ISIS to the maximum extent possible. We need mathematically literate children. Without them there is no future in science and no future for children under ISIS control.