For background information about the meetings, see this Reuters article of 11/06/08.
The statement includes an enumerated list of fifteen points which present a target rich environment In this installment, I'll take on the thirteenth point of agreement.[Links & emphasis added.]
Young people are the future of religious communities and of societies as a whole. Increasingly, they will be living in multicultural and multireligious societies. It is essential that they be well formed in their own religious traditions and well informed about other cultures and religions.Taken at face value, the thirteenth point means that the participants accept the concept of transmitting their own religious tenets & traditions to their offspring. They also agree that their children should be informed about the doctrines & traditions of other faiths.
The hidden subtext is especially subversive. They can't mean genuine, fact based instruction; they must mean prejudicial, fantasy based indoctrination. As evidence, I submit the multitude of deceptions exposed in previous installments in this series. Honest instruction would expose the lies in the joint statement. If students in Catholic schools were required to read the hateful & warmongering passages in Islam's canon of scripture, tradition & jurisprudence, how would their parents react? How would CAIR react? Guess what Muslim students study in the Madrassahs.
Click this link for A Common Word between Us and You, which precipitated the recent meetings. [Note the Events section, a recent addition to the page]. A Common Word's home page includes a summary, the missive, media reports, blog posts and various responses from Christian & Jewish leaders. Click this link: Islamic Extortion Letter for my original dissection of the missive or this link: Go Burn With Muhammad, a blog devoted to dissecting the missive and reactions to it.