The lecture by Dr. Khoury was presented to senior high school
students (12th Grade) at the Melkite Catholic School in
Dr. Geries was welcomed at the school by its Principal Mr. Farouq
Farhood who pointed out the many activities of Al-Liqa’, the main
target and activities revolve around shared Living.
He focused on “religious fanaticism” and its negative results. He
presented a sample of this phenomenon which is impacting Arab
Countries and the uprooting of its native peoples: Christians,
Muslims and others.
Curricula in Arab countries and Palestine in history and Arab
language totally ignore the role of Christian Arabs and their
constructive role in the formation of Arabic / Islamic civilization.
Students are ignorant of Christian Arab's distinguished role in
history; and in return this ignorance impacts a negative influence
on shared living and Arab identity. Religious education is essential
to the knowing of each other, dogmatically and behaviorally.
I am surprised that this is not being done in Christian school at
the 11th and 12th grades level. It should be
taught at all school levels. Otherwise, these Christian schools will
lose their mission and vocation.