Why Did Israel Alter Science Textbooks at Religious Schools to Remove Aspects of the Female Anatomy?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses a recent decision in Israel to give state-sponsored religious schools censored science books:

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About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • viaten

    And what about human male reproductive anatomy? Is that OK? How about that of pigs, or any other mammal, male or female?

  • viaten

    I guess conservative religious Israeli men don’t want a graphic reminder of what they were once inside of and how they came out of it.

    • Bitter Lizard

      I guess they don’t want a graphic reminder that they can’t crawl back in.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Many religions seem to be a warped combination of FEAR of women (women’s sexuality, their reproductive parts/abilities), and POWER to exert over women (in those same domains).

    Keeping young men/women ignorant helps perpetuate the fear and oppression.

  • Mitch

    Sounds like too many people making those education decisions in Israel never got their cootie shots. “Girl parts are yucky!”

  • Donald Jones

    So now with the kids in religious schools not learning about the female body and God knows what else, and having creation substituted for evolution, if they don’t learn it by themselves, and wind up going to a religious college, they’ll be screwed in medical school. (What kind of wastewater treatment did Noah have on the Ark?)

  • busterggi

    Because the class was about human anatomy and the Torah doesn’t consider women to be fully human.

  • coffee-cat

    It’s hard to believe women are unclean until their ritual baths when you understand the menstrual cycle. God forbid!

  • Proud Texan

    Hello Hemant,

    I see you took another swipe at Texas, this time in a video whose subject (the Israeli education system) is several thousand miles away from my home state. I’m writing to let you know that your sweeping generalizations of Texas remind me a lot of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians’ stereotyping of atheists. I ask you to consider how it feels when believers just assume that you must not have any ethical code since you don’t believe in any god. Now, consider how it might feel to an atheist Texan when you, on multiple occasions, point to Texas as an example of backwards religiosity.

    You might feel justified in your ridicule; after all, large swaths of Texas are in the Bible Belt, and evangelical and fundamentalist Christians have significant influence in Texas culture and politics. But with a population of 25+ million people, there are many nonbelievers as well. I hope your future comments will be more welcoming and inclusive toward us atheists who live in areas of the country with significant religious influence. It would seem that we are the very people who most need a welcoming atheist community outside of our local area.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.


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