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Saudi Arabia's government continues to tolerate hate speech by some clerics against minority groups while public school textbooks in the kingdom still include language that discriminates against other forms of worship, a new study by Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.Saudi clerics mostly adhere to an ultraconservative Sunni interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism -- and many view other faiths and variants of Islamic worship as sinful.The 62-page report said courts also discriminate against Shiites and that school curriculum stigmatizes Shiite and other religious practices. The group considers Shiites as apostates and refers to them as "rafida" or "rawafid", which means people who reject Sunni Islam.Still, Saudi clerics -- many of whom have millions of followers on Twitter- have frequently referred to Iran's government, or even Shiites in general, as "rawafid".
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