By - September 3, 2010

HS Test: Christianity-Bad, Islam-Good

Late last week Kathleen Sebelius decided Americans needed to be re-educated when discussing the health care law.  I look at public education and I see examples of re-education or indoctrination occurring as we speak.

A very good example of this indoctrination occurred last week in the New York schools system, where a high school exam in Global History and Geography contained passages extolling positive accomplishments of Islam while casting a negative light on aspects of Christian history.

The test contained the following passage:

“…wherever Muslims went in the centuries following the birth of Islam, they “brought with them their love of art, beauty and learning.   From about the eighth to the eleventh century, their culture was superior in many ways to that of western Christendom.”

Another passage stated:

“…that public lamps lighted roads in Muslim-occupied Cordoba, Spain, seven centuries before there was a single public lamp in London”.

By contrast,  the passages referring to Christianity went like this:

“Christianity’s introduction in Latin America resulted in “idols, temples, and other material evidences of paganism [being] destroyed,” and

“Christian buildings [were] often constructed on sites of destroyed native temples.”

It also stated that “Indians supplied construction labor without receiving payment.”

I would give the first student who questioned this, based off of common sense an “A+.”   First of all, what Empire did the Muslims take Cordoba, Spain from?  Cordoba was previously a part of the Roman Empire.  Rome was the entity that set up all the technology of early Europe and Asia Minor and influenced the entire world centuries after its downfall.

Comparing Cordoba to London in the same time period is like comparing apples to oranges.  A short examination of history shows that England was Christian early in its history, converting in  the late 4th Century.  However,  Great Britain  was taken over by the Saxons after that and London fell into ruins until the late 10th Century. At this time,  the feudal system was set up along with the Catholic/Christian church.  London began to rebuild at this time, so the lack of lit streets had nothing to do with lack of technology held by Christians, but rather with London’s tumultuous history.

Let’s look now at the revisionist history going on here.  The text, while proclaiming the greatness and beauty of Muslim art and learning, also leads the reader that followers of the Islam religion always  respected other religions and did not overtake other temples or churches (because the horrible Christians did these things.)

Remember hearing about Constantinople?  It is now known as Istanbul, Turkey.  Constantinople was conquered by the Muslims where they promptly took over the Cathedral Hagia Sophia, plastering over any Christian art work and covering the beautiful marble floors with rugs.

The great Cathedral had been turned into a Mosque without a hint of Christianity.  Any other Synagogues or Churches were left to fall into ruin, as Muslim law forbade Jews or Christians from repairing their places of worship, and forced them into silence as Jews and Christians could not be found to be practicing their religions in public.   Jews were forced to wear a cloth with a picture of a monkey on it and Christians wore one with a pig on the cloth.   Hmm, reminds me of tattooed Jews during another time in history.

In Cordoba itself, all the churches in that city had been destroyed except the cathedral.   The Christians were forced to sell a half the cathedral to the Muslims and the Muslims overtook the other half.   This left the Christians without a place to worship.

The actions of the Spanish Conquerors (and despicable actions of all religions) are well documented within histories pages, but those in power are rewriting those pages containing anything Islamic.   For this, the New York school system gets an “F”.

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