On August 21 the American Freedom Alliance organized a conference in Los Angeles, “Islam and Western Civilization: Can they Coexist?” Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Roy White was one of the panelists, and he gave a brief presentation on the initiative by ACT! For America to undo pro-Muslim disinformation in school textbooks.
Many thanks to Henrik Clausen for recording, and to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
Previous posts about the American Freedom Alliance event in Los Angeles:
I didn’t pay much attention in school.
Fortunately these days, I suspect that most others don’t either.
Yes, but they do pay attention to social media and popular “Big Brother” entertainment – and, sometimes, even the “news” – and all of the lies and other misinformation is solidly imbedded in that content. We’re going to have to do much better than textbook content.
Joseph Goebbels realized that entertainment is a far better vehicle for ideas than preaching and instruction. Our traitor-rulers picked up where he left off.
Have you guys read this Muslim-initiated petition? It’s being sponsored by a Liberal politician from Quebec.
I love it when a group of non Muslims make a petition to tell Muslims they are not Muslims. The problem in the world is people get a pass everyday on what they believe and what they say. It isnt just this topic. Imagine if people could look at something, see the conflict and realize hey I don’t know. How can I trust what anyone says?
As a long time teacher I could only fantasize about my students learning the kind of detail that people are afraid of on this particular subject. As we should, we focus on US History in 5th, 8th and 11th grades – and still our students do not have a basic knowledge of this material. I teach part time at a local community college as well – US History. Beleive me, the 3 years of US history they have received does not necessarily carry over with most of these students. The study of Islam takes place in one unit in 7th grade. I think we are kidding ourselves if we think that we are creating a bunch of students who know a lot about any version of Islam.
In my view, the problem with learning is textbooks. Textbooks are put together by committees, vetted, try to avoid saying anything which could be criticized and end up thoroughly uninteresting.
If you really want to learn, say history, use a history book written by someone passionate about his subject. If it contains errors or biases, counter it with another history book, and discuss the differences. I can’t imagine anything more bloodless and dull than a textbook.
If you want children to find out about Islam, let them read What Islam is all about by an unrepentant Islamist.
This makes no bones about the expansionist, intolerant aspect of Islam, and is written by an Islamic advocate.
Assigning students to read this book would require some minimal commitment by the teacher to use and develop the critical faculties of her students, which works in some cases and doesn’t work in others.
For another rant, the huge deficit of the American government makes us particularly susceptible to influxes of subversive money. We are dependent on the Saudis and other oil baronates to buy our useless bonds, so the government can’t place too many restrictions on how they spend their oceans of cash. Also, as long as universities focus on building Versailles-like campuses, and shoveling money on prestige projects having nothing to do with the education of US students, such as foreign campuses, the universities will happily jettison any pretense of objective scholarship for Middle Eastern, Islamic-saturated petroleum money.
In the European school system I don’t believe it is much better. The general population is mostly trained to become workers. Basis school, middle school, have very little relevant “history” in their textbooks, if at all. Propaganda pamphlets with lots of cartoons are printed and distributed by the EU. And then how relevant the history program you choose at the university level depends your professor and the approved reading list. Reading lists from history courses I took in the US left out just as mush as the history programs I went through in Europe (University of Leiden). The real education began after after you got the diplomas where you discovered they left out some incredibly important sources or points of view. I suppose you can also tell how unenlightened a society is when they are unable to entertain a point of view that could label a scholar as xenophobic and ruin their career.
I’d rather read one or two passionate works by a real expert writing as an individual author than dozens of textbooks.
Earlier textbooks by authors such as Henry Steele Commager, Samuel Morrison, Allan Nevins present a far more passionate and interesting history.