posted on Oct, 28 2014 @ 02:55 PM
a reply to: olaru12
Leaving aside the appropriateness of this guy's actions for a minute -
I think most people do under-estimate Islam's important role in history - and it *is* an important one - Islamic scholars, mathematicians,
architects, etc made many contributions of their own, as well as helping to preserve a lot of Western learning that might've been lost during the
Dark Ages (not ignoring Islam's role in bringing down many Western European institutions in the first place) - it is an important part of history.
That said, I haven't read the history book they're using - but I did review an APUSH (AP US History) textbook - and I gotta say, it was kind of
disgusting - apparently the only noteworthy event in WW2 was the use of atomic weapons to slaughter Japanese civilians ("Discussion topic: Was the
US use of nuclear weapons on Japanese cities racist or just inhuman?") - then, skipping past Korea and the US in the 50's to the 60's, and to
Martin Luther King - who was a bit of a doddering Uncle Tom, whose only accomplishment was to get assassinated, so let's only spend 1 page on him,
but Malcolm X, he had it going on, let's spend a whole chapter talking about *him* and Black Nationalism.
Only a very slight exaggeration - if the textbook they're using at the school is as bad as that US History book, well, the guy has a legitimate
complaint (note I said "if".)
Oh, and enough with the "Fox News watchers are uninformed idiots" trope - sometimes, during the daytime, Fox is the only station with actual news -
MSNBC is obsessed with politics, and discusses little actual news, and CNN overly obsesses on one story - if you want 24-hour coverage of Ebola or
MH-370 or Jodi Arias, there's your station. And they've become too reliant on external "journalists" - much of their on-scene reporting is now
from non-CNN people, many of them with dubious credentials and motives - I've heard too many of those "provisional" reporters reporting things that
were known incorrect hours or even days before. I also turn to BBC, Al Jazeera and Deutsche Welle at times for different viewpoints.
I don't watch Fox during the "opinion" hours, but their news operation is often fine.