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Barack Obama: Denier of History?

posted at 8:41 am on June 7, 2009 by

When President Obama visited the site of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany, he said this about Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

When asked what Iranian President Ahmadinejad could learn from Obama’s visit to the Nazi concentration camp, Obama says: “He should make his own visit… I have no patience for people who would deny history.”

He’s right, but, on the same trip overseas, during his Cairo speech, Obama let Muslims everywhere know that they invented things they no doubt don’t remember inventing — because they didn’t: “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam — at places like Al-Azhar University — that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing.”

Obama himself is either a denier of history, or ignorant of it, as Frank Tipler points out:

Obama is not much of a “student of history” if he believes this. Almost every advance he attributes to the Muslims was due to someone else.

The non-Muslim Chinese invented the magnetic compass and printing (Gutenberg invented not printing, but movable type). The non-Muslim Hindu Indians invented algebra and the decimal numbering system. The non-Muslim European Christians invented the university.

I can’t address advances in medicine, but I have studied the history of astronomy and physics. The Muslims contributed nothing.

This is nothing new. Obama and/or his handlers have themselves been deniers of history for quite some time.

As one who has no patience for deniers of history, Obama may have little tolerance for his own top advisor, David Axelrod. During the presidential race, Axelrod, Obama’s then campaign manager, laughably denied that Obama knew that Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn were Communists who were involved in the terrorist organization the Weathermen — even though Obama knew them well enough to kick off his first political campaign in their living room.

I would have been more comfortable with Obama if he’d have just admitted that he not only knew Ayers’ background, but agreed with it, because I’d hate to think we have someone who’s that genuinely uninquisitive and ignorant in the White House.

And of course Obama was a 20-year member of Trinity United and has denied ever hearing about any of Reverend Wright’s incendiary remarks made from the pulpit. Again, Obama was either lying or incredibly inattentive, the latter of which isn’t a trait you’ll find in a successful a politician, and the former is all too common.

Naturally these don’t add up to anything remotely on the level of the Holocaust, but, on some levels, a denier of history is a denier of history, and we should take the president’s lead and have no patience for any of them.

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We call these things “facts”.

The sheer volume of evidence supporting “facts”, from the fact that steel melts, to the fact that vaccination policies work, to the fact that Irish monks preserved much knowledge during the dark ages… these things are simply, non-negotiable truth.

That we have a President, or more likely his speechwriters, are so arrogant, so convinced of his (or their) own infallibility that nobody checks is depressing enough, but the Main Sewer Medias’ unwillingness to even ask a question about it…

This does not end well.


acat on June 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM

The Muslims contributed nothing.

Frank Tipler goes too far, as Obama did. Europeans learned of many advances from the Muslims, who were in contact with the East, and were more open than the West to new ideas and science way back in the day.

toliver on June 7, 2009 at 12:12 PM

How can countries that keep the people in bondage through their religion contribute to advances in anything. They are still riding donkeys instead of driving cars and plowing fields by hand.

Kissmygrits on June 7, 2009 at 5:04 PM

We need to keep in mind that Islam originated in the 7th century A.D. We also need to keep in mind that we must not confuse those early Arabs with Muslims – to make such a confusion is to be involved in historical revisionism. Therefore we must address not the influence of Muslims but of Arabs on culture and society. The Moors for example had really great geometric patterns. Not sure what else they contributed to society other than mayhem and horror.

On the other hand, the Greeks contributed a lot to our civilization, as did the Romans. Athens was a great learning centre at around 400 BC in the age of Pericles, and of course it was Pythageros that gave us algebra such as the theorem of Pythageros. Arabs did not influence Aristotle, Pericles, Pythageros or any of the other great Greeks from that era. In fact it would be the other way around, that Greece influenced those Arab nations through the invasion of Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great.

Yet, in the ancient world, one can see the rise of the region now known as Iraq – Baghdad and Babylon – and we know of the famed “Hanging gardens of Babylon” but this was not a Muslim undertaking. We also know that Persia had some influence in the region – king Cyrus was from Persia but Cyrus was benign towards the Jews, which is not what is happening now.

The ancient Greeks also gave us the start of modern medicine, which is why doctors take the oath of Hippocrates.

It seems to me that a lot of our western civilization has its roots in Greece, rather than in the Middle East. The Romans also made great advances with their aqueducts and road building, as well as their baths etc. etc. They also had their great philosophers in the ancient world. Rome and Greece were the cradles of the first democracies (though these were not perfect).

Civilization was spread through Europe by the Romans, and not by Arabs or Muslims.

This is the problem with revisionist history, for when people start distorting the truth we start to get such outrageous claims as those that were made in Cairo.

maggieo on June 7, 2009 at 5:37 PM

toliver on June 7, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I mean no disrespect, but could you enlighten me on this.

N4646W on June 8, 2009 at 3:05 AM