The older I get the more I continue to become amazed by how much of a joke public education is. As a public school survivor of the 1990s, I can attest that our children’s books lie to them, early and often, about the most fundamental things.
They lie about climate change. They lie about the Pilgrims. They lie about the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. They lie about evolution. They lie about the roots of communism. And they really lie about Europe.
During my teen years I essentially believed what I was told. But after I dedicated my life to Christ, I took quite seriously the Bible’s warning that the world is not to be trusted.
As I began to do independent research in my 20s, I started questioning many things once thought obvious. My friends thought I was crazy, but I suddenly saw no need to care.
Then one day in 2003 I was discussing these things with a friend, and we started debating the reliability of the Bible as a historical document. My friend argued that it was just some papers written by guys with an agenda. I promptly shot back. What if other people at other times had agendas and wrote papers of their own, and you’re the one naive enough to believe them?
He pressed me for an example of something that naive people believe without question. Without stopping to think, I blurted out a bombshell: maybe the Spanish government did not send Christopher Columbus in search of India. Maybe they were using him to find something else.
My friend was flabbergasted. Never did anyone question their knowledge of European history. It wasn’t just wrong to think you misunderstood Columbus – it was wrong to doubt the entire mosaic of Mideval Europe. Maybe some other periods are fuzzy, but everyone knows exactly what happened in Europe. I had stumbled upon a golden goose that I was not allowed to touch.
For the record, I’m not here to tell you Spain lied about Columbus. That particular theory might have been half-baked… but it liberated me to realize that it was okay to question conventional wisdom about the Dark Ages.
Ask a typical public school student about European history and you’ll get an answer like this:
The Romans made everyone be Catholic. Then some German barbarians got angry and chased them out. Then the whole continent sat in dark oblivion for 500 years. Some guy named Charlemagne built a new government and taught people how to read. As soon as they learned about the world again, they didn’t like that whole Islam thing, so they started a war with the Muslims. Then Christopher Columbus tried to invade India, but missed and ended up in Central America. Queen Elizabeth sent some English people over there, George Washington was born, and the rest is history.
Does that sound familiar?
Public school students today are not being taught about the roots of Al Qaeda, the history of Israel, or precisely why it is that bin Laden wanted them dead.
So it’s not a surprise that they don’t know anything about the original jihad carried out in Europe long before Christopher Columbus.
If you have such a young adult in your family, I recommend buying the book Holy Warriors by John J O’Neill.
This book, thoroughly backed by evidence, proves that the Dark Ages started in Europe conveniently at the same time Muslim conquerers arrived. It defends the origins of the Crusades. It shows that Europeans really weren’t that stupid, Muslims really weren’t that tolerant, and conventional wisdom about the Dark Ages is mostly PC jibberish.
It is a must-read to understand where Islam is going in Europe today.
To purchase, visit the book’s entry at amazon.