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Pandering to Prejudice

No lessons on the Holocaust | Uk News | News | Telegraph

Schools are dropping controversial subjects from history lessons - such as the Holocaust and the Crusades - because teachers do not want to cause offence, Government research has discovered.

The way the slave trade is taught can lead white children as well as black pupils to feel alienated, according to a study by the Historical Association.

A lack of knowledge among teachers, particularly in primary schools, is also leading to "shallow" lessons on emotive and difficult subjects.

Some teachers dropped the Holocaust completely from lessons because of fears that Muslim pupils might express anti-semitic reactions. One school avoided teaching the Crusades because its "balanced" handling of the topic would directly contradict what was taught in local mosques.


Surely this can be seen as Holocaust denial.

Let's talk about Armenia. Just mentioning it will get you arrested in Turkey.

How about if they talk about "The Crusades" by starting with the Islamic expansion which invaded the "Holy Land" in the first place?

That'll learn 'em.

If teachers are too scared, well, then they have lost the battle and might as well give up and become dhimmi. Oh, and resign, cos I don't see why we should pay them for losing.

Roger Thornhill: how right you are. Until the eleventh century, the most Christian countries in the world were the Mediterranean Middle East. What is now Syria, Jordan and Lebanon were Christian strongholds. I'm a die-hard atheist: I look scornfully on all religions. But to characterise the Crusades as an anti-Muslim invasion is to turn history on its head. However incompetently executed, they were fundamentally defensive wars against an usurping power. The scope of Islamist expansionism is dangerously under-appreciated in the West. A scant century after Mohammed's death, the Franks under Charles Martel beat back the Islamic invaders at the battle of Tours. Gibbon famously said that were it not for the Battle of Tours, there might have been minarets in place of the dreaming spires of Oxford. Creasy characterised it as one of the fifteen battles that shaped the world. Osama bin Laden himself speaks of the 'tragedy of al Andalus', known to the rest of us as the Reconquista, which 700-year struggle culminated in the 1492 expulsion of the Islamic foe from mainland Europe. In 1683 (September 11th, incidentally), Poland's Jan Sobieski broke the siege of Vienna, hitherto Islam's last gasp at extending its baleful hegemony into Europe. Another sore point with the Jihadists. Islamic law is fundamentally irredentist: any land ever occupied by a Muslim is considered forever part of dar al Islam (and that extends to a council flat in Oldham).

As recently as the end of the Second World War, Lebanon was a predominantly Christian country. In the Middle East, the last fifty years have seen an unremitting story of ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians. Two million Christians have fled from Moslem-dominated areas. Eight hundred thousand Jews were purged from what is now Moslem-dominated territory. The fastest-growing Christian community in the Middle East is in Israel, because believers there know they are entitled to the protection that a modern, secular and ecumenical state offers.

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