Barack Obama: Denier of History?

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.

Author: Doug Powers

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