New York’s Regents exam on Global History and Geography requires students to praise Islamic conquerors and criticize Christian friars, writes Andrew Bostom on Pajamas Media.
Students read a textbook extract:
Wherever they went, the Moslems brought with them their love of art, beauty, and learning. From about the eighth to the eleventh century, their culture was superior in many ways to that of western Christendom.
Some of the finest centers of Moslem life were established in Spain. In Cordova, the streets were solidly paved, while at the same time in Paris people waded ankle-deep in mud after a rain. Cordovan public lamps lighted roads for as far as ten miles; yet seven hundred years later there was still not a single public lamp in London!
Guidelines call for awarding one credit, up to a maximum of two credits, “for each different way Islam improved the lives of people in Spain.”
No points are given for describing “massacre, pillage, deportation, and mass enslavement” including turning female captives into harem slaves and males into eunuchs, Bostom complains.
Students also read an extract on how friars converted natives to Christianity in Spanish America.
Award 1 credit (up to a maximum of 2 credits) for each different change the friars introduced in Spanish America. Examples: destroying idols/temples; building permanent monasteries; constructing Christian buildings on sites of destroyed native temples; building temporary/permanent churches; holding services/fiestas in church buildings in a converted community; attempting to destroy paganism.
As a Jew, I have no dog in the fight between the Moors and the Christians in Spain. Nor do I think Spanish missionaries were models of tolerance in the New World. But I do wonder why it’s OK to criticize Christians, but other religions are sacrosanct.
Teachers are complaining about the lack of balance, reports the New York Post.