the “you can’t make this up” file, President Obama is turning into his
Muslim-outreach agency. According to Fox News, NASA Administrator says that
NASA’s foremost mission in 2010 is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
might want to push instant replay and read that again just to make sure
went on to say, “[w]hen I became the NASA administrator – or before I
became the NASA administrator – [President Obama] charged me with three
things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get
into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international
relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a
way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with
dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic
contribution to science . and math and engineering.”
We want our space program to concentrate on making Muslims “feel good”
about themselves? Can someone explain to me why this was the “foremost”
mission our Dear Leader directed at NASA? Not replacing the aging
Shuttle fleet? No no, not that. How about building our own space
station? Uh-uh, can’t do that. Umm, how about going back to the moon.
Sorry, not going to happen. But we do want Muslims to feel good about
their rich history of……..? Let’s see, they did invent our numeric
system right? Oh no, wrong. Our numbers came to us via Indian/Arabic
culture around 300 BC (that’s Before Christ for those of you in public
school.) That was more than 1,000 years before Mohammed starting
lopping off heads to bring us the religion of peace.
then they invented the telescope right? Oh sorry, a man named Hans
Lipperhey invented the telescope. He was born in Wesel,
Germany and made his home in Middleburg, part of the Zeeland province
in the Netherlands.
how about the pendulum? Wrong again, that pesky Italian Galileo
Galilei invented that between inventing everything else in Europe. How
about the clock? Nope, the ancient Eqyptians. The watch? No again.
The compass? Nope, Chinese. Gunpowder? Double no, our good friends
and T-bill holders the Chinese again.
as to Mr. Bolden’s assertion that Muslims invented mathematics and
engineering. Well, not so much. Actually, no single person invented
mathematics. Mathematical systems have been
developed by different cultures independently. The mathematics in western civilization can mostly be traced to roots in Mesopotamia, Egypt
(especially for geographical use) and Babylon (especially for
astronomical use). All cultures that preceded Islam. And call me
crazy, but I’m pretty sure engineering began in ancient Egypt with the
building of the pyramids. Again preceding Islamic culture by many
they must have invented something, after all, they must be made to feel
proud about something!
they did invent jihad and suicide bombers.
things, I’m sure, they’re very proud of.