Obama sometimes seems to be all campaign all the time. But is he running for president of the OIC? Earlier this year his budget raised hackles and eyebrows by cutting out the Constellation program, intended to develop new rockets to carry people into space — such as the Ares rocket, meant to replace the aging shuttle. Now we are informed that NASA is instructed to run a Mohammedan outreach program … overseas, on earth.
No. This is not a story from the Onion. It was reported by Fox news here. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden apparently gave an interview to, wait for it … Al Jazeera, in which he said:
“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he [the president] 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,”
Yes, you read that correctly, “… and perhaps foremost … engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering“.
Where can one even begin? A prominent lie is always a good start. Muslim contributions to math and science are a famous and very stylish bit of pseudo-academic puffery. This is not to say that, historically speaking, the Mohammedan nations produced no eminent scientists or mathematicians, they did (although there is some debate over whether they were all believers.) But what history shows, is that such nations did not possess a cultural environment that was friendly to the development of further study and research or schools based on those initial advances. So, whereas the geniuses of Europe could claim to have stood on the shoulders of giants, the eminent scientific minds of the Islamic nations were left standing on the ground, often alone. The sciences were left to progress elsewhere, Europe actually.