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Bill Maher makes us dumber: How ignorance, fear and stupid pop-culture clichés shape Americans’ view of the Middle East

Last Sunday was the 14th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq. Given the outcome of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the milestone passed almost completely without comment among the many who led the charge to Baghdad in 2003. There are soldiers of all ranks who went into battle carrying copies of Ibn Khaldun’s “The Muqaddimah,” Hans Wehr’s Arabic-English Dictionary and other works that might help explain the land and region to which…more: SALON.COM

The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the “dumbing down” of America –


There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility.

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, “Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans’ rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism.”…more:  .sott.net

“What is his Call for, Which is Characteristic of the Period of Ignorance?”

Narrated Jabir bin `Abdullah: We were in a Ghazwa (Sufyan once said, in an army) and a man from the emigrants kicked an Ansari man (on the buttocks with his foot). The Ansari man said, “O the Ansar! (Help!)” and the emigrant said. “O the emigrants! (Help!) Allah’s Apostle heard that and said, “What is this call for, which is characteristic of the period of ignorance?” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! A man from the emigrants kicked one of the Ansar (on the buttocks with his foot).” Allah’s Apostle said, “Leave it (that call) as is a detestable thing.” `Abdullah bin Ubai heard that and said, ‘Have the (the emigrants) done so? By Allah, if we return Medina, surely, the more honorable will expel therefrom the meaner.” When this statement reached the Prophet. `Umar got up an, said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Let me chop off the head of this hypocrite (`Abdullah bin Ubai)!” The Prophet said “Leave him, lest the people say that Muhammad kills his companions.”(Bukari)

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OBAMA: “When ignorant folks advertise ignorance–you don’t have to do anything–just let them talk”

President Obama on Sunday said that Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments show that 151115racism still lives in the U.S.

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here,” Obama said when asked about Sterling’s comments during a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to CNN. more democraticunderground.

Learn About Islam, Muslims Tell Santorum

The Article Learn About Islam, Muslims Tell Santorum  Infuriated by offensive remarks by White House aspirant Rick Santorum, a leading US Muslim group has urged the Republican candidate to read more about Islam and the Muslim holy book to know more…

Islam a victim of ignorance

  Several days ago, while listening to one of the late evening local talk shows on radio, I was astounded by the ignorance about Islam and insults spoken about Muslims. It was not the first time I have heard such…