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The dangers of political correctness

Dear Editor:

I must admit, I am that “fool” who dared to mention to Roger Marolt that the new history books do not mention the words “radical Muslim” or “religious fanatic Wahabi Muslim extremists” when describing the terrorists who perpetrated the tragedy of 9-11 (“The best plan for health care: stay healthy,” The Aspen Times, Sept. 11, 2009).

One has to wonder if Roger thinks history books should say: “terrorists attacked Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941” (oh, did we forget to mention that Japan declared war on the United States of America?); or “terrorists killed 12 million people in WWII” (oh, did we leave out that they were German Nazis who wanted to get rid of all Jews, gypsies, crippled people, homosexuals, etc., to create the “pure” Aryan race?); or “terrorist takes down 20 million in Russia following WWII” (oh, did we mention that it was Joseph Stalin, the Russian communist?). The list could go on and on.

Unfortunately, good-hearted people like Roger Marolt, who don’t want to offend anyone, allow political correctness to get in the way of common sense. So we now have radical Muslim schools teaching extreme Wahabism in Minnesota (please refer to the April 20, 2009, article in the National Review), and New Jersey teaching things like Sharia law (sure, it’s OK to kill a female member of your family if a male says so; and, by the way, make sure to kill all those who don’t think like us whether they be other Muslims, all Americans, all other religions …). This is happening right here and right now in America. I recommend to you the book “Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

The scariest part for all of us, our children and grandchildren is that if we do not study real history with real facts and full knowledge, then we are, unfortunately, doomed to repeat those horrific mistakes. It’s wonderful to be good-hearted, but let’s make sure we’re all educated, too.

Lorrie B. Winnerman

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