Back to school for you, kids! If you’re American, you might be spoon-fed the (historically dubious) notion that the Founding Fathers explicitly wanted us to be a Christian nation. But it could be worse: You could live somewhere else!
Foreign Policy has come out with a list of some of the most egregious lies in textbooks around the globe. Here’s some of the best propaganda:
Saudi Arabian textbooks, on the subject of religion:
“Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words (Islam, hellfire): Every religion other than _______ is false. Whoever dies outside of Islam enters _______.”
Russian textbooks, on the subject of Russian history:
“[Josef Stalin] acted entirely rationally — as the guardian of a system, as a consistent support of reshaping the country into an industrialized state.”
Chinese textbooks, on the subject of World War II:
“The fundamental reason for the [Allied victory] is that the Chinese Communist Party became the core power that united the nation.”