Yesterday I received an email from a friend that shows a small boy having his arm run over by a car. The email was entitled THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS!!! It allegedly shows an 8 year old boy having his arm crushed for the crime of stealing food. The purpose of the email is to inflame Islamic bigotry. The first sub heading says "May God have mercy on us who tolerate the Muslim."
My friend is a good hearted soul, but he's not the sharpest tack in the box. If he had looked underneath the list of email addresses he would have found: False Email-- http://www.snopes.com/photos/gruesome/crushboy.asp.
If my friend had clicked on the link, he would have learned that the pictures were accurate, but the descriptions were not. Instead of being punished under Sharia Law, the boy is part of a common street act where the performers are hustling for money. The child was unhurt.
When I am King, every high school and middle school will have a curriculum in place to teach kids how to evaluate sources. It won't be a one week exercise, but an on going learning experience right up to graduation day. Hopefully, education can slow down the spread of ignorance. There's a novel idea.