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ANOTHER MYTH DEBUNKED - ISLAM IN SPAIN, A MULTICULTURAL PARADISE - NO!!!
I'm writing to you because more myths have been debunked.
Islam in Spain was a multicultural paradise, with Muslims, Christians and Jews living in harmony under benign Islamic rule. I always knew that was a myth. Now: proof.
Myth Two. The Crusaders murdered millions of Islamics.
Myth Three. CO2 is bad for the planet. I had to learn that CO2 isn't causing global warming (which is hardly happening). Now I've come across another bit of very interesting information.
Finally, for those of you who want more tools to reach people about Islam, a course on Islam from Bill Warner, to debunk myths and install a solid foundation of facts.
"You have to read this book," I heard from a couple of people in the last few days. The book: The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Dario Fernandez-Morera, Northwestern University professor and Harvard PhD. I read the outline and breathed a sigh of relief. As I said, it's never made sense to me that Islamic rule in Spain could have been benign for Christians and Jews. But I had nothing more to say than that, while those making the claim were sure it was an irrefutable fact: Islam in Spain was practically heaven on earth.
My answer was lame. I said I would have to look into their claim. My concern was Islam now - where it was anything but benign.
Dario Fernandez-Morera has come to my rescue. The evidence is grim: the decimation of Christianity and Judaism in all areas held by Islam; slavery, including sex slavery, in areas held by Islam; the destruction of all Christian churches in these areas.
About Islamic slavery.
Maybe you knew, but I didn't, that Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, was long a slave of Islamics. He was sold to several Islamic masters of varying degrees of cruelty. He recorded the torture he witnessed - casual, brutal, deadly. Don Quixote not surprisingly includes a negative depiction of Islam, including Islamic slavery.
Of course none of the references to Islam made it into The Man of La Mancha, the musical based on the book. Instead, the musical is just about a sweet old man tilting at windmills and singing To Dream the Impossible Dream.
Moral of the story: any allegation that Islam has been benign deserves serious exploration. The allegation is unlikely to survive.
Here's The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise:
And here are lots more links, to interviews and reviews.
Brilliant detailed review in FrontPageMag:
Review in the New English Review:
Videos - interviews with Dario Fernandez-Morera:
https://youtu.be/Aj7R4HdofPY (10 min)
https://youtu.be/REljGDVQJDs (30 min)
https://youtu.be/HTpeJFcDt2M (30 min)
https://youtu.be/-Bc5f9_YoFk (57 min)
https://youtu.be/LjzKDDw7z3k (3 hours)
Here's another myth possibly biting the dust - the myth that Crusaders murdered millions of Islamics in their wars of conquest.
You almost certainly already know that the Crusades, far from being about a group of insane Christians out to butcher as many Islamics as possible, were the SLOW response to the Islamic invasion of Christian territories, and to cries for help from fellow Christians.
However, when the Crusades finally got going, did the Crusaders kill millions of Islamics? Nick T van Riel did a rough calculation:
Crusaders simply didn't have the time. All these "millions of Muslims" had to be killed by hand because Crusaders simply didn't have weapons of mass destruction. For example, killing of "only" 1,000,000 Muslims during the 25 yrs of active war would mean an average of 110 Muslims a day, based on a 24/7 "workweek."
Here's more detail:
First Crusade 1096 – 1099 Three yrs
Second Crusade 1147 – 1149 Two yrs
Third Crusade 1187 – 1192 Five yrs
Fourth Crusade 1202 – 1204 Two yrs
Fifth Crusade 1217 – 1221 Four yrs
Sixth Crusade 1228 – 1229 One yr
Seventh Crusade 1248 – 1254 Six yrs
Eight and ninth Crusade 1270 -1272 Two yrs
During 176 yrs from 1096 till 1272 we had 25 yrs of active war and all provoked by Muslims. All these 25 yrs of war were not even an all out war of 24 hours a day during the complete period of time.
The Crusades were a series of campaigns in a small area and each campaign required a certain time of preparation. The build up prior to the first campaign already took many months. Crusaders were not flown in as modern day soldiers.
Nick van Riel contrasts the allegations that millions of Muslims were killed with the record of "death by Islam":
1,400 yrs of killing with 270,000,000 innocent people dead, means an average of 528 murders a day till today. Note that Islam is still waging war 24 hours a day.
Now, from history to the present day. You almost certainly have heard the charge that global warming is caused by CO2. You also almost certainly know that this claim has been debunked. In case, you want sources: http://elsasblog.com/climate-change-theories.html
But a new piece of information (new to me, anyway) recently came my way: the increase in CO2 is very likely extremely beneficial - more plants, more crops, more food. The sources for this claim are first rate, including Patrick Moore, a scientist and co-founder of Greenpeace who now labels himself the sensible environmentalist:
Behind this debunking of myths and celebration of facts is the question: who benefits from these myths screening reality?
Who benefits from people in the West holding onto the delusion about Islamic Spain as, basically, an earthly paradise? The West absolutely does not benefit. Islam benefits. Does any other force also benefit? If so, it's also clearly inimical to the West.
And who benefits from the delusion that we must cut CO2 emissions? Again, the West absolutely does not benefit - so whoever is involved is likewise inimical to the West.
Behind the question, who benefits, is an assumption: what is going on is not something that is just happening. The evidence is so clear, for instance, in The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: we have been, and are being, fed lies. That doesn't just happen.
The people regurgitating the myth aren't lying; they're repeating. But the myth makes no sense, except as something deliberately created to mislead. For instance, one doesn't need to look further than to Cervantes, for accounts of Islam, including Islamic enslavement, torture and casual murder of Christians, that shatter the myth.
with that, all the best to all of us who care and dare,
PS. Insanity of the week. An Anglican priest has been forced from his job as Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth because he objected to a verse from the Quran being read during an Anglican church service.
The verse denies Jesus as the Son of God.
PPS. Sanity of the week. Trump has made good on his campaign promise to temporarily halt (120 days) most refugee intake so "extreme vetting" can be put in place.
PPPS. Finally, if you'd like to learn more about Islam, Bill Warner has just launched an online study program:
"This program teaches Islamic doctrine by a story telling method. You listen and/or read Islamic doctrine, review current events through a doctrinal lens and join a learning community to discuss the material."
By the way, in terms of Bill Warner's ability to make "dry stuff" interesting, his Why We Are Afraid: A 1400 Year Secret has had over 3,400,000 views:
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posted Jan 29, 2017
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