Apologists for Islam and History


Once Again, Obama Skips Over A Few Important Details


 

 

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — Apologists for Islam are a varied bunch – some reveal ignorance, others deploy deliberate taqiyya – but all play fast and loose with history.

Here are three examples:

Karen Armstrong on the Expulsion of the Moors:
 

In 1492, the year that is often said to inaugurate the modern era, three very important events happened in Spain. In January, the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella conquered the city of Granada, the last Muslim stronghold in Europe; later, Muslims were given the choice of conversion to Christianity or exile. In March, the Jews of Spain were also forced to choose between baptism and deportation. Finally, in August, Christopher Columbus, a Jewish convert to Catholicism and a protégé of Ferdinand and Isabella, crossed the Atlantic and discovered the West Indies. One of his objectives had been to find a new route to India, where Christians could establish a military base for another crusade against Islam. As they sailed into the new world, western people carried a complex burden of prejudice that was central to their identity.

In 1492, “the Catholic monarchs conquered Granada, the last Muslim stronghold in Europe.” What then should we call all those lands in southern and eastern Europe that the Ottomans were at that very moment busy conquering and seizing, including Constantinople, the richest, most populous, most important city in all of Christendom for 800 years (taken by the Turks on a Tuesday – May 29, 1453), and the Balkans (including the then-vast Serbian lands)? And what are modern-day Albania, Greece, Rumania, Bulgaria? The Ottomans continued to press northward and westward, later seizing much of Hungary and threatening Vienna twice. Were these not parts of Europe, and was not a good deal of Europe, including what had been its most important city for a millennium, Constantinople, firmly in Muslim hands before Granada fell – and after?

But it would not do to remind readers that while the Muslim invaders and conquerors of Spain lost their last “stronghold” in Granada, other Muslim invaders and conquerors were busy at the other end of Europe, seizing lands and subjugating the native populations to the devshirme (the forced levy of Christian children) as well as to the jizya (the tax on non-Muslims) and all the other disabilities that, wherever Muslims conquered, were imposed, as part of a clearly elaborated system, and not merely the whim a ruler, on all non-Muslims.

AN ISLAMIC APOCALYPSE IN BRUSSELS — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

FOX & FRIENDS: ROBERT SPENCER ON JIHAD IN BRUSSELS AND AMERICA — TRUTH REVOLT

CNN GUEST: ‘WHITE PEOPLE’ CAN’T UNDERSTAND ISLAMIC CULTURE — DAILY CALLER

CLINTON DENOUNCES ‘PANIC, FEAR’ AFTER BRUSSELS ATTACK, REBUKES GOP — THE HILL

ISIS USES TRUMP IN VIDEO TOUTING BRUSSELS ATTACKS — THE HILL

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CHARGES SEVERAL IRANIANS IN 2013 HACKING OF NEW YORK DAM — FOX NEWS

ISIS IS MORE OF AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT THAN NAZI GERMANY AND IMPERIAL JAPAN — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

OBAMA’S FINAL SOLUTION FOR THE JEWISH STATE — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

AFTERMATH OF MUSLIM TERROR ATTACKS ALWAYS A “DIFFICULT TIME FOR MUSLIMS” — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

OBAMA: WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THE COMMUNISTS I’M AIDING NOT TO PROFILE MUSLIMS — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

BRUSSELS ISIS FIGHTER: MY DREAM IS TO LIVE IN EUROPE UNDER ISLAMIC CALIPHATE — TRUTH REVOLT

‘MORNING JOE’: OBAMA ‘VASTLY OUT OF STEP’ ON REACTION TO TERROR — DAILY CALLER

BROTHERS INVOLVED IN BRUSSELS ATTACK WERE ARRESTED LAST WEEK — DAILY CALLER

ISRAELI FLAG DESECRATED AT MEMORIALS FOR TERRORIST VICTIMS IN BRUSSELS — BREITBART

POLAND WITHDRAWS PLEDGE TO TAKE 7,000 MIGRANTS — BREITBART

BOMBINGS A ‘GOOD THING’ SAY ACTIVISTS; URGE MIGRANTS TO EXPLOIT CHAOS — BREITBART

ENOUGH WITH THE TEDDY BEARS AND TEARS: IT’S TIME TO TAKE OUR CIVILIZATION BACK — BREITBART

JUST 0.4% OF SYRIAN REFUGEES ADMITTED TO USA SINCE PARIS ATTACKS ARE CHRISTIAN — BREITBART

BRUSSELS BOMBING MARKS STRATEGIC SHIFT BY ISIS TO DIRECT ATTACKS IN EUROPE — WASHINGTON FREE BEACON

IS ISIS FAITHFUL TO ISLAM? THEY THINK IT IS! — VDARE

HAS EUROPE BLINKED ON DEFEATING ISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST? — DAILY SIGNAL

NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS: BRUSSELS TERRORIST ATTACKS ‘GRAVE,’ ‘A BIT EMBARRASSING’ — DAILY SIGNAL

WHAT OBAMA CAN LEARN FROM FRENCH PRESIDENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK RESPONSES — DAILY SIGNAL

BRUSSELS PLOTTERS SPIED ON NUCLEAR RESEARCH HOPING TO BUILD “DIRTY” BOMB — HOTAIR

NY TIMES OP-ED: EUROPE HAS BEEN LIVING IN A DREAM — HOTAIR

CRUZ GETS IT RIGHT ON SECURING MUSLIM NEIGHBORHOODS — CHQ

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