For the first century of its existence,
Islam was absolutely soaked in blood.
The killing only slowed down as the Islamic empire finally ran into boundaries
in the 8th century,
after about a century of expansionist, imperialist,
unprovoked Islamic aggression.
Even after the initial expansion slowed,
the killings did not end.
and oppression (sharia)
are part of the core doctrines of Islam.
Killing for Islam is not a modern idea,
and it will never end until some sort of reformation takes place within the religion.
Medieval Christianity was equally violent,
but Christianity has since reformed.
For many years now,
Islam has been the most violent religion in the world.
"This compendium shows that Islamic jihad has for fourteen centuries
meant exactly what bin Laden, Zaraqawi, and every other so-called "Islamic fundamentalist"
says it means: a war to compel the whole world to embrace Islam, die,
or live under intolerant, humiliating restrictions"
"First, let's see how ignorant we are about the history of political Islam.
How many Christians can tell you how
What happened to the
Seven Churches of Asia
mentioned in Paul's letters?
Find a Jew who can tell you the Jewish history of
(second class citizens who serve Islam).
What European knows that white women were the highest priced slaves
Everyone knows how many Jews Hitler killed,
but find an unbeliever who can tell you how many died in jihad over the last 1400 years."
"Jihad destroyed a Christian Middle East
and a Christian North Africa.
Soon it was the fate of the
and the Hindu
to be the victims of jihad.
The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity
in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa.
Half of Christianity was lost.
Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire).
Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest.
Half of the glorious Hindu civilization was annihilated and 80 million Hindus killed.
The first Western Buddhists
were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great's army
in what is now Afghanistan. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route.
About 10 million Buddhists died.
The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism.
was eliminated from Persia.
The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam.
In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 years of jihad.
Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died
over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam.
These are the Tears of Jihad which are not taught in any school."
and others have promoted the theory that 7th century Islam,
not 5th century barbarian conquest,
was the main force that
destroyed classical civilization.
The theory is that the "barbarians" preserved much of classical civilization in culture, if not in politics.
But then in the 7th century Islam destroyed that culture in North Africa and the Middle East.
And even the areas it did not actually conquer, in Europe, were cut off from what had been for centuries a
vast area of free trade and
civilization around the Mediterranean.
These now-isolated non-Muslim areas became backwaters, without access to the trade and products they had long relied on,
and they went into decline.
Gates of Vienna review
points out that Islam was so insignificant in the 18th-19th centuries that no one could imagine it as the main cause
rather than the barbarians.
"during the European ascendancy, it was difficult to comprehend how much damage could be inflicted by such a primitive and barbaric culture.
By the time the European colossus stood astride the globe in the nineteenth century, Islam was a trivial retrograde rabble that deserved no respect and even less attention. How could it have come within a hair’s breadth of smothering European civilization in its cradle?"
Tomb of Charles Martel,
the man who saved Europe
(at the Battle of Tours in 732).
Charles Martel is background effigy.
Jihad begot the Crusades
by Andrew G. Bostom.
It would be wrong to whitewash the democide of
But it would be equally wrong to whitewash the centuries
of jihad and persecution of Christians
that preceded them.
The Battle of Vienna, 1683,
was the high water mark
of the jihad's threat to western Europe.
After this, due to the west's invention and progressive refinement of the powerful ideas
of science, democracy and capitalism,
the Islamic world fell further and further behind the west.
The modern jihad
is a rage against this decline -
but, since it rejects these western ideas,
it will never restore Islamic greatness.
The fate of non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire, by Andrew G. Bostom:
Part 1, October 04, 2005
- The Islamisation of Asia Minor by force.
Part 2, October 07, 2005
- Dhimmitude under the Ottomans.
says that reading it you
"become .. numbed by the author's relentless catalogue of pogroms, executions, expulsions, forced conversions and the generalized terrorizing of Jews
this simply is the grim, unchanging nature of the epic hatred he has taken as his subject.".
No one is denying that Christians persecuted and slaughtered Jews too:
"It goes without saying that Muslim civilization has no monopoly on violent and systematic anti-Semitism: Spasms of murderous Jewhatred were common all across Christendom during the 14 centuries of Islam's existence. But in recent generations, Western societies at least have tried to come to terms with their history in a morally serious way. Gilbert's book makes clear that
this self-critical approach to history remains foreign to Muslim societies".
The New Anti-Semitism, Bernard Lewis,
- on the history of anti-semitism from medieval Christianity
to the Nazis to the Islamists.
Lewis, not one to whitewash Islam,
does say that medieval Islam was more tolerant of religious diversity than
medieval Islam was tolerant by modern standards.
Just that medieval Christianity was so bad.
"one has to remember that in the confrontation between Christendom and Islam,
the movement of refugees, of those who, in Lenin's famous phrase, "voted with their feet,"
was overwhelmingly from west to east not from east to west."
The Ottoman sultans admitted many Jewish refugees from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and elsewhere.
"This was tolerance and no more than that.
but it is a lot better than intolerance as such, and the limited but substantial tolerance
accorded to Jews and other non-Muslim communities in the Muslim states until early modern times
was certainly vastly better than anything that was available in Christendom."
Maria Rosa Menocal
has been prominent in promoting the idea that Muslim Spain was tolerant,
but even she says that
Jews and Christians had limited rights in Muslim Spain:
"The dhimmi, as these covenanted peoples were called, were granted religious freedom, not forced to convert to Islam. They could continue to be Jews and Christians, and, as it turned out, they could share in much of Muslim social and economic life. In return for this freedom of religious conscience the Peoples of the Book (pagans had no such privilege) were required to pay a special tax - no Muslims paid taxes - and to observe a number of restrictive regulations: Christians and Jews were prohibited from attempting to proselytize Muslims, from building new places of worship, from displaying crosses or ringing bells. In sum, they were forbidden most public displays of their religious rituals."
points out that
anyone who criticised Muhammed and Islam
in Muslim Spain
would be put to death.
And many such executions are recorded.
says the myth of tolerant Muslim Spain serves a deep need:
"Yet even these romanticizers who write of Al-Andaluz as the great exemplar of tolerance also consider it to be, at best, a unique example in the long 1400-year history of Islam -- which already is a way of admitting that the treatment of non-Muslims under Islam in general was not a paradise of "tolerance" and fruitful mutual accommodation. In all of the history of Islam, the story of Muslim Spain is that only one where there is even a colorable claim for "tolerance." How pleasant it would be to make of history what it was not. How wonderful to think that at least once, just once, in the whole long history of Muslim conquest, there really was one spot where there was real tolerance".
In the 16th - 19th centuries,
perhaps 1 million west European men, women and children
were kidnapped (sometimes from their homes) by
Muslim pirates and sold into torture, rape and slavery in the Islamic world, where almost all died.
The Children's Crusade of 1212
may (or may not) have ended with the young Christians being sold into Islamic slavery.
"Is there any chance we might persuade the Muslim nations of North Africa
to erect modest monuments to the million or so European Christians who suffered and died
as slaves of their ancestors? My guess would be: no chance at all."
The Slave Market
depicts white Europeans
sold as slaves in the Middle East.
Perhaps 1 million west European men, women and children
were kidnapped by Muslim pirates
and sold into torture, rape and slavery in the Islamic world.
And who talks about them today? Nobody.
See full size.
diary of 8 February 1661.
recounts a night drinking in a tavern
in London with two Englishmen who had recently been captured as Islamic slaves.
of 1855 printing
of his diary.
See hyperlinked notes.
Child slaves on an Arab slave ship intercepted by the Royal Navy, 1869.
The cowards of Al Qaeda almost exclusively attack defenceless civilians:
"The majority of their attacks have been directed against civilian infrastructure
such as embassies, consulates, shipping, transportation, hotels, resorts, nightclubs, bars,
synagogues, churches, temples, mosques, markets, housing complexes, office buildings and schools."
The Path to Darkness,
about modern terrorism.
Looks good, though spoiled by the apparent sympathy for a
former Japanese kamikaze pilot.
In reality, Axis Japan were worse butchers of innocents than the jihad is.
I agree with the idea that
is a possible future for Europe,
but I disagree with her idea
that it is an organised program.
I believe in stupidity, greed, pride and blindness, not conspiracy theories.
shows the 50 worst countries in the world for persecuting Christians.
Apart from the remaining communists,
it's basically the Islamic world.
Shame on the Islamic world for this intolerance and bigotry.
"And so remember this Christmas: if you are a free human being, whether or not you are Christian, those Christians who are being persecuted in Iraq, and the Philippines, and Nigeria, and Egypt, and Pakistan, and elsewhere in the Islamic world, are standing in your place. The jihadis would just as soon attack you as well, and will eventually if they get the chance. ... You may not be a Christian. You may not be a Jew. You may not be a Hindu. You may not wish to pay attention to the jihad at all. But the jihad is universal, and relentless. And you are on its list.
So this Christmas, may all of us whose conversion, subjugation, or death is envisioned by the adherents of Sharia stand together.
For be assured: if we do not stand together, they will prevail."
Robert Spencer, 24 Dec 2011, says atheists must defend Christians from Islamic persecution.
And Christians must defend apostates and atheists.
"But a fair-minded assessment of recent events and trends leads to the conclusion that the scale and severity of Islamophobia pales in comparison with the bloody Christophobia currently coursing through Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other. The conspiracy of silence surrounding this violent expression of religious intolerance has to stop. Nothing less than the fate of Christianity — and ultimately of all religious minorities — in the Islamic world is at stake."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (an atheist) on the global Islamic persecution of Christians, 6 Feb 2012.
An Islamic state is not some interesting alternative to western democracy.
It is just the same old religious oppression that we had in Europe for centuries
before we came up with the idea of a state that would leave people's private lives alone.
Blasphemers, apostates, unmarried lovers
and homosexuals are still executed
in many of the Islamic states above.
The Islamic states are a glimpse of what Europe
would have been like
in perhaps the 16th century,
before the modern era of free thought.
Afghanistan under the Taliban is perhaps
a glimpse of the even earlier and darker medieval period.
The Rape Jihad
by Robert Spencer
- The long history of rape in war in Islam.
says Islam allows raping and torturing prisoners, Aug 2009:
"If the prisoner is female, it is permissible to rape through the vagina or anus. It is better not to have a witness present.
If the judgment for the [female] prisoner is execution, then rape before execution brings the interrogator a spiritual reward equivalent to making the mandated Haj pilgrimage [to Mecca]".
Kuwaiti female Islamist
Salwa al Mutairi says, May 2011, that Muslim men should buy non-Muslim females as slaves to rape.
She says that
"the only solution for a decent man who has the means, who is overpowered by desire and who does not want to commit fornication"
is ... to rape slaves!
Article on infanticide in Pakistan:
"Another child was found on the steps of a mosque having been stoned to death on the orders of an extremist imam"
(the baby was stoned to death because it was illegitimate).
We have long heard about local women
and third-world women being jailed for being raped in Islamic states.
It is shocking that they have the arrogance to do this to western women too:
Australian woman jailed in UAE for 8 months for the "crime" of being raped.
"Ms Gali said she was never warned by her UAE employers that she could be charged with adultery and face prison if she complained of being raped".
Worldwide, over 5,000 women and girls are killed every year by family members in so-called 'honour killings'.
Honour killings are committed by Muslims,
- but mostly by Muslims (see survey below).
Worldwide, 91 percent of honor killing perpetrators were Muslim.
In Europe, 96 percent were Muslim.
In North America, 84 percent were Muslim.
These crimes are not mainly about women having actual affairs.
Worldwide, 58 percent of victims were murdered for being "too Western" (as opposed to for reasons of actual alleged or imagined sexual impropriety).
In North America, 91 percent were murdered for being "too Western".
In Europe, 71 percent were murdered for being "too Western".
Worldwide, 53 percent of victims were tortured.
In Europe, 67 percent were tortured.
In North America, 39 percent were tortured.
Burqas and bikinis,
by academic Priyamvada Gopal, 3 August 2010,
is typical of western feminists' silence about Islamic abuse of women:
Responding to the Taliban
cutting off the nose and ears of
(only one of thousands of women
by Islamists every year),
Gopal can't stand the idea that the war against these Islamists could be moral
and we should support it:
"Misogynist violence is unacceptable, but we must also be concerned by the continued insistence that the complexities of war, occupation and reality itself can be reduced to bedtime stories."
She goes on to sneer at the West for some vague reason (I couldn't make any sense out of it)
and she sneers at the idea of the West "liberating" Afghan women.
"Feminists" defend the veil:
Naomi Wolf, August 30, 2008, says many Muslim women choose to wear the veil, and find it liberating.
But that is not the point.
The point is not that the veil is awful.
(I think it is, but that is just personal taste.)
The point is that it is compulsory.
She makes a token nod to this:
"I do not mean to dismiss the many women leaders in the Muslim world who regard veiling as a means of controlling women. Choice is everything."
But how do we know any of the women she met freely chose the veil?
Only if there is no punishment at all for not choosing
can we take seriously their claims to have freely chosen.
It's like going to the Soviet bloc and only meeting people who say they are communists.
Jamie Glazov, 2 Sept 2009, on feminists' defence of the veil:
"Expressions of support for a form of tyranny are utterly meaningless in a system where any contrary expression or behavior will be punished".
Wolf actually complains that
"the Taliban were demonised for denying cosmetics and hair colour to women".
What kind of "feminist" is this?
Who thinks there is something wrong with demonising men
who decide what women can wear!
Quran verse 4:34
says, in entirety:
"Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great."
This was one of the three verses used in the film
No "left-winger" or "feminist" would ever defend this verse. Right?
Robert Spencer, 6 Mar 2012: "Note that Rashid never actually quotes Qur'an 4:34; ...
Is that not a curious and telling omission in an article that purports to be about explaining it?"
Western feminists often focus on trivial issues (or non-issues) in the West,
rather than on major abuses throughout the world.
See the exchange on sharia law
(I like this video, but note the author is a