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What happened to Pirenne in the 1920s and 1930s, however, reminds us that politically correct notions about Islam did not originate in the late twentieth century. The myth of al-Andalus was firmly established in the nineteenth century by British and German scholars, who discovered in Islam the “saviors of classical knowledge”. By the time of […]
It is the perfect time for a bit of history about how Jihad and the Crusades are linked. In support of several other posts here, here, and here, I was motivated to provide this overview. What follows is not my work – the text is from Dr. Paul Stenhouse, and the illustrations are by Dr. Bill Warner. Their work […]
Here’s one I didn’t see coming, from Ashley Edwardson at Allen West’s site: In what might be seen as purely coincidence, a program called Connect All Schools (which quotes Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech on its website) was creating a consortium of like-minded organizations with the goal of “connecting every school in the U.S. with the world by […]
Whenever I hear of the death of Christianity in Europe, I think “this ain’t the first time.” I base my reaction on Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization, which belongs in that category of histories I am afraid to believe because they so perfectly confirm my prejudices.
If Cahill accurately depicts what happened at the onset of the Dark Ages — i.e., Christianity died on the Continent, but revived through the hard work of Irish missionaries — it offers encouragement to one side of the most interesting debate in sociology today: is the present decline of Christianity in Europe part of a trend or a cycle?More
In case a few of you missed it I thought I’d provide the transcript from the latest State Department briefing on the recent atrocity that occurred in Libya. State Department Spokes-Sorority-Sister, Tiffany Barf is at the podium. More
(Washington D.C.) – National Security Advisor, Susan Rice took to the microphones the other day to attempt to allay fears from members of the media about some of the more disturbing events around the world. The following is the text of her remarks: More
Why does everyone insist on calling terror attacks “cowardly”?
Surprising one’s opponent in a fight is a smart tactic, and one we use often ourselves. A shooter would be foolish to state their intentions in advance. When one fights, the primary goal is to win. So I think it is both mistaken and even deceptive to describe the act as “cowardly.” Indeed, since the terrorists usually plan to end up dead anyway, they really are not guilty of lacking courage.More
Thirteen years ago, we rightly thought of Jihad as typified by the 9-11 attacks. Years in the making, the plot involved scores of people across multiple continents, training camps, and a small fortune. Similarly, the attacks on Bali nightclubs, the London Tube, the Madrid commuter rail, Mumbai hotels, and the Nairobi mall — though all far less spectacular and deadly than their predecessor — were also complicated, planned, and coordinated, often by people with professional training in war and sabotage. Casualties tended to be in the hundreds.
A second kind of Jihadi emerged shortly thereafter: the lone wolf with Western citizenship who plans his attacks without the coordination, resources, and numbers available to the semi-professionals. The Tsarnaev brothers’ bombing of the Boston Marathon was premeditated and long-coming, but they lacked the resources and smarts to have thought much beyond their once-off attack. The DC snipers, Major Hasan, Faisal Shahzad, and a few others also fit into this category of planned terrorism inspired by al Qaeda, but not directed by it or its cells. Casualties tended to be in the dozens.More
EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo interviews Walid Phares, Allen West, and David Lazar on the subject of ISIS and America’s current operations in the Middle East: More
1.) I wonder if we couldn’t draw an analogy (slight) with what is going on in the Islamic world and what happened in the Jesus People Movement of the late 1960s early 1970s. I was there (at the Jesus M0vement) and somewhat involved so bear with me…I feel a riff coming on: More
The horrific images we’re seeing in the Middle East belie the larger truth. The Middle East is at its most promising moment since at least the fall of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. Most in the MidEast are primarily concerned with protecting themselves from Jihadists. This includes the Sunni and Shiite Jihadists themselves, who […]
Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. More
The news from Iraq these past few weeks has been horrific. Most of us have either seen, or heard descriptions of, the pictures of the massacres. If for some reason you haven’t, consider yourself lucky: I was prepared for the blood, but it’s the boyish smiles I can’t un-remember.
In addition to the human carnage, there’s also been a consistent pattern of Islamists destroying buildings dating back centuries — even millennia — that they feel to be blasphemous. Late last month, for instance, they destroyed the shrine believed to be the tomb of the Prophet Jonah, as well as a couple of dozen other religious sites and monuments. These aren’t matters of collateral damage or simply the casualties of war: these are intentional operations involving dynamite and sledgehammers.More
From VDH’s Private Papers The fact is, crucifixion is a prescribed form of punishment in the Koran (5:33) and occurs throughout the Islamic world with much greater frequency than suggested by the Daily Mail. For example: More