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Turning the cultural tables

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Submitted by Ryan Ewald (United States), May 29, 2017 at 12:54

I would love to use the current weapon of Islam apologists who try to use their wildly inaccurate claims about the Crusades as a reason why Islam is angry toward the west.

We can just as well claim (accurately) that the West for most of Islamic history till the 1700s was the target of repeated assaults by Islamic invaders bent on the brutal conquest and coerced conversion of all Europe.

Let's do a whole series on Western trauma at the hands of invading Muslims despoiling ancient wonders of architecture, literature and science. Let's talk about the destruction of ancient Christian and Jewish communities in the Levant, Egypt and North Africa.

Let's talk about the near annihilation of the Persian religion of Zoroastrianism.

The first holy war as we understand it today was launched by Muslims against their neighbors. Jihad came a hell of a lot earlier than Crusade, and continued long after Crusading was abandoned.

Submitting....

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Some extensive syncretistic empires are commendable [22 words]Wallace LiechtyJan 4, 2018 19:52241763
No Christians in America [75 words]spaJun 21, 2017 23:46239681
An Islamist Advising an Art Museum... [9 words]DaveJun 12, 2017 05:12239561
The Sacrilege of the Hagia Sophia [164 words]M ToveyJun 1, 2017 15:00239414
The Sacrilege of the Hagia Sophia [164 words]M ToveyJun 1, 2017 14:59239413
Most of the conquered fervently Chrisian [353 words]HistorianJun 5, 2017 18:51239413
Constantinople was Never Meant to be the Center of the Church - neither is Babylon nor Rome [419 words]M. ToveyJun 9, 2017 11:40239413
An Islamist Advising an Art Museum... [9 words]DaveMay 30, 2017 18:29239394
Islamists Running a Museum Problematic [90 words]DaveMay 30, 2017 15:39239393
MANY THANKS [70 words]BASIL BAKLISMay 30, 2017 08:59239391
Name of Museum [51 words]Richard Sadove MDMay 30, 2017 08:27239390
1Lessons of history: Do not listen to pacififists, self-haters, Islamophiles or the chronically naive [157 words]DeanMay 30, 2017 06:11239389
Psalm 79:1-2 [48 words]Malcolm SmithMay 30, 2017 02:56239387
3no shame [86 words]NuritGMay 29, 2017 22:29239383
1European and Islamic colonists [110 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
PrashantMay 30, 2017 22:29239383
5Islamic invaders learned from each other --Constantinople 1453 and Delhi 1398-- [457 words]PrashantMay 29, 2017 19:09239381
2Florida Museum Celebrates the Loss of Hagia Sophia [87 words]Judith DaviesMay 29, 2017 17:47239379
3The least we can do is expose Islamic hypocrisy. [80 words]PrashantMay 30, 2017 22:36239379
1Istanbus is Constantinople [97 words]steven bowmanMay 29, 2017 16:49239375
Hagia Sophia [33 words]SteveMay 29, 2017 16:19239374
6Turning the cultural tables [155 words]Ryan EwaldMay 29, 2017 12:54239372

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