January 4th, 2010 16:19 EST
Dialogue Continues...Islam a Religion of Peace?
A response to Del Marbrook`s Islam, like Christendom and Judaism, has its Fanatics from the Author
Once again, by dropping the `Race/Bigotry card` propaganda rules supreme and historical fact is subverted. Del Marbrook, like most who defend Islam as one of the three Great Abrahamic Religions " places the blame for the crusades on the Christians by starting his history lesson in the 11th century..
Islamic authors would have the world believe the crusaders invaded the Muslim empire of the Middle East without cause, when it was the invading Muslims who had to be driven from the doorsteps of Paris and the streets of Vienna. Muslim scholars and leaders refer to the Christian Crusades as an excuse for today`s ongoing Muslim atrocities to draw attention away from the rapid colonizing spread of a brutal religious cult from the 7th century onward.
The First Crusade, written by historian Thomas Asbridge explains what Del Marbrook ignores, and the Muslims fail to acknowledge. The Christian Crusades were instigated because of the slaughter of the Christians in their settlements in the Middle East and on the Iberian (Spanish) Peninsula of Europe, and the destruction of the Christian churches in the heart of the Middle East, particularly that of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, one of the holiest shrines in Christianity.
Islam also ignores the brutality that took place as the first Muslim settlements replaced the Christians and Jews in the Byzantine (Roman) Empire along the shores of the Mediterranean. However, I do not dispute the fact that the Christians were as brutal; there was no method for capture and detention, slaughter was the only option. Once undertook, the Crusades were a savage time for Christianity, but reality is that Islam was a willing participant who started the fray.
Here is a history lesson 101 for those who care about the facts.
The Byzantine Empire (Greek speaking Roman Empire) conquered the tribal communities along the shores of the Mediterranean between 200 BC and 600 AD, but the tribal conflicts between the Pagan Arabs were continuous and ongoing. However, in 570 AD, the Muslim Prophet, Muhammad was born and all things in the Middle East would change.
The Muslim ideology of Islam swept the Middle East, part of Asia and toward the borders of Spain. In 638 AD, six years after Muhammad died, the Muslim Caliph (Muslim spiritual successor to Muhammad) invaded and conquered Palastina, which consisted of contemporary Israel, the Palestinian territories, and some of both Lebanon and Syria, and Palastina became part of a new Arab-Muslim Empire.
For the next 450 years, the Muslims marched across the Middle East and the Iberian Peninsula of Europe, to the Pyrenees Mountains in France, almost at will. However in 1009, the Fatimid Caliph, al-Hakim bi-Amr destroyed most of the remaining Christian and Jewish temples in the Middle East, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christ was crucified in Jerusalem, one of the Holiest shrines in Christianity, and using this as an excuse, in 1063, Pope Alexander II blessed the Iberian Christian`s wars against the Muslims. The Byzantine emperors again petitioned Pope Gregory VIII for help against the Muslims in 1074 and from Pope Urban II in 1095.
The crusades were instigated by the Christians against the Muslims in order to retake the Holy Land. Pope Gregory VIII found justification slaughtering the Muslims and divisive Christians, in that violence against heretics and non-believers of Christian philosophies was acceptable, and killing the non-believer was a common occurrence. The Pope also saw himself as the ruler of all of Europe so he unleashed a stable of knights who had become complacent in Europe and were longing for action.
The initial group left England, growing to an army of 20 thousand knights and infantry along with a support force of 80 thousand as they meandered across Europe. It took them a while to work their way across the continent, killing and pillaging Muslims, Jews and Orthodox Christians in order to maintain the supplies needed to feed and clothe the army.
Modern Islamic scholars consistently reference the brutality of the Christian Crusades against the Muslims to justify the ongoing Islamic conflict and the hatred that exists in the world between the Muslims and non-Muslim ethnic groups. What the Islamic scholars fail to reference is that, although Jews and heretic Christians were also targeted, the Church of Rome reacted to the Muslims and unleashed the Crusades as a direct reaction to the 300 year Islamic sweep across the holy lands that started in the 7th century and consisted of enslavement or slaughter of the Christians, and the Muslims destroying Christian places of worship.
It was a brutal time in history. The war went on for centuries and neither the Muslims nor the Christians could provide for large numbers of captives. As a result, indiscriminate slaughter in lieu of capture and detention was the method of choice by both the Christians and the Muslims.
The Muslim tribes were engaged in their own wars of slaughter, slavery and expansion among themselves, as well as against the Christians and Jews. If they had joined forces under one banner of Islam before the crusaders reached Jerusalem, the first Crusade might have ended with the defeat of the Christian armies at Antioch. Instead, when the Crusaders arrived, some Muslim groups sided with the non-Muslim Crusaders against their Muslim enemies.
At the time, Muslims were engaged in a war over the line of succession. One leader`s army would invade the territory of another in the ongoing power struggle.
The crusaders were engaged in a power struggle of their own. Conflicts over authority took its toll on the undisciplined combination of peasants and royalty. The crusades stalled at Antioch, just short of Jerusalem and had the Arab tribes not been at war with themselves and joined against the crusaders, the crusade would have ended there.
Crusaders eventually moved on to Jerusalem. During the next 500 years, millions of Jews, Orthodox Christians, Coptic Christians and Muslims were slaughtered by both sides. With the help of the constant dissention within the Muslim ummah, the Crusaders eventually drove the Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula (Spanish Peninsula of Europe) and enslaved those along the shores of the Mediterranean.
By 1299 and until the end of World War 1, most of North Africa, the Middle and Near East, India and Central Asia were split between the Muslim Ottoman Empire and the Christian European powers. The colonial powers controlled the sub-continent of India, parts of Asia, the Middle East and most of Africa.
Although the Arab states continue to object to Israel and still claim pre-existing rights, Arab Middle East nationalism did not become a reality until the latter part of the 19th and the first quarter of the 20th centuries.
The Muslims have the Middle East and have expanded into the heart of Africa because after World War 1 the newly formed League of Nations took the Middle East from the colonial powers and the Ottoman Empire and gave it to the Arabs.
At the time, the majority of the new Arab leaders were in agreement to a Jewish Homeland for the Jews in the area known as Palestine, if the League of Nations would release the rest of the predominately Arab lands in the Middle East to Arab control.
When the Arabs cut the deal all of Palestine, which at the time included modern Jordan and Syria was mandated by the League of Nations as the new Jewish homeland. However, after the League of Nations released the Arab lands to Arab control, the Arabs violently resisted a Jewish state. Palestine remained in limbo until the League of Nations mandated the area designated as Palestine to the United Kingdom. The document declaring the mandate incorporated a declaration promising the future creation of a national Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Within weeks after the newly formed states declared their independence, the Palestinian Arabs, with the backing of the new Arab States, strongly objected to an independent Jewish state.
As to Del Marbrook`s comments on Israel. I offer chapter 15 " The Muslim Jewish Conflict in my recent Book Christians Under Siege, but of course I doubt that Del would read it.
As to a terrorist cult " Islam is more than a religion, it is a form of government that colonizes societies from within until it is strong enough to usurp the ruling authority.
I challenge Del Marbook and others like him to read Christians Under Siege before they label me the bigot or claim that I distort the facts. You can find Christians Under Siege and others on the subject of Islam at www.mrpat.us
 Separated from the Caledonian Christian church, which believes in the full humanity and the full divinity of Jesus, in the 5th century