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Monday, January 15, 2007

Israel existed before the rise of Islam

Those who say that the Israeli people do not have roots in the Middle East say so only because they only look back to the beginning of the Twentieth century and say that the creation of Israel was an illegal act. In fact, there is scientific evidence of Jewish settlements in that area going back at least 1500 years before the rise of Islam. The nation of Israel dates back to around 1300 B.C. It took the Roman Empire to subdue the nation of Israel and even after that, they enjoyed a very high level of prosperity.
After the Roman Empire fell, it was the Ottoman Empire invaded the nation of Israel and drove them from their ancestral lands, the land promised to them by God himself.
Now Islam does share one thing with both Judaism and Christianity. With each of these religions, other than the fact that all of them hold Jerusalem to be the center of all three of these world religions, it can be said that all three have been spread by violence and the sword. When I look at radical Islam today, to me it is like looking back through time to the early days of Christianity. Have not the Popes of old wielded all the same powers of kings? The answer to that question is a resounding yes.
How many times have ancient popes declared war on protestants and separatists simply they did not share the same views as the Pope said they should? You could count the Crusades in with those wars. Another not to be forgotten is that period called the Spanish Inquisition.
I think it would be safe to assume that Christians and Hebrews have grown beyond their early differences and matured quite a bit. On the other hand, fundamental Islam still has a long way to go. All we can hope to do is ask for them to grow up some time soon or kill themselves trying.


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