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Move over Columbus. Muslims first discovered America!

ColumbusChristopher Columbus (l); Nihad Awad (r)

With the constant barrage of grim news, we can sure use some comic relief.

Neil Munro reports for The Daily Caller, Jan. 4, 2013, that Nihad Awad, co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), said Muslims had discovered the Americas long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim “civil rights” lobby group, headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with regional offices nationwide. In 2009, the FBI called CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Five of CAIR’s former employees have been jailed or deported for terror offenses, and FBI officials refuse to meet Awad because of his ties to jihadi groups, such as Hamas.

Last December 27, Awad told a Saudi TV station in an interview in a New York studio, recorded by the Middle East Media Research Institute: “There are historical accounts according to which the Muslims preceded Columbus, who is said to have discovered the U.S. Some documents and accounts indicate that Muslim seafarers were the first to reach the U.S., [so] the bottom line is that Islam played a part in the establishment and development of the U.S.”

Awad then argued that Muslims can settle in the U.S. without violating Islam’s myriad Sharia rules about religion, diet, speech, friendships, work and political loyalty. But Islam’s Sharia laws curb religious freedom, speech, and political activism, and also subordinate non-Muslims and women to orthodox Muslim men. Sharia is enforced in Saudi Arabia, Iran, much of Afghanistan and increasingly in Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Libya, all of which were recently governed by secular laws.

Awad’s claim is part of a broader campaign by Islamist groups to encourage Muslims to settle in the United States and Europe. From 610 to 632, Islam’s founder, Mohammad, reputedly urged his followers to spread Islam by both conquest and emigration.

The Islamic civilization did enjoy a “Golden Age” beginning in the middle of the 8th century with the ascension of the Abbasid Caliphate and the transfer of the capital from Damascus to Baghdad. Lasting five centuries, Islam’s Golden Age came to an abrupt end when the Mongols invaded and conquered Baghdad in 1258 — 234 years before Christopher Columbus found America.

Muslims “discovered” the Americas first?

Yeah right. [smirk]

On a more ominous note, there may be a method to Awad’s madness.

Fundamentalist Islam sees the world as divided between the part already won for Islam and that which remains to be conquered. They believe that once a land has become part of the dar-al-Islam (House of Islam), it cannot be allowed to revert to infidel rule and Muslims have the irredentist right to reclaim the land for Islam.

Does this mean CAIR, with its cofounder Awad’s ludicrous and wholly without-evidence claim that unnamed Muslims had discovered the Americas before Columbus, is “reclaiming” America for Islam?

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~Eowyn

A Must-Read Book for Your Library: Holy Warriors

The older I get the more I continue to become amazed by how much of a joke public education is. As a public school survivor of the 1990s, I can attest that our children’s books lie to them, early and often, about the most fundamental things.

They lie about climate change. They lie about the Pilgrims. They lie about the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. They lie about evolution. They lie about the roots of communism. And they really lie about Europe.

During my teen years I essentially believed what I was told. But after I dedicated my life to Christ, I took quite seriously the Bible’s warning that the world is not to be trusted.

As I began to do independent research in my 20s, I started questioning many things once thought obvious. My friends thought I was crazy, but I suddenly saw no need to care.

Then one day in 2003 I was discussing these things with a friend, and we started debating the reliability of the Bible as a historical document. My friend argued that it was just some papers written by guys with an agenda. I promptly shot back. What if other people at other times had agendas and wrote papers of their own, and you’re the one naive enough to believe them?

He pressed me for an example of something that naive people believe without question. Without stopping to think, I blurted out a bombshell: maybe the Spanish government did not send Christopher Columbus in search of India. Maybe they were using him to find something else.

My friend was flabbergasted.  Never did anyone question their knowledge of European history. It wasn’t just wrong to think you misunderstood Columbus – it was wrong to doubt the entire mosaic of Mideval Europe. Maybe some other periods are fuzzy, but everyone knows exactly what happened in Europe. I had stumbled upon a golden goose that I was not allowed to touch.

For the record, I’m not here to tell you Spain lied about Columbus. That particular theory might have been half-baked… but it liberated me to realize that it was okay to question conventional wisdom about the Dark Ages.

Ask a typical public school student about European history and you’ll get an answer like this:

The Romans made everyone be Catholic. Then some German barbarians got angry and chased them out. Then the whole continent sat in dark oblivion for 500 years. Some guy named Charlemagne built a new government and taught people how to read. As soon as they learned about the world again, they didn’t like that whole Islam thing, so they started a war with the Muslims. Then Christopher Columbus tried to invade India, but missed and ended up in Central America. Queen Elizabeth sent some English people over there, George Washington was born, and the rest is history.

Does that sound familiar?

Public school students today are not being taught about the roots of Al Qaeda, the history of Israel, or precisely why it is that bin Laden wanted them dead.

So it’s not a surprise that they don’t know anything about the original jihad carried out in Europe long before Christopher Columbus.

If you have such a young adult in your family, I recommend buying the book Holy Warriors by John J O’Neill.

This book, thoroughly backed by evidence, proves that the Dark Ages started in Europe conveniently at the same time Muslim conquerers arrived. It defends the origins of the Crusades. It shows that Europeans really weren’t that stupid, Muslims really weren’t that tolerant, and conventional wisdom about the Dark Ages is mostly PC jibberish.

It is a must-read to understand where Islam is going in Europe today.

To purchase, visit the book’s entry at amazon.

-Candance

Christopher Columbus was Polish?

For a man so famous and historically important, it is strange that the family and ethnic origins of the man known as Christopher Columbus are shrouded in mystery.

Contemporary accounts in his time named Columbus’ birth place as the Italian port of Genoa to a family of wool weavers but over the centuries it has been claimed that he was a native of Greece, Spain, France, Portugal and even Scotland. Other speculations were even more fanciful, claiming Columbus’ origins were hidden because he was Jewish or secretly working as a double agent for the Portuguese royal family.

Now, in a new book Duke University researcher Manuel Rosa, who has spent 20 years researching the life of Columbus, says the explorer was of royal blood. Columbus, who died in 1506 after four voyages to the New World, was the son of an exiled Polish king, Vladislav III, who concealed his royal roots to protect his father believed to have been killed in the Battle of Varna in 1444.

That would explain why Columbus was reddish-haired, fair skinned and blue eyed – all features commonly found in Poland, but not among Mediterraneans (Italians, Spanish, Portuguese)!

Below are excerpts from Fiona Govan’s “Christopher Columbus ‘was son of Polish king’,” in the UK’s Daily Telegraph, Nov 28, 2010:

The explorer, Christopher Columbus, was the son of a Polish king living in exile in Madeira and hid his royal roots to protect his father, a new book claims.

A Portuguese historian believes he has solved the 500 year-old mystery of the adventurer’s true identity after a thorough investigation of medieval documents and chronicles….

In his third book on the subject Manuel Rosa, who has spent 20 years researching the life of Columbus, suggests that [Columbus' father] Vladislav III survived the battle with the Ottomans, fled to live in exile on the island of Madeira where he was known as “Henry the German” and married a Portuguese noblewoman.

Mr Rosa believes a conspiracy was agreed to hide Columbus’ true origins and to protect the identity of his father. “The courts of Europe knew who he was and kept his secret for their own reasons,” the researcher at Duke University, North Carolina said. “Our whole understanding of Christopher Columbus has for 500 years been based on misinformation. We couldn’t solve the mystery because we were looking for the wrong man, following lies that were spread intentionally to hide his true identity,” Mr Rosa told The Daily Telegraph.

His high birth would explain how Columbus was able to himself marry the daughter of a Portuguese noble 15 years before he set out to prove the world was round.

“The marriage was approved by the King of Portugal something that could never have happened if we believe the myth that Columbus washed up in a shipwreck in Portugal,” Mr Rosa explains in his book “Colon: La Historia Nunca Contada” – Columbus: The Untold Story”, published in Spain last month. “His knowledge of geography, astronomy, algebra, cartography and even the fact that he used a secret cipher to communicate with his brothers all point to the best education. He was clearly a scholar and not self taught as the myth goes.”

Mr Rosa claims to have proved that a last will dated 1498 in which Columbus wrote “being I born in Genoa” was forged 80 years after his death by Italians with the name Columbo who wanted to lay claim to his inheritance.

Other evidence supporting Mr Rosa’s theory includes the similarity of Columbus’s coat of arms with that of the Polish king and a painting of the explorer housed in the Alcazar in Seville in which a crown is hidden on his sleeve….

The next step is to try and prove Columbus’s royal heritage by extracting DNA from the tombs of Polish kings to compare with that of the explorer’s son who is buried in Seville Cathedral. “I have made a request to the Cathedral in Krakov to examine remains from the tomb of Vladislav II, who could turn out to be the grandfather of Columbus. It would prove the truth of my theory,” said Mr Rosa.

~Eowyn