The past week Indiana Congressman Andre’ Carson, a Muslim Democrat, made the statement to the effect that American Schools needed to be like the Madrasah schools of the Islamic world with the idea that schools patterned after these Koran centered schools would further advance the West. Oh really? Having taken a number of history classes in college myself the verdict of history has been that Islam stunted the growth of the Middle East and it was Christianity that caused the rise of the West. I would argue that if the Islamic mindset had been so highly enlightened that they should have continued to advance against the West and the Ottoman Empire should have become the dominant world power, but they didn’t. It was the Christian nations that rose up and have dominated world history since 1492. I would also argue that had it not been the divisions in the West and a failure to accurately apply Biblical principles that allowed Islam to eclipse Christianity for a time. Once the Christian nations got their acts together in the late 15th and 16th Centuries it was not Islam that advanced, but Christianity. It was not the Madrasah that prevailed, but instead was the private school and later country schools that taught a world view based on Christianity that prevailed. It was not the unpredictable god, Allah, who was detached from man that prevailed of the Mosque, but the Christian God of the Church who was a God of order whose very mind could be understood who gave rise to modern science that prevailed.
The Muslim world has not contributed significantly to world history in the past five hundred years. There was a period of Muslim advance that threatened the West, but it was stopped with the West regaining Spain and Portugal, and stopping them in the Balkans. Once the Renaissance and Reformation occurred, the tables switched. The West refocused on learning , the focus of the Reformation on individual relationship to God and personal liberty led to innovation that allowed the European Powers like Spain, France, Portugal, Russia, England, and America to expand and gain world domination. It was not the Muslim nations that developed the steam engine, sewing machine, or nuclear reactor. The Muslim powers passed on firearms technology, but they did not develop the flintlock, breach loader, revolver, or machine gun. The Muslim nations did not develop the internal combustion engine, light bulb, the cotton gin, the telephone, or airplane. The Muslim world did not abolish slavery, or give the right to vote and equal rights to blacks and women. The West did.
Instead, the record of the Muslim world has been that of backwardness.
The Muslim world has remained essentially Medieval in its approach to the world. They may have access to assault rifles and Russian T-62 tanks and MiG fighters, but little else. They are intolerant brutes that believe it is ok to lob rockets at civilians, to blow up themselves with bomb vests in rooms with women and children, and behead journalists slowly. If the advancement that Mr. Carson seeks is from the Muslim Madrasah’s then I would argue that Mr. Carson would be best off to leave the United States and live there rather than foisting the kind of rubbish that he seems so eloquent in speaking. Either the man has not read a single history book, or he has denied all senses of reality and put himself in the same kind of loony bin that other Muslims have who deny that the Holocaust ever occurred. In either case he needs to resign from the American Congress, because he is not fit to be a leader of this nation.
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