|St. Dominic & Qur'an Burning|
|Catholic Inquisition & Muslim Beheading|
If it was not for the fall of Islamic Spain...America may have remained in the hands of Native Americans. This Crusade of "Manifest Destiny" started much earlier than Columbus coming to America. It started when the Kingdoms of Aragon and Castille launched a "Holy War" or "Crusade" against the Caliphate of Spain or "Al-Andalus" (Andalusia).
The Inquisition was a way for the Catholic Church at the time to wipe out all other beliefs under the term of "heresy". This of course included Jews, Muslims, Freemasons, Scientists, etc. Under the guise of "purification", all other beliefs were literally put to the sword. The destruction of Islamic Spain which housed people of all faiths living side by side was a big loss for the old world. However, that Islamic knowledge, science, and spirit passed on to the new world when Columbus landed at Plymouth Rock. Even though the Spanish had conquered the Islamic Caliphate of Spain, they could not help but learn it's technology...which was what led to the downfall of it's host. You can see this same kind of trend in the reverse direction these days with former "third world" countries obtaining technologies that have resulted in the economic destruction of the west. Some examples that come to mind are China and India just to name a couple.
History has a way of repeating itself when people least expect it, most likely due to people forgetting about history and thinking that it's not important. For example, before the downfall of the Spanish Caliphate, many radical Christian monks would go on suicide missions in order to harass and attack the Caliphate. No different than what Al-Qaeda is doing in the world. In a way the USA is the new Islamic Caliphate of Multiculturalism...an experiment which was successful then and has been successful until now.
The question is that are we going to help this experiment continue, or are we going to allow theocrats to introduce a new Inquisition? Who knows, maybe we will found a colony on the moon this time? Hopefully not at the expense of America and it's multicultural ideology.
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