Rereading some early history books concerning the centuries-long jihad on Europe, it recently occurred to me how ignorant the modern West is of its own past. The historical narrative being disseminated today bears very little resemblance to reality.
Consider some facts for a moment:
A mere decade after the birth of Islam in the 7th century, the jihad burst out of Arabia. Leaving aside all the thousands of miles of ancient lands and civilizations that were permanently conquered, today casually called the "Islamic world"-including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and parts of India and China-much of Europe was also, at one time or another, conquered by the sword of Islam. more >>
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has complained about "overly harsh" prison conditions while awaiting trial, his lawyers have said, claiming that his treatment is illegal.
Tsarnaev's attorneys filed a 23-page motion to the U.S. District Court in Boston, arguing that the "Special Administrative Measures" imposed on Tsarnaev are not only "extraordinary and severe," but also illegal, making it hard for him to prepare for his defense.
The 20-year-old suspect, who is accused of helping his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in organizing the finish-line bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and injured over 260, has apparently been confined entirely to his cell, except for visits. He has also been allowed "very limited access" to a small outdoor enclosure, The Associated Press shared. more >>
Gunmen from terrorist group Boko Haram stormed a college dormitory in Nigeria on Sunday and killed as many as 40 students who were sleeping, in its latest shocking attack on civilians.
"Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students," Lazarus Eli, a military spokesman in the town of Gujba in Yobe state, told AFP. One of the witnesses at the College of Agriculture, 23-year-old student Salamanu Ibrahim, said that there were dozens of gunmen who took part, firing indiscriminately into the dorm rooms.
"The attackers went berserk," Ibrahim said. "They were fully armed with sophisticated rifles, and improvised explosives." more >>
A school district near the Nashville, Tenn. area has banned class field trips to religious venues after parents expressed concern when their children were taken to a mosque as a part of an honors world studies course.
As the new school year begins, Sumner County School District spokesperson Jeremy Johnson released a statement clarifying that its district would be banning future field trips in the world studies class that would involve visiting religious venues.
"Our district has reviewed the practice and decided to eliminate field trips to religious venues from this class, as it does not provide equal representation to all the religions studied in the course unit. This decision was made due to the fact that equal representation in regards to field trips for all religions studied in the course is not feasible," the statement reads, in part, according to WKRN-TV. more >>
The creator and promoter behind the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" short film that sparked riots in the Middle East last year will be released from federal custody in Southern California on Thursday for charges unrelated to the film.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is listed in court documents as Mark Basseley Youssef, will be released from a halfway house in Southern California on Thursday after serving a year for violating his parole for previous bank fraud charges. In November 2012, he pleaded guilty to, among other things, using an alias in violation of his parole agreement. Basseley used the alias "Sam Bacile" while promoting the "Innocence of Muslims" short film in September 2012.
Basseley was the California-based promoter behind the highly controversial short film "Innocence of Muslims" that was dubbed in Arabic and posted to YouTube in September 2012. The film reportedly mocked the prophet Mohammed, causing riots to break out in the Middle East that resulted in numerous deaths and casualties as protesters attacked U.S. Embassies in countries such as Egypt and Yemen. The film was also initially blamed for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, although that was later confirmed to be an unrelated, carefully planned terrorist attack on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil. more >>
Following his arrest on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, controversial, small-time pastor Terry Jones has said he believes he was set up by police officers, arguing they knew he was going to burn Qurans at a local park in Mulberry, Fla.
Jones said in an interview following his arrest on Wednesday that prior to his planned Quran burning, he had met with three police officers, including two from Polk County and one from Manatee County, as well as an FBI special agent on Sept. 7. During the meeting, Jones claims to have told the officials of his plans to burn nearly 3,000 Qurans on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We told them at the time we would be soaking the Qurans in kerosene and would be driving them down there," Jones told U.S. News & World Report on Friday. "We had no idea that was against the law. They were aware of what we were going to do." more >>