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“Little House on the Prairie’s” Author’s Daughter (Rose Wilder Lane) on -Islamic History and Civilization-
Taken from : Rose Wilder Lane’s The discovery of freedom: man’s struggle against authority
ABOUT thirteen hundred years ago a self-made business man began the second attempt to establish the fact of individual freedom in practical affairs. This man is a historical figure, as solid as George Washington. He was an orphan, of good family, but cheated out of his property inheritance. As a child, barefooted, ragged, hungry, he worked sixteen or eighteen hours a day and slept on bare ground under the sky. He had no schooling whatever, but he had ability and he got ahead. In early middle age he was a highly paid executive, widely known and respected. He traveled, buying and selling goods throughout the greater part of the civilized world. Babylon was long forgotten, and the Roman empire had ceased to exist. For three hundred years, Constantinople had been the world’s center. The thriving modern cities were Baghdad, Damascus, Antioch, Alexandria. To understand this man, think of a seasoned business executive today, practical, shrewd, humorous, friendly, nobody’s fool. A man who earns, say $25,000 a year; a sufficient but not spectacular success. Comfortably well off, though not extremely rich, he marries his employer, a business woman of ability, and they retire, to live in Coral Gables, Florida. He and his wife often served coffee to their friends. The entertainment was conversation. The host’s opinions were so radical that for some three years he used prudence in expressing them. But little by little, he expressed them more publicly, and arguments begun in his livingroom spread all over town.
The Second Attempt He agreed with Abraham. There is only one God, who does not control men. Each individual is self-controlling and responsible. The pagan gods do not exist.
[Pew Research Center] The share of Americans who leave Islam is offset by those who become Muslim
Taken from here: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/26/the-share-of-americans-who-leave-islam-is-offset-by-those-who-become-muslim/
Like Americans in many other religious groups, a substantial share of adults who were raised Muslim no longer identify as members of the faith. But, unlike some other faiths, Islam gains about as many converts as it loses.
Parts taken from here: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/february/freedom-in-christ-how-this-bible-was-used-to-manipulate
In Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible, a copy of the so-called “Slave Bible” sits on display.
This Bible, used by slave masters in the early 1800s, is quite different than the one used in pews today.
“The biggest thing is what it’s missing. The typical King James has 66 books, this one contains, in the Old Testament all or the parts of about 14 books,” explains Anthony Schmidt, PhD, Associate Curator of Bible and Religion in America.
Bibles like this, along with catechisms, were used to push a specific message to enslaved people.
“It starts off with the creation story…then it jumps to Joseph getting sold into slavery by his brothers and how that ends up being a good thing for him,” Schmidt told CBN News.
“We skip over the Israelites in slavery in Egypt being let out,” said Schmidt.
Other references to freedom were also omitted.
“They’re highlighting themes of being submissive, the same thing goes on with the New Testament as well,” he said.
“The whole book of Revelation is left out, so there is no new Kingdom, no new world, nothing to look forward to,” Schmidt explained.
Source: Musnad Aḥmad 22978
‘Irbad bin Sariyah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Taken from here: https://craigconsidinetcd.com/2012/10/27/religion-the-prophet-muhammad-pbuh-is-honoured-in-the-supreme-court-building/
Since the events of 9/11 the Prophet Muhammad has been in the news the world over for all the wrong reasons. Examples of this include the Prophet (PBUH) being mocked in political cartoons as a terrorist and depicted as a child killer, rapist, and adulterer in films such as The Innocence of Muslims.
The Prophet (PBUH), however, is represented in an entirely different light in the United States Supreme Court building. Instead of portraying him as a violent fanatic, as so many critics do, the Supreme Court honours the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a source of justice alongside other Abrahamic prophets such as Moses and Soloman.
Very early in life Newton abandoned orthodox belief in the Trinity. At this time the Socinians were an important Arian sect amongst intellectual circles. It may be that Newton fell under Socinian influences, but I think not. He was rather a Judaic monotheist of the school of Maimonides. He arrived at this conclusion, not on so-to-speak rational or skeptical grounds, but entirely on the interpretation of ancient authority. He was persuaded that the revealed documents give no support to the Trinitarian doctrines which were due to late falsifications. The revealed God was one God.
J. M. Keynes, “Newton the Man” in The Royal Society Newton Tercentenary Celebrations 15-19 July 1946 (Cambridge, 1947), 27-34
Jefferson wrote that “Jesus did not mean to impose himself on mankind as the son of God.” He called the writers of the New Testament “ignorant, unlettered men” who produced “superstitions, fanaticisms, and fabrications.” He called the Apostle Paul the “first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.” He dismissed the concept of the Trinity as “mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.” He believed that the clergy used religion as a “mere contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves” and that “in every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.” And he wrote in a letter to John Adams that “the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”
The United States has debated immigration since the country’s founding, and the Statue of Liberty—a potent symbol for immigrants—is often invoked as an argument for why we should usher in those who seek safety and opportunity with open arms. A little-known fact about Lady Liberty adds an intriguing twist to today’s debate about refugees from the Muslim world: As pointed out by The Daily Beast’s Michael Daly in a recent op-ed, the statue itself was originally intended to represent a female Egyptian peasant as a Colossus of Rhodes for the Industrial Age.
We are often told of the shinning example that Secular Democracy has given the world in the embodiment of the American Republic; but is this the example that the Founders would have wished for civilized world? Though Americans tout the principles of a government void of religion, these principles are easily caste aside when it comes to someone of a non-christian sect assuming his rightful place in office. Many may be familiar with Keith Ellison the first Muslim elected to congress, and how he wished to swear on the Qur’an instead of the Bible. While a logical person would be pleased with the decision that he would swear on a book that actually means a great deal to him instead of a book that holds no real religious significance, this was not the case for many Americans. In the blink of an eye Americans went from Champions of Secularism to the enforcers of the Religious Reich! The more read the more confounded I became at the situation until it just all fell into place. Americans were not opposed to religion in its totality, but rather just Islam! Jews such as Madeleine Kunin and Debbie Wasserman Schultzhave been allowed to swear on torah’s and Jewish prayer books yet there was no outcry! President Johnson was sworn in on a Catholic missal and President John Quincy Adams did not even use a Bible he used a law book! It is the American sentiment that Muslims are excluded from the nation’s politics. Sadly Americans do not realize that the founders of their nation would not consider this sentiment to be American. Thomas Jefferson praised the laws of religious tolerance passed in Virginia and specifically mentioned Islam as a reason this law was needed to insure they were allowed to participate in office. But does this tolerance mean a voiding of religion all together, would the founders want our children to be void of religion? I think perhaps the sentiment is best summed up by a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, attendee of the Continental Congress and Friend of Thomas Jefferson, Physician Benjamin Rush. Benjamin rush stated that he would ““rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mohammed inculcated upon our youth than see them grow up wholly devoid of a system of religious principles.”