Read this article at Social Sense. Mustang has been missing in action for awhile, but he is back now. If nothing else, welcome him back. But I think all would do well to read the article. It is demonstrates precisely how revisonist history can creep in subtlely, and in some cases virtually undetected.
Pretty soon jihadists will have some actually believing Muslims discovered America. (Don't laugh, there are theories being circulated on that very thing, right now.)
In case you do not read the comments section here is my comment that I left in response to the article:
How can you get through to people like Mr. Reyes and get them to understand that all empires during that period were brutal in their occupations of conquered lands? That's exactly why they called them the "dark ages".
Christianity as presented by the Holy Roman Empire was no different than any other imperial empire in that regard, that much is certainly true. But I think the fact that people like Mr. Reyes miss some basic principles in their presentation of Muslims as being a benevolent empire, may explain why they fail to fully understand how we are at this point, today.
The main point they miss is:
Christianity evolved out of the medieval mindset due to the Renaissance and the enlightment period that accompanied it. Islam never has had such a period.
They had periods where they weren't as brutal as others. They had periods where they made some discoveries in math and medicine, and they did a good job of preserving a lot of the architecture styles of the Byzantine period. (Notice how they succeeded in the concrete arts and sciences, but never in the abstract ones.)
But make no mistake about life under Muslim rule (under the Moors, Turks, or any others), it was a fascist rule. There has been to date no dominant Muslim empire that has permitted enough freedom of thought and expression enough, to question the doctrines of Islam. Any attempt that was ever made to modernize Islam into the modern age, has always been met with a strong counter-effort, to suppress that effort.
Today is no exception.
Jump into the fray that will likely develop, when everyone realizes that Mustang is back over at his place. If you are reading this blog and not reading Mustang's, you really must ask yourself, why not?