by Paul Stenhouse MSC PhD
Fr Stenhouse, an expert on the Middle East and editor of Annals Australasia, debunks the constantly repeated claim that Christians and Muslims lived in peace until the Crusades.
CURRENT wisdom would have it that ‘five
centuries of peaceful co-existence’ between Muslims and Christians were brought
to an end by ‘political events and an imperial-papal power play,’ that was to
lead to a ‘centuries-long series of so-called “holy-wars” that pitted
Christendom against Islam, and left an enduring legacy of misunderstanding and
A school textbook, Humanities Alive 2,
for Year 8 students in the Australian State of Victoria, carries the
anti-Christian/anti-Western argument further:
who destroyed the World Trade Centre are regarded as terrorists… Might it be
fair to say that the Crusaders who attacked the Muslim inhabitants of Jerusalem
were also terrorists. 
Muhammad died in Medina on June 8, 632 AD.
The first of the eight Crusades to free the Holy Places in Palestine from
Muslim control and offer safe passage to the Holy Land for Christian pilgrims,
was called only in 1095. At the risk of sounding pedantic, the period in
question is not ‘five centuries’, but four hundred and sixty-three years; and
those years, we contend, were not characterized by ‘peaceful coexistence’.
Continue reading The Crusades in Context
The March 2018 column of One Nation’s Mark Latham about the settlement of refugees continues to be current.
Refugee policy has become the ultimate form of virtue signaling. Left-wing elites think they can display their compassion and moral superiority by advocating for open borders. They gather at candle-lit vigils, urging our governments to take in an unlimited number of asylum seekers. Under the Rudd and Gillard Governments, this ended in the tragedy of 2,000 drowned at sea – the greatest humanitarian disaster in Australian history.
I remember a shouting match with my Labor colleague Anthony Albanese after the Tampa incident in 2001. He accused me of representing a racist electorate in Western Sydney that wanted to close our borders to people in need. I told him it had nothing to do with race and everything to do with the rule of law: how suburban Labor voters simply wanted an orderly, merit-based migration system, with no queue jumping.
Continue reading THE SYRIAN REFUGEES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
One of the main ideological weapons with which the haters use to beat the white West is slavery. The self-loathers in the west are the ones that most clearly articulate the terrible story of the kidnap of black Africans for work as slaves on the plantations of the Americas. There is rarely mention that slavery was common throughout the Middle East and parts of Africa. Muslims were for centuries champion slave traders. Indeed, they specialised in white slavery for a discerning market of rich Arabs. Blondes and redheads were luxury items. Muslims raided the settlements along the coasts of Europe sometimes emptying whole villages. Estimates of up to one and a half million whites were kidnapped. Dr Taylor Marshall discusses Muslim white slavery on his website under ‘The Sexual Motivation for the European-Muslim slave trade.’ Some pertinent quotations follow:
Muslim men wanted to purchase fair skinned, blonde or redheaded European girls as sex slaves.
Muhammad repeatedly taught that Muslim men may copulate with slave girls without sin or fault. Even Muslim wives recognized this right of Muslim men. So Muslim men wanted to buy what they believed was “the best.”
Continue reading The Muslim white slave trade
Lawyers Maurice Blackburn (who ‘fight for fair’) recently produced a statement about the settlement of one of their high profile reputation-boosting cases. They announced:
A settlement has been reached in the case of Osman Faruqi v Mark Latham, with Mr Latham removing offensive statements made about Mr Faruqi as well as agreeing to pay him damages plus legal costs…
Mr Latham made the offensive comments about Mr Faruqi on 2 August 2017 in a video posted to Mark Latham’s Outsiders Webpage, YouTube, the Rebel Media webpage, and a post on Facebook.
Continue reading Mark Latham settles law suit
Islamic groups, leftists and empty-headed multiculturalists did everything they could to foil the publication of Robert Spencer’s new book on the history of jihad. No wonder. With the possible exception of thuggee stranglers, there has never been a religion more devoted to rape, murder and conquest.
The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS
Bombadier Books 2018
Once upon a time in a primitive land of polytheist idolaters far, far away, an egomaniac zealot with high ambitions hit on a bright idea. On learning of the ancient Jewish prophecy of a Messiah, and the newish Christian communities’ worship of Jesus as the “Chosen One”, he decided to nominate himself as the latest in the line – the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets. If the Angel Gabriel could give the name ‘Jesus’ to Mary, why couldn’t Gabriel be recruited to authenticate Muhammad’s pronouncements?
The polytheists who worshipped 360 idols in the Ka’aba of Mecca thought this was fake news and made life difficult for the would-be prophet-poet. In thirteen years he attracted only 150 followers. So he decamped to another town. The Jews of Medina first welcomed him as a protector, but after they heard his story about travelling to Jerusalem and then to Paradise on a winged white horse with a human head, and questioned him on religion, they declared him a phony. Muhammad decided a new business model was needed: conversion by the sword. Beginning as a highwayman raiding passing caravans, he invented a unique rallying cry: “Allahu Akbar!” (My) God is the Greatest! The shout inspired his followers to kill, loot and enslave. It continues to terrify the world 1400 years. later. Read on…
Victor Orbán’s landslide electoral victory on Sunday, gaining 134 seats out of 199 in Hungary’s parliament, increases his governing supermajority and endorses his tough policy of excluding illegal immigrants, especially from the Middle East. His success dramatizes a new reality across Europe and in Australia: a novel kind of party has emerged, disturbing the political scene and arousing impassioned debate.
Examples of this phenomenon include the other three members of the Visegrád group (Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia) as well as Austria’s four-month old government. Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, sees western Europe following the Visegrád group: “In the Eastern part of Europe, anti-Islamification and anti-mass migration parties see a surge in popular support. Resistance is growing in the West, as well.” Read on…