The I.O.U. Of Civilization

While Christian Europe was still enveloped in darkness, poverty and gloom, overshadowed by ecclesiastical intolerance, Muslims had established a highly advanced and sophisticated civilization that historians to this day have not satisfactorily explained. The Belgian-born American writer May Sarton, referring to Islam, said; “The creation of a new civilization of international and encyclopedic magnitude within less than two centuries is something that we can describe, but not completely explain … It was the most creative movement of the Middle Ages down to the thirteenth century.”

And while the Christian world dealt with those who dared to question established dogmas by burning them alive at the stake, Islam encouraged free thought and developed the rational experimental method, which is the foundation of modern science and philosophy. Before the Prophet Muhammad, people did not dare to conduct experiments, for fear of reprisal by evil spirits. Muhammad dealt a mortal blow to many false superstitions and elemental fears and helped to prepare human society for the great potential of scientific inquiry.

via – Ink of a scholar is more holier than the blood of a martyr.

On September 11th, some moron is going planned to* burn a Koran.  And “moron” is the correct term here.  It doesn’t take a frikkin scholar to see that civilizations rise and fall and that we are all indebted to everyone else who came before us.

Update: The moron has relented and said the event is canceled.

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