“Islamic Science” or Islamic Propaganda?

Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.” His book "The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind" is just out from Broadside / Harper Collins.


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For years now, as we all know, newspapers, magazines, and book publishers around the Western world have shrunk from publishing texts that touch on some of the more uncomfortable truths about Islam, preferring instead to give us all but idyllic accounts of Muslim history and belief and hagiographies of its prophet. Similarly, film, TV, and theater producers have gotten into the habit of scrubbing scripts free of anything that might be considered critical of Islam, even as they’ve given the green light to one project after another that has done a thoroughgoing job of whitewashing the Religion of Peace.

Museums, too, have played this same timid game, quietly removing centuries-old images of Muhammed from display and putting them into storage for fear of offending believers. Meanwhile, museumgoers have been treated to shows that are sheer Islamic propaganda.

Last year, Nick Cohen wrote in the Observer about one such exhibition that was then on display at the British Museum. It professed to present an informed view of the history of the Hajj – the pilgrimage to Mecca – going all the way back to Muhammed. But, as Cohen observed, the museum’s version of Muhammed’s life stuck to “the authorised version of ‘religious scholars,’” ignoring actual findings by real historians. It also excluded “evidence that might embarrass the Saudi royal family,” such as the fact that those royals have “wrecked Mecca,” destroying “the remnants of the 7th-century city.”

Why should the British Museum be so concerned about Saudi sensitivities? Simple: because a Saudi library was the museum’s partner in putting on the exhibition; because Saudi authorities had loaned key items to the show; and because financial sponsorship had been provided by (or through?) a bank that “issues sharia-compliant loans.”

The exhibition dropped other things down the memory hole, too. It included no mention of terrorist acts that have occurred during the Hajj. Nor did it acknowledge “the stampedes, bridge collapses and fires that have claimed the lives of thousands of pilgrims” year after year. When asked by Cohen about these major omissions, museum officials “waffled” that such details “did not fit into the exhibition’s remit.”

Cut to Oslo, Norway, a year later. Tomorrow, an exhibition entitled “Sultans of Science: Islamic Science Rediscovered” will open at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology (an independent institution, but one that receives considerable financial support from the Norwegian state). According to the museum, “Sultans of Science” is “the largest science exhibition that has ever been seen in Norway.” Although, over the last few years, it has been on display in venues “in New Jersey, South Africa, Toronto, Edmonton, San Jose, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia,” this marks its first appearance anywhere in Europe. “We are proud to bring this exhibition to Norway and delighted to unfold the knowledge of a great civilization which will be an engaging and educating experience for our visitors,” museum director Hans Weinberger said in a press release.

On its website, the museum invites adults and children alike to come see “Sultans of Science” and thus “get acquainted with an important scientific legacy from Islamic culture.” Singing the praises of “the golden age of Islamic science,” during which “science was encouraged and supported” by “the great Islamic caliphates,” the museum’s website informs us that “the development of European culture was…directly influenced by Islamic culture,” but that the traces of this influence were eventually, and tragically, “erased.” Simply put, the purpose of this show is to acquaint Western audiences with the riches of Islamic science and its immense impact on Western science and technology.

In short: a giant tsunami of propaganda is about to hit Norway.

Needless to say, there are two main points to be made whenever the words “Islam” and “science” come up. The first is that Islamic culture, like none other on earth, has proven to be a remarkably powerful impediment to the development of anything remotely deserving of the name of science. The second point, a corollary of the first, is that the relatively few worthy scientific discoveries and inventions for which Islamic cultures can take credit have occurred in spite of, and not because of, any identifiable “Islamic” influence.

To put it bluntly, you could count all the Muslim winners of Nobel Prizes in science on one hand and have enough fingers left to crochet. This simple, straightforward fact is, in and of itself, a dramatic indictment of Islam, underscoring its intrinsic intellectual backwardness, its refusal to compromise in the slightest its foundation of primitive superstition, and the extraordinary degree to which it manages to suppress the inborn human curiosity about the natural principles that undergird the real world’s workings. But the whole aim of “Sultans of Science” is plainly to suggest precisely the opposite – not only that Islam and science can productively coexist, but that Islam, in all its wondrous glory, has ever since its beginnings proven to be rich and fertile soil for the flowering of scientific ideas and technological innovation.

Who’s behind this boatload of B.S.? Was it put together, as most traveling museum exhibitions are, by a legitimate museum of international standing? Was it curated by a respected, credentialed historian of science? Well, no. Officially anyway, the exhibition was created, and is sponsored, by an outfit called MTE Studios, which describes itself as “a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences.” Indeed, “Sultans of Science” is said to be the “traveling version” of an exhibition that is on permanent display in a mall in Dubai and that MTE put together in partnership with an institution called the Research House for Islamic Studies & Heritage Revival. (The website of the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, by the way, links to an MTE press release that, making even great claims for Islamic science than does the museum’s own website, refers to “the remarkable achievements of Muslim civilization” and promises that Europeans who drop in on “Sultans of Science” will “be amazed to learn about the significant role the Islamic scholars have played in modern science, from astronomy to medicine to engineering to navigation and optics.”)

What’s the deal with MTE Studios? Based in both Dubai and Capetown, South Africa, it seems to enjoy a very close working relationship with a number of Muslim governments. For example, it runs the Bahrain Science Centre on behalf of the Bahraini state. It represented the United Arab Emirates at a 2010 conference in Malaysia on Islamic science. And it was commissioned by the Saudis to create a museum of Islamic science and technology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology – a museum that would appear to be a model, more or less, for both the Dubai mall installation and the much-traveled international exhibition that is about to open in Oslo. Indeed, this would appear to be only one of a number of projects (including something called the “BUILD A CITY” Activity Zone at the Riyadh Science Oasis) on which MTE would appear to have collaborated intimately with the Saudis. Make of that connection what you will.

Mischievous disinformation about history on a massive scale is always unsettling. But here’s the most disturbing part of this particular story. A few Norwegians who are, presumably, aware of the exceedingly small overlap betweep the history of Islam and the history of science, and/or understandably troubled about MTE’s Saudi and other ties, and/or curious (also understandably) to know exactly who is paying for this very expensive-sounding exhibition, have posted polite and reasonable questions at the Facebook page of the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology. But their queries have met with something less than a friendly and responsive welcome from the museum – an institution that is nominally devoted, after all, to knowledge and learning. On the contrary, on Wednesday afternoon, in what is certainly a first in my own Facebook experience, the museum posted a stern statement on its Facebook page that reads as follows:

We are now closing the page for the day [yes, “closing the page”!], but it will open again tomorrow, Thursday, at 9 A.M. Hold on to your comments until then. If this page is spammed in the meanwhile, or if anyone engages in unfair debates or propaganda, these comments will be removed from the page and those responsible will be reported to Facebook. We want to have an open debate, in which there is room for more people! So weigh your words – and have a peaceful afternoon and evening.

Note, if you will, that blatant Orwellian contradiction between the museum’s claim to welcome “open debate” and its threat to shut down any debate it doesn’t care for. And note, too, the hint of menace in that injunction to “weigh your words.” Here’s a screen capture of this odious posting:

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In other words, a major Norwegian museum is threatening to report to Facebook anyone who dares to express concern about (among other things) its eager and unquestioning involvement in the dissemination of shameless Islamic propaganda, its partnership with a firm whose strongest ties are with Islamic dictatorships, and the possibility that it has had unsavory financial dealings with the most repellent of all those dictatorships.

When I checked the museum’s Facebook page on Thursday evening, I found only one exchange that touched on such questions. Addressing a reader’s question as to whether the exhibition is sponsored by Saudi Arabia, the museum employee who responded insisted that “the exhibition is self-financed” (whatever that is supposed to mean) and referred to MTE as the show’s “producer” (a somewhat odd way to refer to the people who put together a museum exhibition). As a friend of mine pointed out, since the present exhibition is apparently, at the very least, based in large part on one that was created on commission for Saudi Arabia, and is essentiallly identical to another exhibition that is currently on display at a mall in Dubai, it doesn’t really matter whether or not the Saudis are direct sponsors of this show or whether the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology has received cash or any other form of direct or indirect support from them or the United Arab Emirates or anyone else; the fact is that the show in Oslo is, to all intents and purposes, the product of Saudi and Emirate propaganda funding.

Somebody on Facebook had the following to say about this vexing situation: “A public institution that threatens to report critics to Facebook administrators…that’s something I never would have thought possible in Norway.” Well, we’d all better get used to it – or start making a lot of noise about this nasty business in other public fora before they get closed down, too.

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  • Michael Copeland

    Ah yes …the Exhibition of Wonderful Inventions.
    Islam did not permit them to be used.
    By their fruits shall they be known.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Islamic Science” or Islamic Propaganda?

    “Islamic Science” is Islamic Propaganda. That’s about it.

    • dan

      The evil of Islam are a clear and present danger

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Nor did it acknowledge “the stampedes, bridge collapses and fires that have claimed the lives of thousands of pilgrims” year after year. When asked by Cohen about these major omissions, museum officials “waffled” that such details “did not fit into the exhibition’s remit.””

    Right. It’s obvious objective is to propagate lies and whitewashed fantasies about a supposed “religion of peace” and whatever.

  • Chez

    Just as Muhammad usurped the religious patrimony of Christians and Jews, so is Islamic “science” usurping the scientific patrimony of the Western world. It is historical theft in every sense of the word. We’ve seen how our history books were a hair’s breath away from teaching our kids that Muslims “discovered” America before Columbus (the Algonquian Indians saved us from that one). No doubt some day, our children’s children will be taught that Muslims were the first to split the atom, develop penicillin, and were the first men on the moon.

  • Bamaguje

    We Islamophobes should open an exhibition showing 14 centuries of Jihadist savagery.

  • Spikey1
  • edlancey

    In the one in London they had someone from Cordoba in the 12th century that seems to have ‘invented’ some sort of glider contraption (no doubt completely inferior to those rickety black and white Edwardian movies of people launching themselves off the end of the pier on bank holidays) – and they claim that this glider is the equivalent of the Wright brothers’ powered flight.

    One can but marvel at the innate idiocy of the comparison.

  • arishsahani

    Can a culture or religion based on lies and misinformed history can survive in The minds of educated and learned people.

    • Western Spirit

      Yes, to answer your question, a religion based on lies and misinformed history can survive in the minds of educated and learned people. Because it’s not a matter of minds or education. It’s a matter of the spirit. All you have to do to believe in the spiritual is look around you (the present) and behind you (history) to know that many of our problems stem from the dishonest educated and learned people using their advantages to acquire power over the disadvantaged.

  • ElizabethMC

    These dupes are duping themselves.
    Dupes have to learn things the hard way. Unfortunately, their denial puts others in danger as well.

  • davarino

    Your all wrong, I think they invented the majic carpet, the greatest achievement in flight

    • OfficialPro

      no that was invented by the jinn. ;)

  • CowboyUp

    That’s why they’ve won so many science Nobels. Oh wait, they don’t give those out for inventing the suicide vest, that would be the ‘peace’ prize.

    Zuckerberg is a dhimmi. Muslims can threaten people with violence on facebook but posts criticizing muslims or islam get scrubbed.

  • Pulau Pinang

    ”Islamic Science” ? ? – Its like talking about the ”Physics of Transubstantiation” – Drivel…

  • rbla

    The Islamic golden ages occurred when most of the population consisted of non-Muslims who carried on the work of their Greek or Hindu predecessors and at times when their nominal Muslim rulers were less than stellar Muslims. When most of the population embraced Islam and the Islamic meme became well established scientific endeavors ground to a halt.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      You hit that nail on the head! I don’t understand why people fail to study the history of Muslim Imperialism and how they subdued the Jewish and Greek civilization extant in the Middle east at the time the illiterate Arabs conquered Jerusalem in 638 A.D. The propagandist clearly think we will all drink the Kool-Aid.

    • Chez

      Absolutely. The decline of the so-called ‘Golden age’ of Islam coincides exactly with the decline of the dhimmi communities within. Once the depredations of dhimmitude took their toll on generation after generation and the subject peoples began to convert to Islam in large numbers in order to escape their fate, the Jizyah dried up….as did the economic, cultural and intellectual dynamism of the Caliphate. It was the toil and the advanced culture of the dhimmis that kept the empire dynamic, and when that culture disappeared, the Caliphate went into decline. Look for the same exact thing to occur as the Muslims re-make Europe.

  • Paul Austin Murphy

    There is no such things as ‘Islamic science’. There has only been *science as practiced by Muslims*. That’s not the same thing. Is there a Hindu science or Borneo-Head Hunters’ science as well?

    • OfficialPro

      It’s about as much a science as so-called “Christian Science”. (not to be confused with the science that was discovered by men who happened to be Christian; not the sect known as “Christian Science”)

      • Digli

        OfficialPro,

        I very much like your comments.

        The definition of science is: Systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.
        Under that definition and as a practicing Christian Scientist I would say that Christian Science is a Science. If you don’t know anything about Christian Science then I can understand what you’re saying but if you do then you wouldn’t say what you said. LOL
        Hell, under that definition even Psychology would be considered a Science.lol

  • Chris Behme

    There is NO Muslim art, music or science, period.
    Or civility for that matter.

    • OfficialPro

      Muslim “art” in its strictest form was limited to geometrical patterns. Since you know, painting/drawing/sculpting actual living things was “idolatry”.

      Now, geometrical patterns done right isn’t that bad, but it’s still no Mona Lisa, AKA bow down to the goddess of the smirk. (or is that shirk? LOL)

  • dan

    Old Boss same as the New boss .. Still mad to kill and destroy

  • Western Spirit

    Many, if not most, of the advantages we enjoy today have come from creative minds. And creativity is stifled by totalitarianism, such as the totalitarianism found in Islam, for instance.

    Thus the creative are the nail that gets hammered down in any collective’s value system in order to achieve the conformity necessary in these systems. A conformity that oppresses the creative impulse to bring order out of chaos. Therefore making the creative the epitome of individualism and as such can’t stand being controlled because when they can’t express themselves they suffocate.

    For creativity is an attribute of God and one of the ways man is made in His image while freedom is a gift from God.

    So Godless totalitarian systems, lacking freedom, have to use propaganda to puff up their image because they haven’t acquired any achievements on their own.

  • JAMAL

    FRIENDS I BRING ONTO YOU MANY GREETS AND PEACES. YES I WOULD LIKE JUST TO SAY THAT ISLAM IS THE GREAT RELIGION TO SCIENCE. SO MANY KNOWLEDGES AND MEDICINES ARE FROM MUSLIM SCIENTISTS. ISLAM IS TOO THE ONE RELIGION THAT THE SCIENCES PROVE. DO YOU KNOW THAT ISLAM GAVE MANY SCIENCES TO EUROPE FROM THE CENTURIES AGO? YES PLEASE BELIEVE NOT THE LIES AND WATCH THIS VIDEOS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=PL523826BEF4A1EF7B&v=TPlaS_wGzx8
    PEACE ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      The only invention certified to be Muslim is the flying carpet, and we all know it was fiction. Take two aspirins and go to bed Jamal (Tamal?).

      • JAMAL

        I AM SORRY BUT THERE ARE MANY INVENTIONS OF MUSLIMS: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html
        PEACE ON YOU

        • Torqued

          No, there aren’t. You can’t inbreed for 1,400 years and worship satan and practice EVERY evil known to man and create a damn thing. All you know how to do is torture, rape, and kill. You destroy every thing you touch.

        • iluvisrael

          you muzzies invented the suicide vest – you must feel so proud!

        • Arf

          Yes, there most certainly are Jamal. Unfortunately, they all have to do with administering torture, rape and death. Islam is death, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and finally — physically.

        • OfficialPro

          Number 20 is flat-out wrong. King Nebuchadnezzar had gardens of this purpose millenia before. Some of these Muslims take credit for; while others are a clear case of a stopped clock being right twice a day. (in other words anybody can be an inventor.)

        • OfficialPro

          While Islam didn’t invent the slave trade, they surely expanded upon it and gave it religious sanction. That’s one of the bad things. They even have slave trade to this day. Much of the trafficked women and girls of the world that aren’t traded by the various mafia groups are by Muslim modern slave traders.

        • defcon 4

          JIHAD IS THE WAY OF THE PROPHET. MUCH BLODSHED AND HEAD CHOPPING. GOOD FUN FOR MUSLIM MAN.

    • Cyborg3K

      Lets see. The ships that carried the Black Death to Europe came from Islamic ports, so it is possible they invented germ warfare. And Mohammed himself invented his religion, which is really just an organized crime syndicate, so I guess they invented the mafia.
      That seems to be about it.

    • defcon 4

      YES. THE CAMEL URINE IS VERY GOOD AND THE PROPHET KNEW BEST> IT CURE THE DIS EASE AND BE VERY SCIENTIFIC. PLEASE TO BE DRINKING THE CAMEL URINE EVERY DAY JAMAL TO BE GOOD MUSLIM MAN.

      • Arf

        Very funny, defcon. I think you’ve really nailed Jamal’s style. Many greets and peaces, brother.

      • OfficialPro

        Defcon4 akbar!

    • OfficialPro

      Islam is a forgery and the Koran is nothing but Bible Fanfic.

      Lemme guess, you are the kind of Muslim that doesn’t know Arabic to save his life, so you don’t know what the Koran actually says and only know the verses by rote and not their meanings, except what the Imam says about it every Friday?

      Real proper religion doesn’t leave backwards societies like they have in Saudi Arabia…

    • JAMAL

      I AM SORRY BUT THE POSTS OF YOURS ARE VERY FALSE AND NOT KIND. I COME WITH PEACE PLEASE BE KIND. I FEAR THAT YOU HAVE WITH THE ZIONI YAHOODI LIES BE TOLD. YES IT IS SAD THAT YOUR MEDIAS HAVE MUCH LIES ON ISLAM IN THEM. PLESE WATCH THIS VIDEO I POST ABOVE. THIS IS THE TRUTH ON ISLAM AND SCIENCE. PEACE ON YOU.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Thanks for the laughs, dumbass. I was in a bad mood but you made my day. 3:D

      • therealpm

        “IT IS SAD THAT YOUR MEDIAS HAVE MUCH LIES ON ISLAM IN THEM”
        Well done Jamal; you’ve actually said something truthful for once. It is indeed sad that our media have been so corroded by spinelessness and dhimmitude that they spout islamic Taqiyya with such regularity. I bit of truthfulness would be most welcome.

      • defcon 4

        The only peace muslo-nazis like you offer the kufr/infidel is the peace of the grave.

  • Samuel

    You ask if the exhibition was curated by historians. Yet you have no problem commenting on it even though you’re neither a historian nor a scientist. You may very well be right that Islam stifles creativity, but its past contributions to science and literature are undeniable. Some of the greatest scientists have been communists, fascists, liberals, conservatives, etc. That has nothing to do with their discoveries.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Care to substantiate your complete and utter bullshit?

  • herb benty

    It is now well documented how marauding moslem armies claimed inventions, discoveries and general science FROM the countries they invaded. You can see this process at work right now as Israelis discover relics from the distant past, Arabs claim that, for instance, Abraham, Daniel or Jesus Christ were….Muslim! Sorry, Caliph, they were and are JEWISH. Islam is devious.

    • OfficialPro

      Good old fashioned Muslim Retconning, gotta love it.

  • onecornpone

    If the overbearing Saudi goat herders want to intimidate their own people – fine with me, however the sheet-wearing Wahabis seem to think a good PR game is the answer to all problems. After all, why wouldn’t they? We let them skate on 9/11, didn’t we?

  • GerriAttricks

    Islamic Science is an oxymoron if ever there was one.

  • nimrod

    Islamic civilization my BUTT,

    There’s no such thing as Islamic civilization even in the twentieth century it is alien from their society. For example. Go to the Saudi Arabia and see for yourself how islam forced the country to live in dark ages, to uphold Sharia, primitive barbarism. There’s not a single delineation of science, medicine or civilization till now in Saudi Arabia. Who are you kidding? Actually in Islam even arts, folklore dances, poem, songs were among many others forbidden and punishable by death during the Arab prophets. Many nations were forced by the sword against their will to convert to islam like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Persia (Iran). They were given no choice other than Islamize or the sword. Wiesel today all across South East Asia should know their ancestors’ history. How they were converted to Islam? BY the SWORD!

    Now please read this short fact.

    http://www.ninevehsoft.com/fiorina.htm

    • Mike

      I found your letter to Carly Fiorina
      very interesting and informative.

  • nimrod

    Islamic civilization my BUTT,

    There’s no such thing as Islamic civilization even in the twentieth century it is alien from their society. For example. Go to the Saudi Arabia and see for yourself how islam forced the country to live in dark ages, to uphold Sharia, primitive barbarism. There’s not a single delineation of science, medicine or civilization till now in Saudi Arabia. Who are you kidding? Actually in Islam even arts, folklore dances, poem, songs were among many others forbidden and punishable by death during the Arab prophets. Many nations were forced by the sword against their will to convert to islam like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Persia (Iran). They were given no choice other than Islamize or the sword. Wiesel today all across South East Asia should know their ancestors’ history. How they were converted to Islam? BY the SWORD!

    Now please read this short fact.

    http://www.ninevehsoft.com/fiorina.htm

  • OfficialPro

    Oh don’t you know, if it weren’t for the Muslims, we’d have never have figured out the meaning of zero! [/sarcasm]
    (pretty sure the number NOTHING was figured out long before Muhammad even existed)

  • Biff Henderson

    Is Muslim science’s version of the dirty bomb, aka the suppository bomb, included in the exhibit?

    • ziggy zoggy

      They haven’t invented toilet paper yet so we may have to wait awhile.

  • aposematic

    Satan has demanded his due!

  • Luca

    I would think that for someone who has written book, that they would first see the exhibition before making self professed conclusions. I am a Roman Catholic (I don’t know why I feel the need to express this, but it seems that from your article that if you have any connection what so ever with Islam you are automatically spilling out propaganda).

    The exhibition has absolutely zero to do with religion. The focus is on technology and knowledge and the contribution thereof to modern civilization, just as you would have an exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and devices.

    As for the company that produced the exhibition…I almost rolled over giggling at your connection of BUILD A CITY to the Saudi government, Lol!!! If you research the product its just one of their many exhibits which they produce, this one is a educational mini-construction site for kids.

    This article has too many loopholes, I look forward to reading something informed about this fascinating topic.

    • ziggy zoggy

      The name of the ridiculous and phony museum exhibition is “Sultans of Science: Islamic Science Rediscovered,”..

    • ziggy zoggy

      You’re right. “The exhibition has absolutely zero to do with religion.’ It is an advertisement for the imperial death cult of islam, which does not meet the definition of a religion in any way, shape or form.

  • Luca

    I would think that for someone who has written book, that they would first see the exhibition before making self professed conclusions. I am a Roman Catholic (I don’t know why I feel the need to express this, but it seems that from your article that if you have any connection what so ever with Islam you are automatically spilling out propaganda).

    The exhibition has absolutely zero to do with religion. The focus is on technology and knowledge and the contribution thereof to modern civilization, just as you would have an exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and devices.

    As for the company that produced the exhibition…I almost rolled over giggling at your connection of BUILD A CITY to the Saudi government, Lol!!! If you research the product its just one of their many exhibits which they produce, this one is a educational mini-construction site for kids.

    This article has too many loopholes, I look forward to reading something informed about this fascinating topic.

  • Chris Behme

    When Obama yammers on about islam’s “historic contributions to science” , he never bothers to tell us what those might be.
    I’m a chemist. I can’t think of a single Muslim contribution to chemistry.
    I don’t know of Muslim contributions to ANY science. I wish our Islam loving president would be more specific; I only know of islams historic contribution to worldwide terror. That contribution is massive.

  • http://smu.gs/L1p7XU winston

    “To put it bluntly, you could count all the Muslim winners of Nobel Prizes in science on one hand and have enough fingers left to crochet. This simple, straightforward fact is, in and of itself, a dramatic indictment of Islam, underscoring its intrinsic intellectual backwardness, its refusal to compromise
    in the slightest its foundation of primitive superstition, and the extraordinary degree to which it manages to suppress the inborn human curiosity about the natural principles that undergird the real world’s workings.”

    Same has been and still is true, of all religions. Religion deals in absolutes. “The word and will of God is not negotiable.” There’s no question, ignorance is driven by Islam and vice-versa but the same is true of all faiths. (All three of these faiths have their flat earth adherents).

    I was expecting examples of pseudo-science. Like they were arguing the earth is flat or the center of the universe, or whatever because that’s what it says in the Koran, or something. But you dont mention any example of pseduo-science and just launch into a whole attack on Islam. (which has billions of individual adherents)/ So you’re criticizing them for not having been scientific enough yet now that someone’s making an effort, you’re attacking it bc of the past.

    We wouldn’t blame Judaism for the actions of radical settlers in Hebron who believe that god, (‘in his role as divine real-estate agent’) has given them that land and anyone who disagrees is an enemy of god. (checkout the doc: The Iron Wall and tell me that isnt heartbreaking ignorance and cruelty).
    There are still, though smaller in number, some Christians who would ‘save’ gays (‘it aint natural.” If it’s anything, it’s natural). jews, Indians, ‘judaizsers’ heretics, by burning then at the stake.

    Religion has fought science, tooth and nail, at every single step of the way and is still at it today, with it’s absurd arguments against the fact of evolution. They even burned some scientists, like Giordano Bruno. Lucilio Vanini had his tongue ripped out for suggesting we could be related to apes. IM sure there are more. In Iran today, they hang people for homosexuality. In Saudi Arabia they can stone you to death for witchcraft. This is what religion breeds. Torah is no different. (Just read it, full of accounts of death and slavery, And this is the crux of the issue, the underlying mechanism that enables us to pick and choose from our holy books is called western secular education. Jews & those of Jewish descent, did not win 20% of all Nobel prizes given out in the last hundreds years because they were studying Talmud/ They won because they had good educations and minds not were stunted by exoteric religious nonsense/

    • ziggy zoggy

      Written like a true moron. Tell Newton, Darwin or Einstein how ignorant you think they were. The overwhelming majority of man’s scientific achievement has been accomplished by Christians practicing God’s gifts of free will and endeavor.
      Atheism is hateful, soulless and empty. It accomplishes nothing and shits on achievement.

    • FreedomSpeaks

      While the Jewish people have been trying to cure cancer the Islam people are creating things like the finger amputation machine. One God gives man the intelligence to help the human race through scientific discoveries while another ‘god’ (ancient pagan moon god) tells man how to destroy the lives and body parts of another. It depends which side of life you choose, the spiritually good, the spiritually empty or the spiritually corrupt.

  • Tore Berg

    This is of course a big shame for the museum and all the people involved. What were they thinking? I for one can see no traces of intelligent activity.