Obama og historien

Diverse — Drokles on June 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Fra Pajamas Media

In his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, President Barack Obama claimed: “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam — at places like Al-Azhar University — that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing.”

Obama is not much of a “student of history” if he believes this. Almost every advance he attributes to the Muslims was due to someone else.

The non-Muslim Chinese invented the magnetic compass and printing (Gutenberg invented not printing, but movable type). The non-Muslim Hindu Indians invented algebra and the decimal numbering system. The non-Muslim European Christians invented the university.

I can’t address advances in medicine, but I have studied the history of astronomy and physics. The Muslims contributed nothing.

All modern physics descends from Galileo (1564 -1642); all modern astronomy from Copernicus (1473-1543).  If you study Galileo’s works carefully, as I have, you see that he started with the achievements of the Greek mathematical physicist Archimedes of Syracuse (c. 287 BC - c. 212 BC).  If you study Copernicus’ works carefully, as I have, you will see that Copernicus’ great book On the Revolutions is essentially a heliocentric re-working of the geocentric astronomy textbook by the Greek Ptolemy (c. 90 AD - 168 AD). Copernicus mostly used even Ptolemy’s data for the positions of the planets.

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The reason Muslims never developed fundamental physics is because the leading Muslim theologians declared the idea of fixed physical laws to be heretical. The Qur’an (verse 6:64) states: “The Jews have said, ‘God’s hand is fettered.’ Fettered are their hands, and they are cursed for what they have said. Nay, but His hands are outspread; He expends how He will.” The standard Muslim interpretation of this passage has been that there cannot be unchanging physical laws because Allah may change the laws at any moment. In 1982, the Institute for Policy Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan, criticized a chemistry textbook by saying:  “There is latent poison present in the subheading Energy Causes Changes because it gives the impression that energy is the true cause rather than Allah.  Similarly it is unIslamic to teach that mixing hydrogen and oxygen automatically produces water.  The Islamic way is this: when atoms of hydrogen approach atoms of oxygen, then by the Will of Allah water is produced.” The implication is clear:  next week, Allah may change his mind about water being a compound of hydrogen and oxygen. With this sort of worldview, how could one possibly be a scientist?

Pajamas Media kan i øvrigt stærkt anbefales.

4 Kommentarer »

  1. Netop Pajamas Media er stærk anbefalelsesværdig! Når man gennemgår Obamas tale siger han så forfærdeligt meget sludder og løgn, så man må undre sig at danske medier ikke har kastet sig over ‘uregelmæssighederne.’ Snarere ser det ud til at han ikke kan sætte en fod forkert eller sige noget tåbeligt. Har vi virkelig brug for en sådan frelserfigur i den moderne ateistiske tid?
    Obamas veltalenhed er grænseløs i sin selvsmagen. Hvad enten han fortæller katolikker ved Notre Dame, hvad Kristendommen betyder eller muslimer i Kairo, hvad islam betyder, da understøtter han blot sin narcisistiske liberalisme om det emne der nu er oppe; alle religiøse veje fører ikke til Gud, men til ham.

    Comment by synopsis-olsen — June 10, 2009 @ 9:38 pm
  2. Interesserede burde se denne video med skuespilleren Jon Voight der holder en fremragende tale om ‘den falske profet’ Obama.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK2XyMYZ4T4

    Comment by synopsis-olsen — June 10, 2009 @ 10:02 pm
  3. Tak til Drokles og synopsis-olsen for henvisningen til Pajamas Media.

    Med venlig hilsen

    Comment by Emeritus — June 11, 2009 @ 9:55 am
  4. ‘… In the past generation, however, political correctness has dictated that Muslims be given credit for discoveries they did not make…’

    Denne form for historieforfalskning er ikke ny, men typisk europæisk. Islam er revnende ligeglad med, hvilke bidrag muslimer tilfældigvis har ydet til menneskehedens bedste. Tanken er utænkelig i det lovbundne islamiske system. En god muslim har overhovedet ingen forpligtelse i den retning. Han har forpligtelser overfor Allah - basta - ikke over for menneskeheden.

    I Vesten spiller den slags tværtimod en afgørende rolle for det enkelte individ. Alle vil gerne gøre ‘en forskel’. Det er meget vigtigt for åndsarbejdere, hvor i anerkendelseshierarkiet man kan håbe på at blive indplaceret.

    I Sovjettiden spillede det også en stor rolle, om man kunne bilde Verden ind, at Sovjetiske åndspersoner havde patent på alle opfindelser i Verden. Eliten var ateistisk og i stort tal vestligt tænkende. Derfor var de altid først med opfindelserne. Selv telefonpælen kom de først med.

    Derfor er det indlysende, at det kun er europæere med kendskab til særlige europæiske kerneværdier som udgangspunkt, der ihærdigt prøver at overbevise andre europæere om, at muslimer har ydet alle afgørende fremskridt i menneskehedens historie. At vi faktisk altid har stået på skuldrene af araberne.

    Den slags ville en muslim som sagt aldrig finde på. Sådanne kulturfremmede indfald producerer man ikke i en muslimsk hjerne.

    Med venlig hilsen

    Comment by Emeritus — June 11, 2009 @ 10:24 am

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