Column: From the Pastor
turban’d heads bow’d to the terrible glare…” -John Langdon, was a Founding Father who, as first President pro tempore of the Senate, administered the vice presidential oath of office to John Adams. In 1805 as governor of New Hampshire, he set aside a day in thanksgiving “for the termination of our contest with one of the African powers; the liberation of our fellow-citizens from bondage…”
Islam, which means “submission,” has never had abolitionists like the Christians Bartolomé de las Casas and William Wilberforce. Muhammed was a slave trader, and the Qur’an devotes five times as much space to regulating labor, slavery and sex slavery as it does to prayer. Nearly 200 million slaves, white and black, were sold by Muslim traders over fourteen centuries, and almost all the Africans sold to European traders for export to America were enslaved by Muslims. Muslim slavers even raided Ireland in 1631. So many Eastern Europeans were enslaved that the word “slave” itself comes from “Slav.”
While lip service is given to abolition in Islamic lands, slavery today is blatant in Sudan, Niger and Mauritania and was not abolished in Saudi Arabia and Yemen until 1962 (under Western pressure). Where is the indignation of protestors here?
If revisionists would burlesque the past and mute the voice of reason, they should first recognize that the value of life is secured best by the standard of the Cross and not the Crescent.
Fr. George W. Rutler, S.T.D., is pastor of St. Michael’s parish in New York City. A donation of any amount may be made to the parish at: www.StMichaselNYC.com. To learn more about Fr. George W. Rutler, go here. His latest book, “He Spoke to Us – Discerning God’s Will in People and Events,” is now available in paperback (click here: http://astore.amazon.com/cathobusinjou-20/detail/B01K0RCGHM). His book, “The History Behind 100 of Christianity’s Greatest Hymns” (click here: http://astore.amazon.com/cathobusinjou-20/detail/B01N133O98 ), or any of his remarkable books (click here: http://astore.amazon.com/cathobusinjou-20/search?node=163&keywords=george+w.+rutler&x=0&y=0&preview=), are well worth the read.
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