NBC is now reporting that Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is under fire for praising Muslims throughout history while totally ignoring their long and sordid history of supremacism, domination, misogyny, murder, terrorism, and abject bigotry. Regular BNI readers saw the FIORINA STORY here first. Please make sure that every Republican you know sees it if they are considering voting for her.
NBC News A speech given TWO WEEKS AFTER 9/11 by GOP Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is now under sharp focus by her fellow conservatives and an outraged chorus on social media, claiming – in accusatory fashion – that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO was “praising Muslims” in her September 2001 remarks.
On September 26, 2001, Fiorina addressed her employees, expressing her concern over the safety of their HP colleagues, “who are of Middle Eastern descent or who practice the Muslim religion here in the US and abroad.”
In her speech, Fiorina lauded the contributions of ancient Islamic civilization to modern American society, saying that the “gifts [of Muslim civilizations] are very much a part of our heritage.”
On Sunday evening, former Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) tweeted to her 244,000 Twitter followers a link to an excoriating critique of Fiorina’s speech, prompting a flood of comments, retweets, and shares.
Conservative commentator Bethany Blankley, who penned the take-down, wrote that Fiorina’s comments, “evidence her exceptional ineptitude or blatant, galling, willful deceit.”
“Perhaps she should move to Saudi Arabia where women are prohibited from driving; or Iran, where women are prohibited from working,” she wrote. Blankley ends her piece by writing that the speech “reveals that Carly has been flying on a mystical magical carpet to nowhere for years.” The American Thinker accused Fiorina of “romanticizing the old Islamic caliphate.”
Carly Fiorina’s quotes below from this 2001 speech are in red. The facts are in blue:
“There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world. It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.”
“One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.”
“And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity.”
FACT: When it comes to revolutionary architectural inventions, nothing is greater than the creation of concrete, a material perfected by the Romans. This enabled them to erect buildings that would have been impossible to construct using the traditional stone post-and-lintel system. This development made possible the construction of the amphitheatres, baths and hillside temples of the Roman world. With that said and done, although the pointed arch only came into general use in the 13th century, it was in fact the Assyrians (not the Muslims) who first used it as early as 722 BC.
As for the Islamic techniques of domebuilding; the best example of a dome in the ancient world is the Pantheon in Rome, built almost 500 years before Islam in 118–135 AD by Apollodorus of Damascus and again only made possible through the concrete mixture perfected by the Romans. Originally a temple to the Roman deities, it has been a Christian church since the 7th century. It is an important and impressive feat of design, a building which after almost 2,000 years of continuous use has its original roof intact.
With all these facts considered, we think it’s safe to assume that architectural development in Europe and the rest of the non-Islamic world would and indeed did move along fine without the so-called ‘Muslim genius’.
“Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption.”
FACT: Algebra may have been named after a book by al-Khwarizmi titled Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah, but the origins of algebra itself can be traced to the ancient Babylonians who were able to do calculations in an algorithmic fashion. Having something named after what popularised or refined it by no means makes it the inventor, and by doing so you would have to discount the works of mathematician Diophantus of Alexandria (200 and 214 AD–284 and 298 AD) who authored a series of books called “Arithmetica” and is commonly referred to as “the father of algebra”. Paul Vallely begrudgingly admits that the system of numbering in use all round the world is ‘probably’ Indian in origin, yet the title of the supposed Islamic invention still remains “The system of numbering.”
“Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.”
FACT: As far as flying is concerned, at the beginning were the kites, and these were a Chinese invention. They date back as far as 3,000 years, where they were made from bamboo and silk in China. The Chinese also tried to produce flying machines. In the book Pao Phu Tzu, dated AD 320, Ko Hung states: “Some have made flying cars with wood, using ox-leather straps fastened to returning blades to set the machines in motion”. He is clearly describing rotating blades attached to a spinning axle and driven by a (leather) belt that is a rotor top the principal of which underlie the modern-day helicopter.
“Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things. When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.”
“While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.”
“Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization, its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians. Sufi poet-philosophers like Rumi challenged our notions of self and truth. Leaders like Suleiman contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.”
“And perhaps we can learn a lesson from his example: It was leadership based on meritocracy, not inheritance. It was leadership that harnessed the full capabilities of a very diverse population–that included Christianity, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.”
“This kind of enlightened leadership — leadership that nurtured culture, sustainability, diversity and courage — led to 800 years of invention and prosperity.”
FACT: The truth is Muslims have nothing to show in science today and need to make up for it pointing to the past – as though that would compensate for the lack of a scientific orientation today. Alas, the claim that there were significant inventions and earth-shattering discoveries made at the time is also false. SEE: they-came-they-saw-they-plagiarized-1001-so-called-muslim-inventions-virtually-none-of-which-were-actually-invented-by-muslims
And not surprisingly, Islamopanderer Fiorina condemned Pamela Geller’s ‘Draw the prophet Muhammad’ cartoon contest saying: “It clearly was provocative, just like white supremacists demonstrating is provocative.”