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Mr. History is mistaken: Arab Islamism started a full century earlier. The Moslem Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928. Amin al Husseini lead the movement in British Palestine. In 1987, an Islamist organization with ties to Egypt was founded with the support of the Israeli government. Its name is Hamas.
Islamic colonizing has been going on in the US for decades. There are many cities like Dearborn, Michigan, that have been colonized completely with Sharia law being used in their communities...Little by little, if we continue to allow these parallel systems to exist, Islam will be knocking down our doors as it already has in many European nations.
Bones you are in fact off by 1500 years. The spread of Islam based on outright conquest began with Mohammed around 610. It lead to Islamic dominance from the Atlantic Ocean through the Middle East and Asia Minor, much of south Asia and extending all the way to Indonesia in the south-west Pacific.Remember that much of southern Europe was also conquered by the Moslems. It took almost 800 years to roll back the Moslem conquest of Spain which began in 711. Vienna (!!) was besieged by the Ottoman Empire twice, in 1529 and 1683.Islam was colonizing by the sword when Christian Europe was still in the darkest part of the Dark Ages, 800 years before serious European colonization would begin. If you look at the map and see what is still Moslem to this day you will realize that this "colonization" was one of the most successful and long-lasting in the history of mankind.But of course Jews returning to their ancient land (also conquered by the Moslems and colonized) are considered colonist usurpers by these same Moslems...
Mr. History has a wrong perception about the history of North Africa by equaling Islamic colonialism with 19th century Western colonialism of North Africa. Well before Muhammad established his "Islam" around 622 in Medina, there were thriving Christian communities in Egypt, Tunis and in the rest of North Africa. These Christian communities were the result of peacefull preaching by messengers of the Christian faith. Famous Church Fathers were born and lived in North Africa during the first centuries of Christianity such as Cyril (Alexandria), Tertullian (Tunis) and Augustine (Algeria). They lived in a hostile (animist) environment and from time to time were persecuted and killed as well. These early Christian communities didn't force their neighbours into Christianity. However, after Islam had conquered the Arab peninsula, the Islamic jihad turned their attention to North Africa and massacred the ancient Jewish and Christian communities altogether. So if Christians would (and could) return to North Africa just as it was in the first centuries this would merely be their rightfull heritage. By comparing 19th century Western colonization (without much success) of North Africa (based on civilization, commerce and Christianity) with Islamist jihadist expansionism (based only on Sharia law which totally encompass every political and social aspect of life) is historically incorrect and even biased.
I was sad to see your cartoon today. While I admit that there were European "Christians" who went to Africa with ugly motives, there were many real, evangelical Christians who went, some of them sacrificing their own lives, to take the good news of salvation and to lift the lives of the indigenous people. Please don't tar us with the brush you use for Islamists. Thank you.
Islamism has always sought world control and now more agressive than ever.
"there were thriving Christian communities in Egypt, Tunis and in the rest of North Africa"Some of those Christian communities are still around (like the Copts), but they are probably not the form of Christianity you believe in. In fact, if you are a Protestant, you'd think they are heterics that need to be converted to "true" Christianity.
"there were many real, evangelical Christians who went, some of them sacrificing their own lives, to take the good news of salvation and to lift the lives of the indigenous people."More like brainwashing and pushing their so-called "values" on the indigenous people, like what they're trying to do in Uganda with anti-gay laws.
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I started Dry Bones in Jan 1973. Since then I've been known as "Bones" to friends and colleagues. This is the first time I've ever shared the "stories behind the cartoons." Enjoy.