So a while back I posted a warning about how…certain…Muslims in the take over of Egypt want to destroy the relics of Egypt’s beautiful Pagan past. (No idea where the article I wrote went though, sorry. Probably under the Egypt or Islam tags, or on my old blog). Previously I had sent word of it to Jason over at the Wild Hunt, but that political rag didn’t publish anything about it. Maybe because it wasn’t “fit to print.”
There’s a reason I no longer go over there.
Anyways, back before the reports were that certain “hard line” factions (i.e. the ones that have now really ended up with most of the power) want to destroy the “Pagan” artifacts of Egypt’s past, or at least the ones they couldn’t destroy back in the day, like the Library of Alexandria.
According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”
This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641. Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity. While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.
To get the full effect and to learn more, please click the link in the title of the article. Frankly, there is a lot of terrifying info and implications at hand in this. My heart goes out to all those who follow the ancient ways of Egypt. While right now it is just a call, I do not think it will long remain as such. And while no doubt the world would protest the destruction, I doubt they would take steps to prevent it, much less punish those who commit the devastation to these historic objects. At this point, any archeologist worth their salt should bury their digs, lose their locations, and prey that in the generations to come men wiser than those leading the world someday come to being and we might find and study these treasures as we once did.
In the meantime, I would recommend any and all Pagans and Heathens out there pray to our Gods and Goddesses to preserve the past, so that we might have it in the future. Or at least pray that someone goes in there and kicks Islamist ass and preserves the freedom and knowledge of the peoples.