Genocide? Slavery? Rape? Don't worry, it's all cool: Columbus found "sweet consolation" in his god. He's forgiven, it's cool. Happy Columbus Day!
And this isn't the stupidest thing I've seen emanating from the right today. No, that dubious honor goes to professional crackpot Allen West, for turning Columbus Day into an opportunity to get back to...Islam!
But, today we celebrate and remember this Italian explorer who realized the world needed a new trade route because of Islamic conquest — and just so you know, the Umayyad caliphate was followed by the Abbasid caliphate. And here we are today, some 1400 years later, still confronting Islamic conquest by violence, displacement of other indigenous religions by Islam, and the establishment of a caliphate.I swear, it's like six degrees of Kevin Bacon with West: except six is probably way more than he needs, and it's all about Islam.
We thank Christopher Columbus, but now the world needs another Charles Martel.