After beheading 21 Christians in Libya, members of the Islamic State Iraq Syria (ISIS) warned they would attack Italy and fly their flag over the Vatican, according to an article in the Daily Beast. Leaders of the Islamic State have been encouraging followers to leave Syria and Iraq to head for Libya because it was a better location from which to launch an invasion of European cities such as Rome and Athens.
While it’s clear ISIS has been in the headlines beheading and burning people to death, what is not so clear to the American people are some of the details of Islam. Ed Stetzer’s Lifeway Research conducted a survey to help gauge just how Americans feel about Islam in the wake of recent events.
Stetzer said, “From all the questions we asked, we would summarize that a little less than a quarter of Americans have a strongly held belief that Islam is dangerous by nature, a little less than a quarter have a strongly held belief that it is peaceful by nature, and over half of Americans don’t share one of these opinions or are unsure what to believe.”
Stetzer, who is Lifeway’s executive director, further said, “In particular, White House insiders can see that ‘the whole the Islamic State is not Islamic idea is not winning the day.”
Is it possible the Islamic State could actually conquer Rome and ultimately Europe?
History tells us it is, according to the Constitutional Rights Foundation. One Islamic group called the Moors ruled the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) for centuries. In 711 A.D. a Muslim fleet landed on the Iberian Peninsula. They met and defeated a Christian army and controlled what is now Spain and Portugal by the year 715 A.D. Another Islamic force had Vienna, Austria under siege and on the verge of surrender until dissension among their ranks caused them to abandon the invasion.
Possibly the greatest danger was when the Muslims were invading France and on the verge of dominating Europe until they lost a major battle to Charles Martel. In 721 A.D. the Muslims launched raids across the Pyrennes into Acquitaine, the southernmost dukedom of the Franks. They later attempted another invasion in 732 A.D. at the epic Battle of Tours. The Battle of Tours came to be known in the West as the battle which stopped the Muslim invasion of Europe. Europe remained Christian as a result.
Despite this defeat, the Muslims remained a force in Iberia for the next 700 years and maintained a presence in Europe. They were not expelled from the Iberian Peninsula until 1492, the year Columbus sailed for America.
In 1452, the Muslim leader Sultan Mahomet II captured Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Within 100 years the Muslims also conquered Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, Rumania and Hungary.
The Muslims then attempted to conquer Vienna, Austria in 1529 and 1566 because it was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire in the center of Europe. Although those attempts failed, they were at the gates of Vienna again with 250,000 troops in 1683. John Sobieski arrived with 60,000 Christian fighters and defeated the Muslim army, thus saving Europe as a Christian continent once again.
After that the Muslim chances of invading Europe receded until now. ISIS has said it would conquer “the land of the cross (Italy)”. They have also been bombarding Italy with shiploads of Muslim immigrants which the Italian government has been accepting.
Only time will tell if the Muslims can conquer Europe this time around.