Patricia Crone notes:
In addition, the Qur’an twice describes its opponents as living in the site of a vanished nation, that is to say a town destroyed by God for its sins. There were many such ruined sites in northwest Arabia. The prophet frequently tells his opponents to consider their significance and on one occasion remarks, with reference to the remains of Lot’s people, that “you pass by them in the morning and in the evening”. This takes us to somewhere in the Dead Sea region. Respect for the traditional account has prevailed to such an extent among modern historians that the first two points have passed unnoticed until quite recently, while the third has been ignored. The exegetes said that the Quraysh passed by Lot’s remains on their annual journeys to Syria, but the only way in which one can pass by a place in the morning and the evening is evidently by living somewhere in the vicinity.
This is fascinating. How could these revelations have occurred in Mecca or Medina if the people hearing them passed by Sodom in the morning and evening?
I bought Riccoldo’s Refutation of the Qur’an. In it, he says that Mohammad “has not struck the church in only one way, but in three most universal ways.”
Now by means of a savage tyrant, in another way through deceitfulness in its laws, and again, by corrupting those who are more simple minded through his pretense of sanctity. This has had the result that they have subjected a large part of the world to his deception, by God’s permission, who is frightening in his purposes for the sons of men.
Fleming on Romney voters today:
But, are the polls correct? Is the race Obama’s to lose? Possibly, probably. I have one nagging doubt. As they used to say in the Westerns, it’s too quiet out there. Four years ago, at this point, there were yard signs all over my neighborhood. This time, there is hardly anything. The people I meet in business or at church are all promising to vote for Romney, but it is not because they like the governor. In fact, they do not. They do, however, fear that an Obama victory will finish off the American economy, wipe out their pensions, and eliminate Social Security. That is enough for them, and it may be enough for me.
There is, I think, another reason for the lack of public support for Romney: fear. People are afraid of reprisals. It is not so much that they fear attacks from the New Black Panthers or other militant groups, but in displaying a Romney sign they may think they are inviting accusations of bigotry. I have, in fact, heard such talk.
I can concur with what he is hearing. Everyone I talk to is convinced that economic calamity – Greece writ large – is on the horizon. This election could seal that fate. As Fleming concludes: “In the long run–and in America, long runs are shorter than the election cycle–it does not matter who wins. Within a few years, tax-consumers will so outnumber tax-payers that there will be no point in working or saving.” Perhaps I should look forward to my future on the dole prior to moving to some rural redoubt to weather the storm.