Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has come under fire for having once given a post-9/11 speech where she praised medieval Islam.
The somewhat obscure attack was written by conservative pundit Bethany Blankley, but really picked up steam when it was tweeted out by former Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann:
Carly Fiorina delivered this speech in MPLS praising Muslims 2 weeks after 911. http://t.co/t74JLWrHye
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) August 17, 2015
What was in Fiorina’s 2001 speech that so enraged some conservatives?
- “When other nations were afraid of ideas, [the Ottoman Empire] thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.”
- “[The] Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent … contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.”
- The Ottoman Empire “was driven more than anything, by invention. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption.” America’s technology industry “would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians.”
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