Christians defeated the Muslims in the Battle of Tours: 732 AD

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Charles Martel [The Hammer] leads the French army against the Muslims, October 10, 732 AD

Christians around the world should remember the year 732 AD because October 10, 732 AD marks the conclusion of the Battle of Tours, when Christians under the leadership of Charles Martel defeated a large Muslim army of invaders.

The Muslims, in a crusading search for land and the end of Christianity, after the conquest of Syria, Egypt, and North Africa, began to invade Western Europe under the leadership of Abd-er Rahman, governor of Spain. Abd-er Rahman led an infantry of 60,000 to 400,000 soldiers across the Western Pyrenees and toward the Loire River.

However, they were met just outside the city of Tours by Charles Martel, known as the Hammer, and the French Army.

Martel gathered his forces directly in the path of the oncoming Muslim army and prepared to defend themselves by using a phalanx style of combat.

The invading Muslims rushed forward, relying on the slashing tactics and overwhelming number of horsemen that had brought them victories in the past. However, the French Army, composed of foot soldiers armed only with swords, shields, axes, javelins, and daggers, was well trained.

Despite the effectiveness of the Muslim army in previous battles, the terrain caused them a disadvantage. Their strength lay within their cavalry, armed with large swords and lances, which along with their baggage mules, limited their mobility. The French army displayed great ardency in withstanding the ferocious attack. It was one of the rare times in the Middle Ages when infantry held its ground against a mounted attack.

The exact length of the battle is undetermined; Arab sources claim that it was a two day battle whereas Christian sources hold that the fighting clamored on for seven days. In either case, the battle ended when the French captured and killed Abd-er Rahman.

The Muslim army withdrew peacefully overnight [somewhat like Gen. Lee at Gettysburg July 3, 1863] and even though Martel expected a surprise retaliation, there was none. For the Muslims, the death of their leader caused a sharp setback and they had no choice but to retreat back across the Pyrenees, never to return again.

Not only did this prove to be an extremely decisive battle for the Christians, but the Battle of Tours is considered the high water mark of the Muslim invasion of Western Europe.

Now, some 1269 years later, the Muslims are coming again, all around the world. This time, they come as immigrants and not cavalry with a baggage train.

Each freedom-loving citizen is an individual Hammer, to stand up against this new invasion if Muslims threaten Democracy, capitalism, and common sense.

Specifically, we must resist anything that smacks of Sharia law, and requests for equal access and opportunity that run counter to normal rules for the work place and activities of daily living.

For example, Muslim women should have their photo ID pictures taken with faces uncovered [duh!?] and should not wear flowing garments in areas and for activities where safety is an issue.

Personally, I will not vote for a Muslim if one ever appears on a ballot.

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