Ray Ibrahim reports that prominent Islamists in Egypt have begun to call for the destruction of the "pagan" pyramids.
According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt's Great Pyramids--or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi'i, those "symbols of paganism," which Egypt's Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs" and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi, to "destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Amr bin al-As could not."
This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641. Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity. While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself-deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran-was destroyed under bin al-As's reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar's command.
However, while book-burning was an easy activity in the 7th century, destroying the mountain-like pyramids and their guardian Sphinx was not-even if Egypt's Medieval Mamluk rulers "de-nosed" the latter during target practice (though popular legend naturally attributes it to a Westerner, Napoleon).
Now, however, as Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sheikhs" observes, and thanks to modern technology, the pyramidscan be destroyed. The only question left is whether Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president is "pious" enough-if he is willing to complete the Islamization process that started under the hands of Egypt's first Islamic conqueror.
Considering what Islamistst are doing in Mali -- destroying ancient shrines -- it should surprise no one that the fanatics want to blow up 5500 year old monuments to the genius of man.
The problem for the Islamists is that the pyramids are nearly indestructible. The Great Pyramid has more than 2 million blocks each weighing several tons. It would probably take a couple of decades to dismantle and the amount of explosives involved if they want to blow it up staggers the imagination.
But you know the old saying: Where there's a will, there's a way.