Here’s a bit on Fes that I picked off the Internet. It is an anti-Mason, anti-Shriner piece, but it also defames Muslims and Islam. If one knows anything about the history of Fes and Morocco, one knows that it is a fabrication.

Fes was founded in the 8th century and populated with Andalusian emigrants and local Berbers in the 9th. Given the sizes of cities at the time, it is unlikely that the population was very large. Not much is known about the early history of Fes, but there is no mention of any significant Christian population, let alone 50,000! Perhaps there is no historical mention of Christians at all!

Moreover, throughout Moroccan history there have never been any huge slaughters of Christians. Jews have suffered over the centuries, but usually in localized events, when the sultan did not have the power to protect them.

It is extremely unlikely that a Muslim ruler would slaughter mass numbers of “People of the Book” since one’s subjects are the wealth and strength behind a ruler.

Talaa seghira, just inside Bab Boujloud

In any case, the following episode, found on the Internet, is a manufactured, falsehood.

Now, if one wishes documentation about the Christian slaughter of innocent people, history is rift with them. No invention or imagination is required, nor need one go all the way to distant and ancient parts of the world.

Christians should remember that one of the commandments is “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”

The Disgusting Blood Red Shriner (Mason) Fez And Oath To The Pagan Allah:

The Masonic Shriners wear a red hat known as a Fez named after a town in Morocco, where in 980 AD, 50,000 Christians, including women and children, were brutally murdered by the Muslims. As the streets ran red with the Christians’ blood from the massacre, the Muslims dipped their hats in that blood as a testimony to Allah. The red Fez symbolizes the slaughter of Christians in that town. The Masons still wear the red Fez adorned with the Islamic crescent symbol. Among the oaths of the Masonic Shriner organization is one that says, “…and may Allah the God of Arab, Muslim, and Mohammedan, the God of our fathers support me to the entire fulfillment of the same. Amen, Amen, Amen.”

The fez derives its name from the place where it first was manufactured commercially, the city of Fez, in Morocco. Some say, the red color is to memorialize the color of blood, and the Muslim victories over Christians. The City of Fez formerly had a monopoly on the manufacture of the fez headdress because it controlled the juice of the berry used to color the fezzes. The color red may represent the blood of innocent victims, like Christians and Jews who Islam plans on subjugation.

I haven’t annotated this quote, but anyone can find it easily. If one wants a good book on the real history of Fes, try Roger LeTourneau’s Fes in the Age of the Merinides. The University of Oklahoma Press used to sell an excellent translation of the French language original.

Blood does run in the streets of Moroccan cities once a year. On Aid el-Kbir, every family that can afford it will slaughter a sheep to celebrate the sacrifice of Abraham.

Aid el Kebir, Sefrou. 1970

Author: Dave

Retired. Formerly school librarian, social studies teacher, and urban planner.

6 thoughts on “Defamation”

    1. Truth Matters wants me to prove that something that never happened isn’t true. I thought that my post made it clear that there is no historical evidence whatsoever.

      Disproving an assertion that something happened, when it didn’t, can be difficult if not impossible. In this case, I will try, because promoting misinformation does everyone a disservice.

      Evidence: there is no credible evidence of the event in the historical record. As far as that goes, there are few historical records at all from that period of Moroccan history. They would be in Arabic, Hebrew, or Latin for the area in question. Where are they? I’d like to see Truth Matters’s documentation.

      Evidence: there is no likelihood that Fes had anywhere near a population of 50,000 people total, let alone 50,000 Christians, in the time period mentioned. Fes had just been founded in the ninth century. Its population ironically grew substantially with the expulsion of Jews and Moors from Spain by the Ferdinand and Isabella.

      Evidence: In general, Muslims in early Islam didn’t slaughter Christians or Jews because they were “the People of the Book,” people who had partial access to the truth revealed by God, and, also, for a practical reason: Muslims couldn’t be taxed under early Islamic law, so Muslim rulers needing the tax money they collected from dhimmi, the Arabic name for the people of the book, sometimes didn’t even try hard to convert them.

      Evidence: that was a time of slavery, and people were considered goods and were valuable. Killing them would be illogical. Remember your own heritage. Slavery existed in Europe right into medieval times. Leon the African, a Muslim, was sold by Christian pirates to a Medici and became a Vatican official. I just read a French news article, based on medieval court documents, detailing how hard European slave owners tried to get their escaped slaves back. Often, a slave’s best chance was to flee to a free city where the claims were difficult to litigate. Most of those slaves were from Eastern Europe or the Middle East, not Africa. Slavery in Europe is a less savory part of “Western Civilization” and was practiced by the same people who gave the world “democracy” and “law,” the Greeks and the Romans.

      None of the assertions makes the least bit of sense. Ironically, few Moroccans wear or have worn fezzes, which by the way, are called tarbouches in Moroccan Arabic. The hat was worn mostly by urban merchants and upper class people when I lived in Morocco. The king was sometimes pictured on stamps wearing a tarbouch.

      Now, in defending Muslims, I would never state that at no time in history have there been massacres of Christians or Jews or other groups of Muslims, because there are many recorded incidences. The worse is probably the Turkish massacre of Armenians, which was a genocide of the same magnitude as the Holocaust.

      On the other hand, Christian history is very well documented with massacres of people of all religions, too, including other Christians. Allow me to recall a few. Note the variety, as well as the numbers.

      In the first Albigensian crusade, the northern French wiped out the entire city of Beziers, France, populated by Christians, Jews, and heretics, about 10,000 people. The Catholic bishop accompanying the crusaders is supposed to have said, “Kill them all, God will recognize his own.” The remark is probably apocryphal, but even today southern Frenchmen like to quote it.

      In 1099, the First Crusade captured the city of Jerusalem, killing everyone, a mixture of faiths, some 40,000 people. The crusaders waded knee deep in blood according to the chroniclers.

      In Renaissance France, people gathered in Paris for the marriage of the King Henry IV. On St. Barthomew’s Day, Catholics killed 10,000 Protestants, setting off religious wars in France for a hundred years.

      More recently, many Christians turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, and some actively participated in it. Six million Jews died as well as many Christians.

      Still more recently, at Srebinica, the Christian Serbian army massacred 8,000 Muslim men, many just teenage boys.

      And, of course, let’s not forget the massacre of the indigenous peoples of North America, as Christian settlers pushed into the west and took their lands.

      But you want me to give you evidence that something that never happened, that in fact was unlikely to have ever happened?

      If the truth really matters to you and you want me to acknowledge it, it is very simple: send me some documents from the period showing that it happened. They would have to be in Latin, Hebrew, or Arabic, since those were the only written languages used in western North Africa in the time period mentioned. Document the sources, and include them. And I will print a blog post correcting the Defamation article.

      Truth does matter, especially in an age full of lies.

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      1. You use as a undeniable proof that Christians killed Christians. Biblically it seems Jews killed Jews. Today we can see Islam killing Muslims stemming from a different family branch.

        These proofs are no proofs at all. They are smoke and mirrors to the real truth which is that through division and lies, men subjugate themselves to false hope in false leaders. Jew, Muslim, and Christian of true faith are killed by those “who take the kingdom of heaven by force”.

        So mr truth. What is common in all of those killers? Back to schooled for you.


      2. Dear Richard, my name is David and not “mr. truth” and you have conflated my observation and commentary with argument. The fact that most religions are prone to sectarian violence is undeniable, but not intrinsically relavant to what I wrote and perhaps I should edit it out.

        The proof of my argument is in the fact that there is no credible historical evidence for the massacre that supposedly took place in Fes. Please furnish some if you have it. May I note here that you have not?


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