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  • Crusading 101

    03/05/2018 5:45:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/3/18 | Timothy D. Lusch
    How to Plan a Crusade: Religious War in the High Middle Ages, by Oxford professor Christopher Tyerman, demolishes the legend that Western crusaders were mere irrational rabble from Dark Age rubble.It is a mark of our hyper-political and hypocritical age that those who are most ignorant of the crusades should condemn the perceived ignorance of medieval crusaders. Sprinkle in accusations of greed, thuggery, and a moral equivalence with ISIS (see former President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 2015) and it pretty much sums up what many people think they know about the crusades. But popular...
  • Possible Crusader Ring Depicting St. Nicholas Unearthed in Israel

    02/28/2018 5:31:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 28, 2018 | Laura Geggel
    About 700 years ago, a bronze ring depicting St. Nicholas — the saint who inspired the modern-day figure of Santa Claus — slipped off the finger of its owner, likely either a crusader or a pilgrim traveling to the Holy Land. The ring lay buried in the dirt for hundreds of years, until a gardener in Israel found it last week while weeding in Lower Galilee. The gardener, Dekel Ben-Shitrit, 26, turned the unusual ring over to Israel's National Treasures Department, where archaeologists dated the metal artifact to between the 12th and 15th centuries, during the Middle Ages. [The Holy...
  • Two sides to the crusade to change the Holy Cross nickname

    12/06/2017 5:08:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | December 6, 2017 | DAN SHAUGHNESSY
    The issue is this: In the eyes of some, the Crusader nickname is offensive to non-Christians. Some folks see it as a symbol of slaughters during the 11th-century Holy Wars between the Christians and Muslims. Others would argue that a Crusader is simply someone who is fighting for a cause. Webster’s Dictionary uses both definitions.
  • First mass in the Krak des Chevaliers in 745 years (Wow!)

    08/02/2016 2:36:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 08-02-2016 | Fr. Z
    For the first time in almost 750 years a Roman catholic Mass has been celebrated in the ancient fortress of the Crusaders, the Krak des Chevaliers. The Mass was celebrated using the Traditional Roman (pre-Vatican II) rite. Video at the linked website.
  • Al-Qaida leader: 'grave consequences' for US if Boston bomber executed

    07/01/2016 3:38:17 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 75 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/1/2016
    Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has warned the US of the “gravest consequences” if Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any other Muslim prisoner is executed. Tsarnaev, named in Zawahiri’s online video message, was sentenced to death by lethal injection last year for the 2013 bomb attack that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev committed the bombing with his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police in the manhunt that followed it. “If the US administration kills our brother the hero Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any Muslim,” Zawahri said in an online video, “[it]...
  • BBC Warns Football Fans Dressing as Crusaders ‘Offensive’ to Muslims

    06/04/2016 5:15:33 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/4/2016 | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    The BBC has warned English football fans not to dress as crusaders when attending the Euro 2016 tournament this summer as they might cause offence to Muslims. The advice comes via their ‘iWonder’ website, aimed at a younger audience, which asks such pressing questions as “Was Shakespeare a feminist?” and “How green is my commute?” Posing the question: “Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?” the answer appears to be a resounding “yes”. “Crusaders were the perpetrators of violent attacks across Europe and the Middle East on Muslims, Jews and pagans,” the website intones, suggesting...
  • Christian school dropping ‘Crusaders’ mascot to keep from offending Muslims

    04/27/2016 5:16:32 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    Conservativefiringline.com ^ | April 26, 2016 | Joe Newby
    For 65 years, Denver Christian Schools used the mascot “Crusaders,” but that’s all about to change. Although CEO Todd Lanting says it’s not about political correctness, the change is being made because some might find it offensive to Muslims, EAG News reported Tuesday. “In our mission, in light of the command to love our neighbors as ourselves, the crusader was an inconsistent, inappropriate symbol for that mission,” Lanting told KUSA. EAG added: After using the Crusaders mascot for 65 of the school’s 100 year history, officials in November began to solicit ideas for a new symbol, and have since narrowed...
  • Susquehanna U drops Crusaders nickname

    04/03/2016 7:51:00 AM PDT · by Buttons12 · 41 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 11/05/15 | Brianna Buczkowski
    Following a vote from the Board of Trustees, Susquehanna University is the latest institution whose mascot, the Crusaders, must go due to concern over potential offensiveness and negative connotations. Citing "growing concern and sensitivity" to ensure sure the campus remains "welcoming and inclusive..." ...Last spring, the Susquehanna University student government ran a poll among the student body with a squirrel winning by over 50 percent of the votes. "I don’t know if squirrels are exactly that presence that we needed," said Junior Paris Campbell to the student newspaper, also titled The Crusader. Despite the petition and seemingly apathetic student body,...
  • ISIS release chilling new 'end of the world' video showing final battle with 'crusaders'

    12/11/2015 8:36:49 AM PST · by amorphous · 24 replies
    Mirror ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Anthony Bond , Kara O'Neill , Kelly-Ann Mills
    SIS has released chilling new footage depicting its apocalyptic vision of the end of the world. It has titled the video 'Meeting at Dabiq' which refers to the location of a final battle between the 'Crusaders' and the 'Believers'. The video also shows an ISIS 'armoured unit' advancing towards the Colosseum in reference to the 'armies of Rome'. In the footage the terrorist organisation shows a dead fighter being kissed by his comrades, a Jihadi on horseback trying to look like a honourable soldier and groups of men with the majority too scared to show their faces to the camera....
  • Christianity, Western History Deemed “Incredibly Offensive”

    11/29/2015 5:03:44 AM PST · by blueyon · 13 replies
    rightwingnews ^ | 11/27/15 | Dave Blount
    Our own heritage is considered to be “incredibly offensive” by the leftist ruling class: A religious-freedom advocacy group has filed its second grievance in as many weeks with the Army, again demanding that imagery featuring a red crucifix be removed from Army signage — and this time, insisting the aviation unit involved change its logo and its nickname. We truly are living in George Orwell World. By “religious-freedom advocacy,” they mean “devoted to the eradication of Christianity.”
  • Is Turkey Going Rogue?

    08/26/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlantic Community ^ | 8/26/15 | Jon Abbink
    Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdoğan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdoğan to prioritize the war against Daesh. Under the pretext of an anti-Daesh (ISIS) campaign, Turkey's government since late July 2015 is harshly repressing the Kurds, playing the ‘anti-terrorism' card towards NATO. But the...
  • Meet the Americans Flocking to Iraq and Syria to Fight the Islamic State

    08/26/2015 5:36:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 8/26/15 | Adam Rawnsley
    When a U.S. citizen going by the name “Abu Abdullah al-Amriki” blew himself up in a suicide attack in Baiji, Iraq, this month, he was the most recent example of a troubling trend: the roughly 200 Americans who have traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State.Not all of the foreigners have left for the region looking to fight for the Islamic State, however. Instead, growing numbers of Americans are heading there to fight against the extremists. The American fighters — mostly military veterans, with a strangely disproportionate share of Texans — are...
  • 0bama's Fictional History about Islam and the Crusades

    02/10/2015 6:15:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    Someone recently remarked that Obama is a one man sleeper cell after hearing about his National Prayer Breakfast remarks and refusal to aid Jordan against ISIS. Sadly, his remark could not have been more accurate. Obama patiently and silently planned, as one of many in an intentional sleeper cell, to advance in America what Islam is advancing worldwide. Muslims have overtaken most of the ground on which Jesus walked, bled, and died, from Bethlehem to Nazareth to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 637 A.D. Fifty years later, Muhammad's followers deliberately began building their "second holiest"...
  • Onward Christian Soldiers: Self-Styled Revolutionary Trains Faithful To Fight ISIS (Crusaders?)

    02/27/2015 5:04:51 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-27-2015 | Hollie McKay
    Hollie McKay February 27, 2015 Just 12 miles north of the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, an American filmmaker and self-styled revolutionary is running a boot camp for Christians willing and able to fight for their lives and faith against the murderous Islamic terror organization. Matthew VanDyke, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who escaped a Libyan prison after going there to help overthrow Col. Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, is helping to train hundreds of long-persecuted Assyrian Christians in everything from firearms to close quarters combat. VanDyke, who founded the security contracting firm company Sons of Liberty (SOLI), is working with an unnamed...
  • Barnicle: We Can't Call It Radical Islam 'Because We're The Crusaders'

    02/17/2015 4:31:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough opened today's Morning Joe with a protracted and impassioned plea for America—and in particular President Obama—to call out radical Islam by name. Mika Brzezinski was dubious, citing unspecified "difficult times" in the past when presidents used the wrong language. But taking Mika's misgivings a giant step further, Mike Barnicle flatly declared that we can't call radical Islam by name because "we're the Crusaders." View the video here.
  • ISIS releases video claiming beheadings of Egyptian Coptic Christians

    02/15/2015 3:44:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 83 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun February 15, 2015 | CNN Staff
    CNN) - In a new propaganda video released Sunday by ISIS, the group claims to have beheaded over a dozen members of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority on a Libyan beach. The video shows an apparent mass execution with jihadists in black standing behind each of the victims, who are all are dressed in orange jumpsuits with their hands cuffed behind them. The five-minute video, released by the terror group's propaganda wing al-Hayat Media, includes a masked English-speaking jihadi who says, "The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden's body in, we swear to Allah, we will mix it with...
  • ISIS picks up on Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Crusades Meme

    02/16/2015 8:00:04 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/16/15 | Judi McLeod
    As Obama excuses the advance of radical Islamic Terrorism in action; Refuses to identify Islamic terrorism for what it is: Lead some to believe that the phrase he utters under his breath in cheering the ISIS advance is: “Allahu Akbar”. From Obama’s lips at Washington’s National Prayer Breakfast straight to the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS). Just one week and a half after President Barack Obama linked the Crusades and Inquisition with “many terrible deeds done in the name of Christ” at the National Prayer Breakfast, ISIS has picked up and run with his meme. A horrific ISIS...
  • Islamic State’s Plans/Justifications: “DABIQ” Magazine & Its Strategic Outlook

    02/14/2015 7:56:21 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 6 replies
    Adinakutnicki.com ^ | 2/14/2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    ...Al-Muhallab said, “You must use deception in war, for it is more effective than reinforcements.” Some methods of deception include: a. Planting spies. b. Reconnaissance. c. Feigning an intent to attack an area other than the actual target, for when the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wanted to attack one area, he would give his army the impression they were going to attack another. “If a man’s chest is too narrow to hold his own secret, then the chest of the one with whom he stores the secret is even narrower” [Poetry]. And be on guard against your enemy at...
  • No, being Christian or white is not inherently evil

    02/09/2015 8:44:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/09/15 | Rolf Yungclas
    Distortion of Christian history in an attempt to downplay the real threat of worldwide Islamic extremism Now we are seeing how, on President Obama’s cue, the Left is dredging up every bad thing done by Christian Crusaders nearly 1000 years ago and done by a very small number of white racists 50 years ago and more, all things that are no longer done or allowed. Whatever the reasoning for this compulsion to make America out to be as evil as ISIS, it becomes a defense the actions of ISIS. Equating the bloodthirsty methodology of ISIS with what? With a few...
  • Please Stay Safe and Alert Out There

    02/07/2015 8:07:34 AM PST · by abishai · 30 replies
    February 7, 2015 | Abishai
    Just wanted everyone to remember the President's admonition and stay safe and alert out there, and watch for signs of any Christian Crusader activity. I thought I saw a Crusader in armor, waving around the flag of St George, up to no good and about kill some innocent Muslim schoolchildren, but it turns out it was just a silver Dodge Neon at a stoplight. I think Homeland Security should come up with some sort of color coded Christian Crusader Threat lever alert chart for us.