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  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/24/2015 6:42:11 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 03/19/2011 | Thomas F. Madden
    Many historians had been trying for some time to set the record straight on the Crusades—misconceptions are all too common. For them, current interest is an opportunity to explain the Crusades while people are actually listening. With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days...

    10/16/2015 3:35:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies ^ | October 15, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Many of our policy debates and conflicts both domestic and foreign call on history to validate their positions. At home, crimes from the past like slavery and legal segregation are used to justify present policies ranging from racial set asides to housing regulations long after those institutions have been dismantled. Abroad, our jihadist enemies continually evoke the Crusades, “colonialism,” and “imperialism” as justifications for their violence. Yet the “history” used in such fashion is usually one-sided, simplistic, or downright false. Nor is the reason hard to find: as we read in 1984, “Who controls the past . . . controls...
  • Our Lady of Victory

    10/07/2015 8:02:26 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 21 replies
    Understanding The Threat ^ | 7 Oct 15 | John Guandolo
    Today, October 7th, the free West celebrates and remembers that on this date in 1571 the last great naval battle of oared ships took place in the Gulf of Corinth (Greece). Known as the Battle of Lepanto – where the Muslims had their fleet – this was the first defeat of the Muslim Turks at sea by Christian forces.
  • Germany Segregating Christians As Migrant Violence Escalates

    10/01/2015 9:39:48 AM PDT · by · 34 replies
    Christian migrants in German asylum centres are living under threat,fearing for their lives as the hardline Sunni majority within migrant population enforce Sharia law. The situation is so bad Christians claim they live like “prisoners” in Germany, and some have even returned to Middle East. [excerpt] “In Iran, the Revolutionary Guards have arrested my brother in a house church. I fled the Iranian intelligence, because I thought in Germany I can finally live freely,” says Said, a Christian who fled persecution. “But I can not openly admit that I am a Christian. I will be threatened. “We must rid ourselves...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    09/24/2015 8:52:08 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 18 replies
    catholic education dot org ^ | 2002 | Madden (no, not football Madden)
    The Real History of the Crusades THOMAS F. MADDEN The crusades are quite possibly the most misunderstood event in European history. Most of what passes for public knowledge about it is either misleading or just plain wrong crusades16.jpg Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of...
  • Real Crusades History (Vanity)

    09/23/2015 4:23:01 PM PDT · by P.O.E. · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | Various | J Stephen Roberts
    I've been watching these for about a week now. I find them informative and well-sourced, with accompanying maps and illustrations. Each one lasts about 5-10 minutes. Here are two ways I browse through them. The first is thematic, the second chronological. The Youtube homepage for the channel Playlist in chronological order.
  • Ted Cruz: Obama Is Using Exact Same Argument ISIS Uses Against Christians (Video)

    09/21/2015 2:10:13 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 15 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/21/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Neil Cavuto today that Obama is using ISIS arguments against Christians. "Not only is this president unwilling to go after, to call out radical Islam by its name, but at time President Obama has acted like an apologist for radical Islam… When I said President Obama is an apologist, you may remember earlier when President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and the King of Jordan was scheduled to speak there but he had to fly back to Jordan because the day before ISIS had taken a Jordanian pilot, put him in a cage...
  • The Crusades: A Direct Response to Islam's Bloodlust

    09/19/2015 3:50:29 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 27 replies
    Liberty GB ^ | Sep 18, 2015 | Audrey Russo
    Most of us infidels in the West have been lied to. Trusting the education system, foolishly, we believed all the bunk bundled into our textbooks concerning the period in history (1096-1272 AD) when the Crusades took place. They left out an itty-bitty piece of info ... this will be great for all your 'enlightened' friends ... The real reason WHY the Crusades took place ... and here's the shocker: It was a response to Islam's aggression! That's right, it all began with Muhammed's implicit threat more than 450 years before the Crusaders entered Jerusalem. He said: "embrace Islam and you...
  • Muslim Asylum Seeker Beheads IKEA Shopper in Sweden

    08/12/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/12/15 | Jim Hoft
    A Muslim asylum seek beheaded an IKEA shopper in Sweden this week and killed another one. (Photo Bare Naked Islam) In response to the violent murders IKEA will quit selling kitchen knives in its store. It’s IKEA’s fault for displaying knives in the store.
  • U.S. based professor: Holocaust is a 'myth'

    01/07/2006 1:01:02 PM PST · by Hal1950 · 75 replies · 1,846+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8 January 2005
    A U.S.-based Saudi professor and former U.N. fellow says he agrees with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the Holocaust is a "myth" and says America eventually will collapse like the Soviet Union. Abdullah Mohammad Sindi, who has taught at four American schools, told Iran's Mehr News Agency Dec. 26, "I agree wholeheartedly with President Ahmadinejad." "There was no such a thing as the 'Holocaust,'" Sindi said, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute. "The so-called 'Holocaust' is nothing but Jewish-Zionist propaganda. There is no proof whatsoever that any living Jew was ever gassed or burned in Nazi Germany or...
  • Vienna School Bans Teaching About Gates of Vienna to Avoid Offending Muslims

    06/04/2013 10:28:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    FRONT PAGE MAG. ^ | June 3, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    One day, if this goes on, schools will no longer be allowed to teach about September 11, just as many European schools are not allowed to teach about the Holocaust, to avoid offending Muslims. Between the blasphemy/incitement laws and the voluntary censorship, a bubble of historical ignorance is being created and maintained in the hopes that this will prevent acts of Muslim terror and avoid exposing the failure of Muslim integration into multiculturalism.
  • Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims

    04/11/2007 10:44:47 AM PDT · by brotherWesUpNorth · 60 replies · 1,211+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11 April 2007 | By LAURA CLARK
    Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Governmentbacked study has revealed. It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting ........
  • Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims

    04/01/2007 12:46:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 116 replies · 3,293+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/1/07 | Laura Clark
    Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Governmentbacked study has revealed. It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques. The findings have prompted claims that some schools are using history 'as a vehicle for promoting political correctness'. The study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, looked into 'emotive...
  • UK Schools Stopping Teaching Controversial Subjects

    04/01/2007 2:28:48 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 20 replies · 923+ views
    SCHOOLS AXE CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECTS Schools are dropping controversial subjects from history lessons - such as the Holocaust and the Crusades - because teachers do not want to cause offence, Government research has found. The way the slave trade is taught can lead white children - as well as black pupils - to feel alienated, according to the study by the Historical Association. Some teachers have even dropped the Holocaust completely from lessons over fears that Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic reactions in class. And one school avoided teaching the Crusades because its "balanced" handling of the topic would directly contradict...
  • Teachers Drop Holocaust, Crusades From History Lessons to Avoid Offending Children

    04/02/2007 3:22:59 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 62 replies · 1,634+ views ^ | April 01, 2007 | Alexandra Frean
    Teachers are dropping controversial subjects such as the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons because they do not want to offend children from certain races or religions, a report claims. A lack of factual knowledge among some teachers, particularly in primary schools, is also leading to “shallow” lessons on emotive and difficult subjects, according to the study by the Historical Association.
  • British schools drop Holocaust lessons for Muslims

    08/19/2012 4:00:00 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 34 replies ^ | 16AUG12 | Family Security Matters by: Soeren Kern
    In Cheshire, two students at the Alsager High School were punished by their teacher for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class. ... British schools are increasingly dropping the Jewish Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, according to a report entitled, Teaching Emotive and Controversial History, commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills. British teachers are also reluctant to discuss the medieval Crusades, in which Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem: lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.
  • Holocaust Avoidance. British schools are jettisoning lessons to keep Muslims happy. [John Leo]

    04/04/2007 10:35:48 AM PDT · by aculeus · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    City Journal ^ | April 4, 2007 | by John Leo
    Some British schools are dropping lessons on the Holocaust and the Crusades, seeking to avoid antagonizing Muslim students. A Historical Association report, funded by the department for education and skills, said teachers feared confronting “anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils.” Some teachers also “deliberately avoided teaching the Crusades” because “a balanced school treatment would have challenged teaching in some local mosques.” Give the study credit for raising the point that almost any history lesson could put some noses out of joint. Teaching about the slave trade, for instance, could leave both white and black children feeling alienated....
  • The UK is Screwed: In Order to Not Offend Muslims, British Schools Drop Holocaust from History

    06/04/2013 7:06:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    clash daily ^ | 6/4/13 | staff
    A report by Britain’s Department for Education and Skills notes that an increasing number of schools are dropping the teaching of the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim students. The report, titled Teaching Emotive and Controversial History, also observes that many teachers are reluctant to discuss the Crusades because the lessons frequently contradict what is taught in local mosques. It gets worse. The website Family Security Matters (h/t Weasel Zippers) reports: In an effort to counter ‘Islamophobia’ in British schools, teachers now are required to teach ‘key Muslim contributions such as Algebra and the number zero’ in math...
  • Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

    05/13/2015 8:27:31 AM PDT · by Iscool · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 13, 2015
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.</p> <p>The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.</p>
  • 0bama's Fictional History about Islam and the Crusades

    02/10/2015 6:15:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | 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"...
  • A New History of the Crusades Obama Should Read

    04/10/2015 1:07:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 10, 2015 | Stephanie Pacheco
    Steve Weidenkopf, lecturer at Christendom College’s graduate program, has written a readable, story-like book that provides a blow-by-blow account of the Crusades that simultaneously counters many of the myths that have sprung up around them.
  • The “Other” Shroud of Christ

    04/02/2015 4:14:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 1, 2015 | Mary Jo Anderson
    The Sudarium of Oviedo is by most accounts the best validation of the Shroud of Turin as the true burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. The ark that contains the Sudarium of Oviedo (Wikipedia) I have followed with great interest the response to Catholic World Report's recent article on the Shroud of Turin by Jim Graves, which now has well over a 150 comments. Many are statements and counter-statements that attempt to prove or disprove the authenticity of the Shroud as the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. This is as it should be—a mystery for our era that calls...
  • Taliban Think Crusades Never Ended, Says Pakistani Archbishop

    04/02/2015 4:20:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 4/1/15 | Diane Montagna
    Recounts latest attacks on ChristiansROME — Pope Francis on Sunday, March 16, condemned the bombings of two Churches in a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan. The twin bombings — at one Catholic and one Protestant church —came as local Christians were attending Sunday Mass and services. The deadly blasts left 14 people dead and 78 wounded. The attack followed last December's Peshawar school massacre, when 7 gunmen — including one Chechen, two Arabs and two Afghans — entered the Army public school in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire on staff and children, killing 145, including 132...
  • A Crash Course on the Crusades

    03/12/2015 3:08:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | March 12, 2015 | STEVE WEIDENKOPF
    The Crusades are one of the most misunderstood events in Western and Church history.  The very word “crusades” conjures negative images in our modern world of bloodthirsty and greedy European nobles embarked on a conquest of peaceful Muslims.  The Crusades are considered by many to be one of the “sins” the Christian Faith has committed against humanity and with the Inquisition are the go-to cudgels for bashing the Church.While the mocking and generally nasty portrayal of the Crusades and Crusaders on the big screen ranges from Monty Python farce to the cringe worthy big budget spectacles like Kingdom of...
  • Obama’s Self-Professed “Confusion” About Islamic Terror

    02/27/2015 4:50:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 27, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Obama’s Self-Professed “Confusion” About Islamic TerrorPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On February 27, 2015 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments During the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, U.S. President Obama tried to shield Islam from criticism by depicting Christianity as equally violent and intolerant (via comments about crusades, inquisitions, and “high horses”). Much lesser known is that he also tried to shield Islam by invoking Christian virtues.In many ways, his comments on “humility” might be the strangest of his entire speech—to the point that Obama himself got visibly confused, and admitted it, by his own lack of...
  • A Caliphate foothold in America & Obama’s ignorance about the Crusades

    02/24/2015 10:35:26 AM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-24-15 | Vince
    Barack Obama’s relationship with Islam is definitely strange, at least as relative to that of most Americans. The United States may not be a Christian nation, but it is has always been a nation of Christians in that the overwhelming majority of the country has always been Christian, and remains so today. Given that 0.6% of the United States’ population is Muslim, most American’s familiarity with and knowledge of Islam comes from reading and what they see on TV. Neither can give someone the same familiarity with Islam as would be felt had the grown up with the faith as...
  • Jihad vs Crusades (548 Moslem battles for Conquest, 200 battles fought in Spain alone)

    02/22/2015 3:50:21 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | Aug 2014 | Bill Warner, PHD
    Database of 548 Jihad battles in which Islam fought against Classical Civilization. Video of dynamic battle map of Mediterranean, showing the battles in groups of 20 year increments - into France, Spain, Italy, eastern Europe and the islands.
  • Political Islam: The Jihad That Led to the Crusades

    02/21/2015 8:58:09 AM PST · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    Political Islam ^ | February 09, 2015 | Dr. Bill Warner
    Obama’s remarks about the evil of the Crusades, needs to be factually examined in detail. Here is such a list: 0355 After removing a Roman temple from the site (possibly the Temple of Aphrodite built by Hadrian), Constantine I has the Church of the Holy Sepulcher constructed in Jerusalem. Built around the excavated hill of the Crucifixion, legend has it that Constantine’s mother Helena discovered the True Cross here. 0613 – Persians capture Damascus and Antioch. 0614 – Persians sack Jerusalem. damaging the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the process. 0633 – Muslims conquer Syria and Iraq. 0634 –...
  • Obama’s Own Prayer Breakfast Words Echoed By ISIS In Gruesome Christian Beheadings Video

    02/20/2015 8:22:27 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    Western Journalism. ^ | February 16, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    Obama's argument is part of ISIS' justification for merciless jihad. Within hours of the release of a horrific ISIS video showing the gruesome beheading of 21 Coptic Christians, Egypt launched retaliatory airstrikes against Islamic State targets in neighboring Libya where the mass murders apparently occurred. The bombings of ISIS training camps and weapons storage facilities, according to a report on Inquisitr, were Egypt’s first official foreign military action in some 24 years. The ISIS video graphically showing the beheadings of the helpless Christian captives has reportedly been confirmed as authentic by the Coptic Church. In that unspeakably horrible video, an...
  • The Truth about Islamic Crusades and Imperialism

    02/19/2015 5:18:20 PM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2005 | James Arlandson
    Historical facts say that Islam has been imperialistic—and would still like to be, if only for religious reasons. Many Muslim clerics, scholars, and activists, for example, would like to impose Islamic law around the world. Historical facts say that Islam, including Muhammad, launched their own Crusades against Christianity long before the European Crusades. Today, Muslim polemicists and missionaries, who believe that Islam is the best religion in the world, claim that the West has stolen Islamic lands and that the West (alone) is imperialistic.One hardline Muslim emailer to me said about the developed West and the undeveloped Islamic countries: 'You...
  • Considering the Crusades in the Context of the Current Conflict with Radical Islamists

    02/17/2015 6:53:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 72 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considering the Crusades in the Context of the Current Conflict with Radical Islamists By: Msgr. Charles PopeRecent and persistent attacks by radical Muslims, especially the most recent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians, have many asking what can or should be done to end such atrocities. Military actions by numerous countries, including our own, are already underway. Most feel quite justified in these actions and many are calling for more concerted efforts to eliminate ISIS and related zealots who seem to know no pity, no reason, and no limits. I do not write here to opine on the need for...
  • Obama and the Gospel of Humility

    02/17/2015 4:41:27 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | February 17, 2015 | Mark Tapson
    On last Sunday’s Meet the Press, a panel that included host Chuck Todd, New York Times pundit David Brooks, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, and BBC World News America anchor Katy Kay weighed in on President Obama’s despicable moral equivalence regarding his comments about ISIS and the Christian Crusaders of the Middle Ages.
  • Memo to President Obama: The Jihad That Led to the Crusades

    02/14/2015 4:43:15 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Pamela Geller Atlas Srugs ^ | fEBRUARY 3, 2015 | PAmela Geller
    Political Islam breaks it down: crusades25 The Jihad That Lead to the Crusades Obama’s remarks about the evil of the Crusades, needs to be factually examined in detail. Here is such a list: 0355 After removing a Roman temple from the site (possibly the Temple of Aphrodite built by Hadrian), Constantine I has the Church of the Holy Sepulcher constructed in Jerusalem. Built around the excavated hill of the Crucifixion, legend has it that Constantine’s mother Helena discovered the True Cross here. 0613 – Persians capture Damascus and Antioch. 0614 – Persians sack Jerusalem. damaging the Church of the...
  • "Je Suis Charles Martel": Obama's Crusade Benefits Islamic State

    02/11/2015 2:13:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 11, 2015 | Austin Bay
    resident Barak Obama didn't intend to make the Battle of Yarmuk (636 A.D.) a 2015 news item. However, his bizarrely incomplete sketch of the Crusades, delivered last week at a national prayer breakfast, did just that. The president's media defenders contend he intended to make a justifiable point: Throughout history, people have corrupted religious faith to self-serving, murderous ends. That, however, is an oft-repeated truth -- something everyone already knows. But our president, while repeating something we already know, equated medieval Christian crusaders with 21st-century Islamic State terrorists. See, man? They both committed atrocities. Obama started solid, dubbing the Islamic...
  • Obama's call for war powers to take on ISIS is the start of the "OBAMA CRUSADES" (Unbelievable)

    02/11/2015 11:11:31 PM PST · by Perseverando · 52 replies
    Vanity | February 12, 2015 | Vanity
    There has been much discussion after Obama's contrived comparison of the Crusades and Christianity to Islam and ISIS at the National Prayer Breakfast last week. And then yesterday we have Obama asking for "war powers" to go after ISIS. It just occurred to me, that Obama ironically prophesied his next foreign policy disaster. Obama is launching the 21st century's "Obama Crusades." May God have mercy on America and our military forces.
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    02/11/2015 5:54:13 AM PST · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 19, 2011 | Thomas F. Madden
    Many historians had been trying for some time to set the record straight on the Crusades — misconceptions are all too common. These historians are not revisionists, but mainstream scholars offering the fruit of several decades of very careful, very serious scholarship. For them, current interest is a “teaching moment,” an opportunity to explain the Crusades while people are actually listening. It won’t last long, so here goes.
  • Rev. Wright's Star Pupil

    02/10/2015 5:58:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | February 10, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "A steady patriot of the world alone, "The friend of every country -- but his own." George Canning's couplet about the Englishmen who professed love for all the world except their own native land comes to mind on reading Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. After listing the horrors of ISIS, al-Qaida and Boko Haram, the president decided his recital of crimes committed in the name of Islam would be unbalanced, if he did not backhand those smug Christians sitting right in front of him. "And lest we get on our high horse ... remember that during the Crusades...
  • Imam Obama, Defender of The Faithful

    02/10/2015 6:36:29 AM PST · by massmike · 15 replies ^ | 02/10/2015 | Don Feder
    Imagine Winston Churchill trying to inspire the British people in the War on Nazism with these stirring words: "Get off your high horse, Brits. You think injustice is confined to Germany? In our own country, there was the slave trade, wars in France, the Saxon conquest of Britain (the Norman conquest of the Saxons), the Opium Wars, and The Curse of Cromwell, not to mention the beastly way we treated poor Scandinavian immigrants in Alfred's day. So who are we to judge?" Hitler and Goebbels would have been delighted – just as ISIL, al-Qaeda and the Moslem Brotherhood must have...
  • At the prayer breakfast, President Obama struck a patronizing tone

    02/10/2015 2:16:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2015 | Eugene Robinson
    There is no doubt that President Obama’s remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let’s face it — glib, facile and patronizing. [snip of brief, gratuitous, misleading snark to burnish and retain his progressive credentials] My objection is that Obama — in drawing parallels between past atrocities perpetrated in the name of Christianity and current ones by terrorists acting in the name of Islam — constructed an all-too-pat narrative that lets everyone off the hook, including himself. The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror...
  • Saddle-Up your High Horse! Time to Shoot Down Myths about Crusades, Inquisition & War on Women

    02/09/2015 7:40:58 AM PST · by NYer · 53 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 8, 2015 | SUSAN E. WILLS
    Conservative media were in an uproar last week over the President’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. He said that we see “faith being twisted and distorted … sometimes used as a weapon” and “lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." Nearly everyone took the statement to mean “Catholic pot, don’t call the Muslim kettle black.” And they were quick to point out that the “terrible deeds in the name of Christ” were...
  • Obama’s Crusades - How did that line end up in his speech?

    02/09/2015 5:01:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    "....Something I have asked myself: Does he really believe what he says, or is it all just for political effect, to send conservatives into a tizzy, eat up the airwaves, and keep us off-balance? He must have known how ridiculous, how unintelligent, and how offensive his comments were going to sound, correct? There’s a pause after he delivers the Crusades remark, you can see it below, and I just wonder, did he know that this was a stupid thing to say? I hope so, I really do. Maybe he was just caught up in the moment, already committed to the...
  • Historian: "I Don't Think The President Knows Very Much About The Crusades"

    02/09/2015 4:34:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 51 replies ^ | February 9, 2015 | Wynton Hall
    President Barack Obama’s controversial comments equating the recent atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists with those of medieval Christians sparked an uproar among the nation’s Christians. But according to ABC News, historians are also taking aim at Obama’s statement: “During the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
  • Getting Medieval: Let’s leave the Middle Ages out of discussions of modern Islam

    02/09/2015 2:58:45 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | Thomas F. Madden
    The Crusades were not brutal wars of colonial oppression or zealous attempts to spread Christianity by the sword. The First Crusade was called in 1095 by Pope Urban II in response to desperate appeals from the Christians of the Middle East, who had lately been conquered and continued to be persecuted by the Turks. And these were only the latest in more than four centuries of attacks on Christian peoples by Muslim powers. At some point Christianity as a faith and as a culture had to defend itself or else be subsumed by Islam. The work of the Crusader, who...
  • Obama Hijacks Christianity to Defend Islam

    02/08/2015 1:34:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | February 8, 2015 | Frank Turek
    resident Obama has hijacked Christianity in an attempt to defend Islam. At the National Prayer breakfast Thursday, he said, “There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith.” And that there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.” So we shouldn’t “get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place—remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” Yes, people have done terrible deeds in the name of Christ, but they were against the...
  • The View From The High Horse

    02/08/2015 12:18:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | February 8, 2015 | Kevin McCullough
    While President Obama attempted to eviscerate a wholly righteous anger in the hearts and minds of the American people earlier this week--he took to chastisement as his verbal bludgeon of choice. But that anger, is an anger that is directed at the Islamic State for more or less living up to the basic tenets of their holy book. Those who do not share a reverence for it, rightfully point out this hypocrisy with concern for the welfare of our own children. The President's choice of venues to express these sentiments was also quite odd. The National Prayer Breakfast was once...
  • VIDEO: Obama’s Deception – The Crusades vs Islamic Jihad

    02/08/2015 11:27:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    viral buzz ^ | 2/8/15 | staff
    FacebookTwitterEmailMore Obama, like many before him, excuses Islamic State because the Christians did it first President Obama took to the floor during Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast. He defended IS by saying the Christians did it first with the Crusades. So let’s actually look at how Islamic Jihad has spread across North Africa and Europe.  The image above shows the Muslim conquest battles and by comparison, the image below shows the areas where the Crusades took place.That seems a lot less than President Obama would have you believeNow what the short video that explains the difference between an aggressive Muslim expansion...
  • Take Five Minutes: Watch The Spread Of Islam Via Jihad Before The Crusades VIDEO

    Now that Barack Obama, the know nothing about history occupier of the oval office, has opened the door to defending the atrocities of Islam vs. those of Christianity by invoking the Crusades. It’s time to set the record straight and watch the interactive map done by Dr. Bill Warner that demonstrates the spread of Islam that prompted the Crusades. As Dr. Warner states, the Crusades were defensive wars. The first one was a holy war called to take back the Holy Land from the Islamists, and as such was really a Christian pilgrimage. News Take Five Minutes And Watch The...
  • Andrea Mitchell Rips Obama Prayer Speech: After Pilot Is Burned, "Don't Lean Back, Be Philosophical"

    02/08/2015 9:31:29 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 33 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 8, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    Mitchell criticized Obama for leaning over backwards to be philosophical days after it was found out that a captured Jordanian pilot was burned alive by ISIS. "You don't use the word Crusades, number one, in any context right now," Mitchell said on NBC's Meet the Press today. "It's just it's too fraught. And the week after a pilot is burned alive, in a video shown, you don't lean over backwards to be philosophical about the sins of the fathers. You have to deal with the issue that's in front of you or don't deal with it at all." Oddly, Mitchell's...
  • Islamophobia is an extension of the Crusades(projectile vomit)

    02/06/2015 9:31:48 PM PST · by barmag25 · 36 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 2/4/15 | World Bulletin
    With academics, writers and journalists present, the meeting was published on the website of the World Bulletin. World Bulletin Research Panel have placed their mark on their round table meetings. Prof. Dr. Ali Murat Yel, researcher and writer Levent Basturk and journalist Saadet Oruc's meeting was moderated Aynur Erdogan. Levent Basturk highlighted the historical dimension of Islamophobia in his speech. Basturk explained that the concept of Islamophobia had gained ground but was rooted in events prior to 9/11, saying: "A liberal-left think tank in the UK had organised reports about attacks on Muslim immigrants. The report didn't just focus on...
  • Obama's Morally Confused Prayer Breakfast Lecture

    02/07/2015 4:23:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | February 6, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    I find it very odd that a president notably lacking in humility and frequently riding his own high horse would lecture American Christians about those subjects because they presumably condemn acts of barbarism by Islamists. Talk about a string of disconnects. While we're at it, let's note one more. Obama, at the National Prayer Breakfast, also exhorted us to "uphold the distinction between our faith and our governments -- between church and between state." Last time I checked, it was not Christians, unless you believe that Obama is a Christian, who were using government power to restrict religious liberties of...