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  • Jihad Is Knocking: Another Episode in the War between Christendom and Islam - (sensational piece!)

    07/10/2005 9:19:10 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 246 replies · 4,327+ views
    VICTOR HANSON.COM ^ | JULY 10, 2005 | BRUCE THORNTON
    The slaughter in London is another grisly wake-up call that likely will go as unheeded as earlier ones. Already the standard narrative is being trotted out: evildoers created by what the New York Times predictably called the “root causes of terrorism”: autocracy, or economic stagnation, or Palestinian suffering, or globalization's dislocations, or Western historical sins, or the war in Iraq (the cause will depend on the political prejudices of the pundit) have “hijacked” Islam and distorted its peaceful message. And now they are using Islam to justify murder in order to further their own ambitions or dysfunctional psychic needs. Given...
  • How to Think About the Crusades

    07/01/2005 2:27:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 64 replies · 4,395+ views
    Commentary ^ | July 2005 | Daniel Johnson
    If there is one thing that everybody knows about the Crusades, it is that they were a Bad Thing. In the eyes even of most Christians, let alone others, the Crusades were a crime against humanity, one for which apologies are due, especially to Muslims. President Bush's early reference to the war on terror as a "crusade" was seen as a catastrophic blunder, justifying the accusations of Osama bin Laden and other Islamists who habitually refer to their enemies as "crusaders," with all the negative connotations the word now possesses. Condemnation of the Crusades is based on the premise that...
  • School Changing Nickname, Mascot After Islamic Protest

    06/14/2005 8:33:03 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 125 replies · 3,132+ views
    AP ^ | 06/14/05 | AP
    School Changing Nickname, Mascot After Islamic Protest POSTED: 9:34 am EDT June 14, 2005 HINESBURG, Vt. -- The Crusaders of Champlain Valley Union High are now history. The School Board in the Vermont community is selecting a new nickname and mascot for the school. The Islamic world has criticized the Crusades. And closer to home, some people object to a knight bearing a crucifix as the symbol for a public school. The image makeover will be implemented in time for the next school year. Redhawks, Bobcats and Red Wolves are all in the running for Union High's new nickname.
  • The Truth about the Crusades: Historian reviews of "Kingdom of Heaven"

    05/27/2005 6:04:41 PM PDT · by Claud · 74 replies · 3,447+ views
    RedState.org ^ | 5/24/2005 | Thomas Woods
    Not quite three weeks after the film's release we can say one thing for sure: the First Crusade was much more successful than Ridley Scott's movie. I was stunned to hear Islamic anti-defamation groups condemn Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven." The Muslims appear much nobler than the Christians in the film, and on the Christian side the only remotely sympathetic characters are at best agnostic. Jonathan Riley-Smith, an expert on the Crusades, described the movie as "rubbish" for just this reason - the film, he says, is "not historically accurate at all" in its depiction of "the Muslims as sophisticated and...
  • "Kingdom of Heaven" movie review.

    05/22/2005 7:01:19 PM PDT · by TradicalRC · 20 replies · 742+ views
    Chronicles ^ | May 17, 2005 | Srdja Trifkovic
    The Kingdom of Self-Hate Kingdom of Heaven is spectacular, silly, historically inaccurate, unwittingly funny, badly scripted, and pretentious. So far, so conventional, you may say: just another Hollywood big-budget yarn a la DeMille and Troy. What makes Ridley Scott's epic about the Crusades different is a political message more insidious than the standard leftist-revisionist pap we've been fed by Tinseltown for decades. That message is that, in a conflict between Christians and Muslims, the former attack, the latter react. The true hero of the movie is Saladin, a wise warrior-king sans peur et sans reproche; its villains, the coarse and...
  • Jihads and Crusades - (saying it the way it historically IS! Islam is barbaric!)

    05/22/2005 5:01:10 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 33 replies · 1,401+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | MAY 22, 2005 | JAMES ATTICUS BOWDEN
    The alleged desecration of a single copy of the Koran sends deadly Muslim mobs into the streets, creates howls from Muslim governments and gathers condemnation mixed with groveling from the U.S. Government and mainstream media. The actual Muslim destruction of Christian churches, this year, in Iraq, Kosovo, Indonesia, Pakistan and Nigeria is met with silence. Apparently, moral equivalency for desecration isn’t moral or equivalent. The same holds true for Jihads and Crusades. Americans are lectured endlessly that ‘Jihad’ means a personal struggle to subject oneself to godliness. Yet, 300 Muslim clerics in Tajikistan outraged with the one Koran tidy bowl...
  • Up against fanaticism - (stirring article from 4/04 on U.S. contractors hung from bridge in Iraq)

    05/22/2005 4:04:47 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 651+ views
    PANAMA CITY NEWS.HERALD ^ | APRIL 4, 2004 | PHIL LUCAS, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
    If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and gender diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is an acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages, and take the children, too. This piece is not for you. We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from an Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims. Some readers didn’t like it. Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with Muslim physicians thought it might offend or endanger them. Well, we sure don’t want...
  • Kingdom of Heaven : Propaganda or History?

    05/22/2005 2:59:15 PM PDT · by CaptIsaacDavis · 23 replies · 1,383+ views
    New Republican Archive ^ | May 20, 2005 | James Burke
    Kingdom of Heaven: Propaganda or History? by James F. Burke New Republican Archive After the anti-Christian Left was blind-sided by the popularity of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, key influencers in the media complex were eager to promote the release of Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. Indeed, one finds the loudest praise for the film coming from the pages of the most radical left-wing papers and journals here in the U.S. and, of course, in Europe. Why then is turnout so high here in the U.S.? Viewers hoping for a more positive (or at least less anti-Christian) take on...
  • The Kingdom of Self-Hate

    05/18/2005 10:09:00 AM PDT · by kjvail · 11 replies · 544+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | May 17, 2005 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Kingdom of Heaven is spectacular, silly, historically inaccurate, unwittingly funny, badly scripted, and pretentious. So far, so conventional, you may say: just another Hollywood big-budget yarn a la DeMille and Troy. What makes Ridley Scott’s epic about the Crusades different is a political message more insidious than the standard leftist-revisionist pap we’ve been fed by Tinseltown for decades. That message is that, in a conflict between Christians and Muslims, the former attack, the latter react. The true hero of the movie is Saladin, a wise warrior-king sans peur et sans reproche; its villains, the coarse and bloodthirsty Knights Templar. The...
  • History and Big Screen (Arab Review Finds 'Kingdom of Heaven' to be Fair to Muslims)

    05/18/2005 12:36:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 555+ views
    History and Big ScreenFawaz Turki, disinherited@yahoo.comWhen they go to the movies to see a feature dealing with their part of the world, Arabs are predisposed to think the worst: Here we go again, some wretched Hollywood filmmaker is out to besmirch our name, distort our history and degrade our identity. Well, folks, when you stand in line to buy a ticket to “Kingdom of Heaven,” the much anticipated big budget epic about the clash of Islam and Christendom, set between the second and third Crusades in the 12th century, directed by the legendary Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”), don’t be. The film...
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Hollywood versus History

    05/12/2005 10:41:01 AM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 18 replies · 1,008+ views
    MND ^ | May 12, 2005 | by Joe Mariani
    If you want to learn something about the Crusades, stay as far away from Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven as you can. There's more historical accuracy in The Lord of the Rings, which took place in a world that never existed. On the other hand, if you just want to see some big medieval battle scenes and eat popcorn while absorbing Scott's obvious message, then this one's for you. Kingdom of Heaven is the story of Christian zealots inciting a war against the innocent Muslims because their bloodthirsty God wants them to kill infidels. Sound like a familiar lament from...
  • "Kingdom of Heaven" Movie Praised by Muslims, Criticized by Christians("UBL's version of Crusades!")

    05/12/2005 4:23:38 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 38 replies · 1,753+ views
    RELIGION JOURNAL.COM ^ | MAY 11, 2005 | HELENA ANDREWS
    Despite initial controversy surrounding "The Kingdom of Heaven," Ridley Scott's new film about the Crusades, it is getting generally positive reviews from Muslims in the United States and in Arab countries. "It was really nice to go into a movie and feel so dignified, not feeling that you have to be ashamed or anything and feel proud of your history and your heritage," said Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Council of American-Islamic Relations, after seeing the film, which opened May 7. Laila al-Qatami of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Center in Washington also walked away happy. "He provided a...
  • WHITEWASH: THE CAIR SEAL OF APPROVAL

    05/12/2005 8:01:08 AM PDT · by jb6 · 14 replies · 487+ views
    Beautiful Atrocities ^ | April 28, 2005
    Main April 28, 2005 WHITEWASH: THE CAIR SEAL OF APPROVAL Via LGF, we learn that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has given its seal of approval to Ridley Scott's new Crusader epic, Kingdom of Heaven. Unindicted spokesman for CAIR: "Muslims are shown as dignified & proud people whose lives are based on ethics & morality." Who is CAIR? Founded 1994 by former officials of Islamic Association for Palestine,  Hamas front group. Exec. Director Nihad Awad declared himself Hamas supporter in 1994. Cofounder Omas Ahmad praised suicide bombers & said "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    05/10/2005 7:20:05 AM PDT · by robowombat · 59 replies · 6,099+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | Week of May 2, 2005 | Thomas F. Madden
    Christianity Today, Week of May 2 The Real History of the Crusades A series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics? Think again. by Thomas F. Madden | posted 05/06/2005 09:00 a.m. 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...
  • 'Kingdom of Heaven' – Truth in Limbo - (tour de force review!)

    05/09/2005 4:47:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 50 replies · 1,765+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | MAY 9, 2005 | JAMES HIRSEN
    These days it seems that whenever Hollywood meets history, history gets the squeeze. Last year "King Arthur," "Troy" and "Alexander" were put through the revisionist wringer. Today it's the factually challenged movie "Kingdom of Heaven" whose historical content appears to have been schmushed. "Kingdom of Heaven"'s director Ridley Scott recently took a cue from Cecil B. DeMille and chose the Crusades as the subject of his latest epic. This is the same fellow who brought us "Gladiator" and "Blade Runner," which makes me wonder: How did a talented filmmaker like Scott get stuck with an incoherent script like this? It's...
  • Jihad begot the Crusades

    05/09/2005 1:44:23 PM PDT · by Mikmur · 63 replies · 1,772+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 5/9/05 | Andrew G. Bostom
    Within several centuries of Muhammad’s death in 632 C.E., based upon the “proto-jihad” campaigns he waged in Arabia, Muslim jurists and theologians formulated the institution of permanent jihad war against non-Muslims for the submission of the known world to Islam. The essential pattern of the jihad war is captured in the great Muslim historian al-Tabari’s recording of the recommendation given by Umar b. al-Khattab to the commander of the troops he sent to al-Basrah (636 C.E.), during the conquest of Iraq. Umar (the second “Rightly Guided Caliph”) reportedly said: [7] Summon the people to God; those who respond to your...
  • The Crusades: The truth makes a difference

    05/05/2005 6:44:59 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 31 replies · 1,081+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 4 May 2005 | Most Rev Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap.
    The Crusades: The truth makes a difference Christians obligated to keep alive the real facts of real history Nearly 250 people showed up at the John Paul II Center last week — double the number we expected — for a history lesson. They filled the seats, lined the walls and then spilled out of Rooms 123-125 and jammed the corridor outside. Why did they show up? They came to hear a talk about the Crusades. But why did they really show up? I think they wanted to recover something they sensed had been stolen from them: their memory. Anyone who...
  • SCHLUSSEL: "Kingdom of Heaven," Bin Laden's Slanted Crusade Movie

    05/06/2005 10:24:23 AM PDT · by Cool Chick · 143 replies · 3,213+ views
    DebbieSchlussel.com ^ | May 5, 2005 | Debbie Schlussel
    “Kingdom of Heaven”: Bin Laden’s Slanted Crusade Movie May 5, 2005 By Debbie Schlussel Mark Twain said, “History tells us that the truth is not hard to kill, but a lie told well is immortal.” “Kingdom of Heaven,” Ridley Scott’s extremely boring movie version of the Crusades, is Twain’s words in action. Scott is serial killer of truth—giving immortality to 1,000 lies—in this propaganda film. The wannabe-epic is being panned for its lack of accuracy by a host of Islam experts, like Robert Spencer. Crusades expert Jonathan Riley-Smith says it’s basically “Osama bin Laden’s version of History.” But the folks...
  • History reduced to hogwash

    05/06/2005 3:33:56 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 13 replies · 662+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6 May 2005
    Trust this director to turn the Crusades, a subject fit to overflow with muck and mania, zeal and bloodlust, into a delectably pretty 12th-century castle tour. Kingdom of Heaven is stultifying . . .If you thought the Crusades were really about Christians and Muslims being nice to one another, this is the film for you. It's set during a talky respite between the Second and Third Crusades, with Jerusalem in the hands of the Christian "leper king" Baldwin IV . . .The Saracens, led by wily old Saladin (Ghassan Massoud), are biding their time before the next recovery campaign, while...
  • Scholars call new Crusade movie ‘rubbish’ Kingdom of Heaven

    05/05/2005 5:28:45 PM PDT · by Fred · 9 replies · 1,344+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 05/04/05 | Catholic News Agency
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Scholars call new Crusade movie ‘rubbish’ Los Angeles, May. 04, 2005 (CNA) - With anticipation of English director Ridley Scott’s new film, Kingdom of Heaven steadily growing, the skepticism of many scholars of the middle ages is also growing. Hollywood observers are predicting that the film will be one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters with a cost of over $150 million and an all-star cast including Orlando Bloom of Lord of the Rings fame. A recent New York Times review said that Muslims in the film “are portrayed as bent on coexistence until Christian extremists ruin everything. And even...
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Propaganda Film?

    05/04/2005 10:46:15 PM PDT · by Minus_The_Bear · 21 replies · 1,289+ views
    The upcoming film Kingdom of Heaven seems to suffer from a heavy-handed pro-Muslim (if not an anti-Christian) slant. What book or books do you consider fair accounts of the Crusades (laying blame on both sides where is belongs and not solely blaming Christians). I've found Thomas F. Madden but wanted to find what Freepers had to say.
  • Rottentomatoes.com helps propogate the big lie about the Crusades.

    05/03/2005 7:17:19 PM PDT · by Harkonnendog · 4 replies · 339+ views
    http://harkonnendog.blogspot.com/ ^ | 5/3/05 | Harkonnendog
    The featured critic of Kindom of Heaven is Hollywoodreporter.com's Kirk Honeycutt. (no idea whether or not that's his real name) The featured snippet of the featured review isn't even about the movie. It is an editorial judgement about the crusades, and it is a lie- "Kingdom fulfills the requirements of grand-scale moviemaking while serving as a timely reminder that in the conflict between Christianity and Islam it was the Christians who picked the first fight." Er, no, it doesn't serve as a timely reminder of anything, actually, because Christians didn't pick the first fight. The Crusades were a response to...
  • The Crusaders were right after all

    05/03/2005 6:34:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 66 replies · 1,895+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | May 4, 2005 | Chris Howse
    On February 11, 1847, the Scala opera house in Milan, its stage fitted out with fantastic arabesque ogees, onion domes and filagree fretting (representing the harem at Antioch), echoed to wild applause at the premiere of Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata (The Lombards on the First Crusade). It was not so much the music that wowed the opera-goers, but the identification of Jerusalem, occupied by the cruel Saracens, with Milan, occupied by the cruel Austrians. Lombard nationalists saw themselves as Crusaders. That was, obviously, an absurd projection of modern values on to a creaky historical framework. But it was...
  • KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: The Politically Correct, Crusading Against History, Christianity, and the West

    05/03/2005 6:38:51 AM PDT · by Main Street · 8 replies · 907+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | May 3, 2005 | Robert Spencer
    Crusading Against HistoryThe new film Kingdom of Heaven invents a history of the Crusades for the leftie crowd.By Robert Spencer May 3, 2005 "It’s not like a stupid Hollywood movie,” said French actress Eva Green about the English director Sir Ridley Scott’s Crusades flick, Kingdom of Heaven. That’s true. It’s, like, a stupid English movie. The Crusades are hot, and Ridley Scott (director of Alien) is about to make them hotter. “Muslims,” gushed the New York Times after an advance showing of the new blockbuster, “are portrayed as bent on coexistence until Christian extremists ruin everything. And even when the...
  • New Crusades Flick: More PC History

    04/28/2005 1:39:34 PM PDT · by Destro · 104 replies · 2,866+ views
    humaneventsonline.com ^ | Apr 28, 2005 | Robert Spencer
    Jihad Watch New Crusades Flick: More PC History by Robert Spencer Posted Apr 28, 2005 "It's not like a stupid Hollywood movie," said French actress Eva Green about the English director Sir Ridley Scott's Crusades flick, Kingdom of Heaven. That's true. It's, like, a stupid English movie. The Crusades are hot, and Ridley Scott (director of Alien) is about to make them hotter. "Muslims," gushed the New York Times after an advance showing of the new blockbuster, "are portrayed as bent on coexistence until Christian extremists ruin everything. And even when the Christians are defeated, the Muslims give them safe...
  • Why Europe Deserves to Die - (James Atticus Bowden's newest editorial)

    04/25/2005 12:09:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 40 replies · 1,714+ views
    VIRGINIA NEWS SOURCE.COM ^ | APRIL 22, 2005 | JAMES ATTICUS BOWDEN
    When Pope Benedict XVI was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger he told Europe to recover its Christian roots “if it truly wants to survive.” Amen from an arch-Protestant whose ancestors included refugees who fled Catholic persecution for freedom in Virginia. The new Pope is a scholar who sees history unfolding into the future. We agree. Europe will be Islamic and subject to Islamist Totalitarianism by 2100, unless Europeans turn to faith and family. If Europe fails to live for faith and family, succumbing further to Socialist Human Secular Totalitarianism, then European culture deserves to die under Islamic culture. Many Europeans hope that...
  • Kingdom of Heaven - Movie on the Crusades: Will it Rewrite History?

    04/14/2005 11:33:01 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 78 replies · 5,031+ views
    Channel 4 ^ | 2005 | n/a
    Gladiator director Ridley Scott returns to the historical epic with a film about the Crusades. Will the potentially controversial tale starring Orlando Bloom be enough to revive a flagging genre? With the failure of King Arthur, the critical mauling dished out to Troy and the disastrous performance of Oliver Stone's Alexander, the historical epic has been unable to capitalise on the surge of interest instigated by Gladiator's enormous success. It's only right then that Hollywood's continued interest in the genre will rest with Ridley Scott's Crusades film Kingdom Of Heaven. If it works it will give the historical epic a...
  • Crusades film 'will help Muslims'

    04/08/2005 5:38:50 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 138 replies · 2,415+ views
    BBC ^ | 04/08/05 | BBC
    Crusades film 'will help Muslims' Kingdom of Heaven Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson co-star in the film Two Arabic actors starring in a Hollywood film about the Crusades say it will improve Western understanding of Muslim world. Kingdom of Heaven depicts a 12th century Muslim-Christian battle for Jerusalem during the Third Crusade. Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud, who plays the Muslim leader Saladin, said the film would not reinforce old stereotypes as some had feared. The Ridley Scott-directed movie also stars Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson. Big budget Massoud also said Kingdom of Heaven would show the US the benefits of...
  • The Crusades as History, Not Metaphor

    04/02/2005 12:09:59 PM PST · by Destro · 7 replies · 316+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | April 3, 2005 | HUGH KENNEDY
    The Crusades as History, Not Metaphor By HUGH KENNEDY Published: April 3, 2005 The air is full of talk of crusades. Few ideas generated in the early Middle Ages have shown such resilience. Monasticism is a shadow of its former self, chivalry is only a rhetorical device, monarchy is robbed of the power and magic that once made it formidable. The idea of the crusade, however, seems to have acquired a new relevance and vitality. The memory of these medieval expeditions from Europe to the Middle East haunts the political discourse of our relations with the Muslim world. The word...
  • Jihad Watch: Apologize for the Crusades? Never!

    03/26/2005 4:29:52 AM PST · by FlyLow · 25 replies · 847+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 3-26-05 | Chris Field
    On May 29, 1453, Constantinople, the jewel of Christendom, finally fell to an overwhelming Muslim force after weeks of resistance by a small band of valiant Greeks. According to the great historian of the Crusades Steven Runciman, the Muslim soldiers "slew everyone that they met in the streets, men, women, and children without discrimination. The blood ran in rivers down the steep streets from the heights of Petra toward the Golden Horn. But soon the lust for slaughter was assuaged. The soldiers realized that captives and precious objects would bring them greater profit." The first Crusade was called because Christian...
  • A Vatican Apology for the Crusades?

    03/22/2005 2:36:18 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 37 replies · 1,166+ views
    FPM ^ | March 22, 2005 | Robert Spencer
    Ever mindful of keeping the West on the defensive and portraying it as the guilty party in today’s global jihad, Al-Azhar (the highest ranking religious authority in Egypt and most respected Sunni Muslim authority in the world), has asked the Vatican for an official apology for the Crusades. Sheikh Fawzi Zafzaf, President of the Interfaith Dialogue Committee of Al-Azhar, explained that “Al-Azhar is only asking for a similar treatment” following Vatican apologies to other groups. According to the Vatican ambassador to Egypt, the Holy See is thinking it over. This is just the latest indication that the Crusades have grown...
  • Apology demands like Interfaith initiatives should work both ways

    03/21/2005 6:14:29 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 3 replies · 195+ views
    CFP ^ | March 21, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    When Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest religious authority, stepped up its request on the Vatican to present official apologies for the Christian crusades carried out against Muslims seven centuries ago, the timing couldn’t have been more noteworthy. Al-Azhar’s reinforced request was made on the eve of Holy week, unrivalled in importance on the Christian Calendar. But diplomacy is hardly the long suit of Al-Azhar head Sheikh Fawzi Zafzaf. Sheikh Zafzaf, President of the Interfaith Dialogue Committee of Al-Azhar, said during a press conference that his committee had sent a request to the Pope last February, demanding an official apology on Christian crusades...
  • Muslims demand papal apology for crusades Highest Sunni authority sends official request to Vatican

    03/19/2005 8:19:01 PM PST · by LSUfan · 82 replies · 16,383+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 19 March 05 | Unkinown
    The world's highest Sunni Muslim authority has demanded an official apology from the pope for the medieval Christian crusades. Sheikh Fawzi Zafzaf, president of the Interfaith Dialogue Committee of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, said his panel sent the request to the Vatican in February
  • Muslims demand papal apology for crusades

    03/19/2005 4:02:25 AM PST · by Pipeline · 153 replies · 3,221+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 3/19/2005
    Muslims demand papal apology for crusades Highest Sunni authority sends official request to Vatican -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 19, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com The world's highest Sunni Muslim authority has demanded an official apology from the pope for the medieval Christian crusades. Sheikh Fawzi Zafzaf, president of the Interfaith Dialogue Committee of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, said his panel sent the request to the Vatican in February, the Morocco Times reported. The demand arose from Pope John Paul II's apologies to the Jewish people and his visits to Syria and Egypt a few years ago, Zafzaf said. Al-Azhar...
  • Al-Azhar – The Vatican Official apologies demanded

    03/17/2005 8:52:08 AM PST · by annalex · 37 replies · 1,238+ views
    Morocco Times ^ | 3/17/2005
    Al-Azhar – The Vatican Official apologies demanded Morocco TIMES 3/17/2005 | 1:35 pm Egyptian highest religious authority Al-Azhar has requested the Vatican to present official apologies on Christian crusades carried out against Muslims seven centuries ago. Sheikh Fawzi Zafzaf, President of the Interfaith Dialogue Committee of Al-Azhar, said during a press conference that his committee has sent a request to the Pope last February, demanding an official apology on Christian crusades against the Muslim world, following the example of the Jews. The principle of demanding apology from the Vatican germinated following Pope Jean Paul II's visit to Syria and...
  • The War Against the Turk [Muslim]

    03/07/2005 4:20:54 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 27 replies · 1,276+ views
    1529 | Martin Luther
    On the War Against the Turk by Martin Luther [Islamic aggression is nothing new. Muslim armies were encroaching Europe in the sixteenth century, to the point that Germans feared an imminent and perhaps successful Muslim invasion. In 1529, Martin Luther wrote "On the War Against the Turk (Muslim)", weighing in on Catholics, the Crusades, Islam, and the proper response to Islamic aggression.] For the past five years certain persons have been begging me to write about war against the Turks, and to arouse and encourage our people. Now that the Turk is actually approaching, even my friends are urging me...
  • Jihad Watch exclusive on the Copt murders in New Jersey

    01/20/2005 3:09:42 PM PST · by dennisw · 205 replies · 3,486+ views
    jihadwatch ^ | jan 20 | robert spencer
    January 20, 2005 Inside information on the New Jersey murders A close friend of the Coptic Christian brutally murdered in New Jersey along with his family, Hossam Armanious, is the source of this information, which comes to you exclusively from Jihad Watch: The Armanious family had inspired several Muslims to convert to Christianity — or thought they had. These converts were actually practicing taqiyya, or religious deception, pretending to be friends of these Christians in order to strengthen themselves against them, as in Qur'an 3:28: "Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful -- he that...
  • An Open Challenge to Young Traditional Catholics

    01/11/2005 11:59:47 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 21 replies · 1,088+ views
    Tomorrow Christendom ^ | Dom Gerard Calvet, O.S.B.
    We exhort young people, born into this society of audio-visually conditioned robots, to rise up against the reign of untruth. Leave television to its willing slaves; read the masters of your religious and national culture, read your mystics, your thinkers, your poets. Seek after truth, obey it as you would a sovereign, don’t let yourself be closed in by worldly or ecclesiastical conformity. To bind oneself unconditionally to an ideology or a religion, beyond what is just and unjust, is a properly satanic aberration. Totalitarian states that alternate between lies and violence (lies to cover up the violence, and violence...
  • Press Release: Pope John Paul II to Issue Knights Templar Papal Pardon

    01/10/2005 6:31:03 AM PST · by Catholic54321 · 24 replies · 1,115+ views
    /24-7PressRelease.com/ - January 7, 2005 - VATICAN documents have come to light in the Secret Archives showing that the unprecedented global massacre of the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages for alleged "heresy, idolatry and sexual perversion continued even though the Pope had exonerated them in a secret trial. The formal appeal sent by His Eminence, Archbishop Gary Beaver and presented to Pope John Paul, who recently asked the Muslim world for forgiveness for the Crusades, is now asked to apologise for the persecution of the main Crusading Orders as well. The Knights Templar Order of today, The Ordo Supremus...
  • Christians Flee Genocide As Fear Sweeps Iraq

    01/08/2005 4:12:06 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 1,061+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-8-2004 | Jack Fairweather
    Christians flee genocide as fear sweeps Iraq By Jack Fairweather at St Matthew's Monastery near Mosul (Filed: 08/01/2005) One of the most ancient monasteries in the world, St Matthew's, stands on a barren mountainside in northern Iraq, its last inhabitant a crusty old Syrian Orthodox priest. Nestled between sandstone crags with views of the hills around ancient Nineveh, now called Mosul, it looks like the final redoubt of the Christian world. Seven thousand monks used to worship here; now there is just one, Father Ada Qadr al-Kars. St Matthew's Syrian Orthodox Monastery was founded in the fourth century AD This...
  • Tomorrow Christendom: A Blueprint to Restoring Catholic Tradition

    01/08/2005 12:25:01 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 3 replies · 393+ views
    Author House Books ^ | Pentecost 1985 | Dom Gerard Calvet, O.S.B.
    Dear pilgrims of Notre-Dame, [snip] The Christian life is a pilgrimage, often painful, which passes through Golgotha, but is illumined by the splendours of the Spirit. And which leads to glory. Oh! We may well be persecuted, but I forbid that we be pitied. For we belong to a race of exiles and voyagers, gifted with a prodigious power of invention, but refusing—that is its religion—to be distracted from the things of Heaven. [snip] If we seek to pacify the earth, to beautify the earth, it is not in order to replace Heaven, but so that the earth be Heaven’s...
  • Recent News! They discover proof that Atlantis did not submerge complete but only one part...

    01/06/2005 11:36:29 AM PST · by Maria Fdez-Valmayor · 64 replies · 7,946+ views
    Atlantis News Agency. APP. EFE. AFP. Madrid. Spain. ^ | 01-06-2005 | Antonio Beltrán Martinez
    Recent News! They discover proof that Atlantis did not submerge complete but only one part...By Salvador Morales. Atlantis News Agency. Madrid, Spain. 01-06-2005. The Spanish investigator and scriptologist, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano, has discovered paleographical proofs that in fact the island or peninsula (Nêsos) denominated like Atlantis or Atlantic, it was divided in two parts below the sea. To date all atlantologists and students of the Timaeus and the Critias de Plato had thought that in texts of the Greek philosophist narrated the collapse of the all island or Atlantis peninsula, nevertheless, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano has reviewed the oldest texts known writings in...
  • The Sleeping World Is Awakening to the Dangers of Islam

    11/29/2004 12:11:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies · 2,659+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | November 29, 2004 | Barbara Stock
    This past week, I have received many responses from Muslims concerning my two most recent columns: ''Followers of Islam: Can You See the Blood on Your Hands'' and ''Here Comes the Arab/Muslim Outrage.'' In one breath, some of the writers would call themselves ''intellectuals'' and then accuse me of being a Jew when I put tough questions to them that they could not answer. They maintained that as an American, I just was not intelligent enough to understand Islam. The mistake these ''intellectuals'' made is believing that I have any intention of ''understanding'' Islam. It has taken me since 9/11...
  • The Sleeping World Is Awakening to the Dangers of Islam

    11/26/2004 10:09:05 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 258 replies · 7,104+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | NOVEMBER 27, 2004 | BARBARA STOCK
    This past week, I have received many responses from Muslims concerning my two most recent columns: ''Followers of Islam: Can You See the Blood on Your Hands'' and ''Here Comes the Arab/Muslim Outrage.'' In one breath, some the writers would call themselves ''intellectuals'' and then accuse me of being a Jew when I put tough questions to them that they could not answer. They maintained that as an American, I just was not intelligent enough to understand Islam. The mistake these ''intellectuals'' made is believing that I have any intention of ''understanding'' Islam. It has taken me since 9/11 to...
  • Arab ethnic cleansing imperialism and colonialism: 1,400 Years of Islamic Aggression

    10/07/2004 9:44:45 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies · 1,127+ views
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | Richard C. Csaplar, Jr.
    Arab ethnic cleansing imperialism and colonialism: 1,400 Years of Islamic Aggression By Richard C. Csaplar, Jr. Guest Columnist Mr. Csaplar, a member of the Regent University Board of Trustees, writes in response to a recent article on the Crusades in U.S. News & World Report. CBN.com – I was very disappointed to see that U.S. News would publish a clearly false article, adopting the world's clearly false, politically correct (PC) view of the place of the Crusades in history. What makes it even worse, the article hides its views under the additional headline falsehood, "The Truth About the Epic Clash...
  • Islamic Terrorism: What the Vatican Really Thinks

    10/06/2004 11:56:09 AM PDT · by Mershon · 23 replies · 927+ views
    L'Espresso (Italy) ^ | 6 October 2004 | Sandro Magister
    Islamist Terrorism: What the Vatican Really Thinks What the pope and the authorities of the Holy See do not say, " La Civiltà Cattolica" writes – with authorization. A startling editorial on three years of war against the West and the "crusaders," in the name of Islam by Sandro Magister • VERSIONE ITALIANA • ROMA – There is a word that both the pope and his newspaper, "L'Osservatore Romano," carefully avoid saying or writing. It is the word "Islamic" as applied to the terrorism of such origin. John Paul II did not even use it on the third anniversary of...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    09/09/2004 5:48:30 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 14 replies · 868+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/2/02 | Thomas F. Madden
    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 of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to...
  • "politically incorrect" facts about The Crusades

    • Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. • With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed's death. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt -- once the most heavily Christian areas in the world -- quickly succumbed. • By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. • The Byzantine...
  • Film on Crusades Could Become Hollywood's Next Battleground

    08/24/2004 12:24:08 PM PDT · by JeepInMazar · 63 replies · 2,346+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 12, 2004 | Sharon Waxman
    With bloody images of Muslims and Westerners battling in Iraq and elsewhere on the nightly news, it may seem like odd timing to unveil a big-budget Hollywood epic depicting the ferocious fight between Christians and Muslims over Jerusalem in the Crusade of the 12th century. 20th Century Fox is planning a release next year for ''Kingdom of Heaven,'' a $130 million production by the Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott, shot in Morocco with hundreds of extras, horses and elaborate costumes. The script, by William Monahan, is based on real characters of the three-century Crusades, including Balian of Ibelin, a Crusader knight...
  • It has to be said ...

    08/21/2004 3:49:47 AM PDT · by Clive · 17 replies · 1,392+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | August 21, 2004 | Michael Coren
    THERE ARE things you are not supposed to say. Things that people pretend are not true. Things that get you into all sorts of trouble because we live in a dishonest world. Here goes... * Not supposed to say that the Crusades were not some vile Christian slaughter, but a response by Europe to the military expansion of Islam. Muslim armies had invaded Christian lands and would continue to do so for hundreds of years. They moved into Spain and reached the gates of Vienna. The idea that Christians became Muslim with smiles on their faces is ludicrous. Countless people...