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  • Crusaders 'Left Genetic Legacy'

    03/27/2008 6:29:52 PM PDT · by blam · 81 replies · 1,549+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-27-2008
    Crusaders 'left genetic legacy' The genetic signature can be traced to Europe Scientists have detected the faint genetic traces left by medieval crusaders in the Middle East. The team says it found a particular DNA signature which recently appeared in Lebanon and is probably linked to the crusades. The finding comes from the Genographic Project, a major effort to track human migrations through DNA. Details of the research have been published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The researchers found that some Christian men in Lebanon carry a DNA signature hailing from Western Europe. The scientists also found that...
  • The Twelfth Viking

    02/29/2008 4:25:51 AM PST · by Shirerwasright · 5 replies · 100+ views
    Gates of Vienna ^ | December 2006 | Baron Bodissey
    At the Battle of Poitiers in 732, the Frankish king Charles Martel defeated the Saracens and pushed the forces of Islam back into the Iberian Peninsula. It was not until 1492 that the Moors were finally thrown out of Europe, but in the meantime the Islamic virus was contained in Spain and Portugal, and thus kept out of the heart of Western Europe. One of Charles Martel’s comrades-in-arms at Poitiers was a warrior of the North known as Ogier le Danois, later Holger Danske, or Holger the Dane. Although Holger was a historical figure, little is known of him, and...
  • Barcelona changes Badge to avoid offending muslims

    According to the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, the Spanish football club Barcelona is altering its famous badge in some Arab countries in order to avoid offending Muslims. The badge is especially altered in Saudi Arabia or Algeria, where the Barcelona shirts are being sold without the red cross of Saint George, the patron saint of the Catalan region which Barca claims to represent, the La Vanguardia newspaper found in a private investigation. The badge, which was created in 1906, features a single vertical red line in Saudi Arabia and Algeria, due to the fact that there, the red cross represents...
  • Modern Aftermath of the Crusades

    07/03/2007 4:41:27 PM PDT · by khnyny · 37 replies · 1,024+ views
    EWTN/Zenit ^ | March 11, 2006 | Robert Spencer
    Robert Spencer on the Battles Still Being Waged WASHINGTON, D.C., 11 MARCH 2006 (ZENIT) The Crusades may be causing more devastation today than they ever did in the three centuries when most of them were fought, according to one expert. Robert Spencer, author of "Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)" (Regnery), claims that the damage is not in terms of lives lost and property destroyed but is a more subtle destruction. Spencer shared with ZENIT how false ideas about the Crusades are being used by extremists to foment hostility to the West today. Q: The Crusades are often...
  • Ignorance is Us: How Liberal Media Facilitates Radical Islam [Re: Fort Dix Six]

    05/16/2007 2:41:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 829+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | May 15, 2007 | Dick McDonald
    No sooner had the six Muslims been arrested for planning an attack on Fort Dix, the left wing media was pimping the concept that the six had absolutely nothing to do with al Qaeda; no connection, no alliance, no nothing (no mention of Islam) and further, that radicals anyway make up a small, misguided splinter group. Of course we Americans are so terminally ignorant that we swallow this traitorous lie as if it were written in the Bible; and we sigh in relief comforted by this “liberal cabal’s” continuing propaganda to separate our minds from reality. When pushed against the...
  • No lessons on the Holocaust, Crusades, slave trade 'in case pupils are offended'

    04/02/2007 1:24:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies · 1,672+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Telegraph Reporter
    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 discovered. The way the slave trade is taught can lead white children as well as black pupils to feel alienated, according to a study by the Historical Association. A lack of knowledge among teachers, particularly in primary schools, is also leading to "shallow" lessons on emotive and difficult subjects. Some teachers dropped the Holocaust completely from lessons because of fears that Muslim pupils might express anti-semitic reactions. One school avoided teaching the...
  • Liberal Myths about Radical Islam [Interesting Read]

    03/27/2007 7:18:23 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies · 1,348+ views ^ | March 26, 2007 | Dinesh D'Souza
    As the Pelosi Democrats attempt to steer the debate on Iraq and the war on terror away from President Bush's approach, it is useful to examine the premises behind the liberal Democratic understanding of the war on terror. So far the Democrats have been successful in faulting the president's admittedly-flawed approach. But there is no advantage in trading one bad model for another. Here, then, is my critique of some of the major elements of the liberal explanation for "why they hate us." They're very upset at us for the Crusades: James Carroll’s recent book Crusade, portrays the Crusades as...
  • 2007 AEI Irving Kristol Award Lecture - Bernard Lewis

    03/12/2007 8:03:23 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 15 replies · 803+ views
    Book TV ^ | 3/7/07
    Bernard Lewis is the recipient of the 2007 Irving Kristol Award presented annually by the American Enterprise Institute at the institute's annual dinner. After receiving the award, Mr. Lewis delivered the Irving Kristol Lecture. In his lecture, Bernard Lewis outlined the historical relationship between the west and the middle east and recent trends in European attitudes towards Muslims.
  • The beginning of the end of Western civilization

    11/24/2006 2:26:49 PM PST · by AnalogReigns · 83 replies · 2,726+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 23 November 2006 | Michael Youssef, PhD
    Western civilization – life as we know it – is under attack, and indeed has even reached a very dangerous point. Some may even think it is a point of no return. Not just because in recent months Muslim groups around the world insisted that the pope apologize for merely quoting someone else. No, not just because the prime minister of Denmark had to grovel to the Muslim nations for a cartoon that appeared in a Danish newspaper, over which he had no control whatsoever. No, not even just because President Bush rushed into a Muslim mosque in Washington, D.C.,...
  • Sharpest cut from nanotube sword-Carbon nanotech may have given swords of Damascus their edge

    11/16/2006 1:26:06 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 9 replies · 1,939+ views
    Nature ^ | 15 Nov 2006 | Katharine Sanderson
    Think carbon nanotubes are new-fangled? Think again. The Crusaders felt the might of the tube when they fought against the Muslims and their distinctive, patterned Damascus blades. Sabres from Damascus, now in Syria, date back as far as 900 AD. Strong and sharp, they are made from a type of steel called wootz. Their blades bear a banded pattern thought to have been created as the sword was annealed and forged. But the secret of the swords' manufacture was lost in the eighteenth century. Materials researcher Peter Paufler and his colleagues at Dresden University, Germany, have taken electron-microscope pictures of...
  • The Miracle At Lepanto...

    11/26/2002 6:25:02 PM PST · by Sparta · 80 replies · 1,305+ views
    unknown ^ | October 24, 1998 | unknown
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Almost from the very beginning of Islam, there were wars upon wars between Christians and Moslems. We remember the Crusade wars, seven major and several minor, which lasted for centuries. This is the story of the Battle of Lepanto, which marked the end of the Crusades and was a turning point in the history of Christianity. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Charles Martel's victory at Poitiers definitely stopped the Moslem invasion of western Europe. In the east Christians held firm against attacks of the Moslems until 1453. In that year, Mohammed II threw huge assaults against Constantinople and by the evening of May...
  • question

    09/22/2006 9:08:41 PM PDT · by peacekills · 4 replies · 212+ views
    good book on the crusades?
  • Theme of Jihad

    09/20/2006 7:01:45 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 418+ views
    NY Sun ^ | September 20, 2006 | JOHN BATCHELOR
    Pope Benedict XVI, the "Panzer pope," has done the unusual in modern discourse: he has jumped into the war on terror with armored facts from six centuries ago that refute a deal of the appeasement from 21st-century Europeans and their American fellow travelers. You will recall that Pope Benedict recently spoke, auf Deutsch, at Regensburg University, where he once enjoyed a professorship. The speech was dry, mechanical, unappetizing, a predictable German exercise in theology, with much attention to how reason and faith are compatible. In Calvinist seminary we used to call this a Roman disquisition on epistemology. Yet in the...
  • The Calling of Our Generation

    09/20/2006 4:02:57 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Magic City News ^ | Sep 18, 2006, 10:43 | Hans Zeiger
    The Calling of Our Generation By Hans Zeiger Sep 18, 2006, 10:43 "The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century, and the calling of our generation." These are the words of President Bush on September 11, five years after the attacks. If Baby Boomers doubt that this present war is the calling of their generation, the children of the Boomers-at least the rising leaders among them-have little doubt that it is theirs. On the eve of September 11, 2006, nearly 150 Hillsdale College students gathered for a...
  • Unreasonable Response : Benedict hasn’t revived the Crusades (critics REFUSE to understand him)

    09/18/2006 8:14:46 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 47 replies · 1,075+ views
    National Review ^ | 09/17/2006 | Thomas Madden
    Unreasonable Response Benedict XVI hasn’t revived the Crusades. By Thomas F. Madden -------------------------------------------- In November 1095 Pope Urban II called the First Crusade. To judge from the comments issuing from some Muslim groups and politicians, Pope Benedict XVI has done the same thing. According to Salih Kapusuz, a deputy leader of the majority party in Turkey, Benedict, “has a dark mentality that comes from the darkness of the Middle Ages. He is a poor thing that has not benefited from the spirit of reform in the Christian world.” Kapusuz maintains that the pope is engaged in “an effort to revive...
  • Pope's speech sparks Muslim anger (protests erupt in Muslim world)

    09/15/2006 6:15:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 266 replies · 4,972+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 15, 2006 | Damien McElroy
    Angry protests against Pope Benedict XVI erupted in the Islamic world today as the Vatican struggled to explain a reference by the Pontiff to the Prophet Mohammad’s “evil and inhuman” contribution to religion. The Vatican has tried to defend the Pope after comments he made about Islam and jihad prompted anger in the Muslim world.   The Pope stressed that the controversial words were not his own Muslim clerics from Cairo to Kashmir declared the Pope had revived the spirit of the medieval crusades and the official sermon for Friday prayers in Teheran condemned the Pope as “rude and weak-minded”....
  • Air Force Squadron's 'Crusader' Name and Emblem Challenged

    09/05/2006 8:52:28 AM PDT · by XR7 · 164 replies · 5,007+ views
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Mikey Weinstein, who sued the Air Force over allegations that Air Force Academy cadets were subjected to Christian evangelization, now wants New Mexico's Cannon Air Force Base to end the 523rd Fighter Squadron's use of "Crusaders" as the unit's nickname. He also objects to the squadron's emblem, which features a cross, a sword and an armored helmet. Weinstein, who's Jewish, says having warplanes named after medieval Christians who fought Muslims in the Holy Land is crazy when the United States is at war with radical Islam. He believes the religious emblem also is unconstitutional. A Cannon Air...
  • Christians are Jews' best friends

    08/12/2006 1:09:21 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 58 replies · 1,274+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Sat, August 12, 2006 | MICHAEL COREN
    Christians are Jews' best friends Toronto Sun Sat, August 12, 2006 By MICHAEL COREN One of the most difficult things about spending time in Israel is returning home, as I did two weeks ago. As dangerous as life might be in the Jewish state at the moment, daily existence is layered in significance. Then it's back to North America, where the trivial is made to seem profound. I refer to Mel Gibson's drunken stupidity when he made various repugnant comments about Jewish people. As a Roman Catholic with three Jewish grandparents, and someone who worries every day about the...
  • Accused Terrorist Wrote School Guidelines with ACLU

    01/05/2004 12:51:41 PM PST · by jent · 40 replies · 6,909+ views
    BlessedCause ^ | 1/5/04 | Jen Shroder
    Accused Terrorist Wrote Public School Guidelines with ACLU [over 23 references linked below] Abdurahman Alamoudi, President of the American Muslim Council, supporter of Hamas, Hezbollah and accused of ties with Osama bin Laden, helped develop "Religious Expression in Public School" with the ACLU which holds the copyright. Launched by Clinton in 1995, these "Presidential Guidelines" greatly impact public schools today. Nadine Strossen, President of the ACLU, refers to these guidelines as the authority to support the ACLU’s lawsuits restricting Christmas celebrations and removing Nativity scenes from public schools. School districts are pressured to utilize Clinton’s guidelines which he sold to...
  • Lies: The Crusades

    08/29/2006 7:16:55 AM PDT · by JamesP81 · 3 replies · 440+ views
    Southern Pundit ^ | 8-29-2006 | James P
    All of us know that historical revisionism is a favored tool of the liar and those who like to play the blame game. Right after 9/11, this was on display for the whole world to see when Bin Laden and the Left decided to blame the Middle East’s hatred of the West on, of all things, the Crusades. The Crusades were a series of wars that were fought nearly a thousand years before anyone on this Earth was born, yet the extremists hang on to it today like it’s some kind of personal injustice. I find it inconceivable that one...
  • ABC News Exclusive: Three Alleged Ringleaders ID'd

    08/10/2006 11:11:47 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 284 replies · 13,520+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/10/2006 | ABC News
    Three of the alleged ringleaders of the foiled airplane bomb plot have been identified by western intelligence agencies involved in unraveling the plot. Two of them are believed to have recently traveled to Pakistan and were later in receipt of money wired to them from Pakistan, reportedly to purchase tickets for the suicide bombers. Sources identify the three, who are now in custody, as: --Rashid Rauf --Mohammed al-Ghandra --Ahmed al Khan
  • Crusade Pictures from a 1963 National Geographic Magazine (Vanity)

    07/30/2006 4:55:44 PM PDT · by Theoden · 43 replies · 10,177+ views
    National Geographic Magazine | December, 1963 | Franc Shor
    I found one of my dad's old National Geographic magazines, and it had some neat pictures on the crusades that I thought I would share. Peter Bartholomew, a servent in the Crusader army, told the nobles that St. Andrew had revealed to him the hiding place of the lance that pierced Christ's side at the Crucifiction. Here, after a search beneath the Church of St. Peter, Crusaders gasp as Bartholomew uncovers a corroded lance head. Hope rekindled, the knights broke the Muslim siege the next day.Braving a Rain of Arrows, Europeans Route the Turks on the Plains of Antioch.Crusaders Marching...
  • Catholic, Crusader, Leper and King: The Life of Baldwin IV and the Triumph of the Cross

    07/25/2006 8:43:14 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 5 replies · 475+ views
    Modern society obsessively avoids suffering, risk and danger. It secures everything with seatbelts and safety rails, air conditions the summer heat, prints warnings on coffee cups and advises that that safety glasses should be used while working with hammers. Certainly such precautions have prevented misfortune. However, since heroism and excellence are born from confronting rather than avoiding suffering and peril, the mania for safeguards has also diminished the notion of these qualities. This is unfortunate since only those intrepid souls who confront danger, endure suffering and overcome obstacles merit mention in the annals of history. A shining example is the...
  • Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (The Leper King)

    05/08/2006 3:51:05 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 13 replies · 4,198+ views ^ | undated |
    Baldwin IV (Baldwin the Leper), c.1161–1185, Latin king of Jerusalem (1174–85), son and successor of Amalric I. Raymond, count of Tripoli, was regent from 1174 to 1176. Baldwin was constantly engaged, except for a truce (1180–82), in defending his kingdom against Saladin. In 1183 his leprosy began to spread very rapidly; he appointed Guy of Lusignan as his regent, but in the same year he withdrew the commission and had his five-year-old nephew crowned king as Baldwin V (d. 1186). Raymond was regent for Baldwin V, who was succeeded as king by Guy of Lusignan. Minority Baldwin spent his youth...
  • Not for the Feint of Heart

    04/28/2006 5:59:42 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 26 replies · 1,809+ views
    NRO ^ | 28 apr 06 | Andrew McCarthy
    It is often said that in order to keep polite company polite, we must refrain from speaking of religion and politics. Yet, the two are not equals in the hierarchy of politesse. Political debate may be unwelcome in many settings, but no one clears the room by observing that the great totalitarian evils of the 20th century, Communism and fascism, were directly responsible for incalculable carnage. Not so when it comes to religion — or, at least, one particular religion. The past three decades have borne witness to a rising, global tide of terrorist atrocities, wrought by Muslims who proclaim...
  • Stir over Gospel of Judas may not be entirely justified

    04/26/2006 11:53:48 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 125 replies · 782+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Apr. 26, 2006 | ALAN COCHRUM
    Given that the old Greek word behind the English term "gospel" means "good news," you have to wonder whether the much-touted and recently published Gospel of Judas really qualifies as either. Assuming you didn't give up the media for Lent -- which, come think of it ... oh, never mind -- you could hardly have avoided this month's announcement about the latest addition to the religious history files. To make a long story short: The Gospel of Judas is part of an ancient manuscript that apparently was unearthed in the late 1970s in Egypt. After a lengthy trip through the...
  • Vatican change of heart over 'barbaric' Crusades

    03/19/2006 6:44:46 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 386 replies · 4,131+ views
    UK Times online ^ | March 20, 2006 | Richard Owen
    THE Vatican has begun moves to rehabilitate the Crusaders by sponsoring a conference at the weekend that portrays the Crusades as wars fought with the “noble aim” of regaining the Holy Land for Christianity. The Crusades are seen by many Muslims as acts of violence that have underpinned Western aggression towards the Arab world ever since. Followers of Osama bin Laden claim to be taking part in a latter-day “jihad against the Jews and Crusaders”. The late Pope John Paul II sought to achieve Muslim- Christian reconciliation by asking “pardon” for the Crusades during the 2000 Millennium celebrations. But John...
  • Modern Aftermath of the Crusades (islam and the west)

    03/11/2006 5:41:28 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 73 replies · 1,609+ views ^ | 3/12/2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON -- The Crusades may be causing more devastation today than they ever did in the three centuries when most of them were fought, according to one expert. Robert Spencer, author of "Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)" (Regnery), claims that the damage is not in terms of lives lost and property destroyed but is a more subtle destruction. Spencer shared with ZENIT how false ideas about the Crusades are being used by extremists to foment hostility to the West today. Q: The Crusades are often portrayed as a militarily offensive venture. Were they? Spencer: No. Pope Urban...
  • Anti-Muslim Riot in Nigeria Turns Deadly (The Dam Finally Breaks Somewhere)

    02/21/2006 7:13:50 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 133 replies · 2,840+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 2/21/2006` | Dulue Mbachu
    Anti-Muslim Riot in Nigeria Turns Deadly By DULUE MBACHU, Associated Press WriterLAGOS, Nigeria - Christian mobs rampaged through a southern Nigerian city Tuesday, burning mosques and killing several people in an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad over the weekend. Residents and witnesses in the southern, predominantly Christian city of Onitsha said several Muslims with origins in the north were beaten to death by mobs which also burned two mosques there. "The mosque at the main market has been burnt and I've counted at least six dead bodies on the streets," Izzy...
  • Spare us, O' Lord

    02/17/2006 11:23:03 AM PST · by Anne_Conn · 8 replies · 676+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, February 17, 2006 | Gary Reid
    We are urged on all sides to appease Muslims. Why? Well, because they get angry and kill people. Not all of them, of course, just some of them. But, enough of them to matter.
  • EU mulls media code after cartoon protests (Censorship, movement toward Neo-Stalinism)

    02/08/2006 8:10:00 PM PST · by Wiz · 37 replies · 1,559+ views
    LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union may try to draw up a media code of conduct to avoid a repeat of the furor caused by the publication across Europe of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, an EU commissioner said on Thursday. In an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph, EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini said the charter would encourage the media to show "prudence" when covering religion. "The press will give the Muslim world the message: We are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression," he told the newspaper. "We can and we are ready...
  • Democracy has a gun held to its head

    02/05/2006 5:16:46 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 100 replies · 2,944+ views
    Telegraph (London) ^ | 2/5/2006 | Editorial Staff
    Last week, Muslims marched in the centre of London chanting "Freedom go to Hell!" There could be no more graphic illustration of the paradox at the heart of the cartoon row. These protesters were exercising - and in many cases abusing - the freedom of protest and freedom of assembly that are foundation stones of British democracy. Yet, even as they exploited these hard-won liberties, they were calling for them to be abolished. This newspaper would not have published the cartoons of Mohammed at the centre of this controversy, images which we regard as vulgar and fatuously insulting. But -...
  • Christianity and Islam in History

    01/05/2006 8:57:33 AM PST · by Kenny Bunk · 18 replies · 1,068+ views
    Vatican ^ | December 20, 2005 | Christianity and Islam in History
    I will address the topic of Christianity and Islam by limiting myself to a brief presentation of historical facts, without entering into the specifics of religious and theological dialogue. This seems useful to me, because the celebration of the fifth centenary of the birth of Pius V was a bit muted, especially in academic circles. The victor at Lepanto in 1571, this pope who had the courage and the energy to construct an alliance of almost all the Christian kingdoms against the Ottoman empire – which was advancing to threaten Europe and had already established dominion over the Balkans –...
  • The Real History of the Crusades (2002)

    12/13/2005 1:38:40 AM PST · by dennisw · 32 replies · 1,928+ views
    crisismagazine ^ | 2002 | By Thomas F. Madden
      "So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands."  The Real History of the CrusadesBy Thomas F. MaddenWith 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...
  • The Truth about Islamic Crusades and Imperialism

    11/28/2005 6:08:48 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 14 replies · 1,905+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 27th, 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:...
  • The Crusades Remembered

    11/26/2005 2:18:48 PM PST · by eleni121 · 28 replies · 1,097+ views
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 11-26-2005 | Priyadarsi Dutta
    (AINA) -- History Channel (India) and History Channel (Australia) recently telecast a two-part documentary titled 'The Crusades: the Crescent and the Cross' based on the history of first three and major Crusades (1096-1099, 1144-1148, and 1189-1193 AD) out of eight undertaken in the Middle Ages to reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom. Today it has become imperative for the West to remember the Crusades more than the World War II. A reinvented Fascism and Nazism are unlikely to present a threat to West; but radical Islam is almost sure to do that. From 9/11 and London explosions to recent New Delhi triple...
  • Crusades betrayed Christian beliefs, Williams tells Muslims

    11/25/2005 1:12:01 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 59 replies · 1,442+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/24/05 | Jonathan Petre
    The Crusades were a serious betrayal of Christian beliefs, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said yesterday. Speaking 900 years after Christian warriors sacked Jerusalem, the Archbishop said that any attempt to revive the crusading ideal today would not garner much support among Christians. His comments, made in Pakistan, appeared to be an attempt to reassure Muslims that the Churches are anxious to avert confrontation between the West and Islamic states. In the past he has warned western leaders, particularly President Bush, against using sensitive religious language such as the term "crusade" to justify the war against Iraq. But...
  • History Channel Rooting For Islam - Again In <em>The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross </em>Series

    11/13/2005 3:28:52 PM PST · by joeclarke · 7 replies · 392+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 11/13/2005 | JoeClarke.Net
  • War Without End: A Brief History of the Muslim Conquests

    11/09/2005 7:05:57 AM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 3,241+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 8, 2005 | T. David Curp
    Crusading ideals in the West were an answer to the greater threat of jihad. They were spurred by fear and necessity in a desperate competition with Islam that, for many centuries, Christians lost—and were aware that they were losing. The extent of Islam’s victories can be seen in the all-but-complete disappearance of the once-thriving Christian communities in North Africa, the Middle East, and Western Asia, as well as the deep roots that Islam still has in the Balkans—a region whose very name was imposed upon it by successful late medieval Turkish imperialism. Islam is a remarkably successful religion that for...
  • History Channel's Propagandist Piece on the Crusades

    11/07/2005 3:06:05 AM PST · by ZULU · 29 replies · 1,433+ views
    History Channel | November 8, 2005 | History Channel
    Did anybody see that vile piece on the Crusades Sunday Night? I had to turn it off. It was a politically pile of propagandist crap attacking the Crusades, the Christian Church and heroizing Ilsamic fanatics.
  • What the History Channel Leaves Out With the Crusades (News/Vanity)

    11/07/2005 7:55:59 AM PST · by Wuli · 108 replies · 3,521+ views ^ | November 7, 2005 | Prasad Patil
    “It will help people to understand why the world is the way it is today,” said Richard Bradley, founder of Lion Television, which has produced The Crusades: Crescent and The Cross — a documentary series that will premiere in 130 countries on The History channel on November 13 and 14. The Crusades: Crescent and The Cross unfurls two centuries of war about two cultures impassioned by belief. The series will be an epic of human drama against the back drop of the holy. It was a collision of two great faiths and of two of the the world’s most enduring...
  • The Crusades: The Crescent & The Cross, History Channel 11/6 & 11/7, 9PM

    11/06/2005 4:06:10 PM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 125 replies · 3,948+ views
    It was the collision of two great faiths…a clash between two of the world’s most enduring and powerful religions. A thousand years ago, they battled each other for two centuries during three Crusades, each seeking control of what they claimed as the rightful holy lands of their people. Heroes and villains emerged, and acts of barbarism cut wounds that are still felt to this day. This November, The History Channel travels back in time for a historical, vivid and clear-eyed look at the first three Crusades, the battle between the Crescent and the Cross, which still shapes the Middle East...
  • New documentary on the crusades

    11/06/2005 5:54:12 PM PST · by Andy from Beaverton · 30 replies · 1,402+ views
    Mid-Day ^ | November 6, 2005 | Prasad Patil
    “It will help people to understand why the world is the way it is today,” said Richard Bradley, founder of Lion Television, which has produced The Crusades: Crescent and The Cross — a documentary series that will premiere in 130 countries on The History channel on November 13 and 14. The Crusades: Crescent and The Cross unfurls two centuries of war about two cultures impassioned by belief. The series will be an epic of human drama against the back drop of the holy. It was a collision of two great faiths and of two of the the world’s most enduring...
  • The Crusades in the Checkout Aisle: CRUSADES NONSENSE FROM U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

    04/12/2002 9:28:57 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 26 replies · 1,092+ views
    The Crusades in the Checkout Aisle Thomas F. Madden When I spied the U.S. News & World Report with the Crusades splashed across its cover, I braced for the worst. As a crusade historian, I long ago learned not to expect accuracy on this subject from the popular media. In fact, I usually avoid newspaper and magazine articles on the Crusades altogether, if only to keep my blood pressure under control. But there it was, staring me in the face. I had to read it. First, the good news. The article, written by Andrew Curry, was not dreadful. Curry did...
  • question

    11/03/2005 8:25:41 PM PST · by peacekills · 22 replies · 714+ views
    anyone know a good non-PC book about the crusades. thanks
  • Templar Architecture: Practicality and Praise

    10/30/2005 7:43:57 AM PST · by Hacksaw · 8 replies · 680+ views ^ | undated | By Alan Butler
    Within a very short period of the formation of the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, a new style of church architecture began to spread across Western Europe. The first examples of this are to be seen in France, where great Cathedrals such as that of Chartres sing loud the praise of what became known, much later as 'Gothic'. Whether or not the Knights Templar had any direct part in the creation of this revolution in religious building has always been something of a bone of contention, though it is clear that the fledgling organisation had...
  • 7 Myths About Islam

    10/10/2005 12:24:06 PM PDT · by Hunden · 39 replies · 3,403+ views
    History News Network ^ | October 10, 2005 | Timothy R. Furnish
    One of the few positive effects of 9/11 has been renewed American interest in Islam and the Middle East. Unfortunately, much of the information disseminated in the media about those topics is ignorant and misleading. This is unfortunate because any hope that the predominantly-Christian West and the Muslim world might transcend conflict requires that the former be accurately informed about the latter (and vice-versa, but that's an issue for another column). There are in particular seven myths about Islam and Islamic history that have been repeated so often in the media that they've achieved conventional wisdom status. First, it is...
  • LEPANTO, 7 OCTOBER 1571: The Defense of Europe

    10/06/2005 9:33:59 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 15 replies · 955+ views ^ | 2005.10.07 | B-Chan
    Today, 7 October 2005, is the 434th anniversary of the Naval Battle of Lepanto -- the defeat of the invasion fleet of the Ottoman Empire by the Holy League fleet under command of Don John of Austria. They were an ad hoc fleet thrown together at the last moment from a rabble of squabbling principalities. England's ships did not join the defense -- their Protestant queen looked the other way. The French fleet, by orders of her Catholic king, were similarly absent. They were outnumbered, outgunned, and fighting with their backs to the wall. But they had one weapon the...
  • D.C. Watson: Crashing a Muslim pity party

    09/28/2005 7:18:00 AM PDT · by Monty610 · 6 replies · 560+ views
    Dhimmi Watch ^ | September 26, 2005 | DC Watson
    D.C. Watson speaks truth to power: While many Muslims in the U.S. simply go about their business and mean no harm to anyone, many other Muslims are continually stating that they are offended by our policies and our behavior. It's all our fault, you know. At least that's what Geneive Abdo, in a column entitled "Islam in America: Separate but Unequal," would seem to wish everyone to believe. The column is extensive, yet portions of it stand out like a badly penciled-in headscarf. For example, Abdo wrote the following comments, which I will answer here. As the U.S. relationship with...
  • The First Crusade: A New History (Book Review)

    09/02/2005 6:53:30 AM PDT · by Valin · 12 replies · 662+ views
    Frist Things ^ | June/July 2005 | Thomas F. Madden
    (snip) As the title suggests, Thomas Asbridge’s The First Crusade: A New History begins at the beginning. The First Crusade was called in 1095 by Pope Urban II in response to an urgent plea for assistance from the Byzantine Empire, the last Christian state in the East. Things had been going badly for Christians for several centuries, ever since the explosion of Muslim warriors out of Arabia in the seventh century. Egypt, Palestine, Syria, North Africa—the core of the Christian world—had been conquered by Muslim jihad warriors and subjected to Islamic rule and law. When Turkish jihad warriors invaded and...