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  • Saudi Arabia: Swiss soccer ref stands by his 'crusader' whistle

    04/03/2008 4:14:52 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 18 replies · 187+ views
    AKI ^ | 2 April 2008 | Staff
    Riyadh, 2 April (AKI) - Swiss football referee Massimo Busacca vowed he would wear a whistle with the Swiss Cross symbol on it during of the Saudi championship on Wednesday, despite anger voiced in the Kingdom at the 'crusader' item. "I have respect for all religions, including Islam, but I don't see anything offensive in this and am optimistic. I will not give up my 'crusader' whistle," he told pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat. Many in Saudi Arabia had called for Busacca to sport a different whistle to avoid offending Muslims. He has previously refereed several soccer matches in the Kingdom....
  • St. Francis of Assisi: Not a Birkenstock-Clad Hippie But a Converter of Muslims

    04/03/2008 10:51:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 170+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/3/08 | Michael Baggot
    The relationship between Muslims and Christians received added attention this past Easter when Pope Benedict XVI publicly baptized Magdi Allam, the most prominent Muslim journalist in Italy.  Allam knew that publicly renouncing his Islamic faith would bring attempts on his life from angered Muslims, but expressed conviction that his newfound faith would sustain him through any difficulties. "You asked me whether I fear for my life, in the awareness that conversion to Christianity will certainly procure for me yet another and much more grave death sentence for apostasy. You are perfectly right. I know what I am headed for but...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 Generationhttp://magic-city-news.com/article_6655.shtml 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...