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  • Are the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven the same?

    03/01/2014 10:42:07 AM PST · by PhilipFreneau · 120 replies
    March 1, 2014 | PhilipFreneau
    Are the Kingdom of God and Heaven the same? The teaching of the kingdom began in the days of John the Baptist, whose ministry was the fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1. These are the prophecies and their fulfillment: "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Isa 40:3 KJV) "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the...
  • On the urgency that Jesus had to save us, as seen in a commercial

    09/21/2013 7:15:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 20, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The commercial in the video below has a surprise ending. We are led through a very traditional story line about a child who can’t wait for Christmas. But then comes the twist at the end. You may wish to view it before you read any further commentary by me, lest my comments, give the surprise away.As I saw the video I was first reminded of the Scripture which says, It is more blessed to give than to receive. ( Acts 20:34) And also the scripture that says, God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7)But there is something more than...
  • W/VIDEO: Hollywood versus History – Kingdom of Heaven and the Real Crusades

    The film Kingdom of Heaven shows conflicts between Muslims and Christians in the twelfth century after the Second and before the Third Crusade, and dramatically culminates with the short siege and fall of Jerusalem to the Muslims in 1187. It is an amazing Hollywood version of the period, but it certainly is not factual history. Such misconceptions, nevertheless, have contributed to the situation today in which “the Crusades” have become virtually synonymous with supposed Christian cruelty and intolerance. The Crusades actually were motivated in part by the desire of Christians in the West to help fellow Christians in the East....
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand!

    05/19/2010 2:28:05 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 20 replies · 394+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 5/19/10 | DJP I.F.
    (In light of the acceleration of the Leftist agenda here in America.) The phrase, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand,” is the signoff slogan and repetitive theme of the Ignorant Fishermen Blog. Those Americans who follow the game of politics generally miss - especially in the light of today’s global setting - that all things are working to this end. If the leaders of the American political spectrum - Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, President Obama, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Bill and Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Scott Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Dick Cheney, Chris Matthews,...
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand!

    04/18/2010 5:27:22 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 10 replies · 372+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 4/18/10 | DJP I.F.
    (In light of the acceleration of the Leftist agenda here in America.) The phrase, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand,” is the signoff slogan and repetitive theme of the Ignorant Fishermen Blog. Those Americans who follow the game of politics generally miss - especially in the light of today’s global setting - that all things are working to this end. If the leaders of the American political spectrum - Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, President Obama, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Bill and Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Scott Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Dick Cheney, Chris Matthews,...
  • The Kingdom of God Of Prophecy and of "The Mystery

    10/04/2006 12:48:14 PM PDT · by cowboyfan88 · 3 replies · 292+ views
    ROLAND N. ICKE, m.D.
    Most of Scripture is concerned with the prophesied Kingdom of God, also called the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew's Gospel. Prophecy and its fulfillment under the Messiah have primary reference to God's sovereignly-chosen people, Israel. The specific Kingdom, called the "Kingdom of His dear Son," "…of His Christ," was not prophesied. God's eternal purpose to save Gentiles in a joint body with Jews was "Hid in God" as a sacred secret ("the mystery") until fulfilled. This mystery was revealed thereafter by the glorified Christ, through Paul's epistles. Alva J. McClain wrote in "The Greatness of the Kingdom," p. 284: "The...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kingdom of Heaven: the Mark Steyn review

    05/20/2005 7:07:23 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 26 replies · 1,394+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 20 May 2005 | Mark Steyn
    KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Let’s say you were setting out to make a parody of contemporary Hollywood’s inability to make a film on any historical subject except through the prism of its own droning self-congratulatory predictable pieties, and let’s say you’d picked as the topic for this parody the Crusades — you remember, long wars back in the day, Muslims vs Christians. What would this parody look like? Well, for a start, this Crusade wouldn’t be between Muslims and Christians, it would be between the ‘fanatics on both sides’ and enlightened progressive types who just want to live together celebrating their...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The ACLU campaign to advance communist goals - (Christian landmarks,heritage dismantled & more)

    05/15/2005 3:23:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 108 replies · 1,896+ views
    THE AMERICAN THINKER.COM ^ | MAY 15, 2005 | WILLIAM J. BECKER, JR.
    Shuffling out of the movie theater last weekend, I emitted a silent scream, frustrated by yet another example of Christianity under assault, the tumescent epic, “Kingdom of Heaven,” a film so utterly contemptuous of Christians and adoring of Muslims that a leading authority on the Crusades branded it “Osama Bin Laden's version of history.” “What insane times we live in,” one film critic notes. “Here we are in the midst of the War on Terror, and all Hollywood can do is continually bash Christianity.” In an industry historically known for coddling communists (the blacklist, Jane Fonda, Stone, Spielberg and others...
  • 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...
  • Hollywood worried, "Kingdom of Heaven" a dud

    05/10/2005 10:08:55 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 147 replies · 3,443+ views
    Hollywood worried, "Kingdom" a dud Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 Sharon Waxman of the NYT tells us that Hollywood is worried about the recent decline of box office sales: Now Hollywood is starting to get worried. The poor box-office performance last weekend of the first major film of the summer, "Kingdom of Heaven," released by 20th Century Fox, made for 11 weeks in a row of declining movie attendance and revenue compared with last year, adding up to the longest slump since 2000 and raising an uncomfortable question: Are people turning away from lackluster movies, or turning...
  • “Kingdom of Heaven” Leads Disappointing Box Office Weekend

    05/10/2005 6:41:59 AM PDT · by veronica · 56 replies · 1,344+ views
    Celebrity Cafe ^ | 05-10-05 | Staff
    "As expected, the epic Ridley Scott picture, “Kingdom of Heaven” nabbed the #1 spot for the weekend, opening with $20 million in ticket sales. Though “Kingdom” debuted on top, it was still a disappointing considering it had a $130 million budget. Similar period pieces “Gladiator” and “Troy” both opened with nearly twice the box office ticket sales at similar times of the year. Movie execs were counting on “Kingdom” to spark a slumping box office year, however this weekend turned out to be one of the most disappointing of late. Hollywood big wigs now have their fingers crossed that the...
  • '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...
  • Catholic website hacked with jihad message response to comments about new Crusades movie

    05/09/2005 1:36:27 PM PDT · by missyme · 26 replies · 810+ views
    WND ^ | May 9th, 2005
    The website of a Catholic civil rights group was hacked over the weekend, apparently by Islamic extremists. William Donohue, president of the New York City-based Catholic League, said the breach began yesterday, one day after his comments about the controversial new Hollywood film on the Crusades, "The Kingdom of Heaven," were published in the New York Post. The unknown hackers replaced the home page with one of their own, featuring a photo of a Palestinian holding a rock in each hand, facing down Israeli soldiers. It included epithets against President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, called for freedom...
  • "Kingdom' of Limbo" (Movie debut very unimpressive)

    05/09/2005 11:31:44 AM PDT · by metalmanx2j · 9 replies · 772+ views
    kickoff since 1991's Backdraft in terms of tickets sold. According to distributor 20th Century Fox's exit polling, the audience was 66 percent over the age of 25 and 52 percent male. "I'm delighted with its performance," 20th Century Fox head of distribution Bruce Snyder told Box Office Mojo. "We had it pegged at about $17 million going into the weekend. The market is still a little bit soft. But the picture performed extremely well with audiences, and I think it will be around for a long time." The Medieval era has been an unappealing subject to audiences in recent decades....
  • Kingdom of Hades

    05/09/2005 11:14:14 AM PDT · by holy joe · 48 replies · 1,344+ views
    NewsMax ^ | May 9, 2005 | James Hirsen
    'Kingdom of Heaven' – Truth in Limbo - - 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...
  • Hollywood Slump: Box Office Down for 11th Straight Weekend

    05/08/2005 2:48:52 PM PDT · by Hawk44 · 49 replies · 4,594+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/08/2005 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The lucrative summer movie season suffered its worst start in years Sunday, as the costly Crusades epic "Kingdom of Heaven" crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with meager ticket sales of just $20 million. The film, which cost nearly $150 million to produce, stars Orlando Bloom -- "Hollywood's No. 1 pretty boy," according to Rolling Stone magazine -- as a humble French blacksmith who takes on the Arabs during the 12th century. It was directed by British filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott, who had better luck with such films as...
  • 'Kingdom of Heaven' worsens U.S. box office slump

    05/08/2005 1:43:38 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 300 replies · 6,169+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Sunday March 8, 10:11 AM ET
    The lucrative summer moviegoing season suffered its worst start in years on Sunday, as the costly Crusades epic "Kingdom of Heaven" crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with meager ticket sales of just $20 million. The film, which cost nearly $150 million to produce, stars Orlando Bloom -- "Hollywood's No. 1 pretty boy," according to Rolling Stone magazine -- as a humble French blacksmith who takes on the Arabs during the 12th century. It was directed by British filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott, who had better luck with such films as "Gladiator" and "Hannibal,"...
  • KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

    05/07/2005 8:34:45 AM PDT · by TheSorcererwiththeCosmicKey · 109 replies · 3,231+ views
    went to Kingdom of Heaven last night, and since i'm a huge fan of these type of pictures: full blown epics, i loved it. Of course, i could see why someone would not like it. First off, I was most impressed by: the sets and the costumes are awesome, like all of Ridley's Scott's other films, "black hawk down', ' gladiator' you are seriously thrown back into the time that he is trying to create and in this picture, you can feel the Crusades and you feel it. Much has been in the presses about how the film would portray...
  • Crusade of Controversy (Boycott anti-Christian 'Kingdom of Heaven?)

    05/06/2005 8:41:56 PM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 80 replies · 1,668+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 6, 2005 | Scott Galup
    All Ridley Scott wanted to do was make a movie about a medieval knight.... Months before that, Jonathan Riley-Smith, an ecclesiastical professor and Crusades expert at Cambridge University, had the opposite take. "It's Osama bin Laden's version of history," he told London's Daily Telegraph newspaper in January 2004. "It will fuel the Islamic fundamentalists..." While his goal was balance, Mr. Scott admits the movie has a point of view: Religious fanaticism leads to pointless slaughter.... Also, that Christians started it. "I think we did," Mr. Scott says, referring broadly to Western Christendom and echoing conventional 20th-century wisdom that the Crusades...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Reluctant Crusader: Chivalry where you’d least expect it(National Review reviews Kingdom of Heaven)

    05/06/2005 10:52:52 AM PDT · by Strategerist · 48 replies · 1,227+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 6, 2005 | Steve Beard
    Deceit vs. valor, murder vs. mercy, courage vs. cowardice, faith vs. uncertainty. Throw in a horrendous case of leprosy, brutal sword fights, the cross of Christianity, and the crescent moon of Islam, and you have a glimpse into Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven — a 130-million-dollar epic about the Crusades. Set in 1184, between the second and third of eight crusades, the film focuses on a time of uneasy truce in Jerusalem when Christians, Muslims, and Jews were able to worship and pray at their holy sites. Not intending to be a documentary, Kingdom of Heaven is an elegant drama...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Jihad Begot the Crusades (1)

    05/05/2005 5:55:29 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 18 replies · 964+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | May 4, 2005 | Andrew G. Bostom
    The New York Times’ Alan Riding recently opined that  “…[The C]rusades were waged, [by] European monarchs, lords, knights and their armies of devout followers to fight — and settle — in an area stretching between what is today Syria and Egypt. The Muslims responded  [emphasis added] with their own sporadic jihads until finally, by 1291, the Christians had been driven out.” He further lauds the fact that in Ridley Scott’s new film portrayal of the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven   “…Mr. Scott and his screenwriter, William Monahan, have tried to be balanced. Muslims are portrayed as bent on coexistence until Christian extremists...
  • Crusading Against History (Kingdom of Heaven is More Politically Correct Historical Revisionism)

    05/04/2005 6:15:44 AM PDT · by CitadelArmyJag · 15 replies · 1,056+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | May 3, 2005 | Robert Spencer
    Crusading Against History By Robert Spencer FrontPageMagazine.com | 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 Christians are defeated, the Muslims give them safe conduct to return to...
  • Q&A with Ridley Scott(Crusaders bad guys, Black Hawk Down, anti-war movie)

    05/04/2005 7:43:16 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 44 replies · 1,207+ views
    Macleans ^ | 05/04/05 | BRIAN D. JOHNSON
    c 'He was forgetting that the crusaders were the bad guys' BRIAN D. JOHNSON Making a romantic epic about the Crusades -- and a hero of a Christian defending Jerusalem from a Muslim horde -- sounds like a dodgy proposition. But with Kingdom of Heaven, Sir Ridley Scott navigates a moral minefield to make a movie that glorifies combat while preaching tolerance. After Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, the 57-year-old director offers another spectacle of noble warriors on the wrong side of history. Its hero is Balian (Orlando Bloom), a knight who beds the wife of a Christian zealot, inherits...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Very good review of "Kingdom of Heaven" from UK newspaper

    05/02/2005 11:57:10 PM PDT · by dennisw · 11 replies · 503+ views
    http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/film/news/story.jsp?story=635179
  • 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...
  • Director Defends 'Anti-Islamic' Crusades Epic

    05/02/2005 6:41:47 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 45 replies · 1,269+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 05/02/05 | Karen Attwood and Anita Singh
    Director Defends 'Anti-Islamic' Crusades Epic By Karen Attwood and Anita Singh, PA Sir Ridley Scott today defended his controversial film Kingdom Of Heaven, which will premiere in Britain tonight. The epic, starring Orlando Bloom, is set in the 12th century during the Crusades and depicts the bloody war between Christians and Muslims. Critics have accused the director of insensitivity for making the project after the events of September 11. But Scott described the film today as “a very good discussion and balance on those tricky subjects politics and religion – religion is politics and politics is religion”. Speaking on BBC...
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Propaganda Film?

    05/02/2005 7:40:57 AM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 32 replies · 610+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 5-01-05 | LGF
    LGF operative zombie has posted a must-read report on the Ridley Scott film about the Crusades, with information you haven’t seen elsewhere: Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven: Propaganda Film? * The film distorts history to portray Muslims in a good light. * Nevertheless, Muslims at first attacked the film while it was being made (including death threats). * Ridley Scott then subsequently slanted the film even further to appease Muslim special interest groups. * Eventually most of them agreed it was sufficiently dhimmified. * (The film, is also explicitly anti-religion, to please the Lefties.) * Dr. Hamid Dabashi, featured in...
  • Orlando Bloom Crusades in 'Kingdom of Heaven'

    04/29/2005 1:00:01 PM PDT · by missyme · 237 replies · 4,833+ views
    Hollywood Confidential ^ | April 30th, 2005
    We recently attended a preview of director Ridley Scott's crusader epic, "Kingdom of Heaven," which opens nationally May 6. The $130 million film -- which stars Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons -- tells the story of a 12th century blacksmith who rises to defend Jerusalem from Muslim invaders. We're unable to officially review the film until its release, but we had these observations: Although Scott put "Kingdom" in development before the 9/11 attacks, it's obvious that the War on Terror forms the backdrop for the film. "Kingdom of Heaven" is clearly intended to be a parable for our...
  • The tale is history, but the conflict is now (See the Movie -- Watch CAIR Squirm and Scream)

    04/28/2005 5:50:57 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 86 replies · 2,245+ views
    CAIR/Ottawa Citizen ^ | 28 April 2005 | Joanne Laucius
    Although Kingdom of Heaven aims to deplore religious fanaticism, critics fear the film will just inspire more hatred, writes Joanne Laucius.Muslims and Christians clash in the desert. There are bloody battles, power struggles and even gruesome decapitations, all in the name of faith. Familiar as this may seem to any consumer of the nightly news, this is Gladiator director Ridley Scott's tale Kingdom of Heaven, to be splashed across the big screen starting next week. The film is about the Crusades, a centuries-old subject that is history to most Westerners, but is still an open wound to many Muslims. Kingdom...
  • 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...
  • Tolerance triumph in Kingdom of Heaven.

    04/26/2005 4:14:00 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 22 replies · 1,856+ views
    Telegraph India ^ | 04/25/05 | Telegraph India
    Tolerance triumph in Kingdom of Heaven - Valiant knight Ridley Scott’s new blockbuster, Kingdom of Heaven, could hardly be more topical. It shows Muslims resisting Christian invaders, battles raging in wind-whipped deserts, ancient cities under siege and civilians cowering. Ok, so all this screen mayhem is meant to be happening more than eight centuries ago, but doesn’t it sound like recent news from Iraq? Well, the movie is not meant to show that Christians and Muslims have been at one another’s throats for centuries. Rather, by dwelling on the extended, turbulent holy war known as the Crusades, Ridley said he...
  • Scott Praised for Accurate Muslim Portrayal (Shocking, huh?)

    04/18/2005 7:38:55 PM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 66 replies · 1,474+ views
    Director Ridley Scott has been praised for challenging the post 9/11 demonization of the Muslim religion and warfare in his latest movie Kingdom Of Heaven. The controversial film depicts a 12th century Muslim-Christian battle for Jerusalem during the Third Crusade - and is set to cast aside stereotypical views of Muslims and show the benefits of diplomacy over war in resolving Middle Eastern crises. Historians have praised the accurate character portrayals - in particular that of Muslim leader Saladin, played by Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud. Muslim scholar Hamid Dabashi says, "There are a few inaccuracies, in that he has probably...
  • Muslim Scholars Denounce Upcoming 'Kingdom of Heaven' (poor babies)

    08/12/2004 1:13:08 PM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 62 replies · 2,459+ views
    IMDb.com ^ | 8-12-04
    Several prominent Muslim-American scholars are expressing anger over the script of 20th Century Fox's Kingdom of Heaven, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, and Jeremy Irons. It is scheduled for release in May. Dealing with the 12th Century Crusades, the film describes the roots of the modern Middle East conflict. Laila al-Qatami, a spokeswoman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, told today's (Thursday) New York Times, that there are "a lot of words flying around, with prominent figures talking about Islam being incompatible with Christianity and American values. This kind of movie might reinforce 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...
  • Saladin and Sir Ridley: Hollywood does holy war

    03/15/2005 8:49:36 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 28 replies · 1,029+ views
    Daily Star ^ | Wednesday, March 16, 2005 | By Ramsay Short
    LONDON: "It is better to live in peace together than to perpetuate war. It sounds simple but we don't seem to be able to manage it today," Ridley Scott, who was knighted for his services to the British film industry in 2003, explains during an interview after a partial screening of his latest film in the VUE multiplex cinema in London's Leicester Square. "That's what "Kingdom Of Heaven" is about, the journey of a boy becoming a man without ever losing his integrity." On the screen behind Scott, a vast column of Christian soldiers is on the march, the Knights...