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  • William
    started a topic Were the Crusades a Just War?

    Were the Crusades a Just War?

    by Dawn Sanders
    Were Catholics morally right to wage war against the Muslims over the Holy Land? Or was it a political power grab? Or worse, a form of religious genocide? Depending on whom one listens to—secularists, Moslems, Protestants or Catholics, one can form an argument to support any of those views. The problem with history is that those who lived it are usually gone and not able to defend their choices. Another problem is all the revisionist history written since the 1960’s which is meant to skew public opinion and misinform the young. There are, however, those who are making an effort to relay the truth to an uninformed and wrongly-informed world about the actual reasons for the Crusades to re-take the Holy Land in the eleventh century. Only two will be quoted in this article, followed by links to some others. Why the War? Islam has never been an entirely peaceful religion. Most of the time it has been spread by war. When Mohammed was battling the city of Mecca in the seventh century, most of the known world was Catholic, due to the Faith being accepted by the Roman Empire. Since Islam sees the world as existing either in the Abode of Islam or the Abode of War, it didn’t take long for the caliphs to attack the Christians. “With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after M...
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    started a topic Inventing the Crusades

    Inventing the Crusades

    The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam
    by Jonathan Riley-Smith
    Within a month of the attacks of September 11, 2001, former president Bill Clinton gave a speech to the students of Georgetown University. As the world tried to make sense of the senseless, Clinton offered his own explanation: “Those of us who come from various European lineages are not blameless,” he declared. “Indeed, in the First Crusade, when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem, they first burned a synagogue with three hundred Jews in it, and proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple Mount. The contemporaneous descriptions of the event describe soldiers walking on the Temple Mount, a holy place to Christians, with blood running up to their knees. “I can tell you that that story is still being told today in the Middle East, and we are still paying for it,” he concluded, and there is good reason to believe he was right. Osama bin Laden and other Islamists regularly refer to Americans as “Crusaders.” Indeed, bin Laden directed his fatwa authorizing the September 11 attacks against the “Crusaders and Jews.” He later preached that “for the first time the Crusaders have managed to achieve their historic ambitions and dreams against our Islamic umma, gaining control over Islamic holy places and Holy Sanctuaries. . . ....
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  • William
    started a topic What About the Crusades?

    What About the Crusades?

    by Rodney Stark
    Christians today can discuss whether the Crusades were in fact warranted. But any such discussion must be made under a clear understanding of what historically transpired and why. There is a great deal of historical revisionism and hatchet jobs regarding these events which need to be utterly debunked. During the time of the Enlightenment up to recent time critics often claim that the Crusaders were Western imperialists, those who set out after land with a desire to loot. But there is a background that so many of the modern critics of the Crusades, for some reason, ignore: The history begins in the seventh century when conquering Muslim armies swept over the Middle East, North Africa, and southern Europe. One Christian land after another was mercilessly attacked and conquered by advancing Muslim armies. Vast stretches of once Christian lands were now in Muslim hands. The entire of North Africa, once solidly Christian now were under complete Islamic rule. It is important to remember that Muhammad told his followers, "I was o...
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  • William
    started a topic The Crusades

    The Crusades

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