“During the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ”.
These are the words of President Obama. The presidents remarks comparing ISIL militants to medieval Christian crusaders ignited a firestorm of criticism on Thursday, ABC News wanted to know:
How accurate is that comparison?
“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” the president told an audience at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.
Meanwhile, historians have been quick to discourage a link between ISIL and the Crusaders, who fought to reclaim holy lands in the Middle East nearly 900 years ago.
“I don’t think the president knows very much about the crusades,” Thomas Madden, a historian at the University of St. Louis, told ABC News.
“He seems to be casting them as an example of a distortion of Christianity and trying to compare that to what he sees as a distortion of Islam in the actions of ISIL,” Madden said. “The initial goal of the Crusades was to give back lands to Christians that been conquered, due to Muslim conquests.”
The Crusades, which began in 1095 with the call of Pope Urban II to recover Jerusalem from Muslim rule, were a series of wars that lasted nearly two centuries. Although no reliable estimate of casualties caused by Crusaders exists, the massacre of over 2,700 Muslim prisoners by Richard the Lionheart outside Acre during the Third Crusade has been well documented and is remembered in the Middle East to this day.
Thomas Asbridge, a historian at the University of London, said in a statement to ABC News,
“It is true to say, that by modern standards, atrocities were committed by crusaders, as they were by their Muslim opponents, it is however, far less certain that, by medieval standards, crusading violence could be categorized as distinctly extreme in all instances.”
Asbridge said he doesn’t have a problem with the president reminding the world that the Christian Church “advocated violence, and at times even encouraged its adherents to engage in warfare” but to suggest a causal link between ISIL and the distant medieval phenomenon of the Crusades is “grounded in the manipulation and misrepresentation of historical evidence.”
Source: Washington Post
Obama is right when he claims that the Pope is responsible for horrible crimes. Particularly during the crusades and during the Inquisition.
The essential question would be:
Is the Pope a Christian by simply claiming to be one?
The answer is absolutely not.
How do we know?
Because the Bible tell us so. The Papacy has been behind murders of millions of people. First and foremost Bible obeying Christians, and Jews who refused to be converted to Catholicism. But also Muslims in their tens of thousands, during the crusades and the Papal slaughter of Muslims living in India in 1498 A.D onwards. Jesus the Messiah told us to bless and not harm anyone. Even to bless our enemies, and those who hate us. The Pope is just one of many misuser of the name of “Christ”. Through the ages the crimes of the Papacy have come to us unlimited. Even today the evils are exposed. Just ask thousands of altarboys who have been raped by the Roman Catholic priesthood.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.
Be aware that Obama is not attacking the Papacy to explain that the Pope is no true Christian. But rather to justify certain Islamic violence, because followers of “Christ” have done the same.
If a Muslim crippels and kill for “allah”, will he still be a Muslim?
Absolutely. Because an Arab named Muhammad called all Muslims to fight Jihad. To take territories by force. If required, violence shall be used to make the whole world live in submission.
How do we know?
Because the Koran tells us so. There are more than 160 verses in the Koran, that call all Muslims to fight Jihad. When they refuse to do so, they are slaughtered by their own brethren. We can all see that Muslims shout “allahUakbar” when they commit barbarian crimes against humanity.
By his statement, Obama helps the Islamic state to get legitimacy. Like the White House rebrading of Taliban as an “armed insurgency”, the Islamic State will also be rebranded as a “violent moverment” with elements of justificable acts of revange against Western imperialism. The logic of Obama is: Since the Pope can use violence, so can we, the Muslims.
Written by Ivar