We hear from the media’s talking heads, how evil the Christians are because of the Crusades. They claim, the Crusades were a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. The Crusaders are portrayed as Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins.
What they never mention, either because it doesn’t fit the agenda or they are ignorant. 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.
From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam, and the Abode of War. Christianity, and for that matter any other non-Muslim religion, has no abode. Christians and Jews can be tolerated within a Muslim state under Muslim rule. But, in TRADITIONAL Islam, Christian and Jewish states must be destroyed and their lands conquered.
What gave birth to the Crusades? They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured, by the sword, two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.
Learn the TRUE history. The Crusades were not capricious holy wars. They were wars of survival. Without the Crusades, ALL Christians in Europe would have been slaughter or converted.
Hundreds of years after the Crusades. In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain. They asked this ‘diplomat’ by what right his nation attacked American ships, enslaved her citizens, and why the Muslims held such hostility toward this new nation, with which neither Tripoli nor any of the other Barbary Coast nations had any previous contact.
The answer from Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja (the ambassador,) he replied,
“That Islam, was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qur’an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
Now let me say that quote again, “That Islam, was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qur’an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
That was in 1786, over two hundred years ago. Please, one more time reread that quote. Then tell me how that is different from what the so called “radical” Muslims are saying today? What is being sold as “Radical” Islam is just Islam, and always has been. Since it was founded, Islam has been at war with anyone not following Islam.
Please, please, please, take some time and educate yourself. What you are being told is all lies. Learn about the Islamic Expansions from 632-1000. By the time the Crusades started, Islam had violently conquered over half of the Christian lands. The Crusades saved Europe from annihilation. Keep in mind that Islam and terrorism have gone hand in hand since its inception at the beginning of the 7th century. In fact, it’s founder Muhammad was a terrorist and used “religion” to band his merry men together to conquer, rape and pillage.