How dare Obama lecture those attending the National Prayer Breakfast about the Crusades and tell them to basically get off their high horse! This is truly an abject slap in the face to all God-loving Christians and to those who have been terrified, tortured or murdered by ISIS and other jihadist Islamic cults. His indignant comments are not only of improper taste but also of ill-conceived knowledge.
As George Santa once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Now, to get the facts straight, the original Crusades, despite much belief, was not commissioned by the Pope to regain the holy land. After the church council in Clermont, France in 1905, Pope Urban II called upon the West to assist their Christians Brothers in the East against the barbarous Muslim Turks who were committing relentless atrocities against them.
To quote: “For your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help, and you must hasten to give them the aid which has often been promised them. For, as the most of you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont, which is called the Arm of St. George. They have occupied more and more of the lands of those Christians, and have overcome them in seven battles. They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire. If you permit them to continue thus for awhile with impurity, the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them. On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends”.
Sound familiar? Now just replace Muslim Turks with ISIS or Boko Haram, and you can understand how the first Crusades parallel what is occurring today, a thousand years later. The Crusades were not some grandiose land grab but instead sparked as a direct result of jihadi-like Muslim aggression. To infer otherwise is to be ignorant of history and to the Pope Urban’s original proclamation. The mission was to stop the atrocities being committed against the Eastern Christian population and put an end to Muslim aggression.
Another major problem with Obama’s statement is that he defend, if not justifies, ISIS’s behavior by implying that Christians have acted no better. The comparison is both juvenile and nearsighted. Plus it mimics the logic of an 8 year old: “My friend Billy did it when he was younger, so why can’t I?” What basis does Obama have to “get on his high horse” and lecture those at the National Prayer Breakfast? Why must he defend the jihadists by attacking Christians? I don’t see Christians burning, beheading and torturing people in Christ’s name. However, I do see the opposite in Muhammad’s.
The bottom line is that Obama is no friend to Christians, Jews or even Americans. He is a communist/socialist sympathizer who wants America transformed into an atheist, mediocre nation without national pride, religious beliefs or any coherent identity. To argue any other point would be simply ignoring Obama’s action over the past 6 gloomy years.