Monday, September 20, 2010
What Do Simplistic Critics of the Crusades Forget?
"Of the external foes of the Church, Islam was one of the most dangerous and long enduring...In its very first century of existence, this sect conquered not only large tracts of Asia, but all northern Africa as far as the Atlantic, engulfed Spain, and invaded France, leaving there, as on the crest of a highest wave, marks of its own culture which persisted even to modern times. Nor did the danger of a Mohammedan conquest of Europe end with the battle of Tours in 732.
"The peril endured for nearly a thousand years, now menacing France, now Italy, now striking through the Balkans, now through northeastern Europe: now on land, now on sea.
"In the tenth century the Moslems held Sicily, whence they raided the mainland of Italy, laid waste the country about Rome, profaned the apostolic tombs, and collected tribute from the Popes. They had been a threat to the peace and independence of European Christians for nearly four centuries when Pope urban II preached the First Crusade against them in 1096"
---William Thomas Walsh, Characters of the Inquisition, P. 23, emphasis added
Our forefathers in the Faith tried to save their home, Europe, for all. There is much more of course...
Also, "Jews in the near East, north Africa and Spain threw their support behind advancing Muslim Arab armies" (against Christian nations)---Soundvision.com (Islamic)
That we press on to better things now is our prayer and Hope, holding no grudges...Catholics today have been among those in the forefront of opposing Israeli persecution of Palestinians....
"If seizing Christian Syria and Palestine by the Muslim sword was acceptable in the seventh century, why was it so atrocious to try to reclaim them with the Christian lance...?"---Phillip Jenkins
--->Four Myths about the Crusades by Paul F. Crawford. "In 2001, former president Bill Clinton delivered a speech at Georgetown University in which he discussed the West’s response to the recent terrorist attacks of September 11. The speech contained a short but significant reference to the crusades. Mr. Clinton observed that “when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem [in 1099], they . . . proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple Mount.” He cited the “contemporaneous descriptions of the event” as describing “soldiers walking on the Temple Mount . . . with blood running up to their knees.” This story, Mr. Clinton said emphatically, was “still being told today in the Middle East and we are still paying for it...." Read it all
--->Islam Threat or Not? The (Video) Debate...