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Blaming the Victims:
Disinformation on the Crusades from President Obama



Dear Yael,

At ACT for America it is no secret that we have not been in agreement with President Obama’s national security policies, but have always been respectful of the office which he holds.

Unfortunately, President Obama has not always been respectful of others and perhaps the worst example of disrespect came on Thursday at, of all events, the National Prayer Breakfast.

It was in that setting that President Obama delivered remarks comparing the actions of the Islamic State to things done “in the name of Jesus Christ.” Among those things according to President Obama: slavery.

He then cited the Crusades.

Not only were his remarks inappropriate for the occasion and insulting to peace loving Christians everywhere, they were historically inaccurate.

In terms of slavery, while it is true that Christians owned slaves, slavery is not an integral part of Christian doctrine. Jesus did not own slaves. The same cannot be said of Islam. Mohammed owned many slaves and even shared concubines with his warriors. There are today forty different words in Arabic to describe slaves; that’s how prominent slavery has been in the Islamic world. The slave trade in Africa was largely run by Muslims. And when Western nations finally abolished the evil practice of slavery, that slave trade in Africa persisted without them. Remember, Saudi Arabia, the site of Islam’s holiest sites, did not outlaw slavery until the 1960s. Moreover, slavery is still practiced today in parts of Islamic Africa, notably Sudan.

But Obama’s biggest dose of disinformation came in the form of his remarks on the Crusades.

There is a myth that the Crusades were nothing but an aggressive series of wars in which Christendom attacked the Muslim world and committed atrocities.

The reality is somewhat different.

The Crusades actually began after centuries of Islamic jihad invading, pillaging and conquering Christian lands in present-day North Africa and parts of Europe.

After 400 years of systematic genocide of Christians at the hands of Islamic jihadists, Pope Urban II, acting on a plea from the Byzantine emperor whose people had been attacked by Muslim hoards, finally called on “Christ’s heralds” to sound the call for help for the Christians in the east and free the Holy Land.

So, the first Crusade was a defensive action in response to Islamic jihad.

This is an historical fact that our president unfortunately left out of his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.

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whitetail
Feb. 9th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
That man is such a blatant dissembler and so distanced from reality, it's truly frightening.
polaris93
Feb. 9th, 2015 12:50 am (UTC)
Absolutely. This has nothing to do with which psrty he belongs to, whether he's a condervative or a liberal, whether he is on the right or the left. He's flatly evil. Even his own party is turning away from him -- Democrats running for election or re-election have told him "Please don't campaign for or endorse me!" When your own political party turns against you, you have truly unbelievably screwed up. Yes, he's evil. He's also mentally ill. The combination is terrifying. Dear G-d, we are in deep, deep trouble, and most earnestly and reverently beg Your help to get that man and his accomplices the hell out of ouor government and, if possible, our country.
galadrion
Feb. 9th, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC)
"So, the first Crusade was a defensive action in response to Islamic jihad.

Well... not exactly. Retaliatory, yes, but not really defensive. I'm willing to concede that it was justified (although I am also well aware that there are people who disagree with me on that point) but the only way to claim that the Crusades - any of the Crusades - were an act of defense is to completely ignore the distinction between defense and offense. Rather like pleading self-defense by declaring in court "I hit him back first!" You still hit him. Which is an offensive act, not a defensive one.

Note that I am not saying that taking the offensive is never justified. It is a historically verifiable fact that no "Department of Defense" (or reasonable equivalent) has ever won a war. And wars can indeed be justifiable - there have been many just wars in history, and there will be again.

All of this, however, is rather beside the point, except as an illustration of yet another example of things Obama is constitutionally unable to understand.
polaris93
Feb. 12th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
"All of this, however, is rather beside the point, except as an illustration of yet another example of things Obama is constitutionally unable to understand."

Or, knows about but lies and lies and lies anyway, for his own purposes and agenda. Or both.

There is a book, M. Scott Peck's People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, that has some bearing on this. Peck is a psychiatrist who is also a devout Christian, and he points out that from what he has seen, true evil begins with lies and is permeated with them. He believes that evil people are mentally as well as spiritually ill. That's fine, but Obama is clearly a psychopath -- no conscience, no empathy, heartless, a chronic liar, and unable much of the time to grasp normal human psychology and the way the American public thinks. Perhaps Malachi Martin's Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans. One more reason I will be ecstatically glad to see the back of him.
brezhnev
Feb. 19th, 2015 05:27 am (UTC)
When my GF saw 0bama for the first time, her immediate thought was, "What is the devil doing on TV?"

Myself, though, I think he's not the devil incarnate, but rather a professional agitator who was elevated to a position way above his experience and competence. If he was the devil, then at least he'd be able to pull off some miracles to get everyone believing in him. Even so, one does occasionally get a whiff of brimstone about him; the "Lightworker" business, case in point.
polaris93
Feb. 21st, 2015 04:00 am (UTC)
I agree completely. And there's a dark streak in humanity. In most of us, it only emerges during dreams or in our thoughts or due to a neurological glitch. But there are those who have, of their own free will, fully embraced it. And others who are tempted by it. It's on the latter that Hell works, trying and trying to seduced or force them into giving in to it. And this is what Obama has embraced.

Does Hell exist? Take a look at Islamic State -- the horrors they perpetrate are of Hell, and their strategic stupidity in trying it that is finally helping to turn the tide against them is also of Hell, which is prone to terrible blunders because Hell cannot understand Heaven, nor God, nor, really, humanity, nor any other sort of living creature save, perhaps, viruses. And "Blunders 'r' Us" is Obama to a "T".
expanding_x_man
Feb. 10th, 2015 05:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for this! Whatever or however one can quibble, fact is - Islam has been on the march since its inception and is the most warlike religion I can think of. If there were not Crusades, we might all be Muslims now. I would prefer not. There was the zero, algebra and some gorgeous architecture, but really - I would rather we not be overtaken by Islam. There has been a lapse in their march, but they are on the march again, and there is a great deal of destruction happening wherever they go.
polaris93
Feb. 12th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
Right on! Islam is morally destitute and always has been, right back to its inception. The reasons for this are right in the Quran; there it shows that jihad, oppression of women and secual abuse of children, its murderous attitude toward Jews, gays/lesbians, and "infidels", anyone who isn't a Muslim. After Muhammed, Islam began turning against itself, with wars between Sunnis and Shias become the rule of the day. Islam reached its heights as a culture in the 12th century. Afterward it began to go downhill and has been doing so ever since, and there is no sign that that will ever turn around. Given the way so many Muslim males and some Muslim females treat women and children, they are likely to hand a vast Darwin Award to the whole bunch of them any day now. And Obama calls them only "zealots" and their behavior "acts of random violence" a Person of the Lie indeed.
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