Below is a little much-needed history lesson for Barack Obama and the other libs in the media, Congress and academia who repeat ad nauseum the talking points (lies) about Islamo-fascists being just like Christians through the years.
Guest commentator, Laurie Sterling presents some great information for when the anti-Christian bigots start spouting off about your Faith.
When they scream that you’re lying, please refer them to the sources at the end of this column, which Laurie has conveniently laid-out: Here you go..
by Laurie Sterling : Reprinted with permission
On February 5, 2015, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, US President Barack Hussein Obama attempted to morally equivocate the actions of the Christian Crusaders of Medieval times with the recent acts of brute terror displayed by ISIS barbarians today. (2)
One may choose to accept Obama’s words at face value, but that type of thinking will likely lead to one’s own peril. Obama and other “revisionist” historians like to take the Christian Crusades out of their proper historical context and “manipulate the facts” for their own political gain.
Prior to the Christian Crusades were the Islamic Crusades, which began in AD 624. Any description of the “Crusades” without Islamic provocation is simply a pretext.
The Christian Defense Crusades were a result of mass genocide committed against Christians and Jews all over Medieval Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East for a period of roughly 470 years preceding what we refer to today simply as, “The Crusades.” (3)
During this period in history, the Christian population was either subjugated to Islam or killed and even tortured to death for refusing to convert to the religion. (4)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Sounding familiar?
The recent acts of barbarism committed by ISIS are not just reminiscent of Middle Age jihadi tactics; ISIS is, in fact, attempting to repeat the historical brutality of seventh century Islam to the letter, and thus far, they have been very successful in accomplishing that heinous goal.
The current leader, or caliph, of ISIS has adopted the name, Abu Bakr, who was a close friend of Mohammed and the first leader of the Islamic jihad. (5)
Muslims refer to the time leading up to the Crusades as “The Great Jihad.” (6)
Nevertheless, a more fitting title might be the Islamic Crusades. The involvement of Christians in self-defense is perhaps better understood as the Christian Defense Crusades. The purpose of our research is not to debate the battles of the Crusades, which were launched in AD 1095.
Nor is our purpose to advocate for the Crusades. We acknowledge that atrocities were committed during the Crusades on both sides of the battles. Our purpose is simply to establish the fact that the first Crusade was fought in self-defense.
The First Caliph, Abu Bakr, Starts the First “Great Jihad”
If the brutality of Islam became evident during Mohammed’s lifetime, it would increase greatly after his death. Andrew G. Bostom describes the phenomenon of the jihad or “holy war” as it is called in Islam. He states, “Within two years of Mohammed’s death, [however] Abu Bakr, the first caliph, launched the Great Jihad.” (7)
The ensuing three decades witnessed Islamdom’s [sic] most spectacular expansion, as Muslim armies subdued the entire Arabian Peninsula, and conquered territories that had been in Greco-Roman possession since the reign of Alexander the Great. (8)
Ergun and Emir Caner are Christians who converted from Islam. They write about the spread of Islam under Muhammad: “Anyone found insulting the name or cause of Allah was dealt with swiftly. One example is the woman poet Asma, who satirized the prophet continually.
One night Umayr ibn ‘Awf, a military leader among the Muslims, attacked the poet while she was nursing one of her seven children…Tearing the child from her hands, the militant slaughtered the mother joyfully. He then returned to camp and told Muhammad what he had done.” (9)
Robert Spencer adds, “The sword spread Islam. Under Islamic rule, the non-Muslim majorities of those regions were gradually whittled down to the tiny minorities they are today, through repression, discrimination, and harassment that made conversion to Islam the only path to a better life.” (10)
The Muslim Crusades
The first major battle victory for the Muslims was the Battle of Badr in 624. (11)
The story goes that Muhammad told his followers to attack a caravan of the Quraysh tribe and appealed to Allah to give it to the Muslims as prey. Although the Muslims were outnumbered, the Quraysh were defeated and plundered. This was a decisive battle for the Muslims since it set the precedent for jihad.
Robert Spencer states, “Above all, the battle of Badr was the first practical example of what came to be known as the Islamic doctrine of jihad – a doctrine that builds the key to the understanding of both the Crusades and the conflict of today.” (12)
Mohammed and his followers saw the victory as a sign that Allah was on their side and they even believed that Allah had sent angels to help. Muslims still boast about this victory and it is written about in the Koran, the Muslims’ “holy book.” (13)
In the year 630, Muhammad waged a jihad against the Byzantine Christians amidst rumors that the Christians were amassing an army. After enlisting roughly 30,000 jihadists, the Christian army turned out to be only a rumor, but the jizya taxed was imposed upon the infidels (non-Muslims), in return for “protection.” (14)
In other words, Christians were allowed, at first, to live in subjugation to Islamic law but had to pay the jizya to be safe. This was a type of modern-day mafia “protection” program. Those who did convert to Islam still had to pay a tax called the zakat tax.15 According to Robert Spencer, Mohammed sent a letter prior to his death to the Emperor of Rome, Heraclius – which was really a direct threat. It stated, “Embrace Islam and you will be safe.” (16)
From 632-634 the polytheists living in Arabia faced death if they did not convert to Islam. In 633, Khalid al-Walid was named, “The Sword of Allah” for beheading so many pagans in Ullays (modern day Iraq) that a canal near the Euphrates River was referred to as “Blood Canal.” (17)
James Arlandson provides a timeline documenting the rise of Islam on the American Thinker website.18 In the year 634 the Caliphate of Umar ibn al—Khattab began. This Caliph was known for his legendary brutality. The Muslims conquered Damascus in 635. The Battle of Yarmuk in 636 provided further encouragement for the Muslim Crusaders when they defeated the Byzantines in Syria.
In 637 the Muslims conquered Iraq at the Battle of al—Qadisiyyah. In 638 the Muslims took Jerusalem from Byzantine rule and by the year 691 the Dome of the Rock sat atop the Jewish Temple. (19)
Islamic control of Jerusalem would prove to be a catalyst for the Christian involvement in the first Crusade.20 By the year 711, Spain, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Palestine and all of North Africa were in Muslim hands. (21)
Will History Repeat Itself?
As Obama continues to place his sympathies with Muslims and against Christians and Jews, the violence will undoubtedly continue. Tragically, those groups along with Muslims will likely “be led like sheep to the slaughter.” (22)
For brevity’s sake, this is only the first part in a series of articles, which seeks to expose the true history of Islam, a difficult task in the midst of revisionists. In upcoming weeks we will look at the rise of Al Andalusia, the Muslim “mythical paradise,” which took place when the Muslims conquered Spain.
EDITOR: We hope Laurie will let us repost her whole series. This reminds me of when people wrote articles you could actually learn from and trust, due to the diligent sourcing and bibliograpsy (below)
You’d best learn this stuff or watch it being repeated. Rodney Lee
Arlandson, James, The Truth About the Islamic Crusades, Accessed November 14, 2013.
2 Charlie Spiering, “Obama at National Prayer Breakfast: ‘People Committed Terrible Deeds in the Name of Christ,’” Breitbart: Big Government, Accessed January 6, 2015
3 Dr. Bill Warner, “Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret.” Tin Ship Productions, You Tube, Accessed January 7, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y
4 Dr. Bill Warner, “Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret,” Tin Ship Productions, You Tube, Accessed January 7, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y
5 Hadith, Bukari 031, 5873
6 Andrew G. Bostom, The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, New York: Prometheus Books, 2008, 39.
8 Andrew G. Bostom, The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, New York: Prometheus Books, 2008, 39.
9 Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner, Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2002), 49.
10 Robert Spencer, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades), (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2005), 107
11 Ibid, 10
13 Koran, Surah 8, verses 11-18
15 James Arlandson, The Truth About the Islamic Crusades, (Accessed November 14, 2013).
16 Robert Spencer, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, 108.
17 James Arlandson, The Truth About the Islamic Crusades
20 Jonathan Riley-Smith, The Crusades: A History, (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005), 10.
21 James Arlandson, American Thinker Website
22 Romans 8:36
23 Medieval Sourcebook: “Urban II: Speech at Council of Clermont, 1095, according to Fulcher of Chartres.” Accessed December 4, 2013. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/urban2-fulcher.asp Bostom, Andrew G., “The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims,” New York: Prometheus Books, 2008.
Caner, Ergun Mehmet and Emir Fethi Caner, Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs, Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2002.
Medieval Sourcebook: “Urban II: Speech at Council of Clermont, 1095, According to
Fulcher of Chartres.” Accessed December 4, 2013.
Spencer, Robert, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades). Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2005 Bill Warner, “Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret,” Tin Ship Productions, You
Tube, Accessed January 7, 2014