Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lucia Jihad and the Crusades

I'm of the opinion that it is vital to understand the real history of the world, rather than the spun narratives that end up making young NZ'ers of European ancestry think that their own culture is not that special. Even the Crusades are something to be proud of. Unfortunately, the Crusades have quite a bad name due to major misinformation and historical ignorance of what the world was like at that time.

The cultural relativists on the Left and apologists for radical Islam like to blame the Crusades for almost everything. The Muslim extremists are only responding to the deeds of Christian extremists, the argument goes. In his new book, Sir Walter Scott’s Crusades and Other Fantasies, former Muslim Ibn Warraq takes on this misleading theme intended to blame the West for the Muslim world’s troubles.

The claim that the Crusades are the starting point of Islamic jihad is basically the political application of, “For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction.” It equates the Christian beliefs driving the Crusades with the Islamic beliefs driving jihad.

Ibn Warraq’s new book tackles this misconception. Islamic atrocities were not provoked by the Crusaders’ own reprehensible acts, but preceded them. Islamic jihad was not triggered by the Crusades; it preceded them.

In fact, as explained by Warraq and in books like The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and What’s So Great About Christianity, the Christian world was reduced to about one-third of what it was by the sword of jihad. The Crusades were launched with the objective of, without any exaggeration, saving Europe and Western civilization from Sharia.

My personal experience in school is that the opposite was taught. The Crusades were framed as offensive and the jihads as defensive. The Crusaders were depicted as barbarians, particularly to Jews. I cannot recall hearing about a single Islamic atrocity before or during these wars.
This is a common phenomenon, Warraq explains, and it’s part of an overall trend when it comes to education about the history of Islam.

“What are seen as positive aspects of Islamic Civilization are ecstatically praised, even exaggerated, and all the negative aspects are imputed to the arrival of the pestilential Westerners, and where the Arabs, Persians and Muslims in general are seen as passive victims,”  Warraq said in an interview.

As proof, Warraq and the other authors mention the countless mass killings and persecutions of Christians and Jews before the Crusades. The destruction of over 30,000 churches during a 10-year period starting in 1004 AD is little-known. So is the burning of crosses, the beheading of converts to Christianity from Islam, the destruction of Christian holy sites like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the forced tax for non-Muslims (the jizya) and the list goes on and on.

Read more: Blaming the Crusades for Jihad ~ FrontPage

3 comment(s):

thor42 said...

Excellent post, Lucia.

Very true. The Muslims had already been rampaging across North Africa, into Spain and through Persia long before the Crusades started.

Sadly, it now seems inevitable (given immigration and demographic trends) that Islam will overthrow the UK and Europe and plunge them back into the 7th Century.

No weapons needed - just the help of treasonous governments and their "useful idiot" helpers on the Left.

Lucia Maria said...

Thanks, Thor.

Not a happy thought really, is it?

I'm a bit more optimistic, and hopeful that things can turn around. After all, the best place to convert Muslims should be in Western countries. We need to rediscover our own faith here so that it's contagious!

thor42 said...

Hi Lucia -
No, it's not a happy thought at all.

On the rediscovering of faith side of things - I confess that I'm an atheist myself, but what I *will* say is that in this battle, it doesn't matter whether the person fighting next to you in the trenches is Christian, Buddhist, atheist, Jewish, Hindu or whatever - as long as they are *not* Muslim.

What I *will* say is that both belief and strength are key.
For those who are religious, that belief may come from their faith. For others, "belief" may simply mean the absolute knowledge that what they are doing is right.

Both groups can gain strength from that belief, whatever its source.

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