No surprise: Islam was at fault for the Crusades, and a bunch of other very bad stuff.

After the end of the Latin Roman Empire, the Mediterranean remained a Christian lake, open to commercial and cultural exchange between the new kingdoms in the West and the Greek Roman Christian Empire.  It was Islam, not the “barbarian invaders,” which broke the unity of the Christian world, thereby interrupting commercial and cultural exchange between […]

Myth #1 about the Crusades

Myth #1: The crusades represented an unprovoked attack by Western Christians on the Muslim world. Nothing could be further from the truth, and even a cursory chronological review makes that clear. In a.d. 632, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, North Africa, Spain, France, Italy, and the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica were all Christian […]

The Crusades: A direct response to Muslim aggression and conquest.

Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of […]

The Crusades were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world.

With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed’s death. They were extremely successful. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt – once the most heavily Christian areas in the world – quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh […]

Things the “libs” will never tell you about Muslim conquest and the Crusades

First, the historical facts: a long “train of abuses”, to borrow Jefferson’s phrase, preceded the launching of the First Crusade in 1096. Since its very inception, Islam had waged an unremitting war against Christianity. It conquered and subjugated centuries-old Christian societies in the Middle East and North Africa. After sweeping through France, the Muslim advance was finally checked by Charles […]

The Crusades – 101

Following his death, Muhammad’s successors–the caliphs–continued an aggressive campaign of expansion. In less than a century they had seized control–among other lands–of Syria, Palestine, and North Africa. Though today we are used to thinking of these lands as Muslim, at the time they were Christian. It has been said that the expanding Muslim empire consumed […]

Enough is Enough: The Crusades and The Jihad Are Not Equivalents

First, the historical facts: a long “train of abuses”, to borrow Jefferson’s phrase, preceded the launching of the First Crusade in 1096. Since its very inception, Islam had waged an unremitting war against Christianity. It conquered and subjugated centuries-old Christian societies in the Middle East and North Africa. After sweeping through France, the Muslim advance was finally checked by Charles […]

On Islam and the Crusades

Consider the situation in the Holy Land 100 years before Pope Urban II’s call in 1095 for a crusade to liberate it. It was part of the territory ruled by the Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim, whose cruelties Christian and Muslim historians alike recorded. Fourteenth-century historian Ibn al-Dawadari tells us that al-Hakim destroyed the Church of Saint […]

Retouching the Egregious Distortions of the Crusades

Retouching the Egregious Distortions of the Crusades Review: November 2007 By Philip Blosser. Philip Blosser is Professor of Philosophy at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. God’s War: A New History of the Crusades.  By Christopher Tyer­man. Harvard University Press (Belknap). 1040 pages. The Crusades are generally viewed today as the historical Western equivalent of […]

At the time of the Crusades, Muslim armies had already conquered two-thirds of the Christian world.

Recently noted on Yahoo Answers: By the time the Crusades finally began, Muslim armies had conquered two-thirds of the Christian world. The first Crusade began in 1095… 460 years after the first Christian city was overrun by Muslim armies, 457 years after Jerusalem was conquered by Muslim armies, 453 years after Egypt was taken by […]

On the Current Christian Apocalypse in Egypt and the Middle East

…thirteen years before the “Arab Spring,” I could feel in my bowels that the end was near; that the apocalypse of Egyptian Christendom was coming. And curiously enough, I sensed this, too, in many of the more articulate Copts I spoke with: that there was something different in kind, in spirit, about the Islamist threat, […]

Woman who survived abortion and now has her own child asks, “Who in this room wants to tell my daughter that her mother’s life was not worth defending?”

The defining moment of Melissa Ohden’s life arrived five days before she was born. Her biological mother entered St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City on Aug. 24, 1977, as a pregnant, 19-year-old college freshman. She must have been scared. The teen from South Sioux City, Neb., was administered a saline infusion abortion – a […]

This Week’s Ask Alice: History’s Biggest, Catholic Church Scandals.

Send A Question To Alice She’ll answer as many questions as possible, right here, every Thursday. Email responses will also be provided, as time permits. Brian Asks: With the recent Philadelphia sex scandal surfacing, i was trying to rationalize the severity of this scandal in the history of the church. Naturally its an ugly situation […]

Islam

Islamic beliefs and practices fundamentally incompatible with Christianity On Islam and the Crusades Reasons for the Faith Against Muslim Objections – by St. Thomas Aquinas The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed by Hilaire Belloc It might have appeared to any man watching affairs in the earlier years of the seventh century – say from 600 […]

Islam needs to emerge from its’ self-imposed “dark ages” and join the world community.

The days of Muslim Conquest and the Crusades are behind us. by Doug Lawrence Islam claims to be a religion of peace, but so long as Islam continues to harbor terrorists and murderers within its’ ranks, and so long as Islam appears to officially support various types of revenge and brutal discrimination, under the false […]

These are some of the things that make being a Catholic different.

For all its stumbling through history, despite the Renaissance popes who remain an embarrassment, the Crusades and persecutions and Galileo, forgetting the times it has failed because its members have failed, the Catholic Church has survived; its center has held. It has not petered out on a mountaintop waiting for the end of the world […]

Islam indoctrination in U.S. textbooks allows teachers to force students to “be” Muslim

ISLAM INDUCTION IN OUR TEXTBOOKS Houghton Mifflin’s “Across the Centuries” underwent multiple revisions led by Nader F. Darehshori, CEO, previously a school teacher in Iran. In the Islam section among other practices, our children are asked to assume they are Muslim soldiers. In the Jewish section, the ONLY imagination practice is to imagine they are […]

Muslims, much like Calvinist Protestants, believe in “double predestination”

Q: I’ve heard that Muslims typically believe in predestination … that men are only powerless “pawns” in God’s overall plan … and that everything  happens “because God wills it”. How do Catholics balance their concept of personal free will, with the concept of God’s all powerful, sovereign will/plan? A: It all depends on whether you […]

Wow! One hundred forty-eight Signatories agree on some very important Christian stuff.

Christians are heirs of a 2,000-year tradition of proclaiming God’s word, seeking justice in our societies, resisting tyranny, and reaching out with compassion to the poor, oppressed and suffering. While fully acknowledging the imperfections and shortcomings of Christian institutions and communities in all ages, we claim the heritage of those Christians who defended innocent life […]