“Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. So it is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”
Yes, there is “a tendency in us.” All of us. It’s called the sin nature — something our world doesn’t like to talk about too much anymore. Here’s the problem, though: as much as certain groups love to trot out the Crusades and the Inquisition to bash Christians as hypocritical, you never see the same sort of treatment applied to Muslim (yes, Islamic) terror groups. We’re supposed to “understand their circumstances,” and find something we may have done to offend them, for which the West has to apologize yet again (as though it is the only civilization ever to have caused harm to anyone in all of human history).
How about “understanding” this: the Crusades were a belated response to the appearance of a bloodthirsty pseudo-religious ideology that, before it was halted in France and Austria, overran two-thirds of Christendom, killing, pillaging and relegating to second-class status any who refused to deny Christ in favor of Islam and its ‘prophet.’ That people claiming the name of Christ committed distinctly un-Christ-like acts during that period is testament to the Bible’s declaration that “there is none righteous, not even one.” One of the most tragic aspects of war is its ability to bring out the absolute worst in anyone, by reducing consideration of an adversary to something less than human. But whereas the Christian is constantly reminded by Scripture that we are all made in the image of God, deserving of the dignity and respect that implies, the Koran explicitly places non-Muslims in a different category — one deserving of abuse, subjugation and even murder. That is why the Christian can be accused of hypocrisy in a way the Jihadist can’t. The latter IS following his prophet’s example!
In truth, it is the President who’s on his “high horse.” Rather than clearly condemn the actions of people in the here and now, he engages in weak (and tired) tu quoque arguments about things that happened decades or centuries ago, with no acknowledgement of how Christians today categorically reject the idea of religious persecution (based solely on identity, not actions) or the enslavement of others. In contrast it is rare to hear anyone, even the ever-elusive “moderate Muslim,” categorically reject the bloody central tenants of Islam. Or, for that matter, to hear a Democrat acknowledge that, while they may have elected this moron of a Commander in Chief, that it was THEIR party, much more recently than the Crusades, that supported Jim Crow, racism, and all its attendant evils. (Two can play this game, Your Unconstitutionalness!)
Over the centuries, as Christians have tried honestly to better understand and apply the Gospel, it’s resulted in movements for abolition, charity, and dignity for billions of people. As Muslims today seek to ‘repurify’ their faith and ‘get back to basics,’ it’s resulted in bombings, beheadings and burnings.
Make of that what you will. I assert it is proof that Islam is not compatible with Western Civilization. The sooner we acknowledge that, the better off everyone will be. Not all civilizations generate the same results, despite the blind beliefs of the multiculturalists.