Crusades VS ISIS: What’s the difference?

The President kicked up quite a ruckus last week during the National Pray Breakfast when in his remarks he compared ISIL to the Crusades. 

No really.  First the warm up:

But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge — or, worse, sometimes used as a weapon.  From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith, professed to stand up for Islam, but, in fact, are betraying it.  We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism  — terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions. 

We see sectarian war in Syria, the murder of Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, religious war in the Central African Republic, a rising tide of anti-Semitism and hate crimes in Europe, so often perpetrated in the name of religion.

So how do we, as people of faith, reconcile these realities — the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends?

So he is clearly putting his remarks in context with events that are occurring now.  But then, the swerve:

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history.  And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the 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.  Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity — but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation. 

So all of you people who are part of the coalition that’s fighting the Islamic State, hey, you’re not so great.  You are really as bad as the people you’re bombing.

Some pep talk huh?

I have to admit, I do find that mindboggling. Moral relativism is for academics and unemployed hipsters, not the President. The only reason to try to compare ISIS today with the Crusades centuries ago is to excuse ISIS. In the same week that a Jordanian pilot was burned alive by ISIS, the President feels the need to make a comparison with the Crusades? How does that help the coalition that he ostensibly leads?  Can you imagine FDR making the same comparisons with Hitler’s Germany?

“Troops, before you storm the beaches of Normandy, risking your lives to liberate France, just remember, you are no better than the people you are fighting.  Sure the Nazi’s are killing and enslaving people, but what do you think our country has done?  Massacred Indians enslaved Africans.  Really, we’re no better than the people I’m ordering you to kill.  So get to it!”

Basically the President is saying his side is no better than their side.

At a time in which the insane overreach of the Islamic State has lead to an opportunity to unify the Middle East against the IS, the President blew a chance to make it clear that the west was going to stand with Muslims and others who wished to support it against barbarians.  Instead he brought up the Islamist’s favorite go-to scare story about the West, the Crusades, and condemned his own side for thinking it was better than they were.




11 thoughts on “Crusades VS ISIS: What’s the difference?

  1. Pingback: Crusades VS ISIS: What’s the difference? | That Mr. G Guy's Blog

  2. “Michelle and I returned from India…”

    Ahh… while Obama missed the Charlie Hebdo protests he managed to attend the all important Republic Day parade in India- as the guest of honor. Perhaps he’s courting the masses of future H-1B visa holders ready to decimate the tech industry.

    Christianity is so despised by the left and its media minions that I’m almost prepared to believe the bible prophecies of christian persecution. Beyond the romans feeding them to the lions, I don’t think there’s any historical precedent to what’s taking place today between leftists and their jihadist comrades.


      • That’s the weirdest thing; the left has held hands with islam while maintaining a stance of secular agnosticism/atheism/ environmentalism. I can’t wrap my head around it, If you can enlighten me, please do.


      • The left’s alliance with Islam is on the surface, one of the more puzzling political joinings. The two should be diametrically opposed on…well, everything. Instead, the left seems to be willing to turn a blind eye to the treatment of women and gays in exchange for…well I don’t think they are going to get what they think they are out of this alliance. But I think it comes down to two things:

        The enemy of my enemy is my friend. The left hates Western Civilization and everything it stands for. Well guess what? So do the Islamists! That’s a lot to talk about right there some late night in a hookah bar over some strong coffee.

        The left doesn’t take Islam or any religion seriously. That seems to be why they are so desperate to import so many Muslims into Europe. With their unemployment rates, do they really need more workers? No, but they need to elect a new people since the old people are not moving towards socialism fast enough. And then, they think as they become adapted to their new countries, Islam will fall away in favor of some version of secularization.

        I don’t think that. I think instead you’ll see more of this.


  3. I think you hit it right on the head, Mike. The left thinks they can use Muslims as a weapon to wipe out their enemies. But this is a weapon with a mind of its own, and it won’t be controlled. Especially by people it despises. When you factor in immigration and differing birth rates, I suspect that Europe will be predominately Muslim in just a few generations. I just hope the US doesn’t follow them down that path.


    • The thing is, the left really thinks they know what they’re doing and they do think they can manipulate their Muslim hammer after they use it to squash whatever is left of old Europe. I think it’s because they view history from a Marxist perspective; history goes through several stages, but constantly advances. Meanwhile the right views history as cyclical; rise and fall, rise and fall.

      That and I’ve never met a liberal who believed there was such a thing as unintended consequences. Everything will always go according to plan.


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