If the Crusades were taking place today, liberals would be OK with them

If the Crusades were taking place today, liberals would be OK with them

On Wednesday, Salon.com featured a video that repeated the claim that the Bible, like the Quran, promotes violence.

The unstated message is that Christians who criticize atrocities committed in the name Islam (which the author mistakes for “Islamophobia”) are hypocrites since their own holy book condones acts of brutality.

The author of the Salon video, Peter Cooper, is parroting an argument made by no less a defender of terrorism than Barack Obama, who used his bully pulpit at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2015 to compare and contrast Christianity and Islam:

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history referring to the ennobling aspects of religion as well as the tendency of people to “hijack” religions towards murderous ends.

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.

So there!

But even if we accept the underlying premise, which seems to be that two wrongs do make a right, what of it? The Crusades ended 529 years ago. Islamic terrorism (which Obama, nota bene, refuses to identify by name) is happening now. Is the president telling us to simply “deal with” ISIS, to “be patient,” until they get all of the loathing they feel toward the West out of their system? He is certainly unwilling to confront this murderous regime head-on, to take the fight to them.

In a column published at LU earlier today, Myra Adams vividly painted a picture of a threat known as apocalyptic Islam. Even if her prediction turns out to be overblown, we are dealing here and now with a religious sect so obsessed with purity that its members are willing to flog shopkeepers for the “crime” of trading in U.S. currency.

By the left’s logic, one can only surmise that if the Crusades were happening today, liberals would be content to sit back and watch them play out.

Here is the Salon video:

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.