via Rev. Graham to Obama: Unlike Christ, Mohammed ‘Killed Many Innocent People’ – His ‘True Followers’ Emulate Him
In response to President Barack Obama drawing a parallel between the barbaric acts of the Islamic State today with actions by Christians during the Crusades, which ended 700 years ago, evangelist Franklin Graham said there was a difference between Jesus Christ who “taught peace “ and did “not take life” versus Mohammed, who “was a warrior and killed many innocent people.”
“Mr. President–Many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires,” said Rev. Graham. “But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness. He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life.”
“Mohammad on the contrary was a warrior and killed many innocent people,” said Rev. Graham. “True followers of Christ emulate Christ—true followers of Mohammed emulate Mohammed.”
The Crusades, which occurred off and on from the 11th century to the 14th century, were the Christian attempt to push back Islamic expansion in the Middle East with the primary goal to make the holy places in and near Jerusalem accessible to Christians.
As Islamic expert Bernard Lewis reports, “The Crusade was a delayed response to the jihad, the holy war for Islam, and its purpose was to recover by war what had been lost by war—to free the holy places of Christendom and open them once again, without impediment, to Christian pilgrimage.”
Further, Crusade scholar Thomas Madden at St. Louis University states that “all the Crusades met the criteria of just wars.”
As for the Inquisition, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights reports that “the Catholic Church had almost nothing to do with it. The Church saw heretics as lost sheep who needed to be brought back into the fold. By contrast, secular authorities saw heresy as treason; anyone who questioned royal authority, or who challenged the idea that kingship was God-given, was guilty of a capital offense.”
“It was they—not the Church—who burned the heretics,” said Catholic League President Bill Donohue. “Indeed, secular authorities blasted the Church for its weak role in the Inquisition.”
One of the leading authorities on the Inquisition, Henry Kamen, states that a total of 1,394 people were killed during the Inquisition. “Today, Muslim madmen kill more than that in a few months,” said Donohue.
Some other responses from around the blogosphere:
The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander Christians by Harping on the Crusades
Stunned and horrified Americans, and indeed Christians around the world, not to mention victims of Islamist horror from every religious background, will be trying to process Obama’s idiotic words for days to come.
Yes, folks, the President of the United States just told the civilized world it has no moral standing to criticize the head-choppers, child-crucifiers, slave-takers, and auto-da-fe enthusiasts of the modern world, because the Crusades happened a thousand years ago.
Watch Obama’s Speech Slandering Christians… Again… Just as a Typical Muslim Would
As part of his shocking claims during the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama referenced acts of Islamic terrorism taking place around the globe without identifying them for what they really are. While insisting that the perpetrators are twisting religion to justify murder, it was Obama who twisted history to justify his own brand of ridiculous moral equivalency.
It wasn’t enough that Obama couldn’t point to instances of Christian terrorism today. It wasn’t enough that he had to go back a thousand years for a comparison. No, Obama had to lie about the Crusades in the process. In his speech, Obama elevates Islam, ignores Islamic terrorism, and then attempts to bring the Crusaders down to the level of Islamic terrorists…
When viewed in this context, Barack Obama is characterizing Islamic terrorists and Crusaders exactly how Muslims would want him to. Crusaders were as evil as Islamic terrorists and Islamic terrorists are not really Muslims.
For that matter, Obama is actually talking like a Muslim himself. After all, we’re to believe that every member of his family clan in Kogelo, Kenya is Muslim except for Barack.
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