Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Igniting the Hate
My point here is not to glory in the Crusades or to suggest this was our finest moment. My point is to set the record a little straighter. I hope that this brief rebuttal will help set some of the record straight for those who have no access or desire to consult the primary sources.
Where this has become intertwined with modern history is in the way we have responded to the attacks upon America on 9-11 and the struggles in the Middle East to put down an inclination toward terrorism, intolerance, and brutality on the part of largely Muslim governments there. In an effort to ask "Why do they hate us," we have tended to settle for recent and simplistic answers. I hope this helps expand the field of knowledge a bit. In addition, the situation for Christians in the largely Muslim countries of the Middle East is even more precarious and threatening than ever before.
So take a read at this article by Paul Crawford over at First Principles. What everyone “knows” about the crusades may not, in fact, be true. From the many popular notions about the crusades, Crawford has picked four myths and countered them with another side to the popular but not necessarily accurate story.