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Obama Likens ISIS to the Crusades

by Christopher A. Ferrara
February 9, 2015

Only in America could something called a “National Prayer Breakfast” produce a statement like the following from the supposed “leader of our Nation,” Barack Hussein Obama.  Alluding to the horrors being perpetrated by Muslim fanatics in the Middle East and Africa, the Abortion President declared:

Unless 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.

The Crusades were “expeditions undertaken, in fulfilment of a solemn vow, to deliver the Holy Places from Mohammedan tyranny.” That is, the Crusades were waged to recapture the Holy Land from precisely the same sort of Muslim fanatic that is tyrannizing and butchering Christians today.

As for the Inquisition — the ignorant liberal’s knee-jerk reference to any defense of the Catholic Church — this, in its various phases, was a judicial effort to combat the disastrous social effects of heresy at a time when the entire population of the West was Catholic and heresy was not only an error against the faith but a crime analogous to the modern offense of treason, for which the highest penalty even today is death.

The heresy of Catharism, for example, later advanced by the sect of the Bogomils, threatened to undermine the very foundations of Christian civilization. As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes: the “Catharist system” taught “that all intercourse between the sexes ought to be avoided and that suicide or the Endura, under certain circumstances, is not only lawful but commendable.”  In other words, the Cathars and later the Bogomils, were even worse than the Jim Jones cult, and they operated on a vast European-wide scale.

As with any judicial system, there were abuses and excesses in the tribunals of the Inquisition (at least during its phases in the Middle Ages and in Spain), but one can hardly protest today that heretics were put to death at a time when mere theft of goods was a capital offense. At any rate, the accused in these proceedings had individual trials, the right to a defense, and even the right to appoint at least one judge deemed by the accused himself to be impartial. Moreover, more difficult cases were presented to very large panels of boni viri (respected and experienced men), thus anticipating the modern jury trial.  In fact, the proceedings of the Inquisition represent the beginnings of what we now call “due process of law” and “the rights of the accused.”

As for preposterous tales of “millions” being burned at the stake during the Inquisition, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddhin has said it best: “all of the victims of the Inquisition burnt at the stake through centuries did not amount to a tiny fraction of those cremated alive one afternoon in Dresden, when among 204,000 killed at least two-thirds perished fully conscious in the fiery flames… and this without inquest, without the slightest effort to establish real or even a subjectively imputed guilt, [and] at the very end of a war (Liberty or Equality, p. 280).”

Only an ignorant demagogue like Obama — relying upon the ignorance of the same TV-deadened masses he induced to elect him — would dare to liken the Crusades and the Inquisition to what ISIS and the other Muslim madmen are doing today: decapitating, hanging, burning alive, raping, hacking to death with machetes or forcing into enslavement thousands of innocent men, women and children, along with the hostages who have been brutally murdered, one after the other, in the snuff films produced by ISIS.

But then Pope Francis — who seems to enjoy very friendly relations with the Abortion President — has proposed very much the same moral equivalence. Denying that Islam is a religion intrinsically tied to violent fundamentalism, he declared: “You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups.”  

Yes, Francis, like Obama, has condemned the depredations of the Muslim fanatics — without ever identifying them as Muslims.  But the suggestion by both a neo-pagan American President and a Roman Pontiff that there is a moral equivalence between “little groups” of Christian “fundamentalists” and the armies of Islamic butchers on the march all over the world is now part of the historical record.  As far as this pontificate is concerned, it is a record of scandal for the Catholic Church.