Former U.S. President, Barack Obama, used his time at the National Prayer Breakfast to blame Islamic terrorism on professing Christians in Europe dating back to the year 1096. The Crusades, a series of wars between Europe – led by the Roman Church – and the Turks in response to Islamic aggression, is what is causing Muslims to kill innocent people today, argued the former president.
Pope Urban II called for the First Crusade to push back the Muslim hordes and defend against their incursions into Europe and their attack on European trade routes in 1096 at the Council of Clermont.
Obama, a “former” Muslim with the middle name Hussein, a popular Arabic name that was first used by Muhammad when he named his grandson, cast aspersions upon the nearly thousand-year-old conflict in order to downplay the seriousness of Islamic extremism today.
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.
The comments come at the heel of a controversy among more conservative Democrats upset that Obama continues to refuse to refer to “Islamic Terrorism.” Iraqi war veteran Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), for example, has complained that Obama will not refer to “radical Islam” or to terrorists as “Islamic radicals.”