AOL: Outrage After Obama Compares ISIS to the Crusades

Originally posted at AOL.

President Barack Obama set off a firestorm Thursday morning by comparing ISIS barbarity to the Crusades.

Obama recalled the savagery carried out nearly one thousand years ago in the name of Christ while speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., but his equivocation fell on outraged ears.

The president railed against the Islamic State, calling it “a brutal, vicious death cult” that slaughters and enslaves innocents all in the name of religion.

His next comments, which recalled “terrible deeds … including slavery” that happened during the Crusades and were “justified in the name of Christ.”

He then said: “We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends.”

By “our religion,” Obama meant any religion, veteran White House reporter Mark Knoller noted on Twitter, but several people took exception to the remark, wondering aloud on Twitter which religion the president was referring to.

“Our nation is stronger when people of all faiths feel they are welcome,” Obama continued. “So humility is needed.”

Reaction to the remarks was swift and fierce. Conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin led the charge.

“ISIS chops off heads, incinerates hostages, kills gays, enslaves girls. Obama: Blame the Crusades,” she wrote on Twitter.

Another conservative pundit, Dereck Hale, also vented his outrage on Twitter.

“I am shocked, shocked that the guy who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years would defend Islamic violence by attacking Christianity,” tweeted Hale.

“So Obama’s not interested in fighting radical Islam today because of stuff Christians did in the 11th Century,” conservative media watchdog Matt Philbin tweeted.

Several people also pointed out the Crusades were in response to violence perpetrated by Muslims.

“Yes, let’s all pretend Islam had nothing to do with the Crusades,” J.R. Holmstead angrily wrote on Twitter.

“Did the [president] happen to mention the reason for those crusades,” another person asked.

Several people pointed out the Crusades happened 800-1,000 years ago.

“When you have to go back that far for an example, you’ve made the point that Christianity doesn’t engage in such behavior,” R.D. Brewer tweeted.

Obama may or may not address the reaction to his controversial comparison, but that likely will not keep conservatives from hammering him for it.

“I have had [it] with equivocating,” tweeted Stacey Lennox. “SERIOUSLY had it.”

Read more at AOL.


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  • Yvonne Carson says:

    February 5, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Obama in saying we must “push back against those who would distort OUR RELIGION.” Will someone please say it?–that he is identifying “our religion” as the one being attacked/his religion, Islam. He is a muslim, was raised as one–didn’t he say so in his book? You can’t leave Islam without a death sentence, so he never left it. He is at least a Muslim sympathizer–all his foreign policy shows it. Why does no one in the media EVER have the courage to SAY SO!?
    Another thing: since he won’t say Islamic extremism or Islamic terrorist, will someone please give him something neutral he CAN admit to: totalitarian ideology. There, no religious references. But today, for him to come out with this–what an outrage when the world just found out about that pilot and the savagery unparalleled in the last 60 years of world history. And at a prayer breakfast too. Well, he has two more years to do more outrage; surely he has plenty in store.

    • Denise says:

      February 6, 2015 at 12:43 AM

      Barry is Muslim/Islamic……period. The days are upon us….Even so come quickly Lord!

    • Abraham Yeshuratnam says:

      February 6, 2015 at 3:13 AM

      Obama’s foreign policy priority is to empower Iran to destroy Israel.As Obama continues to seek a negotiated deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the Iranians have been working hard in recent weeks to infiltrate the Palestinian arena and re-establish ties with their erstwhile ally, Hamas.
      Emboldened by Obama’s obsession with the nuclear negotiations, which are set to resume next month, Iran’s leaders apparently trust that the Obama Administration is prepared to turn a blind eye to whatever they do.
      So the Iranians are apparently feeling free to meddle once again in the internal affairs of the Palestinians, to strengthen their hand still further in the Middle East.
      With bases in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, Iran has surrounded Saudi Arabia and all the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. This encirclement can be comfortably backed with Iran’s forthcoming nuclear weapons program
      The Iranians already have Hezbollah sitting on Israel’s northern border. All they need now is another terror group in Gaza to the south, in order to create a similar encirclement. Iran has already come to an understanding with Hamas terrorists. And Iran is working hard to achieve the goal of joining hands with Hezbollah and Hamas to destroy Israel. Obama is abetting Iran to achieve its goal

    • Ted says:

      February 6, 2015 at 5:31 AM


      • Lori says:

        February 6, 2015 at 7:20 PM

        Thank you so much for saying that….it is a satanic cult… where near a religion

    • Lee Davis says:

      February 6, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      @ Yvonne Carson: President Obama is not “a Muslim sympathizer” he is a Muslim Terrorist Sympathizer and that is treasonous, making him a traitor.

  • killrockstarz says:

    February 5, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Obama, practising taqiyya is part of the Islamic cultural jihad being attempted on the U.S.A.. Three Stages of Jihad:

  • G. Baumgardner says:

    February 5, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    The stupidity committed by the early Christian church is as inexcusable now as it was then. And using it to offer comparative justification or proportional reference to the activities of today’s radical followers of the Islamic faith is equally inexcusable. The transgressions of our ancestors do not authorize or absolve terrorists of their murderous and brutal actions — No matter what the President says.

    • Don says:

      February 6, 2015 at 12:07 PM

      When I see your statement, “The stupidity committed by the early Christian church is as inexcusable now as it was then.” I just have to respond to your statement. At first you made me angry but then I thought I would NEVER get through to you with an angry response. Hopefully you will just take a few minutes to listen to this historical expert on the Crusades you might have an epiphany, I know because I did. The problem with much of American education is that in recent decades history is NOT taught very well. Many leave the university with a very distorted perspective on history.
      Historians such as Bill Warner, PhD are trying to rectify this.

    • Gretchen Best says:

      February 10, 2015 at 9:59 AM

      People look back from where they are. few read history from when the events really happened: they were not there.
      The Concise History of the Crusades , by Thomas F. Madden can shed light on the motives of our Christian ancestors.
      Were they really just raiding these innocent Muslims for gain? Who started what? No one can see these events from a superficial 21st point of view, with out a little digging. The progressives of our day call red green and green red.

  • Jennifer says:

    February 5, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    The president was absolutely 100% correct. The Crusades were no better than isis just because they were doing in the name of God. And any so-called Christian who think so, is no better than them either.

    • tony says:

      February 5, 2015 at 11:57 PM

      But what was his purpose for mentioning the crusades?

    • Brent says:

      February 6, 2015 at 12:44 AM

      100% correct? Wow, right out of the gate, it would appear that simple truth is something you can’t grasp. Clearly you lie as easily as you believe lies. Get your facts straight. Try this out….

    • Lori says:

      February 6, 2015 at 8:56 AM

      You do realize that the Crusades were started to battle the actions of islam, right? To foolishly agree with this (p)Resident just solidifies my belief that the ignorance of some Americans runs way too deep. 0bama is the most un-American usurper to ever hold office and his followers are too brainwashed to think otherwise. I’m tired of being angered by the complete ignorance shown by people like you, Jennifer…. I feel sorry for you, I just hope that one day you’ll wake up and realize the truth. that is if you aren’t confined to burka.

    • rich says:

      February 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      Jennifer you must remember history , it was a very uneducated world where violence was a major value and most Christians were forced to be by a decree during the Roman Empire. Many of the Christians were barbarians and converted with their chief. Also the crusades were not a terrorist campaign, they were called to get back the holy land. The religion was used to get recruits and numbers to go on the Crusade. Christianity has evolved since then. The world is different. Obama was wrong in using this as an example.

    • Don says:

      February 6, 2015 at 12:13 PM

      Jennifer please see the post I made @ 12:07 PM Feb 6th. You really should do some research before looking so foolish.

    • Bob says:

      February 6, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Yes he was 100% correct and my respect for him increased after hearing this. But this can be used as a recruitment tool for crazy muslims (aka radical Islamists). This makes me wonder how many people are pre-reviewing the president’s statements. And why did nobody realize this could endanger the U.S?

  • Evelyn Wells says:

    February 5, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Thank you for publishing facts that should make all Americans demand change.

  • petra says:

    February 5, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    dinesh,. please include the story of the temple mount. This is the real beginnin

  • Abraham Yeshuratnam says:

    February 6, 2015 at 2:02 AM

    Obama’s father was a Muslim and he was brought up in Muslim Indonesia. That’s why he is comparing events that happened 800 years ago with the barbarism committed by terrorists in 21st century. He has purposely omitted shocking barbarous acts such as Armenian genocide, Christian genocide in Mosul today and beheading spree of jihadists. Crusade, inquisition, Jim Crow were stray, topical incidents. Christian culture has changed topical incidents of a particular period into an all embracing culture of tolerance and love. That’s how a slave descendant like Obama could occupy the highest office in a Christian country. Conversely, from the day Islam was born in 7th century. we see violence, bloodshed and terror. Even after enjoying all the pleasures of Christian lifestyle in western countries, their ingratitude is shown in terrorist acts like 9/11 inside the country that has reared them.

  • Lori says:

    February 6, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    In our lifetime, around the globe… it is ***NOT*** Christians who are kidnapping young girls from villages to rape and sell off, cutting people heads off, committing genocide, practicing female genital mutilations, sexually abusing children, executing Priests not of their faith, burning people alive after locking them in a cage, throwing homosexuals off 7 story buildings, burying women up to their shoulders so they can be stoned to death!!! Comparing islam to Christianity is utterly ridiculous considering Christianity has moved past their medieval beginnings and islam HAS NOT. This miscreant does NOT represent me and I am utterly ASHAMED for my country because of him.

  • Rahn Braun says:

    February 6, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Some of you people need to re-enroll in oral comprehension refreshers. Here is what he said, “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ … It is not unique to one religion or one group. There is a sinful tendency in us that can pervert and distort our faith …”

    • Pat says:

      February 6, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      OK, let’s just say everyone is right, including the President in their remarks….sooooooo What the he– are we going to do about what is happening NOW??????? We just let everyone go on their merry way to continue raping, murdering and mutilating in the name of their supposed God??????

  • Don says:

    February 6, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    America is in real trouble when the President can give out bogus information which is in direct conflict with the truth.
    Will the media call him on this? It’s Doubtful! If the media doesn’t call him out on this then it’s also obvious that they are complicit in deceiving American’s. There are many places for the truth such as right here at Dinesh D’Souza.
    This is my first time here, “I’ll be back,” 🙂

  • daniel says:

    February 6, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    The Crusades were not simply unprovoked aggression –they were defensive moves to protect Christendom from Muslim invasion. Muslims had been attacking Christians for more than 450 years before the First Crusade. Further, the idea that the Crusades also sparked Muslim hatred of the West is a historical falsehood. the Crusades did not do much damage to the Islamic forces, and not much notice was given to the Crusades by Muslims for several centuries. Muslims did not even seem to take active interest in the Crusades until the early 20th Century.

    It has been said that when the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099 they massacred every man, woman, and child in the city until “the streets ran ankle deep with the blood.” History and science show this to be poetic hyperbole. A contemporary Muslim source has been discovered that puts the number of the slain at three thousand. Was there violence? Absolutely. In that time, a city that had to be taken by force belonged to the victorious invaders – including people. This barbaric idea actually helped lessen damaging resistance (read Josephus for what happens when this goes wrong) and so served something of a cultural purpose. Thus, while it was a tragedy by today’s standards (although one might wonder at what people in that time might think of our war tactics today), it was not uncommon back then. Further, Muslim cities that surrendered to the Crusaders were left untouched, the people retained their property, and they were allowed to worship freely.

    The major issues people cite concerning the Crusades (when they can cite any at all) often involve some of the urban legends surrounding them. It is thought that Muslims were the innocent party and the Crusades instigated their hatred of the West, that Crusaders massacred innocent Jews and even other Christians, that children were sent to war, and that all of this was done to get rich. Perhaps worst of all, the Crusaders thought they would get away with it because the Pope promised them forgiveness of any sin committed while on Crusade. Like most urban legends, these falsehoods are based on only barely true, mostly misunderstood or misrepresented grounds.

    • john says:

      February 6, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      Seriously? Do just a little research. Crusaders wanted to ‘retake the holy land’ why? No reason. Maybe that’s why they ended up just sacking the Christian city of Constantinople sometimes. So noble. So justified. If WW3 ever breaks out in Europe again, let’s make sure burn Costa Rica to the ground, because that makes sense. Read a textbook, most of what you call unban legend, is just FACT that makes you uncomfortable.

  • David Constable says:

    February 6, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    I suggest it is time for the “self-righteously indignant” with their “manufactured anger” and condescension, to sit back and do some research on the history of the Crusades – get some details before you spout off.

    The Muslim World which was invaded by warring Mediaeval “evangelists” from Europe who were on a “mission of salvation” have not forgotten those times, where Europe, again, arrogantly interfered in foreign affairs.

  • keith says:

    February 6, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Islam started the crusades, Christianity responded to Islam’s attack
    Second paragraph on attached link “Some historians see the Crusades as part of a purely defensive war against Islamic conquest”

  • john says:

    February 6, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Am I the only one that knows some of the crusades just ended up being sacks of Constantinople, then a Christian city? The crusades were inhumane, and brutal. They weren’t spreading the love of Christ, just killing for the fun of it. I see a lot of similarities to isis, and anyone who’s done their research will too. Also, there are over 1 billion Muslims in the world. If they were all evil radicals, you wouldn’t even know because you would be dead. The only Muslims that are terrorists make false claims about the religion. I am both a Baptist and a Republican, and I agree strongly with Obamas comparison. Before you trust bias publications like this one (which is very poorly reported) do your research. Be informed. Contribute positively to society by not hating all Muslims prejudicely.

    • Charles says:

      February 7, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      You seriously have your head stuck up your ass. The Crusades were a defensive response to slaughter, rape, slavery and evil. Muslims can’t directly conquer the USA because we have nukes. But can destroy it only from within from help from losers like you.

  • Niklas Rosenlund says:

    February 7, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    “Statistics may be used the very same way a drunkard uses a lamppost. For support rather than illumination”.

    Actually i think that the comparison between jihad and the crusade was mentioned because it is both about killings in the name of God. I consider myself to be a good christian, but it doesn’t make me blind to errors done in the past in the name of the church. I would be lying if i would say that everything people have done in the name of God is righteous. We grow as persons by acknowledge and learn from our misstakes in history, even though it seems that we haven’t learned from them. If we think that we are infallible how can we grow as humans? The problem with holy scriptures e.g. the Bible and the Quran are that there in both parts that promote violence. Both books have parts that can be used by violent people with a political agenda. Most of the content talk about love, how to be good to your neighbour and how to create a good society, but still there is these violent parts to misuse. In the Book of Joshua and in the parts of the Quran that describes the war against lords of Mecka, are both about times of war. Of course both sides believe those wars to be holy, who would believe their own wars to be evil?? “The worst things committed in history are committed in the name of Good.” It may sound provoking but it is still true.
    Religion is the easiest way to authorise violence and a political agenda, cause who will argue with the “will of God”? Religion has very little to do with terrorism it is only used to cover up the agenda about power and money. To stay in power those people will use the violent parts of their holy book to make their behaviour legit. If you say that 1.5 billion Muslims are evil because of what some thousand idiots do is as stupid as them saying that all Americans are evil because of some ill thought of things american politicians have done historically in the Middle East.
    Who am i talking? Im one with degrees in history and theology – major in perception and knowledge sociology in a religious context, and studies in Islam.
    Ps The truth is out there, will we use facts to guide us or only to confirm what we already believe is true? Ds.

  • Beatrice says:

    February 11, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Obama’s Kenyan father and grandfather were tribal warriors (nihilistic community organizers) against other tribes and the British. It is hard for him to say a blend of “radical, Islam, Muslim, terrorists, extremists, or insurgents” in any combination that would also condemn his parentage. Recently, Obama’s distinction between the ISIS jihadist terrorists and the insurgent “non-terrorist” Taliban tribe warring within Afghanistan was a big reveal of how he elevates his father and grandfather to a higher standard. Perhaps the imprisoned experiences of the grandfather has a great influence on his desire to shut down Gitmo. However, the U.S. Gitmo care of nihilists is quite accommodating compared to what Obama’s grandfather experienced. Did anyone ever ask the Obamas what they meant by “fundamentally transform?” ( nihilism ni·hil·ism (nī’ə-lĭz’əm, nē’-) n. The belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement.)