Robert Spencer – The Crusades, Fact and Fiction

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  1. Faiz says:

    So after seeing christian princess repeatedly exposed, madman now moves to the other pseudoscholar that gives him wet dreams. Spencer got his rear-end handed to him by Danios of LoonWatch a few years ago, so much so that Spencer desperately tried to avoid debating Danios on Spencer’s ludicrous book about Islam and the Crusades.

    Every scholar of repute agrees that the Crusades were a bloodthirsty campaign of conquest. It’s ironic that fanatics like madman and his mentor Spencer try to defend this genocidal Christian war. This is evidence that these people are mentally unstable.

    One wonders why, if the Crusades were simply a response to centuries of alleged Muslim oppression of Christians, did the Christian (un)holy warriors kill thousands of Jews, Muslims and Christians when they conquered Jerusalem in 1099? The following is from the Jewish Virtual Library:

    “The explicit cause was the reports received from Jerusalem concerning the maltreatment of Christian pilgrims and the manner in which their access to the Holy Places was obstructed. In many of these reports, the malevolence of the Jews was also stressed, so that from the beginning the ground was prepared for including the Jews in the freshly stimulated animosity against the unbelievers: indeed, at the period of the analogous expeditions of French knights to assist the Spanish Christians against the Moors (c. 1065), the Jews of Narbonne and elsewhere had been attacked notwithstanding the admonitions of Pope Alexander II . It was originally intended that the crusaders should concern themselves solely with the success of their expedition overseas, without intervening in the affairs of the Christian countries of Europe. However, precisely because the crusaders ignored this stipulation, the Crusade was partially deflected from its initial course, with tragic consequences for the Jews of Europe.

    For 200 years, Palestine was dominated by the Crusaders, who, following an appeal by Pope Urban II, came from Europe to recover the Holy Land from the infidels. In July 1099, after a five-week siege, the knights of the First Crusade and their rabble army captured Jerusalem, massacring most of the city’s non-Christian inhabitants. Barricaded in their synagogues, the Jews defended their quarter, only to be burnt to death or sold into slavery. During the next few decades, the Crusaders extended their power over the rest of the country, through treaties and agreements, but mostly by bloody military victories. The Latin Kingdom of the Crusaders was that of a conquering minority confined mainly to fortified cities and castles.

    When the Crusaders opened up transportation routes from Europe, pilgrimages to the Holy Land became popular and, at the same time, increasing numbers of Jews sought to return to their homeland. Documents of the period indicate that 300 rabbis from France and England arrived in a group, with some settling in Acro (Akko), others in Jerusalem.

    After the overthrow of the Crusaders by a Muslim army under Saladin (1187), the Jews were again accorded a certain measure of freedom, including the right to live in Jerusalem. Although the Crusaders regained a foothold in the country after Saladin’s death (1193), their presence was limited to a network of fortified castles. Crusader authority in the Land ended after a final defeat (1291) by the Mamluks, a Muslim military class which had come to power in Egypt.”

    And the following is from another Jewish source:

    “In May, 1096, in a period of four weeks frenzied bands of Crusaders struck the Jewish communities of Speyer, Worms, Mainz, and Cologne. The Jews were offered the option of conversion to Christianity or death; the vast majority chose the path of Kiddush HaShem, sanctification of G‑d’s name. Rather than submit to forced conversion, in many cases Jews killed their wives and children, and then themselves. In the words of one of the Kinnos recited on Tisha B’Av: “Who can see it and not cry/As the child is slaughtered, the father recites the Shema/ Has such been seen or heard before?” Estimates of the toll taken on the Jewish communities range from 3,000 to 10,000 deaths.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think, the Crusades got disillusioned by a loss of Faith after succeeding to conquer the city of Jerusalem but the Christ whom they longed for didn’t yet come down to be their king of the heavenly one thousand year kingdom. This is a lesson for any apocalyptic group. A loss of faith after achieving domination: where is the Christ now?

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