Many of us have very little if any knowledge about the Crusades. We know they happened in the Middle Ages and involved knights. We know that it had something to do with the Middle East. But the why and who of the whole affair is distant and unimportant.
As a consequence of this, if your child or grandchild told you that the whole thing was caused by Christians it is very unlikely that you would be able to tell them why such a statement is incorrect. Who started the Crusades? Why did the Crusades start?
No worries, I am not going to give you a history lesson. But, what we have to understand is that this is not a small thing for many people in Middle Eastern countries. Muslims still refer to Christians as “Crusaders.” And many in the war-torn areas see Western intervention as the new Crusade.
So this is why the fact that this distorted view of history is being taught to our children in our schools is so troubling.
A classroom assignment on Islam says one negative effect of the Crusades is that Christians are still treating Muslims harshly.
“I almost fell over,” said Barbara Light.
Mrs. Light, of Westwood, New Jersey, was helping her 13-year-old daughter prepare for a World History test when she discovered some rather shocking lessons.
“The Christians’ harsh treatment of Muslims in the Holy Land led to bitterness that has lasted to the present,” one worksheet stated.
Another worksheet asks students to identify “one negative effect of the Crusades that has continued to the present.” The answer written on the worksheet – “the Christians harsh treatment of Muslims continues in the present day.”
While most of us have no real or relevant contact with Muslims, we are told that we as Christians are treating the Muslim badly. Not to mention that Christians are oppressed and martyred almost daily by Muslims. But, in reality, there is something worse at work. It is not just bad history these schools are teaching. These schools are peddling this lie because it is the only thing that could explain the truth.
Islam is a failed system and society.
If you look at the Muslim dominated cultures, what you will find is abject poverty and oppression. The Muslim economic and politic is one that has never succeeded absent a robust expansionism to prop it up.
In other words, unless there were producing cultures from which to feed off of, the Muslims system cannot help but fail. And we must not mistake the oil-rich Arab countries as the exception. Without American companies granting know-how, equipment, and workers the Saudis and the rest would still be herding goats in those oil fields. And how has this wealth helped their people?
They are still poverty-stricken and oppressed.