Only Obama Expects the Spanish Inquisition
Have you heard? According to Obama, the horrific acts of Islamic terrorists today don’t count because Christians carried out the Crusades 800 years ago. Plus there was that Inquisition thing 500 years ago.
Read my post on the subject at Legal Insurrection…
Jonah Goldberg wrote a great piece on the topic today…
Obama’s Comparison of Christianity, Radical Islam Defies Logic
Obama’s right. Terrible things have been done in the name of Christianity. I have yet to meet a Christian who denies this.
But, as odd as it may sound for a guy named Goldberg to point it out, the Inquisition and the Crusades aren’t the indictments Obama thinks they are. For starters, the Crusades — despite their terrible organized cruelties — were a defensive war.
“The Crusades could more accurately be described as a limited, belated and, in the last analysis, ineffectual response to the jihad — a failed attempt to recover by a Christian holy war what had been lost to a Muslim holy war,” writes Bernard Lewis, the greatest living English-language historian of Islam.
As for the Inquisition, it needs to be clarified that there was no single “Inquisition,” but many. And most were not particularly nefarious. For centuries, whenever the Catholic Church launched an inquiry or investigation, it mounted an “inquisition,” which means pretty much the same thing.
As did Governor Bobby Jindal…
Jindal to Obama: ‘Medieval Christian Threat is Under Control’
“It was nice of the President to give us a history lesson at the Prayer breakfast,” Jindal said. “Today, however, the issue right in front of his nose, in the here and now, is the terrorism of Radical Islam, the assassination of journalists, the beheading and burning alive of captives. We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”
When you’re finished laughing at Obama’s ridiculous moral relativism, enjoy this classic comedy sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.