This was President Obama’s admonition to evangelical Christians at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, lest they forget how complicit they were in waging 9 crusades in the Middle East between 1096 and 1270 (919 years ago!) and in the Spanish Inquisition of 1480 to 1834 (535 years ago!).
Genius he’s not, but increasingly our President is offering the intellect and rhetorical barbs of a 9th grade drop out. “Yeah, but what about the crusades? And the Inquisition?” Ooh. Ouch! You got us on that one. His level of understanding of these events does not even rise to the level of Infogalactic. Henry Kamen has made some serious headway in rebutting many of the myths that surround the Spanish Inquisitions, but even Infogalactic agrees on an execution rate by the Inquisitors of around 2%. So, of the 150,000 tribunals, some 3,000+ people were executed during this time. For the mathematically impaired, that is less than nine deaths per year (3000 / (1834-1480) = 8.47); much less than are claimed by the swimming pool or bicycle each year. Of course, more Americans were killed in a Muslim-sponsored attack, in one day, than were people during the entirety of the Spanish Inquisition.
But more than a lack of perspective regarding the scale and scope of these events, the President also delivered his remarks without any sense of irony: What were the Crusades and Inquisition in response to? What were the events and geopolitical realities that gave rise to them?
In the year 711, Tariq ibn Zayid began conquering the Iberian peninsula, including Spain and Portugal on behalf of the Umayyad Caliphate. It took eight years to conquer this land for Islam. The Reconquista (beginning in 721 with the Battle of Toulouse) took over 771 years, ending with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain completing the Reconquista in 1492 with the surrender of Granada.
Say…… That’s about the time the Inquisition started. Do potentially disloyal subjects, pretending to be Christians, present a danger to the crown? Well, Ferdinand and Isabella thought so. Were their methods justified? I’m glad I didn’t have to live through that myself in order weigh the costs of living under Islamic rule and committing to war to reconquer a conquered land…
…But I may just yet. Does it sound familiar that there is threat from Islam that would seek to topple a once Christian nation and subject it to Islamic rule and Sharia Law? Do you see a conquering of the West (Europe is in an advanced stage as compared to the US) through immigration, reproduction, silencing through political correctness, “no-go” zones for European authorities? How will Europe and America respond when they feel they have been pushed to the breaking point? Will we see a Crusade or Reconquista v2015? When European authorities decide to reclaim Islamic ghetto “no-go” zones for the safety of its citizens and police, will they do so with tanks?
I fear that if the American and European people are pushed far enough, it won’t be a High Horse they mount, but the Red Horse of War. Pray for peace and wisdom.