History Professor Challenges Rick Santorum’s Distorted View of the Crusades
An author and assistant professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill takes on Rick “I wanna be the first Holy American Emperor” Santorum’s ridiculous talk about the Crusades.
External ImageCHAPEL HILL — During a visit to the Oakbrook Preparatory School in South Carolina last month, Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and a 2012 Republican presidential hopeful, fired a salvo against “the American left,” this time for its failure to understand the crusades and its hatred of Christendom.
“The idea that the crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical,” Santorum is quoted as saying. “And that is what the perception is by the American left who hates Christendom. They hate Christendom. They hate Western civilization at the core. That’s the problem.”
The ridiculousness of playing the blame game for the crusades more than 1,000 years after the fact should speak for itself. Santorum, however, is not the first person to evoke medieval holy wars as part of a “Clash of Civilizations” between Islam and the West. Especially since 9/11, fear-mongers have darkly proclaimed that the crusades provide a history lesson about the age-old and inevitable struggle between Christians and Muslims.
By accusing the American left of hating Christendom, moreover, Santorum identifies his real enemy, a fifth column who despise Christianity and Western civilization so much that they will even stoop to blaming Christian aggression for the crusades. In the same address, he also declared that the separation of church and state in the United States has had “disastrous consequences” for our nation.
Apparently, “the left” needs to realize that they are not living in a modern civil democracy, but in Christendom, facing the same enemies as the crusaders!
All of you deviant, traitorous, seditious, Sharia-loving, Christian America-hating lefties should be ashamed of yourselves! (Do I really need to add sarc tags?)