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Rick Santorum: Crusades Represent American, Christian Values

By March 22, 2011

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According to Rick Santorum, the Crusades weren't really an act of "aggression" and western military intervention into the Middle East -- past and present -- is really a means for spreading Christian values. Santorum, unfortunately, is probably one of the sanest and most responsible Republicans today. Imagine the sort of foreign policy he would pursue as a national leader.

"The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical," Santorum said in Spartanburg on Tuesday. "And that is what the perception is by the American left who hates Christendom."

He added, "They hate Western civilization at the core. That's the problem."

After asserting that Christianity had not shown any "aggression" to the Muslim world, the former Pennsylvania senator -- who is considering a 2012 run for the White House -- argued that American intervention in the Middle East helps promote "core American values."

"What I'm talking about is onward American soldiers," he said. "What we're talking about are core American values. 'All men are created equal' -- that's a Christian value, but it's an American value."

"It's become part of our national religion, if you will," he continued. "The point I was trying to make was that the national faith, the national ideal, is rooted in the Christian ideal -- in the Judeo-Christian concept of the person."

Source: Politico

The moral and factual problems with this may be too numerous to list. First, the Christian Crusaders weren't "defending" anything, they were an aggressive and even imperialistic invasion force. The Muslim rulers of the "Holy Lands" weren't entirely innocent victims, to be sure, but they weren't guilty of all the charges the Christian popes and kings leveled against them to justify the invasions.

Then there is the little fact of Crusaders massacring Jews throughout Europe and the Middle East as they moved. If that wasn't aggression, what is? Then again, maybe Santorum doesn't care about a little genocide when it doesn't involve anyone he cares about? Regardless, it's not something to be treated lightly when he's trying to justify and defend American invasions of Middle Eastern nations.

One of the objections which Muslims raise against both Israel and American military interventions today is that they are new form of Crusades and American leaders like George W. Bush worked hard to deny any connection. Here is Rick Santorum, though, deliberately reviving the connection and even defending it as if it were something to be proud of! If there were one thing that an American politician could do to help Muslim terrorist groups recruit, it's this. If his speech isn't already on their promotional videos, it will be soon.

Comments
March 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(1) KhanSingh says:

Yep, I agree. The Pope’s original edict for the Crusades was based on “divine motivation” yet, strange how it really just filled up the church coffers with looted riches while whittling away at the influence of the royal families. To this day the “church” follows the same dogma, masking the power grab and money intake they so desperately need by making it out to be spreading the word of God. And these people such as Rick Santorum have public voices, supported by legions of brainwashed folks that still think they can do what they want and still find “salvation” every Sunday morning.

March 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm
(2) Mike says:

The right is no longer scraping the bottom of the barrel for their political leaders, they’re going underneath it.

March 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm
(3) Greg says:

Thanks to a online campaign a few years ago by columnist Dan Savage, “Santorum” has now become a name for an unpleasant sexual discharge. Google “Santorum” and this definition will be in the top 2-3. No one deserves this honor better than Santorum.

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