A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL DIES (III) GOOD NEWS
(Who says “history” isn’t interesting!!)
Well, good news for you in this third posting about the recent burning death of the little girl. But the bad news is that the “good news” happened a few centuries ago.
Everywhere the desert crescent-moon god conquers, it’s accompanied by things like murder, burning, beheading, crucifixions, rapes, and slavery — as a policy of conquest. You can read about new incidents every day. They’re happening.
A thousand years ago, people of three major religions lived together in a peaceful arrangement in Jerusalem. In Jerusalem! They each had their section of the city and it worked. Goods and information were traded back and forth.
A group of Christian men and women dedicated to taking care of the sick and wounded in the Holy Land built up hospitals in Jerusalem for residents and pilgrims.
They built hospices and hospitals all over. Beautiful, clean, open airy hospitals. They came to be called The Hospitalers. Otherwise known as the Knights of St. John. They were dedicated to God and to the help of His poor and sick. For two hundred years they did their work.
This ended as a militant variety of one of those three religions came and conquered the territory, killing everyone off, taking over control of the city. Although Christian Europe rose up in defense and created a safe “kingdom” in the area, it was not organized or strong or really very safe.
However, now once again pilgrimages were possible, but not always safe, for the radical, militant conquerors threatened travelers.
And that didn’t last long, because another wave of militant conquering effort eradicated all Christian influence – from their own Christian historic places. No more pilgrimages!
(The equivalent outrage would be like IF Europe were to suddenly prevent all Muslims from visiting Mecca. Terrible! They have a right to visit their historic religious sites. But so do Christians have a right to visit the land where Christ walked.)
The Knights of St John, the Hospitalers, heard of the same things that we hear of today: rapes and murders, burnings and beheadings, crucifixions, enslavement, forced conversions to the desert crescent moon god.
But they rose up and added to their work a second duty: the defense of Christian lands.
First in Rhodes, then in Malta, they kept guard.
There were only a few hundred knights to guard Europe from this island outpost! And less than two thousand other soldiers to help them in battle.
And one day . . .
. . . one day one hundred thousand militant islamic soldiers sailed into this bay, far outnumbering the Knights of St. John on the island of Malta.
100,000 men versus about 2,000 Christian men. One of history’s most dramatic, thrilling stories.
This is Dragut, the leader of the 100,000 — legendary for cruelty, ruthlessness — and effectiveness. I will not mention the name of the overall leader of this militant culture. He is not “magnificent,” unless you are trying to flatter him.
Now, you can find out how this story ended in books or on YouTube. “The Siege of Malta.” Or look up “The Knights of St. John.” The weaponry alone is an amazing story.
But the whole era is good news – good news because men rose up to defeat the advance of such a culture that was cruel and murderous at that time. They heard of barbaric cruelty against innocent civilians — and they rose to act.
They knew about babies born to Christian families were STOLEN from their parents; then raised under severe spartan conditions; forcibly made to submit to that desert crescent moon god; then trained to be the most violent and suicidal soldiers against the Christians. These are the ghostly, ghastly Janissaries you’ve read about in history books.
The Christian men, these knights, understood that wave after wave of military advances needed to be stopped, or all of Europe would descend into barbarism.
Here is a map of the advance of radical militant islam, but the purple should be green:
They are aiming to fill in the rest of Europe with purple now. They’re doing it first by the movement of vast numbers of their young men into European countries. They’re doing it by using European laws – for a while. They’re doing it by using the tools of socialism which promotes self-loathing among Europeans and Americans. And they’re doing it, they’re conquering, by out-procreating the native Europeans. They know it and they’ve spoken boldly about what they’re doing. They mock and ridicule and insult their European “hosts.”
But they will also conquer by their former means when it is possible.
So this “good news” is that, once, Christian men rose up to oppose a group dedicated to such cruelty. Christendom reformed itself and rejected “cruel and unusual” punishments. The Church never allowed forced conversions — and condemned and excommunicated those who did, wherever possible. (Do not expect “Christian kings” or kings over christian nations to be restrained by the Church. Some kings, some governments, were evil. Don’t get distracted.)
Good Christian men rose up, once, and halted the advance of the cruelest followers of the desert warrior crescent moon god.
We have work to do. In my own country we can read of honor killings; of acid being thrown in the faces of “disobedient” wives; of the commonly practiced mutilation of female genitals; of shootings and stabbings accompanied by the desert warrior cry stating their “god is greater.”
We have work to do.
We have learning to do.
Like, “what do we really believe in?”