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    The Crusades were started on this day in 1095, when Pope Urban announced his plan to recapture the Holy Land. Today’s History Channel provides a short summary:

    https://css.history.com/this-day-in-history

    How the Catholic Church acquired so much power is a long and complicated story, and is summed up in the link posted below:

    https://www.crsd.org/cms/lib/PA01000188/Centricity/Domain/1201/The_Church_FACT_FILE.pdf

    If you analyze all of the events in this link, you’ll understand why our Founding Fathers were so adamant about separating politics from religion. If also helps to explain why it is so difficult to achieve lasting peace in Israel. (The blog titled “a long and winding road” goes into more detail).

    Imagine, if you can, that the Islamic fundamentalists who launched the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, somehow managed to carry out EIGHT more attacks on American soil, causing large loss of life, and the displacement of thousands of American citizens.

    Without a doubt, the justifiable anger that we felt on September 11 would escalate into a rage that could not be contained, and would lead to widespread changes in not only our society, but in countries throughout the world.

    In view of the stringent security measures that we’ve put in place since 9/11, is there even the remotest possibility that a situation like that could occur?

    Not likely, but here’s a sobering thought:

    It already has. For more details, click on the link below:

    http://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-of-signs.html

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    "Without a doubt, the justifiable anger that we felt on September 11 would escalate into a rage that could not be contained, and would lead to widespread changes in not only our society, but in countries throughout the world."

    Just like a school shooting unleashed the whatever it takes mindset of anti gun groups, so did 9/11 unleash the whatever it takes attiudue of latent fascists to overstep any and all rights to support a monumental power grab.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    The Crusades were started on this day in 1095, when Pope Urban announced his plan to recapture the Holy Land. Today’s History Channel provides a short summary:

    https://css.history.com/this-day-in-history

    How the Catholic Church acquired so much power is a long and complicated story, and is summed up in the link posted below:

    https://www.crsd.org/cms/lib/PA01000188/Centricity/Domain/1201/The_Church_FACT_FILE.pdf

    If you analyze all of the events in this link, you’ll understand why our Founding Fathers were so adamant about separating politics from religion. If also helps to explain why it is so difficult to achieve lasting peace in Israel. (The blog titled “a long and winding road” goes into more detail).

    Imagine, if you can, that the Islamic fundamentalists who launched the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, somehow managed to carry out EIGHT more attacks on American soil, causing large loss of life, and the displacement of thousands of American citizens.

    Without a doubt, the justifiable anger that we felt on September 11 would escalate into a rage that could not be contained, and would lead to widespread changes in not only our society, but in countries throughout the world.

    In view of the stringent security measures that we’ve put in place since 9/11, is there even the remotest possibility that a situation like that could occur?

    Not likely, but here’s a sobering thought:

    It already has. For more details, click on the link below:

    http://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-of-signs.html

    Arizona -- Thanks for sharing your article. On the one hand it is comforting to see how Christianity has "modernized" since the Crusades and Inquisitions. Pope Francis is hardly the butcher of some of his long past predecessors. Islam, on the other hand, has struggled to modernize because of the global influence of Saudi Arabia and Wahhabism on their branch of Sunnism.

    I too have a copy of the Qur'an given to me and all expatriates as a gift from Colonel Ghaddafi when my wife and I lived in Tripoli, Libya in the early 1970s. I have attempted to read it from time to time, but never from cover to cover. Mostly I have used it as a reference book to check on certain claims made by the anti-Islamists.

    Like the Bible it is full of inconsistences, and is essentially two books...the Mecca book written by Muhammad at a time of peaceful tranquility and the more militant Medina book full of warlike verses. Each is reflective of the political arena at the time the two books were written. The Hadith, of course, seeks to interpret Muhammad writings, but does not have consensus between the modernists and the fundamentalists.

    Anyway, my blog article of three years ago, Is ISIS Islamic? covers the militant side of Islam.

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    Schmidt:

    I agree with the ideas that you shared in your blog. It confirms the fact that the majority of Christians, and the majority of Muslims, are not violent people. I'm of the opinion that reading either publication as literal truth is a serious mistake, but roughly 33% of our fellow Americans think the Bible is literally true.

    For what it's worth, a software engineer names Tom Anderson analyzed both the Koran and the Bible to determine which was more violent. He concluded that the Bible was twice as violent as the Koran. Today is the anniversary of the first Crusade, in 1095, but it was just the beginning. By the time that the 4th Crusade came to an end, 4,000,000 people had perished, and there were 5 more Crusades after that.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/violence-more-common-in-bible-than-quran-text-analysis-reveals-a6863381.html

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    "33% of our fellow Americans think the Bible is literally true" Ever have a conversation with somebody that believes the earth is flat???
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    Schmidt:

    I agree with the ideas that you shared in your blog. It confirms the fact that the majority of Christians, and the majority of Muslims, are not violent people. I'm of the opinion that reading either publication as literal truth is a serious mistake, but roughly 33% of our fellow Americans think the Bible is literally true.

    For what it's worth, a software engineer names Tom Anderson analyzed both the Koran and the Bible to determine which was more violent. He concluded that the Bible was twice as violent as the Koran. Today is the anniversary of the first Crusade, in 1095, but it was just the beginning. By the time that the 4th Crusade came to an end, 4,000,000 people had perished, and there were 5 more Crusades after that.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/violence-more-common-in-bible-than-quran-text-analysis-reveals-a6863381.html

    Yes, in reality Catholics have been the worst; WWII Hitler who was Catholic killed 6 million Jews; The French killed Joanne of Arc as well murdered thousands "witches". That religion is the most hypocritical of them all. All the cathedrals were built with "blood" and stolen gold.

    Also I have the feeling that the US Catholics are the most fanatic of them all; in Europe they really toned down "religion" and attendance is down, as well lots of churches have become "monuments" only or converted into apartments.

    Thus why are they so fanatic here? Also in "politics"?

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    Dutch:

    You are are exactly correct. Church attendance varies widely by country, and Europe (as a whole) is NOT very religious. The U.S ranks fairly high in terms of being religious, but there are a few that are quite a bit higher.

    http://www.pewforum.org/2018/06/13/how-religious-commitment-varies-by-country-among-people-of-all-ages/

    Within the United States, the MOST religious state is Mississippi, and they just elected a senator who wanted a front row seat at a hanging. Not coincidentally, Mississippi is the state that had the highest number of lynchings:

    https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/02/24/10-american-states-with-the-most-lynchings-of-black-people-from-1882-1968/