Cenk Uygur gives a well-deserved send-up to Fox ratings king Bilious O’Reilly, who says Anders Behring Breivik can’t be a Christian because Christians don’t do mass murder.
Uh, Bill. What about the Crusades? Which, after all, began with mass murders of German Jews before all that slaughter in Jerusalem, where Muslim and Jewish blood ran over the ankles of those cross-bearing knights. [And, by the way, the pope promised those same knights a free passage to heaven should they die in the mayhem, something the Catholic O’Reilly should know.]
Let us offer this quote about what happened when those pious Christian folk first took Jerusalem:
After locating about 6,000 Jews holed up in the synagogue, they set the building on fire; the Jews were burned alive. The Crusaders found that about 30,000 Muslims had fled to the al Aqsa Mosque. The Muslims were also slaughtered without mercy..
And what about the Albigensian Crusade? You know, the one where the papal legate told his knights to slaughter all the inhabitants of a besieged city. Asked about taking measures to spare any “true Christians” living there, he gave voice to a phrase used much in later wars: “Caedite eos! Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius” – “Kill them [all]! Surely the Lord discerns which [ones] are his.” Or, as it’s more often translated, “Kill them all and let God sort them out.”
And what about the Thirty Years War?
We could go on, but we think you get the drift.