Many of us have very little if any knowledge about the Crusades. We know they happened in the Middle Ages and involved knights. We know that it had something to do with the Middle East. But the why and who of the whole affair is distant and unimportant.
As a consequence of this, if your child or grandchild told you that the whole thing was caused by Christians it is very unlikely that you would be able to tell them why such a statement is incorrect. Who started the Crusades? Why did the Crusades start?
No worries, I am not going to give you a history lesson. But, what we have to understand is that this is not a small thing for many people in Middle Eastern countries. Muslims still refer to Christians as “Crusaders.” And many in the war-torn areas see Western intervention as the new Crusade.
So this is why the fact that this distorted view of history is being taught to our children in our schools is so troubling.
A classroom assignment on Islam says one negative effect of the Crusades is that Christians are still treating Muslims harshly.
“I almost fell over,” said Barbara Light.
Mrs. Light, of Westwood, New Jersey, was helping her 13-year-old daughter prepare for a World History test when she discovered some rather shocking lessons.
“The Christians’ harsh treatment of Muslims in the Holy Land led to bitterness that has lasted to the present,” one worksheet stated.
Another worksheet asks students to identify “one negative effect of the Crusades that has continued to the present.” The answer written on the worksheet – “the Christians harsh treatment of Muslims continues in the present day.”
While most of us have no real or relevant contact with Muslims, we are told that we as Christians are treating the Muslim badly.