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Of martyrs, freedom, and contraception

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I do enjoy how the Catholic Church is framing the dispute over contraceptive insurance as a matter of religious freedom and making it sound as if the Constitution of the United States is being undermined and the next thing you know we’ll be having a pogrom of Christians comparable to a European or Russian pogrom of Jews. You have to stop for a minute and ask, what exactly is the freedom they’re talking about? What ...

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February 20, 2012
2:33 p.m.

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How did it come to be that Muslims possessed Jerusalem? Did they purchase it in an arms length transaction amiable to all, or was it the Convert or be Conquered method? Those innocent occupiers. Thankfully there were those that stood against them or they would have had all of Europe and England and perhaps the whole world and American women would be wearing tents and we would all bow to that desert law they live by.

But that really wasn't the driver:

"...the major political events which prefigured the First Crusade. Within a space of thirty-five years the Turks had seized control of Christian territories larger than the entire area of France, and they now stood poised on the very doorstep of Europe. We are accustomed to think of the Crusades as first and foremost an attempt by Christians to retake the Holy Land and Jerusalem; but this is a mistake. The Emperor Alexius Comnenus now made his famous plea to the Pope, not to free Jerusalem, but to drive the Turks from his door, to liberate the huge Christian territories in Asia Minor that had so recently been devastated and annexed by the followers of the crescent."