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Facts are the first casualty of propaganda (and victimhood)

Christian fundamentalist — and likely GOP presidential candidate — Rick Santorum claims the Crusades have been unfairly maligned.

Rick Santorum launched into a scathing attack on the left, charging during an appearance in South Carolina that the history of the Crusades has been corrupted by “the American left who hates Christendom.”

“The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical,” Santorum said in in Spartanburg on Tuesday . “And that is what the perception is by the American left who hates Christendom.”

While there was some provocation by Muslim Turks, the Crusades were fueled by the same messianic mindset that drives Islamic terrorists today.

Pope Urban II, one of the architects of the first Crusade, argued, “The West must march to the defense of the East. All should go, rich and poor alike. The Franks must stop their internal wars and squabbles. Let them go instead against the infidel and fight a righteous war.”

Sound familiar?

The results merit no rationale, though Santorum merits inclusion as one of the dimmest lights of the crazy right.

Some of our men cut off the heads of their enemies; others shot them with arrows, so that they fell from the towers; others tortured them longer by casting them into the flames. Piles of heads, hands and feet were to be seen in the streets of the city. It was necessary to pick one’s way over the bodies of men and horses. But these were small matters compared to what happened at the temple of Solomon, a place where religious services ware ordinarily chanted. What happened there? If I tell the truth, it will exceed your powers of belief. So let it suffice to say this much at least, that in the temple and portico of Solomon, men rode in blood up to their knees and bridle reins.

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