ALL IN THE NAME OF GOD. 2015/03/18
All in the name of God Christians have fought Christians, Pagans, Muslim, and the same can be said of Muslims, and Jews. All in the name of God millions have been killed, raped, maimed, enslaved, and tortured. Civilizations and Empires have been destroyed in the name of God. Works of Art and Writing have been censored in the name of God. Since was held back for years in the name of God. Galileo and Cervantes were brought before the Inquisition and in the name of God pronounced Heretics. Lately in the news I have read reports of ISIL fighters destroying 3000 year old archeological sites and one radical Imam calling for the destruction of the Pyramids and the Sphynx as they are pagan symbols and must be erased in the name of God.
In the past 1385 years since Islam stormed out of Arabia and attacked the old Byzantium Empire, Christianity and Islam have been at war with each other. On the other side of the coin Christians have been fighting each other for almost as long as have the different sect of Islam. Each side in these conflicts claiming God is on their side. During the Crusades the Christian cry was “God wills it” and the Muslims were crying “Insha’Allah, Gods will or Allah Akbar, God is great”. So with the belief that God was on their side they commenced to slaughter all and sundry. The Christian Crusaders paid little or any attention as to who fell beneath their weapons. I you had brown skin and didn’t speak Latin or French you were the enemy. Jews and Arab Christians fell to the blades of the Crusaders whose attitude was “God will sort it out”. The Holy Land with its’ capital of Jerusalem first fell to the Muslims in 638 C.E. From the 7th century until the 16th it change hands a number of time the last being in 1517 when it fell to the Ottoman Turks and would remain under them until it was recaptured by Christian forces in 1917. In those 1279 years how many millions died in the name of God?
The Crusades were not the end of religious wars against Islam the enemy changed to the pagan tribes of north east Europe in the Baltic States and Russia. In the 16th century the Protestant Reformation occurred sparking war between Catholicism and those who wished to reform the corrupt practices of the Church. War between Catholics and Protestants tore through Europe for the next 200 or more years with each warring party claiming God was on their side. Religious persecution became the norm in many European Countries causing economic and political upheavals. The “Thirty Years War (1618-`1648)” started as a religious war and ended being political. In 1653 the Muslims attempted an expansion into Europe again in 1653 only to be stopped at the gates of Vienna in Austria.
From the 15th to the 19th century Protestant England was almost constantly at war with Catholic France. Both sides claiming God was on their side. The motto of the United Kingdom is “Dieu et mon Droit. (God and my Right)”. Perhaps, since the fall of the Roman Empire religion has been the reason for the majority of wars from the Middle East to Western Europe. All in the name of God. Even into the 20th century God was invoked when nations went to war. In the Great War (WWI) and WWII the German infantry mans’ belt buckle carried the inscription “Got mit uns (God is with us)”. Allied leaders called on God to grant them victory over the forces of evil. Their hypocrisy is astounding, Stalin the communist dictator of the USSR, when the German Army was at the gate of Moscow reopened all the churches so the people could pray for Gods’ help. When the crisis was averted he promptly closed all the churches again. The two great western leaders of that time, Churchill and Roosevelt were always Evil or unclean book) referring to God in their speeches. While these men called on God their armies were slaughtering one another.
It is now 15 years into the 21st century and we still haven’t learned. Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorist are blowing themselves up along with innocent by-standers in the name of God. In the Middle East a new fundamentalist army has arisen, ISIL, with an estimated 20,000 plus fighters. These psychotic barbarians make little or no distinction as to whom they slaughter. Christian, Jew, Muslim, are all fodder for their butchery. ISIL (Islamic State in Syria and the Levant) have proclaimed a worldwide Caliphate and all Muslims are subject to them and their fundamental interpretation of the Quran. In Nigeria another psychotic Group, Boko Haram (evil or unclean book in reference to western education) has slaughtered approximately 5,000 innocents and kidnapped and sold into slavery hundreds of young girls. All in the name of God.
Perhaps someday in the distant future scholars when scholars look back on this period in time they may shake their heads in disbelief that these barbaric events on all side were done in the name of a God who really didn’t much care what was done as he was merely a character in a giant fairy tale. Their judgment will be one of contempt that humanity committed such acts ALL IN THE NAME OF GOD………………………