An avowed liberal Facebook friend posted this photo, and asked:
“IS this a test for Christians?”
I replied: (Katy Grimes) “Mary and Joseph hadn’t vowed to kill all of the infidels.”
One of her Facebook friends posted the photo above and this comment: “Neither did he.”
I replied: “This poor little boy was not a Syrian refugee, but was traveling with his father who was smuggling Syrians into Turkey. The father blames himself for his son’s death.”
She replied: “The drowned boy was 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, from Syria, part of a group of 23 trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. They’d set out in two boats on the 13-mile Aegean journey, but the vessels capsized. And my point is that not all refugees “vowed to kill all of the infidels.”
I replied: “I know the tragic story. Your post of the dead toddler is an emotional straw man. All of those who have vowed to kill infidels are Muslim. 90 percent of Syrians are Muslim. ISIS has already infiltrated the Syrians migrating into Europe. And they claim to have infiltrated Syrians being brought into the U.S.”
She replied: “The picture fits your comment, perfectly. “Mary and Joseph hadn’t vowed to kill all of the infidels” and neither did this child. You can rationalize all you want, but “neither did he” vow to kill all the infidels.”
Another guy entered the conversation: “Katy Grimes, according to the FBI, most serial killers have been Christian (among them Jeffrey Dahmer and David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam). An estimated 71% of Americans are Christian. What do you think we should do with American Christians? Lock them up or kill them?”
I ignored his ignorant, inaccurate comment.
And then another person entered the conversation: “Katy Grimes, I suppose it was OK when the Christians wanted to kill all the infidels and rode into the Middle East and slaughtered Muslims.”
And that was the tipping point.
I replied: “Westerners—even academics—accept the notion that the West alone was the aggressor in the Crusades. Not true. The Europeans did not launch the first Crusade in a mindless, bloodthirsty and irrational way. In 630, two years before Muhammad’s death, he launched the Tabuk Crusades, in which he led 30,000 jihadists against the Byzantine Christians. By 638, Muslim Crusaders conquered and annexed Jerusalem, taking it from the Byzantines. Eventually the Islamic Crusades were very successful. The Byzantines and Persian Empires had worn themselves out with fighting, so a power vacuum existed. Into this vacuum stormed Islam.”
“So it is only after all of the Islamic aggressive invasions that Western Christendom launches its first Crusades in 1095.”
Silence. Thankfully. Facts and truth prevail. But it’s exhausting, and the reason I rarely engage in Facebook conversations. In person, this never would have happened.