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Shazam December 18th, 2015 7:29am

Is there a meaningful difference between a Jihad and a Crusade?

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getupbaby South City
12/21/15 9:46 am

Very similar in that neither had much to do with religion and both were mostly about money and power.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
12/19/15 3:51 pm

"My Gods Right!!"

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
12/18/15 5:43 pm

Crusade...for the real God. Jihad...for a false god.

Baetheist California
12/18/15 6:58 pm

Both completely unnecessary.

Shazam Scaramouche, OH
12/19/15 2:17 am

And the God is the same God....

palindrome California
12/18/15 4:37 pm

Don't you know anything? The Crusades is better because it happened a long time ago. It doesn't count anymore. Statute of Hypocritical Limitations. Duh

rons WOKE is sick
12/18/15 4:35 pm

One is today and one was 800 years ago. Did the Moors invade Spain? Any records of children being beheaded?

mfjd1948 rural johnson co iowa
12/22/15 7:08 am

According to George Costanza, it was the Moops.

12/18/15 10:23 am

The only difference is the spelling.

12/18/15 9:27 am

What?!? Propaganda isn't a meaningful reason?

Why do you hate America?

12/18/15 9:03 am

This is one of the Top 5 polls I've seen on SOH since I joined! It would make a great essay question on a senior college exam final in either History or Political Science.
Brilliant poll!

sea California
12/18/15 8:19 am

I think the crusades were only waged against Muslims. Jihad is waged against everybody else.

mac Oregon
12/18/15 7:53 am

Both killing in the name of God, both calling the other infidel, naw, pretty much the same.

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
12/18/15 7:46 am

Zealots wrapped in the cloak of religion are always dangerous. Imagine there's no religion...

Xemanis Lawful Good
12/18/15 11:39 am

>implying that all religions do this

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
12/18/15 4:51 pm

If the zealotry and the rhetoric fit...

Xemanis Lawful Good
12/18/15 5:14 pm

Nah. The one I'm thinking of is more of the opposite

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
12/18/15 6:05 pm

Denial... That's one of the first signs!

Xemanis Lawful Good
12/18/15 7:00 pm

I guess you're in denial

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
12/18/15 11:40 pm

Wow... Really? Maybe next time cut that back to the lowest common syntax of "I know you are but what am I." 😂

Xemanis Lawful Good
12/19/15 12:04 am

Well, you are acting ignorant.

golfer golfing
12/18/15 7:14 am

Faith is a dangerous thing.

Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
12/18/15 7:00 am

In both cases it boils down to butchery condoned by radical religious zealots.

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
12/18/15 6:39 am

The crusades were simply the medieval version of today's war against terrorism. It was the natural response to islam's aggressive expansion during the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries.

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
12/18/15 6:40 am

Like then, those who oppose or push back against Islamic extremism are in the right and the extremist Islamists are wrong.

mac Oregon
12/18/15 7:55 am

Yer dumb- the Christian were the invaders! I read some baptist propaganda that the Muslims were the aggressors.... Uh, Europe marched on Islam, the Muslims were not moving North and west.

mhart16 Carrying On
12/18/15 6:19 am

Meh. You could say because the big Crusades were about land and not force conversion. But the force conversion happened, so then again not really.

mac Oregon
12/18/15 7:56 am

Souls for God and Gold for man... A dangerous mindset.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
12/18/15 5:33 am

Don't be ridiculous. One was done for a real religion, the other one supports a false God. Heretics must die!

JennaB Mother
12/18/15 6:38 am


12/18/15 7:33 am

It's funny, because Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

Xemanis Lawful Good
12/18/15 11:39 am

That's what I was thinking, Arbiter. haha

12/18/15 5:25 am

Both are to take from the other by force so I'm going with the same.