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Karen Armstrong perpetuates the oft-repeated lie that Islam and Christianity are equivalent as she smears Robert Spencer in her review of his last book, The Truth about Muhammad, in the Financial Times:
Ever since the Crusades, people in the west have seen the prophet Muhammad as a sinister figure. During the 12th century, Christians were fighting brutal holy wars against Muslims, even though Jesus had told his followers to love their enemies, not to exterminate them. The scholar monks of Europe stigmatised Muhammad as a cruel warlord who established the false religion of Islam by the sword. They also, with ill-concealed envy, berated him as a lecher and sexual pervert at a time when the popes were attempting to impose celibacy on the reluctant clergy. Our Islamophobia became entwined with our chronic anti-Semitism; Jews and Muslims, the victims of the crusaders, became the shadow self of Europe, the enemies of decent civilisation and the opposite of ”us”...
Let's look at this first paragraph. Crusades (it all started with the Crusades). Christians fight brutal wars against Muslims (not the other way around which has been going on for 500 years previous) - they defy Christ by resisting Islam (this one really gets my blood boiling). Monks stigmatize Muhammad (his official bio had nothing to do with it - the Monks made it all up). Ill-concealed envy (???) Antisemitism equals Islamophobia. Jews and Muslims are equally victims of the evil Christians. (ergo Muslims are the new Jews.)
God wot what rot.
Spencer deftly defends himself here.