"Chris Martinez"'s unfortunate comment (posted back on Feb. 17th, 2015) clearly shows how much his Scriptural-ignorance & Biblical-illiteracy & how much he gravely-misunderstands the literal/ word-for-word, translated, original-meaning & context of the phrase, "judge not lest ye be judged": first of all, there are two kinds of "judging" or "discerning" (the latter term of which is more-correctly or accurately translated into English from the original-Aramaic (Hebrew) & Koinanea (Ancient-Greek). There's a big difference between "judging Unrighteously" & "judging Righteously" or having true/ accurate discernment.
We are commanded by God in The Bible to "test the Spirits to see if they are true & whether they be of God". Also, the only true, historical Jesus of Nazareth that existed, the same one as that of the Christian-faith, even commanded His true-disciples in the New-Testament Gospel-accounts, "If ye must judge, judge righteously, but be careful not to judge unrighteously. But, have discernment." KJV (paraphrased)
Also, "Michael Means" mistaken or foolish comment (posted back on April 11th, 2015), that he erringly thinks that the Crusaders were "Roman-Catholics, NOT Christians", additionally shows that he obviously doesn't know much or any actual precise historical-facts about Christianity or the Roman-Catholic Church during the Crusades-period in Medieval-Europe, either, for that matter. It is a solid fact of Medieval-European history before, during, & for at least a few centuries after the Crusades that the members (consisting of all of the native European, even non-Roman or non-(Latinate)Italian, Common-People or "Peasants" & "Serfs", as well as all of the European-Nobility/ Royalty or Kings & Queens, etc., et. al.), mainstream, organized, societal, official "Christian-Church" of the time of the Crusades WAS none other than the Roman-Catholic Church. There were no "other" Christian-Churches or officially-recognized, mainstream Christian-Denominations then yet, besides the Roman-Catholic Christian-Church. The other denominations didn't come about until about the 12th century A.D., after the 3-4 Crusades were all over: when the first, dissenting denomination to break-away from the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) & the leadership, teachings, & practices of the Roman-Catholic Church was the Eastern-Orthodox Church (or Greek-"Fathers"/ Patriarchs), with the resistance of a few Bishops in Greek & in the Eastern-half of the Holy-Roman Empire, which was headquartered in Constantinople/ Byzantium/ Instanbul, in Turkey & in Aleppo, Syria. (Then, the remaining "Protestant"-Denominational Churches broke-off from the centrality or "Holy-See" of Rome, as well, during the "Reformation" of the European-15th
Century A.D. "Renaissance", with the "Revival", "Rebirth of Learning", or "Rediscovery of Science & the Ancient-Latin Scriptures translated" into each peoples' & kingdoms'/ nations' own native-dialect or particular-language of their place & time, by expert collegiate scholars, as they each understood them.)
I know Crusades- & Roman-Catholic History intimately, believe me, because I was raised & grew up a Roman-Catholic Christian, myself, in a traditional, well-informed & studied, Roman-Catholic, Italian-American family, all on my biological-father's side.
Very few people, it seems, these days, out in the Mass-Public, truly wants to learn something good these days, which I'm saddened that there are definitely a lot of young-people out there in the world/ society who honestly don't care deep down, & don't hold themselves accountable to anyone or anything, & really don't seem to want to learn anything worthwhile or edifying & accurately know the truth; they just want to be rabble-rousers, not admit their own mistakes/ errors/ sins, refuse to be humble/ teachable/ open to the Spirit of God to truly be taught the Truth, & stir up controversy or want to believe their own false-opinions, instead of checking the solid-sources & believing the revealed-truth.
The basic, bottom-line moral or lesson of all my recent-comments on the Crusades is this: check your sources, before you make wild or faulty/ weak claims, & prove your lack of any thorough understanding.
Darron R. DeSantis
(History-"buff" & student-researcher)
P.S. May authoritative-truth, traditionally-understood best by all our Forebears/ Ancestors, the past generations who were actually there & experienced those Historical-Events (which we have NOT), may those original-sources & first-hand accounts, in their proper & original, full-context, intention, & true meaning be clearly studied, learned, understood, known, & remembered now & forever.
Here's to the Expert-Scholars of History, NOT the ignorant-masses of demagogues! There's a radical/ crazy/ fanatic/ extremist, unfortunately, born every minute, it seems!!....
We have too many radicals: they're a dime a dozen.
It's more difficult to find an actual traditional authority or expert today who still agrees with the actual, original, truest accounts of the History-Books.
It is actually truer that you can learn a lot more from good, old/ used books, which are much-more accurate than today's "Progressive"/ "Revisionist" propaganda/ made-up/ imagined, diabolical lies & distortions/ exaggerations of the truth, for their personal gain & to advance today's Fascist/ Narrow-Minded Agenda, which is truly Hateful of the Real-Past, & only leads to more Prejudice/ Bigotry & Divisiveness against all Believers & Followers of the Truth & the One-True God, which Reveals or conveniently (so Graciously) shows it to us, if only we seek & ask or inquire it of Him (God) in all patience & willingness to learn the lessons of History, & never repeat the mistakes/ blunders/ errors & preventable-tragedies.