Illegal Aliens and Crusade 4.75

Crusadesby Deana Chadwell    7/19/14
When news about the crisis at the Mexican border began leaking into the media my first thoughts flew to the Children’s Crusade. This crusade fits on the timeline between the Albigensian Crusade, which started in 1208 and the 5th Crusade, which set out for the Holy Land in 1217. Some doubt exists about the reality of the Children’s Crusade, but if the story holds any water at all some 60,000 children left Europe (30,000 from France and 30,000 from Germany) in 1212. The French children headed off to fight the Muslims for control of Jerusalem. The German kids intended to win them over for Christ. It doesn’t appear that any of them ever arrived in the Promised Land.

The French contingent (greatly depleted after their arduous journey) eventually reached Marseilles where their leader Stephen of Cloyes had predicted that the seas would part to let them pass. It didn’t. Many stayed there or tried to go home. Others boarded boats provided by two French noblemen, who may or may not have had their best interests at heart. It is most likely they were sold as slaves. According to the folklore nothing was heard of them for 18 years.

The German group, led by a peasant boy named Nicholas, suffered a similar fate. Eventually a few of the children returned to Germany, but most did not. Angry parents reportedly hanged Nicholas’ father for encouraging his son to go on such a fool’s errand. Some of the children seem to have been sold as slaves in Baghdad and the few literate crusaders ended up in Cairo working as scribes.

Scholars think that, like the invasion on our border, not all were children. Many were desperately poor and hoping against hope to find some small improvement in their lives. Many were scoundrels, many were prostitutes; a few in each group were young noblemen out for rebellion and renown (a la the MS13 gang guys).

As will happen with those invading our southwestern states, disaster surrounded these children from the beginning. Some tried to return home. Many died on the journey of heat exhaustion and hunger. (The Middle Ages saw some serious global warming, which, strangely, happened sans Americans and the internal CrusadeSymbolcombustion engine.) Many of the children were sold into slavery. (Interestingly enough, the main traders in human flesh then were Muslims, same as they are today.) Some of the 13th century children managed to survive in towns they travelled through, but most just disappeared from history.

These kids in the Middle Ages had leaders – by all accounts charismatic and inspiring, even though they were young; Stephen of Cloyes was supposed to have been only twelve.

I wonder who is leading these Central American kids. I know who’s helping them cross the border – coyotes and the drug cartels, no nicer I’m sure than the sweet men who offered the crusaders free passage to Palestine. But who set this off? No 5-year-old wakes up saying, “I think I’ll go to America today.” Certainly parents don’t just hear about the Gonzales children next door hopping the trains, and decide to send their kids, too? Really? I can’t imagine.

Where did these people get the idea that freedom and prosperity were so free, so easy to come by that their children would be guaranteed a comfortable, safe future? Are those children leaving home of their own free will? I just can’t wrap my mind around this any better than I can digest the horrors of the Children’s Crusade.

I pray the train children will find a better fate, but I am doubtful. Even if they are properly provided for, and since this is America many will be, they will be scarred for life. These are not likely to be happy, productive people. Would you be able to shake off the black remembrance of being thrown on top of a train hurtling through dark jungles, hanging on for dear life, seeing other children fall to their deaths? Surely they were hopelessly hungry and thirsty, prey to terrible men doing terrible things.

Perhaps we’ll get it together and send these kids back to their families where they belong, but evidently things were not good there either. Perhaps good people will welcome them to their homes, though no one’s making sure that those who welcome them are good, but even if such goodness happens they will, if they remain illegal, ever be slaves. Maybe Obama will do a magic pen trick and declare them all citizens, but that will result in the erasure of the United States as a free and sovereign nation and they will again be homeless and again be slaves, along with the rest of us.

History is a cruel mistress and has repeatedly ground innocent people to dust. She is filled with the dire tales of peoples who crossed great distances in order to stay alive. And history is also filled with evil men and women who think nothing of using others, yes, even children, to attain their tyrannical goals.

We may never know who set this invasion in motion, but anyone paying attention and thinking clearly can see it as the time bomb it is – perhaps a clever and subtle form of biological warfare, for disease is rampant among these kids, perhaps a way to sneak terrorists into the country, perhaps a way to overwhelm and bankrupt the systems and infrastructure that makes this country function. We don’t know.

And hanging over all the conjecture is not only the very real calamity of tens of thousands of uncared-for children dumped on our doorstep, but the likelihood of hundreds of thousands more. God does work in mysterious ways, and may well have a solution at the ready, but right now this seems no more of a win-win than the ill-fated crusade of ignorant children who thought they could save the Holy Land.


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About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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10 Responses to Illegal Aliens and Crusade 4.75

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    By coincidence, Deana, I read a brief sketch of the Children’s Crusade in some book or another. What a horrible horrible tragedy. And to think that many of these children were sold into slavery.

    If anyone has doubts about the evil of Obama, the Democrat Party, and the mainstream media, look to this issue. Indeed, people will use children for the most nefarious ends. But then, the Left has been using immigrants (illegal or otherwise) as an Alinsky tactic against the West. It’s not that they love immigrants. It’s that they hate the native populations.

    Multiculturalism is a sickness.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    The easiest way to stop the new Children’s Crusade is to send them back, and charge the expense (transportation and taking care of them) to the nations that sent them (and the Mexicans who let them through despite their strict rules about crossing their southern border). This could probably be taken off whatever foreign aid they receive. Anyone who opposes doing this, in essence, is encouraging the continuation of this invasion, with all the costs involved — for us, and for “the children” as well. But as long as letting them in (while pretending that they’ll be sent back) is politically expedient, nothing else matters to the Demagogues.

  3. Anniel says:

    Deanna – What two sad tales you tell. I, too have been thinking about who is really behind what is happening to these children and what can possibly be done to prevent their further degradation. Tough times for everyone, and I just can’t see anyone being tried and hanged from the yardarm in the US. But no one thought that Mussolini would either. I have to remind myself frequently that God’s ways are indeed mysterious.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    M Catharine Evans has another hard-hitting article about the invasion of children (and others) across our southern border.

    She skewers Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz for joining the “compassionate” useful idiots on the front lines.

    That is what makes Beck and company’s goodwill trip to the border so reckless. The illegal surge, disguised as a “humanitarian crisis,” is affecting real people in real towns across the nation. Citizens with limited resources and no multi-million dollar relief funds are going before country supervisory boards to voice their objections. What the people “get” is that the Obama administration, in total collaboration with their government-controlled media, threw children in front of the camera knowing full well it would clear the way for teen and adult illegals to cross the border. Now they have to deal with nearby facilities being used to house illegals with medical, legal, social and psychological problems. And all this happened without their knowledge or consent. Talk about “Un-American.”

    So if these high-profile conservatives think they will keep raking in the votes and money while playing both sides they are delusional. Heart-tugging photo-ops,slick marketing, savvy, sexy book covers and courting the Tea Party rank-and-file may have worked up until now but anyone who lends his name or face to this government-sponsored invasion of illegals could soon be on the outs with those of us standing on bridges.

    Note that StubbornThings, in an overt move to minimize revenues, has sent no caterwauling representative to the border to show how supposedly compassionate this site is. By rights, I should take advantage of this situation and then the dollars would flow in. Oh, baby. I can see it now…my vacation on the Caribbean.

    Or one can view this situation in the proper context: It is a damn shame that children or adults have to live in squalid conditions. But the solution isn’t welfare. It’s not by importing dysfunction that it will be cured. It’s by exporting that which made America great and prosperous that will do the trick.

    Note the Beck and others are helping to engage in, and solidify, the notion of international socialism. And it does no good to say that such compassion stands hand-in-hand with sending these invaders back to their own countries. Haven’t these people ever learned the rule of feeding the stray cat?

    Showing “compassion” for these invaders while not saying a word that they are invaders, and that they are causing much harm to the legal citizens of this country, is to be a useful idiot for the Left. As a friend of mine said, he’s all for housing these kids — across the border, in a tent city set up by the Army. But not on our side of the border.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Sarah Palin had an interesting response (and one that has occurred to me, and no doubt others here): The illegal aliens should be sent to the communities of those who want them here. Why should rich liberals bring them in to impose them on the “forgotten man” (I was very pleased that Palin used the term, an indication that she’s far better informed than most liberals think she is, or are themselves for that matter) while keeping their own gated communities free of this invasion? Let them be sent to the White House, and to Nancy Pelosi’s home (she said she’d be willing; let her put her house where her big mouth is), not to mention the rich amnesty advocates (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Sheldon Adelson). Let their friends and family be the ones afflicted with lice, scabies, and drug-resistant tuberculosis, if they like them so much.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        A pretty good response by Palin, at least compared to the rest of them. And I, for one, never supposed Palin to be anything but the bright lady that she is. It’s offensive to me just how many conservatives (and not just Establishment Republicans) who have perpetuated this notion that she isn’t so bright. Why they have done so would make for an interesting essay by someone.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          She didn’t come from an elite background, and even more so she didn’t go to an elite college. She also remained (until she became a political celebrity, in her case one she had earned by her efforts as well as some good fortune, and for which she paid a heavy price) an ordinary person. I have no doubt this is why the elites of both parties have so little regard for her.

          And of course they can always find a good excuse whenever she makes an error — and never mind the far greater errors of her antagonists. (For example, when she said in 2010 before Election Day that it wasn’t yet time to party like it was 1773, they mocked her. At some point someone noticed that the Boston Tea Party was in 1773. But did any of them admit she was more knowledgeable about American history than they were? To ask that question is virtually to answer it.)

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            I think you’re right. And implicit in that, Timothy, is that the elites (in their own minds they are elites, at least) look down one everyone else. That is the lesson to gain from their dismissal, if not outright hostility, of Palin. And a lot of Americans, such as myself, will not forget this.

            I would take a bullet for Palin. But the rest of them? For the most part, they can all go to hell.

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Stopping the flood of illegal alien, welfare sucking, culture destroying, future Democrat voters is the most important political mission facing the USA.

    Boehner has proposed a bill to give Obama about $600 million over the next couple of months, supposedly in order to alleviate the present crowding on the border brought about by Obama’s allowing a flood of illegals to cross over our Southern border. This bill does not require the sealing of the border or even to send the illegals back. THIS BILL IS TO BE VOTED ON THIS THURSDAY!

    Please call your Congressmen and let them know you are against this bill. It should not be passed thus giving it a chance to go to conference with the Senate bill.

    Also let them know that the Congress should start passing bills withholding funding from the President for all immigration bills until he follows the law.

    The word is out that Obama is thinking about giving amnesty to a further 5-6 million illegals. If he does this, the Republican House should shut down all funding required for any such an illegal amnesty and pass a law declaring such amnesty as illegal and stating it will not be recognized.

    Below are some details from Numbersusa.

    Ask your U.S. Rep. to vote to block Pres. Obama’s planned new executive amnesty. (Stop GOP leaders from helping him.


    The danger to our country is as real as it gets.

    The Associated Press reported yesterday:

    Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November’s mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration.


    House GOP leaders are reported ready to bring immigration legislation to a vote this week before Congress leaves town for a month.

    Thanks to your weeks of activism and a stunning output of phoning yesterday, the key issue before the U.S. House of Representatives is no longer how much money to give Pres. Obama to deal with the Border Surge. Rather, the main issue this week is whether the House will act to block his intended new mass amnesty — the amnesty his Administration has trumpeted that he will do without congressional consent.

    For 18 months, you have kept the “inevitable” amnesty from happening.

    But now, there will be actual votes on the floor of the House for the first time that could give Pres. Obama an open door to give out millions more work permits to illegal aliens at the expense of American workers.

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) says Congress must act to preserve the power over immigration given it by the Constitution. But he also is warning Pres. Obama that he risks provoking a Constitutional crisis that will leave him a legacy of shame:

    “It (granting another executive amnesty) would be an affront to the people of this country which they will never forgive; it would be a permanent stain on your presidency.” — Sen. Sessions
    Fortunately, there are three or four dozen U.S. Representatives who are poised to do all they can to move the House to vote to block Obama’s next amnesty.

    Your phone calls are essential for giving them a chance at success.

    National Review is warning that GOP House leaders continue to try to force through legislation favored by the Chamber of Commerce and its partner Sen. John McCain:

    The latest critique circulating among opponents of the package is that Rebecca Tallent, a former staffer to Senator John McCain (R. Ariz.) who currently works for House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), has played a significant role in drafting” the proposal the GOP leaders are considering bringing to the floor for a vote.

    “[Tallent] more than almost anyone has her fingerprints on President Obama’s immigration plans and is very close with the amnesty community, with the White House, with Democratic offices,” said a highly placed congressional source.

    “It’s important to understand that Becky Tallent is writing the plan, not the Republican conference. . . . there’s a good chance there will be a lot of awful stuff tucked in there as a result.”
    Make sure you have sent all the faxes on your customized Action Board:

    Thanks for slamming Congress yesterday. We are hearing that it is indeed making some difference and causing GOP House leaders to at least consider requests for voting to block Obama’s next amnesty.



    • Timothy Lane says:

      For me, contacting my congressthing is useless; no way John Yarmuth (the only Democrat remaining in the Kentucky congressional delegation) is going to vote against what the party Leader wants. The Senate would be another matter, if it goes to them.

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