Constantinople has been defiled for the last 550 years. For centuries the great Christian capital held back the hordes of Islam from invading Europe, and when it fell in 1453 the heathen Saracens claimed it as their own and began attacking Eastern Europe at will. Today, Constantinople is called Istanbul, and it is daily desecrated by the Islamic invaders. Constantinople rightfully belongs to Europe and Christendom, and it should be retaken.
Muslims played no part in building Constantinople. Before 1453, the city was a great European capital at the center of an Orthodox Christian empire. It was constructed by the first Christian emperor of Rome in AD 330. The city's greatest architectural monument is the Hagia Sophia built and operated as a Christian church for nearly a thousand years. The Hagia Sophia was defiled after 1453 by being turned into a heathen mosque for the celebration of a desert cult, its boring sacred text, and its immoral warlord founder.
The defense of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire was a major objective of the glorious First Crusade that retook the Holy Lands from Islamic oppression and established the Kingdom of Jerusalem and other crusader states. Pope Urban II called for the crusade expressly for the purpose of aiding struggling Christians in the area:
"I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ's heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it is meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it."
Many modern Christians adamantly condemn the crusades, but the conflicts were responsible for relieving millions of Christians suffering under the yoke or threat of Islamic persecution. By the time the First Crusade was called, almost 75% of Christian lands had been conquered by Islamic desert hordes, and the Mohammedans had no intention of stopping their blood thirsty wars. Islamic conquest is responsible for hundreds of millions of deaths, far more than any twentieth century genocide. Islamic conquest means more than just physical death, it also means the eventual spiritual death of the people suffering under it's oppression. Modern pacifist Christians fail to appreciate that they would have been born Muslim if their brave crusading ancestors hadn't bled for the Christian truth.
The conquistador conquest of the New World is another oft hated example of "Christian violence," and yet, how many hundreds of millions of men and woman have been exposed to Christ because the Spanish and Portuguese conquered and destroyed the pre-Colombian human sacrifice paganism that the New World inhabitants had suffered under for so long? Modern Christians may screech and morally signal against the conquistador's methods, but no one can argue with their conversion rates.
Wimpy modern Christians object to the crusades and the conquistadors by saying things like: "If we use violence we're just like the Muslims. There will be nothing separating us from them." Of course, there's one huge difference between us and them: Christianity is the one true religion, and Islam is the work of Satan. If we really believe in Hell we'll do what we must to save people from eternal damnation.
Christianity has been dying in the Middle East since Mohammed and his camel warriors started persecuting it over a thousand years ago. It's being destroyed by new Islamic movements like ISIS, the Taliban, and Wahabiism. Christians must embrace a new crusading age, an age of Christian knighthood and violence, if we hope to protect Christianity in our people's hearts and lands.
Constantinople is a good place to start. It's a European Christian city that we constructed and whose true past belongs to us. The Islamic conquerors have no legitimate justification for their occupation. It took centuries for Christians to retake the Iberian Peninsula from the Mohammedans, it may take us centuries to retake our own lands, but the reconquista must begin if we hope to survive.