Utter the phrase Church crusades, and you will likely evoke a highly negative reaction, if not scorn or personal insult, and antagonism. It was a tough time in history. That period of Christian history when Crusaders went to protect Jerusalem from the ravages of war and spoliation, is a time that many would like to sweep under the rug, so to speak. Interestingly, an unfavorable response to Crusaders is given often by Christians, and non-Christians alike. In fact, many Christians cringe when they hear the very word "crusade", as though it were a curse word.