VICTIMS OH THE FAITH
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Date Posted: 03 April 2005 at 10:20pm
VICTIMS OF THE FAITH
Listed are only events that solely occurred on command or participation
of church authorities or were committed in the name of ...... (List
* As soon as Christianity became legal in the Roman
Empire by imperial edict (315), more and more pagan temples were
destroyed by Christian mob. Pagan priests were killed.
* Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.
* Examples of destroyed Temples: the Sanctuary of
Aesculap in Aegean, the Temple of Aphrodite in Golgatha, Aphaka in
Lebanon, and the Heliopolis.
* Christian priests such as Mark of Arethusa or
Cyrill of Heliopolis were famous as "temple destroyer." [DA468]
* Pagan services became punishable by death in 356. [DA468]
* Christian Emperor Theodosius (408-450) even had
children executed, because they had been playing with remains of pagan
According to Christian chroniclers he "followed meticulously all Christian teachings..."
* In 6th century pagans were declared void of all rights.
* In the early fourth century the philosopher
Sopatros was executed on demand of Christian authorities. [DA466]
* The world famous female philosopher Hypatia of
Alexandria was torn to pieces with glass fragments by a hysterical
Christian mob led by a Christian minister named Peter, in a church, in
* Emperor Karl (Charlemagne) in 782 had 4500 Saxons, unwilling to convert to Christianity, beheaded. [DO30]
* Peasants of Steding (Germany) unwilling to pay
suffocating church taxes: between 5,000 and 11,000 men, women and
children slain 5/27/1234 near Altenesch/Germany. [WW223]
* 15th century Poland: 1019 churches and 17987
villages plundered by Knights of the Order. Number of victims unknown.
* 16th and 17th century Ireland. English troops
"pacified and civilized" Ireland, where only Gaelic "wild Irish",
"unreasonable beasts lived without any knowledge of God or good
manners, in common of their goods, cattle, women, children and every
other thing." One of the more successful soldiers, a certain Humphrey
Gilbert, half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh, ordered that "the heads of
all those (of what sort so ever they were) which were killed in the
day, should be cut off from their bodies... and should bee laid on the
ground by each side of the way", which effort to civilize the Irish
indeed caused "great terror to the people when they saw the heddes of
their dead fathers, brothers, children, kinsfolk, and friends on the
Tens of thousands of Gaelic Irish fell victim to the carnage. [SH99, 225]
* First Crusade: 1095 on command of pope Urban II. [WW11-41]
* Semlin/Hungary 6/24/96 thousands slain. Wieselburg/Hungary 6/12/96 thousands. [WW23]
* 9/9/96-9/26/96 Nikaia, Xerigordon (then Turkish), thousands respectively. [WW25-27]
* Until January 1098 a total of 40 capital cities and 200 castles conquered (number of slain unknown) [WW30]
* After 6/3/98 Antioch (then Turkish) conquered,
between 10,000 and 60,000 slain. 6/28/98 100,000 Turks (incl. women and
children) killed. [WW32-35]
Here the Christians "did no other harm
to the women found in [the enemy's] tents - save that they ran their
lances through their bellies," according to Christian chronicler
Fulcher of Chartres. [EC60]
* Marra (Maraat an-numan) 12/11/98 thousands killed.
Because of the subsequent famine "the already stinking corpses of the
enemies were eaten by the Christians" said chronicler Albert Aquensis.
* Jerusalem conquered 7/15/1099 more than 60,000
victims (Jewish, Muslim, men, women, and children). [WW37-40]
In the words of one witness: "there [in
front of Solomon's temple] was such a carnage that our people were
wading ankle-deep in the blood of our foes", and after that "happily
and crying for joy our people marched to our Savior’s tomb, to honor it
and to pay off our debt of gratitude."
* The Archbishop of Tire, eyewitness wrote: "It was
impossible to look upon the vast numbers of the slain without horror;
everywhere lay fragments of human bodies, and the very ground was
covered with the blood of the slain. It was not alone the spectacle of
headless bodies and mutilated limbs strewn in all directions that
roused the horror of all that looked upon them. Still more dreadful was
it to gaze upon the victors themselves, dripping with blood from head
to foot, an ominous sight which brought terror to all who met them. It
is reported that within the Temple enclosure alone about ten thousand
infidels perished." [TG79]
* Christian chronicler Eckehard of Aura noted that
"even the following summer in all of Palestine the air was polluted by
the stench of decomposition". One million victims of the first crusade
* Battle of Askalon, 8/12/1099. 200,000 heathens slaughtered "in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ". [WW45]
* Fourth crusade: 4/12/1204 Constantinople sacked,
number of victims unknown, numerous thousands, many of them Christian.
* Rest of Crusades in less detail: until the fall of
Akron 1291 probably 20 million victims (in the Holy land and
Arab/Turkish areas alone). [WW224]
Note: All figures according to contemporary (Christian) chroniclers.
Heretics and Atheists
* Already in 385 C.E. the first Christians, the
Spanish Priscillianus and six followers, were beheaded for heresy in
* Manichaean heresy: a crypto-Christian sect decent
enough to practice birth control (and thus not as irresponsible as
faithful Catholics) was exterminated in huge campaigns all over the
Roman Empire between 372 C.E. and 444 C.E. Numerous thousands of
* Albigensians: the first Crusade intended to slay other Christians. [DO29]
The Albigensians (Cathars) viewed
themselves as good Christians, but would not accept Roman Catholic
rule, and taxes, and prohibition of birth control. [NC]
Begin of violence: on command of pope
Innocent III (the greatest single mass murderer prior to the Nazi era)
in 1209. Beziérs (today France) 7/22/1209 destroyed all the inhabitants
were slaughtered. Number of victims (including Catholics refusing to
turn over their heretic neighbors and friends) estimated between
* Carcassonne 8/15/1209, thousands slain. Other cities followed. [WW181]
* Subsequent 20 years of war until nearly all
Cathars (probably half the population of the Languedoc, today southern
France) were exterminated. [WW183]
* After the war ended (1229) the Inquisition was
founded 1232 to search and destroy surviving/hiding heretics. Last
Cathars burned at the stake 1324. [WW183]
* Estimated one million victims (Cathar heresy alone), [WW183]
* Other heresies: Waldensians, Paulikians,
Runcarians, Josephites, and many others. Most of these sects
exterminated, (I believe some Waldensians live today, yet they had to
endure 600 years of persecution) I estimate at least hundred thousand
victims (including the Spanish inquisition but excluding victims in the
* Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada, a former Dominican
friar, allegedly was responsible for 10,220 burnings. [DO28]
* John Huss, a critic of papal infallibility and indulgences, was burned at the stake in 1415. [LI475-522]
* Michael Sattler, leader of a Baptist community,
was burned at the stake in Rottenburg, Germany, May 20, 1527. Several
days later his wife and other followers were also executed. [KM]
* University professor B.Hubmaier burned at the stake 1538 in Vienna. [DO59]
* Giordano Bruno, Dominican monk, after having been
incarcerated for seven years, was burned at the stake for heresy on the
Campo dei Fiori (Rome) on 2/17/1600.
* Thomas Aikenhead, a twenty-year-old Scottish
student of Edinburgh University, was hanged for atheism and blasphemy.
* From the beginning of Christianity to 1484 probably more than several thousand.
* In the era of witch hunting (1484-1750) according
to modern scholars several hundred thousand (about 80% female) burned
at the stake or hanged. [WV]
* Incomplete list of documented cases:
The Burning of Witches - A Chronicle of the Burning Times
* 15th century: Crusades against Hussites, thousands slain. [DO30]
* 1538 pope Paul III declared Crusade against
apostate England and all English as slaves of Church (fortunately had
not power to go into action). [DO31]
* 1568 Spanish Inquisition Tribunal ordered
extermination of 3 million rebels in (then Spanish) Netherlands. [DO31]
Between 5000 and 6000 Protestants were
drowned by Spanish Catholic Troops, "a disaster the burghers of Emden
first realized when several thousand broad-brimmed Dutch hats floated
* 1572 In France about 20,000 Huguenots were killed
on command of pope Pious V. Until 17th century 200,000 flee. [DO31]
* 17th century: Catholics slay Gaspard de Coligny, a
Protestant leader. After murdering him, the Catholic mob mutilated his
body, "cutting off his head, his hands, and his genitals... and then
dumped him into the river [...but] then, deciding that it was not
worthy of being food for the fish, they hauled it out again [... and]
dragged what was left ... to the gallows of Montfaulcon, 'to be meat
and carrion for maggots and crows'." [SH191]
* 17th century: Catholics sack the city of
Magdeburg/Germany: roughly 30,000 Protestants were slain. "In a single
church fifty women were found beheaded," reported poet Friedrich
Schiller, "and infants still sucking the breasts of their lifeless
* 17th century 30 years' war (Catholic vs.
Protestant): at least 40% of population decimated, mostly in Germany.
* Already in the 4th and 5th centuries Christians burned synagogues. Number of Jews slain unknown.
* In the middle of the fourth century the first
synagogue was destroyed on command of Bishop Innocent of Dertona in
Northern Italy. The first synagogue known to have been burned down was
near the river Euphrates, on command of the bishop of Kallinikon in the
year 388. [DA450]
* 694 17. Council of Toledo: Jews were
enslaved, their property confiscated, and their children forcibly
* 1010 The Bishop of Limoges (France) had the
cities' Jews, who would not convert to Christianity, expelled or
* 1096 First Crusade: Thousands of Jews slaughtered,
maybe 12.000 total. Places: Worms 5/18/1096, Mainz 5/27/1096 (1100
persons), Cologne, Neuss, Altenahr, Wevelinghoven, Xanten, Moers,
Dortmund, Kerpen, Trier, Metz, Regensburg, Prague and others (All
locations Germany except Metz/France, Prague/Czech) [EJ]
* 1147 Second Crusade: Several hundred Jews were
slain in Ham, Sully, Carentan, and Rameru (all locations in France).
* 1189/90 Third Crusade: English Jewish communities sacked. [DO40]
* 1235, Fulda/Germany: 34 Jewish men and women slain. [DO41]
* 1257, 1267: Jewish communities of London,
Canterbury, Northampton, Lincoln, Cambridge, and others exterminated.
* 1290 Bohemia (Poland) allegedly 10,000 Jews killed. [DO41]
* 1337 Starting in Deggendorf/Germany a Jew-killing
craze reaches 51 towns in Bavarian, Austria, Poland. [DO41]
* 1348 All Jews of Basel/Switzerland and Strasbourg/France (two thousand) burned. [DO41]
* 1349 In more than 350 towns in Germany all Jews
murdered, mostly burned alive (in this one year more Jews were killed
than Christians in 200 years of ancient Roman persecution of
* 1389 In Prague 3,000 Jews were slaughtered. [DO42]
* 1391 Seville's Jews killed (Archbishop Martinez
leading). 4,000 were slain, 25,000 sold as slaves. [DA454] Their
identification was made easy by the brightly colored "badges of shame"
that all Jews above the age of ten had been forced to wear.
* 1492 In the year Columbus set sail to conquer a
New World, more than 150,000 Jews were expelled from Spain, many died
on their way: 6/30/1492. [MM470-476]
* 1648 Chmielnitzki massacres: In Poland about 200,000 Jews were slain. [DO43]
(I feel sick...) this goes on and on, century after century, right into the kilns of Auschwitz.
* Beginning with Columbus (a former slave trader and
would-be Holy Crusader) the conquest of the New World began, as usual
understood as a means to propagate Christianity.
* Within hours of landfall on the first inhabited
island he encountered in the Caribbean, Columbus seized and carried off
six native people who, he said, "ought to be good servants ... [and]
would easily be made Christians, because it seemed to me that they
belonged to no religion." [SH200]
While Columbus described the Indians as
"idolaters" and "slaves, as many as [the Crown] shall order," his pal
Michele de Cuneo, Italian nobleman, referred to the natives as "beasts"
because "they eat when they are hungry," and made love "openly whenever
they feel like it." [SH204-205]
* On every island he set foot on, Columbus planted a
cross, "making the declarations that are required" - the requirement -
to claim the ownership for his Catholic patrons in Spain. And "nobody
objected." If the Indians refused or delayed their acceptance (or
understanding), the requirement continued:
"I certify to
you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter in your
country and shall make war against you ... and shall subject you to the
yoke and obedience of the Church ... and shall do you all mischief that
we can, as to vassals who do not obey and refuse to receive their lord
and resist and contradict him." [SH66]
* Likewise in the words of John Winthrop, first
governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony: "justifying the undertakers of
the intended Plantation in New England ... to carry the Gospel into
those parts of the world, ... and to raise a Bulworke against the
Kingdome of the Ante-Christ." [SH235]
* In average two thirds of the native population
were killed by colonist-imported smallpox before violence began. This
was a great sign of "the marvelous goodness and providence of God" to
the Christians of course, e.g. the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay
Colony wrote in 1634, as "for the natives, they are near all dead of
the smallpox, so as the Lord hath cleared our title to what we
* On Hispaniola alone, on Columbus visits, the
native population (Arawak), a rather harmless and happy people living
on an island of abundant natural resources, a literal paradise, soon
mourned 50,000 dead. [SH204]
* The surviving Indians fell victim to rape, murder, enslavement and Spanish raids.
* As one of the culprits wrote: "So many Indians
died that they could not be counted, all through the land the Indians
lay dead everywhere. The stench was very great and pestiferous." [SH69]
* The Indian chief Hatuey fled with his people but
was captured and burned alive. As "they were tying him to the stake a
Franciscan friar urged him to take Jesus to his heart so that his soul
might go to heaven, rather than descend into hell. Hatuey replied that
if heaven was where the Christians went, he would rather go to hell."
* An eyewitness described what happened to his people:
"The Spaniards found pleasure in
inventing all kinds of odd cruelties ... They built a long gibbet, long
enough for the toes to touch the ground to prevent strangling, and
hanged thirteen [natives] at a time in honor of Christ Our Savior and
the twelve Apostles... then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies
and they were burned alive." [SH72]
Or, on another occasion:
"The Spaniards cut off the arm of one,
the leg or hip of another, and from some their heads at one stroke,
like butchers cutting up beef and mutton for market. Six hundred,
including the cacique, were thus slain like brute beasts...Vasco [de
Balboa] ordered forty of them to be torn to pieces by dogs." [SH83]
* The "island's population of about eight million
people at the time of Columbus's arrival in 1492 already had declined
by a third to a half before the year 1496 was out." Eventually all the
island's natives were exterminated, so the Spaniards were "forced" to
import slaves from other Caribbean islands, who soon suffered the same
fate. Thus "the Caribbean's millions of native people [were] thereby
effectively liquidated in barely a quarter of a century". [SH72-73] "In
less than the normal lifetime of a single human being, an entire
culture of millions of people, thousands of years resident in their
homeland, had been exterminated." [SH75]
* "And then the Spanish turned their attention to
the mainland of Mexico and Central America. The slaughter had barely
begun. The exquisite city of Tenochtitlán [Mexico city] was next."
* Cortez, Pizarro, De Soto and hundreds of other
Spanish conquistadors likewise sacked southern and mesoamerican
civilizations in the name of Christ (De Soto also sacked Florida).
* "When the 16th century ended, some 200,000
Spaniards had moved to the Americas. By that time probably more than
60,000,000 natives were dead." [SH95]
Of course no different were the founders of what today is the US of America.
* Although none of the settlers would have survived
winter without native help, they soon set out to expel and exterminate
the Indians. Warfare among (North American) Indians was rather
harmless, in comparison to European standards, and was meant to avenge
insults rather than conquer land. In the words of some of the pilgrim
fathers: "Their Wares are fare less bloody", so that there usually was
"no great slaughter of nether side". Indeed, "they might fight seven
years and not kill seven men." What is more, the Indians usually spared
women and children. [SH111]
* In the spring of 1612 some English colonists found
life among the (generally friendly and generous) natives attractive
enough to leave Jamestown - "being idle ... did run away unto the
Indians," - to live among them (that probably solved a sex problem).
"Governor Thomas Dale had them hunted
down and executed: 'Some he appointed (sic) to be hanged Some burned
Some to be broken upon wheals, others to be staked and some shoot to
death'." [SH105] Of course these elegant measures were restricted for
fellow Englishmen: "This was the treatment for those who wished to act
like Indians. For those who had no choice in the matter, because they
were the native people of Virginia" methods were different: "when an
Indian was accused by an Englishman of stealing a cup and failing to
return it, the English response was to attack the natives in force,
burning the entire community" down. [SH105]
* On the territory that is now Massachusetts the
founding fathers of the colonies were committing genocide, in what has
become known as the "Peqout War." The killers were New England Puritan
Christians, refugees from persecution in their own home country England.
* When however, a dead colonist was found,
apparently killed by Narragansett Indians, the Puritan colonists wanted
revenge. Despite the Indian chief's pledge they attacked.
Somehow they seem to have lost the idea
of what they were after, because when Pequot Indians (long-time foes of
the Narragansett) greeted them the troops nevertheless made war on the
Pequots and burned their villages.
The puritan commander-in-charge John
Mason after one massacre wrote: "And indeed such a dreadful Terror did
the Almighty let fall upon their Spirits, that they would fly from us
and run into the very Flames, where many of them perished ... God was
above them, who laughed his Enemies and the Enemies of his People to
Scorn, making them as a fiery Oven ... Thus did the Lord judge among
the Heathen, filling the Place with dead Bodies": men, women, children.
* So "the Lord was pleased to smite our Enemies in
the hinder Parts, and to give us their land for an inheritance".
* Because of his readers' assumed knowledge of
Deuteronomy, there was no need for Mason to quote the words that
"Thou shall save alive nothing that breatheth. But thou shall utterly destroy them..." (Deut 20)
* Mason's comrade Underhill recalled how "great and
doleful was the bloody sight to the view of the young soldiers" yet
reassured his readers that "sometimes the Scripture declareth women and
children must perish with their parents". [SH114]
Ironically, one of the Bible's 10 pillars or Ten Commandments
says: "Thou shalt not kill. (Exodus 20:13)." Yet,
innocent children and non-virgin women were ordered to be killed by the
mass, perhaps in thousands! 3-year old slave girls were
also ordered to be raped by Moses.
. According to the Tannaïte Rabbis, MOSES therefore had ordered the
Israelites to kill all women older than three years and a day, because
they were "suitable for having sexual relations." ...."
"Said Rabbi Joseph, "Come and take note:
"A girl three years and one day old is betrothed by intercourse. "A
girl three years old may be betrothed through an act of sexual
intercourse," the words of R. Meir. And sages say, "Three years and one
* Other Indians were killed in successful plots of poisoning. The
colonists even had dogs especially trained to kill Indians and to
devour children from their mothers breasts, in the colonists' own
words: "blood Hounds to draw after them, and Mastives to seize them."
(This was inspired by Spanish methods of the time)
In this way they continued until the extermination of the Pequots was near. [SH107-119]
* The surviving handful of Indians "were parceled
out to live in servitude. John Endicott and his pastor wrote to the
governor asking for 'a share' of the captives, specifically 'a young
woman or girl and a boy if you think good'." [SH115]
* Other tribes were to follow the same path.
* Comment the Christian exterminators: "God's Will,
which will at last give us cause to say: How Great is His Goodness! And
how great is his Beauty!"
"Thus doth the Lord Jesus make them to bow before him, and to lick the Dust!" [TA]
* Like today, lying was morally acceptable to
Christians then. "Peace treaties were signed with every intention to
violate them: when the Indians 'grow secure upon (sic) the treaty',
advised the Council of State in Virginia, 'we shall have the better
Advantage both to surprise them & cut down their Corn'." [SH106]
* In 1624 sixty heavily armed Englishmen cut down 800 defenseless Indian men, women and children. [SH107]
* In a single massacre in "King Philip's War" of
1675 and 1676 some "600 Indians were destroyed. A delighted Cotton
Mather, revered pastor of the Second Church in Boston, later referred
to the slaughter as a 'barbecue'." [SH115]
* To summarize: Before the arrival of the English,
the western Abenaki people in New Hampshire and Vermont had numbered
12,000. Less than half a century later about 250 remained alive -
destruction rate of 98%. The Pocumtuck people had numbered more than
18,000, fifty years later they were down to 920 - 95% destroyed. The
Quiripi-Unquachog people had numbered about 30,000, fifty years later
they were down to 1500 - 95% destroyed. The Massachusetts people had
numbered at least 44,000, fifty years later barely 6000 were alive -
81% destroyed. [SH118] These are only a few examples of the multitude
of tribes living before Christian colonists set their foot on the New
World. All this was before the smallpox epidemics of 1677 and 1678 had
occurred. And the carnage was not over then.
* All the above was only the beginning of the
European colonization, it was before the frontier age actually had
* A total of maybe more than 150 million Indians (of
both Americas) were destroyed in the period of 1500 to 1900, as an
average two thirds by smallpox and other epidemics, that leaves some 50
million killed directly by violence, bad treatment and slavery.
* In many countries, such as Brazil, and Guatemala, this continues even today.
More Glorious Events in U.S. History
* Reverend Solomon Stoddard, one of New England's
most esteemed religious leaders, in "1703 formally proposed to the
Massachusetts Governor that the colonists be given the financial
wherewithal to purchase and train large packs of dogs 'to hunt Indians
as they do bears'." [SH241]
* Massacre of Sand Creek, Colorado 11/29/1864.
Colonel John Chivington, a former Methodist minister and still elder in
the church ("I long to be wading in gore") had a Cheyenne village of
about 600, mostly women and children, gunned down despite the chiefs'
waving with a white flag: 400-500 killed.
From an eye-witness account: "There were
some thirty or forty squaws collected in a hole for protection; they
sent out a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a
stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when she was shot and
killed. All the squaws in that hole were afterwards killed..." [SH131]
More gory details.
* By the 1860s, "in Hawaii the Reverend Rufus
Anderson surveyed the carnage that by then had reduced those islands'
native population by 90 percent or more, and he declined to see it as
tragedy; the expected total die-off of the Hawaiian population was only
natural, this missionary said, somewhat equivalent to 'the amputation
of diseased members of the body'." [SH244]
20th Century Church Atrocities
* Catholic extermination camps
Surprisingly few know that Nazi
extermination camps in World War II were by no means the only ones in
Europe at the time. In the years 1942-1943 also in Croatia existed
numerous extermination camps, run by Catholic Ustasha under their
dictator Ante Paveliç, a practicing Catholic and regular visitor to the
then pope. There were even concentration camps exclusively for children!
In these camps - the most notorious was
Jasenovac, headed by a Franciscan friar - orthodox-Christian Serbians
(and a substantial number of Jews an Muslims) were murdered. Like the
Nazis the Catholic Ustasha burned their victims in kilns, alive (the
Nazis were decent enough to have their victims gassed first). But most
of the victims were simply stabbed, slain or shot to death, the number
of them being estimated between 100,000 and 150,000, in a rather tiny
country. Many of the killers were Franciscan friars. The atrocities
were appalling enough to induce bystanders of the Nazi
"Sicherheitsdienst der SS", watching, to complain about them to Hitler
(who did not listen). The pope knew about these events and did nothing
to prevent them. [MV]
* Catholic terror in Vietnam
In 1954 Vietnamese freedom fighters -
the Viet Minh - had finally defeated the French colonial government in
North Vietnam, which by then had been supported by U.S. funds amounting
to more than $2 billion. Although the victorious assured religious
freedom to all (most non-Buddhist Vietnamese were Catholics), due to
huge anticommunist propaganda campaigns many Catholics fled to the
South. With the help of Catholic lobbies in Washington and Cardinal
Spellman, the Vatican's spokesman in U.S. politics, who later on would
call the U.S. forces in Vietnam "Soldiers of Christ", a scheme was
concocted to prevent democratic elections which could have brought the
communist Viet Minh to power in the South as well, and the fanatic
Catholic Ngo Dinh Diem was made president of South Vietnam. [MW16ff]
Diem saw to it that U.S. aid, food,
technical and general assistance was given to Catholics alone, Buddhist
individuals and villages were ignored or had to pay for the food aids
which were given to Catholics for free. The only religious denomination
to be supported was Roman Catholicism.
The Vietnamese McCarthyism turned even
more vicious than its American counterpart. By 1956 Diem promulgated a
presidential order which read:
"Individuals considered dangerous to the national defense and common
security may be confined by executive order, to a concentration camp."
Supposedly to fight communism, thousands
of Buddhist protesters and monks were imprisoned in "detention camps."
Out of protest dozens of Buddhist teachers - male and female - and
monks poured gasoline over themselves and burned themselves. (Note that
Buddhists burned themselves: in comparison Christians tend to burn
others). Meanwhile some of the prison camps, which in the meantime were
filled with Protestant and even Catholic protesters as well, had turned
into no-nonsense death camps. It is estimated that during this period
of terror (1955-1960) at least 24,000 were wounded - mostly in street
riots - 80,000 people were executed, 275,000 had been detained or
tortured, and about 500,000 were sent to concentration or detention
To support this kind of government in the next decade thousands of American GI's lost their life.
* Christianity kills the cat
On July 1, 1976, Anneliese Michel, a
23-year-old student of a teachers college in Germany, died: she starved
herself to death. For months she had been haunted by demonic visions
and apparitions, and for month’s two Catholic priests - with explicit
approval of the Catholic bishop of Würzburg - additionally pestered and
tormented the wretched girl with their exorcist rituals. After her
death in Klingenberg hospital - her body was littered with wounds - her
parents, both of them fanatical Catholics, were sentenced to six months
for not having called for medical help. None of the priests was
punished: on the contrary, Miss Michel's grave today is a place of
pilgrimage and worship for a number of similarly faithful Catholics (in
the seventeenth century Würzburg was notorious for it's extensive witch
This case is only the tip of an iceberg
of such evil superstition and has become known only because of its
lethal outcome. [SP80]
* Rwanda Massacres
In 1994 in the small African country of
Rwanda in just a few months several hundred thousand civilians were
butchered, apparently a conflict of the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups.
For quite some time I heard only rumors
about Catholic clergy actively involved in the 1994 Rwanda massacres.
Odd denials of involvement were printed in Catholic Church journals,
before even anybody had openly accused members of the church.
Then, 10/10/96, in the newscast of S2
Actual, Germany - a station not at all critical to Christianity - the
following was stated:
"Anglican as well as Catholic priests and nuns are suspect of having
actively participated in murders. Especially the conduct of a certain
Catholic priest has been occupying the public mind in Rwanda's capital
Kigali for months. He was minister of the church of the Holy Family and
allegedly murdered Tutsis in the most brutal manner. He is reported to
have accompanied marauding Hutu militia with a gun in his cowl. In fact
there has been a bloody slaughter of Tutsis seeking shelter in his
parish. Even two years after the massacres many Catholics refuse to set
foot on the threshold of their church, because to them the
participation of a certain part of the clergy in the slaughter is well
established. There is almost no church in Rwanda that has not seen
refugees - women, children, old - being brutally butchered facing the
According to eyewitnesses clergymen gave away hiding Tutsis and turned
them over to the machetes of the Hutu militia.
&nbs p; In
connection with these events again and again two Benedictine nuns are
mentioned, both of who have fled into a Belgian monastery in the
meantime to avoid prosecution. According to survivors one of them
called the Hutu killers and led them to several thousand people who had
sought shelter in her monastery. By force the doomed were driven out of
the churchyard and were murdered in the presence of the nun right in
front of the gate. The other one is also reported to have directly
cooperated with the murderers of the Hutu militia. In her case again
witnesses report that she watched the slaughtering of people in cold
blood and without showing response. She is even accused of having
procured some petrol used by the killers to set on fire and burn their
victims alive..." [S2]
Following the collapse of communist rule Bosnia like the other five
federated States of Yugoslavia declared independence and was given
recognition by the UNO. However, the Christian Serb community occupied
the country with the help of Yugoslavian Serb army and began three
years of slaughter.
Some 200,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed, 50,000 Muslim women raped,
and over two million Muslims were forced to flee to the neighboring
countries. Muslims sent to Serbian concentration camps were subjected
to torture worse than the world saw under Nazi Germany. Muslim women
and girls as young as 9-years were gang-raped, and people’s throat
slashed and left them bleed to death. The main targets of Serb and
Croats butchers were the religious leaders, the university professors,
doctors, and the political leaders. Roughly, the Serbs and Croats
destroyed 179 mosques and 46 churches – 156 mosque Imams were murdered.
The UN on its Own Complicity in the Genocide at Srebrenica
The report admits UN complicity in the genocide at the UN "Safe Area"
of Srebrenica in July 1995, during which between 10,000 and 16,000
Bosnian civilians, unarmed men and boys, were separated out in front of
UN troops and led away for extermination, and many Bosnian women were
brutalized and raped. In the UN Report on Srebrenica, the following
conclusion applies to Srebrenica but also throughout Bosnia from 1992
The tragedy that took place following the fall of
Srebrenica is shocking for two reasons. It is shocking, first and
foremost, for the magnitude of the crimes committed. Not since the
horrors of World War II had Europe witnessed massacres on this scale.
The mortal remains of close to 6,500 men and boys have been found on
the surface, in mass gravesites and in secondary burial sites. Several
thousand more men are still missing, and there is every reason to
believe that additional burial sites, many of which have been probed
but not exhumed, will reveal the bodies of thousands more men and boys.
The great majority of those who were killed were not killed in combat:
the exhumed bodies of the victims show large numbers had their hands
bound, or were blindfolded, or were shot in the back or the back of the
head. Numerous eyewitness accounts, now well corroborated by forensic
evidence, attest to scenes of mass slaughter of unarmed victims.
The fall of Srebrenica is also shocking because the
enclave inhabitants believed that the authority of the United Nations
Security Council, the presence of UNPROFOR peacekeepers, and the might
of NATO air power, would ensure their safety. Instead, the Serb forces
ignored the Security Council, pushed aside the UNPROFOR troops, and
assessed correctly that air power would not be used to stop them. They
overran the safe area of Srebrenica with ease, and then proceeded to
depopulate the territory within 48 hours. Their leaders then engaged in
high-level negotiations with representatives of the international
community while their forces on the ground executed and buried
thousands of men and boys within a matter of days.
Questions must be answered, and foremost among these
are the following: how can this have been allowed to happen? And how
will the United Nations ensure that no future peacekeeping operation
witnesses such a calamity on its watch?
More recently the BBC aired:
&nbs p; Priests get death sentence for Rwandan genocide
&nbs p; BBC NEWS April 19, 1998
&nbs p; A
court in Rwanda has sentenced two Roman Catholic priests to death for
their role in the genocide of 1994, in which up to a million Tutsis and
moderate Hutus were killed. Pope John Paul said the priests must be
made to account for their actions. Different sections of the Rwandan
church have been widely accused of playing an active role in the
genocide of 1994...
* As can be seen from these events, to Christianity the Dark Ages never come to an end.
If today Christians talk to me about morality, this is why they make me sick.
K.Deschner, Abermals krähte der Hahn, Stuttgart 1962.
K.Deschner, Opus Diaboli, Reinbek 1987.
P.W.Edbury, Crusade and Settlement, Cardiff Univ. Press 1985.
S.Eidelberg, The Jews and the Crusaders, Madison 1977.
Hunter, M., Wootton, D., Atheism from the Reformation to the
Enlightenment, Oxford 1992.
Schröder-Kappus, E., Wagner, W., Michael Sattler. Ein Märtyrer in
Rottenburg, Tübingen, TVT Media 1992.
H.C.Lea, The Inquisition of the Middle Ages, New York 1961.
M.Margolis, A.Marx, A History of the Jewish People.
A.Manhattan, The Vatican's Holocaust, Springfield 1986.
V.Dedijer, The Yugoslav Auschwitz and the Vatican, Buffalo NY, 1992.
J.T.Noonan, Contraception: A History of its Treatment by the Catholic
Theologians and Canonists, Cambridge/Mass., 1992.
Newscast of S2 Aktuell, Germany, 10/10/96, 12:00.
D.Stannard, American Holocaust, Oxford University Press 1992.
German news magazine Der Spiegel, no.49, 12/2/1996.
A True Account of the Most Considerable Occurrences that have Hapned in
the Warre Between the English and the Indians in New England, London 1676.
F.Turner, Beyond Geography, New York 1980.
H.Wollschläger: Die bewaffneten Wallfahrten gen Jerusalem, Zürich
(This is in german and what is worse, it is out of print. But it is
the best I ever read about crusades and includes a full list of original
medieval Christian chroniclers' writings).
Estimates on the number of executed witches:
- N.Cohn, Europe's Inner Demons: An Enquiry Inspired by the Great Witch
Hunt, Frogmore 1976, 253.
- R.H.Robbins, The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology, New
York 1959, 180.
- J.B.Russell, Witchcraft in the Middle Ages, Ithaca/NY 1972, 39.
- H.Zwetsloot, Friedrich Spee und die Hexenprozesse, Trier 1954,
Posted By: falcon_shark
Date Posted: 16 May 2005 at 11:24am
Wow, Thats something you don't hear about everyday. It's wrong.
Posted By: MOCKBA
Date Posted: 16 May 2005 at 6:01pm
i wonder where did all the rest of the replies go...? Moderated?
Posted By: semar
Date Posted: 17 May 2005 at 9:45pm
he post thi on 2 different places, so confusing:
http://www.islamicity.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=386&KW=VICTIMS+OF+THE+FAITH - http://www.islamicity.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=386& KW=VICTIMS+OF+THE+FAITH
You may want to delete this that less response.
The Prophet said: "Do not eat before you are hungry, and stop eating before you are full"
"1/3 of your stomach for food 1/3 for water, 1/3 for air"