Killings for Christianity
Historical killings for Christianity
Modern killings for Christianity
Killings for Christianity
The Church started killing unbelievers as early as the 4th century. The killing (often with torture) of heretics, church splinter groups, dissenters, atheists, agnostics, deists, pagans, infidels and unbelievers was supported by almost all mainstream Christian theology for over a thousand years, starting with the intolerant St. Augustine (died 430 AD).
“Burn the witch!” This hilarious scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail perfectly captures the “logic” of the centuries of “witch” torturing and killing by Christianity. This crime was supported at the highest levels, up to The Papacy. Also here.
Historical killings for Christianity
Popes of the Catholic church.
- Rudolph J. Rummel estimates that the Inquisition butchered 350,000 innocent men, women and children.
- Witch-hunting – perhaps Christianity’s worst crime. Think how many poor innocents have been killed for God; how few have ever been killed for Satan.
- Many people think 1 million innocents were killed by the witch-hunters, though Rudolph J. Rummel thinks 100,000.
- Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds
- Timeline of Witch-hunting (and detailed). Reading this should make you angry.
- The Burning Times: The Christian extermination of Witches and other heretics
- The Papacy’s crimes of witch burning were based on the grossest superstitions – for example, the weather cannot have natural causes but must be caused by witches. This would be comical provided we do not think about what happened to the utterly innocent victims of these delusions – men, women and little children picked from the populace at random and tortured and put to death. The Papacy should hang its head for ten thousand years in shame for what it did.
- Pope Innocent VIII – probably the most evil of all the Popes, in the number of innocent men, women and children killed because of his words. Read his moronic declaration against witches in 1484. Essentially, because the causes of disease, bad weather, and other problems were not known in those dark times, their causes were attributed to imaginary witches who must be hidden in the populace.
- This was followed by The Witch Hammer (1486).
- Protestantism had no problem with the witch-burning, and continued the butchery of innocents long after the Reformation. For example, the “King James Bible” comes from one of these murderers. Luther, Calvin and Wesley supported the killing, just as they opposed science.
- The Salem witch hunt, 1692.
- Witch-hunting survives in the present day in various forms:
The burning alive of a man accused of “witchcraft”. From The Devils (1971). In fact, this is mild. The Christian religious maniacs burnt women and children alive too. Search for more.
The post-medieval period
- The Peasants’ War, 1524-25, could be seen as an early communist revolution, complete with “cleansing” slaughter.
- Thomas Muentzer said (see here and here): “curse the unbelievers … don’t let them live any longer, the evil-doers who turn away from God. For a godless man has no right to live if he hinders the godly. The sword is necessary to exterminate them … if they resist let them be slaughtered without mercy … the ungodly have no right to live, save what the Elect choose to allow them … Now, go at them … it is time … The scoundrels are as dispirited as dogs … Take no notice of the lamentations of the godless! They will beg you … don’t be moved by pity … At them! At them! While the fire is hot! Don’t let your sword get cold! Don’t let it go lame!”
- The Pope, Sixtus V, blessed Spain’s attempt to conquer England, 1588, and promised a plenary indulgence for all who took part.
- Protestant-Catholic Wars of Religion
- Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (see here and here) may have helped encourage centuries of persecution and killing of Catholics (which continues in Ulster today), but it also documents a long history of violence and murder against free thinkers by Rome.
- The last Catholic martyr in Britain was Oliver Plunkett, executed in London in 1681.
- The last atheist martyr in Britain was Thomas Aikenhead (and here), executed in Edinburgh in 1697.
- Atheists continued to be persecuted, and by the 19th century atheists in Britain were jailed rather than executed. In 1883, George Foote, editor of the Freethinker, was jailed for blasphemy. Apparently the church in England no longer believes that those who disagree with it should be jailed.
- Catholics were denied the right to representation in Parliament until 1829.
- Atheists were denied the right to representation in Parliament until 1886.
- Atheist martyrs are still being killed in Islamic states and are even being killed by Muslims in the West.
- Many of the orders have shameful histories.
Democide in the Americas, Africa and Australia
I agree that much of the democide and slavery in the New World and Africa after the 15th century was driven by politics and profit as much as by religion. I am not blaming Christianity for all of it.The West has changed for the better. And the Christian churches have changed for the better. I am interested in the failure of the Christian West to recognise the rights of non-Europeans, the failure of the Christian churches to condemn it, the slow awakening of both church and society, and the long road towards the West becoming today the greatest defender on earth of universal human rights.
- Rudolph J. Rummel estimates that 14 million native North and South Americans were killed by Europeans (and their American-born descendants) in democide in the conquest of the Americas. Much of this, especially in the Caribbean and South America, was driven by European Roman Catholicism.
- Democide and the church
- The papal bull Romanus Pontifex, 1455. In this, Pope Nicholas V supports the killing, forcible conversion and enslaving of unbelievers found in the new lands.
The Spanish executing the last Inca Emperor Atahualpa in 1533.
He was threatened with death by burning, which, in his beliefs, would prevent his soul going to the afterlife.
He was offered death by strangling if he would convert to Catholicism. He agreed, and was killed that way.
Image from here.
Slavery in the Americas and Africa
- Rudolph J. Rummel estimates that 17 million Africans were killed by Europeans (and their American-born descendants) in democide through slavery.
- In 1888 it first started stumbling towards the view that slavery was wrong.
A lady being carried by her slaves in Brazil, c.1860.
“An Atheist Reads the Bible – 4 – Slavery”.
Support for slavery in the Bible.
Beatification and canonisation of flawed figures
- Spain’s Roman Catholic bishops want to canonise Queen Isabella, who started the Inquisition to torture and kill heretics, ethnically cleansed the Jews and Muslims, and brought genocide to the Americas.
- Sir Thomas More was canonised in 1935, and is glorified in the film A Man for All Seasons.
- This vile murderer burned alive heretics and reformers, just because their superstitious beliefs differed from his own stupid beliefs. The fact that he himself was killed for the same reason does not suddenly absolve him of his crimes. Indeed, it seems like justice.
- Sir Thomas More was a religious maniac who wore a hairshirt, deliberately mortifying his body. He also practiced flagellation.
- Pius IX (Pope 1846-78) (and here) was beatified in 2000.
- Pius IX was the last Pope to have temporal power, and to be able to abuse those unlucky enough to live in the Papal States.
- In 1858, Pius IX’s police brutally removed a 6 year old Jewish boy, Edgardo Mortara, from his parents and forcibly raised him as a Catholic. The pleas of Edgardo’s distraught parents counted for nothing. They never got their little boy back. This is minor compared with the brutality of the church throughout history, but the sheer cruelty of it makes Pius IX a disgusting figure that no decent person should respect.
- Judaism and Christianity are not real, the soul and baptism are not real, but a mother’s love is real. A mother’s pain is real.
- St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was martyred by the Nazis in Auschwitz in 1941, was, it is sad to say, a high-profile Polish anti-semite before the war. He wrote for a large audience on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the alleged Jewish-Zionist-Masonic-Communist conspiracy, and so on. While Kolbe himself went on to save, not kill, Jews, who knows what brutal acts during the war were inspired by his pre-war words?
- Pius XII, Pope during the Holocaust – in line for beatification.
Sir Thomas More is killed for his beliefs.
He himself burned alive people for their beliefs.
“Brief Lives” by John Aubrey (late 17th century) tells this amusing story about how Thomas More displayed and gave away his daughter Margaret to William Roper.
Modern killings for Christianity
Church support for and tolerance of tyranny
- In my lifetime, the Catholic church has suppressed even basic freedom of religion. In Franco’s Spain (up to 1975) non-Catholics were subject to severe restrictions on worship and speech (rather similar to the status of dhimmis under Islam).
- In my lifetime, the Catholic church in Ireland supported the denial of civil liberties in Ireland:
Killings for Christianity by Africans
Europe has had a long run, but the torch may be passing to Africa as the centre of killings for Christianity.
Giles Muhame, editor of the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone, the face of modern Christian sharia law. An American Christian fanatic, Jason “Molotov” Mitchell, actually defends the death penalty for Ugandan gays. He produces an incredibly strange, slick, trendy video with a brutal medieval worldview. Apparently we should be impressed that some ancient book of a primitive tribe called for gays to be killed.
- Having spread his hate, he is now trying to hide the video. Try search.
- Maybe it’s just a pose and he doesn’t really want to see gays killed, but he does remind us that the old Christianity was very like modern Islam. Christianity looks fairly disgusting, as portrayed by him.
I note that the Christian fanatic Molotov Mitchell quotes Leviticus on homosexuality, while sporting a tattoo. So this is for him.
“Witch”-hunting in Africa – the worst killing for Christianity today
The torture and killing of “witches” in Africa, many of them innocent children, is perhaps the worst killing for Christianity in the world today.
Modern torture and killing for Christianity: “Witch” hunting in Nigeria.