people have been killed by Christians since Biblical times?
VICTIMS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
"WONDERFUL EVENTS THAT TESTIFY TO GOD'S
Listed are only events that solely occurred on command or
participation of church authorities or were committed in the name of
Christianity. (List incomplete)
•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
•Examples of destroyed Temples: the Sanctuary of Aesculap in Aegaea,
the Temple of Aphrodite in Golgatha, Aphaka in Lebanon, the
•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 statues. [DA469]
According to Christian chroniclers he "followed meticulously all
•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 415.
•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. [DO30]
•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 heddes of all
those (of what sort soever thei were) which were killed in the daie,
should be cutte off from their bodies... and should bee laied on the
ground by eche side of the waie", which effort to civilize the Irish
indeed caused "greate terrour to the people when thei sawe the
heddes of their dedde fathers, brothers, children, kinsfolke, and
freinds on the grounde".
Tens of thousands of Gaelic Irish fell victim to the carnage. [SH99,
•First Crusade: 1095 on command of pope Urban II. [WW11-41]
•Semlin/Hungary 6/24/96 thousands slain. Wieselburg/Hungary 6/12/96
•9/9/96-9/26/96 Nikaia, Xerigordon (then Turkish), thousands
•Until January 1098 a total of 40 capital cities and 200 castles
conquered (number of slain unknown) [WW30]
•After 6/3/98 Antiochia (then Turkish) conquered, between 10,000 and
60,000 slain. 6/28/98 100,000 Turks (incl. women and children)
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.
•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. [WW36]
•Jerusalem conquered 7/15/1099 more than 60,000 victims (Jewish,
Muslim, men, women, 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 Saviour's tomb, to honour it and to pay off
our debt of gratitude."
•The Archbishop of Tyre, eye-witness, 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 who 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". [WW41]
•Battle of Askalon, 8/12/1099. Thousands of 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. [WW141-148]
•Charles Mackay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the
Madness of Crowds (1841): 2,000,000 Europeans killed. [http://www.bootlegbooks.com/NonFiction/Mackay/PopDelusions/chap09.html]
•Aletheia, The Rationalist's Manual: 5,000,000
•Davies: Crusaders killed up to 8,000 Jews in Rhineland
•Paul Johnson A History of the Jews (1987): 1,000 Jewish women in
Rhineland comm. suicide to avoid the mob, 1096.
•Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, v.5, 6
•1st Crusade: 300,000 Eur. k at Battle of Nice [Nicea].
•Crusaders vs. Solimon of Roum: 4,000 Christians, 3,000 Moslems
•1098, Fall of Antioch: 100,000 Moslems massacred.
•50,000 Pilgrims died of disease.
•1099, Fall of Jerusalem: 70,000 Moslems massacred.
• Siege of Tiberias: 30,000 Christians k.
• Siege of Tyre: 1,000 Turks
• Richard the Lionhearted executes 3,000 Moslem POWs.
• 1291: 100,000 Christians k after fall of Acre.
• Fall of Christian Antioch: 17,000 massacred.
•[TOTAL: 677,000 listed in these episodes here.]
•Catholic Encyclopedia (1910) [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/]
•Jaffa: 20,000 Christians massacred, 1197
•Sorokin estimates that French, English & Imperial German Crusaders
a total of 3,600 in battle.
•1st C (1096-99): 400
•2nd C (1147-49): 750
•3rd C (1189-91): 930
•4th C (1202-04): 120
•5th C (1228-29): 600
•7th C (1248-54): 700
•James Trager, The People's Chronology (1992)
•1099: Crusaders slaughter 40,000 inhabs of Jerusalem. Dis/starv
Crusaders from 300,000 to 60,000.
•1147: 2nd Crusades begins with 500,000. "Most" lost to
•1190: 500 Jews massacred in York.
•1192: 3rd Crusade reduced from 100,000 to 5,000 through famine,
desertions in campaign vs Antioch.
•1212: Children's Crusade loses some 50,000.
•[TOTAL: Just in these incidents, it appears the Europeans lost
•TOTAL: When I take all the individual death tolls listed here, weed
the duplicates, fill in the blanks, apply Occam ("Pluralitas non est
ponenda sine necessitate"), etc. I get a very rough total of 1½ M
deaths in the Crusades.
Heretics and Atheists
•Already in 385 C.E. the first Christians, the Spanish Priscillianus
and six followers, were beheaded for heresy in Trier/Germany [DO26]
•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 victims.
•Albigensians: the first Crusade intended to slay other Christians.
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
neighbors and friends) estimated between 20,000-70,000. [WW179-181]
•Carcassonne 8/15/1209, thousands slain. Other cities followed.
•Subsequent 20 years of war until nearly all Cathars (probably half
the population of the Languedoc, today southern France) were
•After the war ended (1229) the Inquisition was founded 1232 to
search and destroy surviving/hiding heretics. Last Cathars burned at
the stake 1324.
•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 New World).
•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 follwers were also executed. [KM]
•University professor B.Hubmaier burned at the stake 1538 in Vienna.
•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
•In the era of witch hunting (1484-1750) according to modern
scholars several hundred thousand (about 80% female) burned at the
stake or hanged.
•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 by." [SH216]
•1572 In France about 20,000 Huguenots were killed on command of
pope Pius 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 mothers." [SH191]
•17th century 30 years' war (Catholic vs. Protestant): at least 40%
of population decimated, mostly in Germany. [DO31-32]
•Already in the 4th and 5th centuries synagogues were burned by
Christians.Number of Jews slain unknown.
•In the middle of the fourth century the first synagogue was
destroyed on command of bishop Innocentius of Dertona in Northern
Italy. The first synagogue known to have been burned down was near
the river Euphrat, 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 baptized. [DA454]
•1010 The Bishop of Limoges (France) had the cities' Jews, who would
not convert to Christianity, expelled or killed. [DA453]
•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, Prag and others (All locations
Germany except Metz/France, Prag/Czech) [EJ]
•1147 Second Crusade: Several hundred Jews were slain in Ham, Sully,
Carentan, and Rameru (all locations in France). [WW57]
•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. [DO41]
•1290 Bohemia (Poland) allegedly 10,000 Jews killed. [DO41]
•1337 Starting in Deggendorf/Germany a Jew-killing craze reaches 51
towns in Bavaria, 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 Christians). [DO42]
•1389 In Prag 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:
•1648 Chmielnitzki massacres: In Poland about 200,000 Jews were
(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 "idolators" 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."
•On every island he set foot on, Columbus planted a cross, "making
the declarations that are required" - the requerimiento - to claim
the ownership for his Catholic patrons in Spain. And "nobody
objected." If the Indians refused or delayed their acceptance (or
understanding), the requerimiento 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: "justifieinge the undertakeres of the
intended Plantation in New England ... to carry the Gospell 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.
•The surviving Indians fell victim to rape, murder, enslavement and
•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."
•What happened to his people was described by an eyewitness:
"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 Saviour 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." [SH75]
•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
Of course no different were the founders of what today is the US of
•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 Warres are farre less bloudy...", so that there
usually was "no great slawter of nether side". Indeed, "they might
fight seven yeares 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 idell ... did runne away unto the Indyans," - to
live among them (that probably solved a sex problem).
"Governor Thomas Dale had them hunted down and executed: 'Some he
apointed (sic) to be hanged Some burned Some to be broken upon
wheles, others to be staked and some shott to deathe'." [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 they were greeted by Pequot Indians (long-time foes of
the Narragansetts) 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". [SH111].
•Because of his readers' assumed knowledge of Deuteronomy, there was
no need for Mason to quote the words that immediately follow:
"Thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth. But thou shalt
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]
•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 seaze
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 girle
and a boy if you thinke 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 uppon (sic) the treatie', advised the Council
of State in Virginia, 'we shall have the better Advantage both to
surprise them, & cutt downe theire Corne'." [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 'barbeque'." [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 - a
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 begun.
•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
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
•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]
•By the 1860s, "in Hawai'i 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'."
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) 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 300,000
and 600,000, 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
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
"Individuals considered dangerous to the national defense and common
security may be confined by executive order, to a concentration
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 months 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]
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 Aktuell, 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 crucifix.
According to eyewitnesses clergymen gave away hiding Tutsis and
turned them over to the machetes of the Hutu militia.
In connection with these events again and again two Benedictine nuns
are mentioned, both of whom 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]
More recently the BBC aired:
Priests get death sentence for Rwandan genocide
BBC NEWS April 19, 1998
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
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Estimates on the number of executed witches:
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