WARNING: Before you read this post, if you are a Christian or a believer of any deity, before you react violently or criticize, please read the post with an open-mind and broad understanding. And then try to analyze the writing.
From time and time again, murder, violence, ethnic cleansing and war we’re done due to indifference, hatred, dominance and blood lust. The call for blood is so strong that they use justification thru political, ethnic or religious ideologies to dominate the opposition. From the old times up to today, they use that kind of reasoning to tell the world that what they done or doing is right, and because of that, millions of people perished due to this atrocities committed against them by the same people who we’re looking for a perfect place of peace and prosperity.
In this article, we will focus on the religious side of brutality in the name of their god and religion they’re affiliated to. Using historical facts and evidences attached that are available, we will look back and try to understand why they did such things.
Thru this article, we will find the true objective and the gift of religion to the world.
“High ideals we’re besmirched by cruelty and greed… The holy war was nothing more than a long act of intolerance in the name of god.” – Sir Steven Runciman
From human sacrifices to please a god, to a nations conquest to their promised land, they bring with them their religion and thru gods’ name, they do the slaughtering of innocents. They call upon their god to win the battle and praise the said deity for its help to destroy the infidels. And many of this stories are now part of the worlds’ dark history, so, to give as a picture on how a man can be so brutal just to assert his belief into others.
Israel, the cradle of Jewish and Christian beliefs had been a victim of violence in 70AD, when the Romans destroy their land, due to Jews’ religious-political fanaticism. Even the first Christians fall into victims of such brutality when Emperor Nero accused them of the great fire that broke into his capital. But the true reason of its brutal attack is because, the Christians we’re defiant and does not worship the Emperor as a God. Many of them died in the process and on the long run became Christian Martyrs who we’re revered as of today.
But when Constantine I became the emperor of the Roman Empire, and issued the Edicts of Milan in 313, which proclaims religious tolerance of all religion within his empire. This empower Christianity, and there, “The Game became the Hunters“. They started to prosecute those who opposes them, labeling those opponents as pagans, atheists or worst satanists or anti-Christ. Many of those opponents of the emerging church we’re put into jail, exiled to far lands for hard labour or to those unlucky ones, we’re executed, assassinated or murdered.
And thru time, as the great church gain more power, it enforce its belief to civilization. One of it is the Crusades, an armed force in control of the Pope, which its main purpose is to convert its enemies and restore the holy lands control to Christianity, from the Muslims or Islam as their religion, another belief that was born out of Jewish belief.
Here are some examples of Crusades, when it was called, whom and what is its objective and mission:
- 1st Crusade, 1095 AD, Pope Urban II, take back the Holy Lands to Christian rule.
- 2nd Crusade, 1142 AD, Pope Eugene III, retake Jerusalem and other parts like Damascus. Pleas note the emergence of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon or shall we call them The Knights Templar.
- 3rd Crusade, 1189 AD, Pope Gregory VIII, retake Jerusalem from Saladin, Sultan of Egypt. This is also called The Kings Crusade.
- 4th Crusade, 1202 AD, Pope Innocent III, invade the Holy Land through Egypt. Notable about this crusade is the controversial Children Crusade.
- 5th Crusade, 1217 AD, Pope Innocent III in 4th Council of the Lateran, recover the Holy Land and capture Egypt. Notable figure here is Francis the Assisi.
- 6th Crusade, 1228 AD, Emperor Frederick II, to conquer the Holy Land and Egypt.
- 7th Crusade, 1248 AD, Louis IX of France, to destroy Egypt.
- 8th Crusade, 1270 AD, Louis IX of France, to destroy Egypt.
- 9th Crusade, 1271 AD, King Edward I of England, Expedition against Baibars.
Yet the killing didn’t stop there for the glory of their god and religion.
“Quoniam punitio non refertur primo & perse in correctionem & bonum eius qui pontur, sed in bonum publicum ut alij terreantur & a malis commitendis avocentur.” – Circa 1578, Inquisition Handbook
The purpose of Inquisition is “fight against heretics” with the use of torture by several institutions within the justice system of the Roman Catholic Church. It was established to prosecute heretics and persons who go against the Canon Law of the Church-Controlled States. This institutes to suppress heresy through system of ecclesiastical proscription or imprisonment, torture, anathema, excommunication or execution. And with this Inquisition, that sad to say is still exist in our time, but in a different name as “Congregation for the Doctrine or the Faith“, prosecutes heretics like the protestants, scientists who go against their teachings like Galileo Galilei, alleged witches and offenders of the Church Law. There also comes a time when committing Blasphemy is as equal as committing Treason which are both penalized with death.
There are other wars where in it pits Catholics against Protestants, and the examples are: French Wars of Religion and Thirty Years War. There is also massacres committed in the name of their religion like St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, the massacres against Huguenots in the twelve cities, The Massacre of the Albigenses, September massacres and many more as still continues today.
Even in our time, this kind of atrocities still persisted, notably by the Muslims. This so-called Jihadists call on the conversion of all the people of the world to Islam or suffer the consequence and die. This Jihad as they call it, means “Struggle”, originally used to call on “to defend” their faith. But in a long run, used to call on world domination thru Islam.
The other one still in the Islam Ideology is the misused of Fatwa, originally used to call on legal opinion or ruling. This is now used to impose death sentence on any one whom they dislikes. A Fatwa can be binding or not to an individual. But for the extremists, it’s an obligation.
Examples of such controversial fatwa are as follows:
- Death sentence on Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verse“, issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989.
- A fatwa was issued to Taslima Nasreen by an Indian Muslim scholars, because that person “defamed Islam” and announced “unlimited financial reward” to any one who would kill her.
- Two fatwas issued by Osama bin Laden in 1996 and 1998, states that every Muslim should kill civilians and military personnel’s from the US and Allied countries until they withdraw support for Israel and withdraw military support from Islamic countries.
- Al Qardawi, a Muslim cleric, issued a fatwa that urged people to kill Muammar Al-Gaddafi if they we’re able to do so.
- Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari, spokesman of Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa for American Christian Jerry Falwell‘s death in 2002.
- An Australian Imam named Feiz Muhammad issued a fatwa calling for the beheading of the dutch politician named Geert Wilders, as of 2010.
Blood in Religion Hands
After we checked historical facts and verified every evidences here into. We now see one truth behind religion, that it creates blind obedience, fanaticism resulting to radicalism or extremism inside religion, justifying violence in the name of their god who promises them material and spiritual gains.
And we also see that the true objective of religion is, world domination. And its gifts to the world are division of people, destruction of civilization and total chaos of this planet.
Now, is the time for you to choose your side…
Bible [Old Testament]
- Jesus wants YOU . . . to kill infidels, says grade school poster (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Vampires feast in Times of War (willowthevampire.com)
- The Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople (thetemplarknight.com)
- What did contemporary voices think of the Templars? (thetemplarknight.com)
- Pope Urban II, Saint Augustine, And The First Crusade (socyberty.com)
- King St. Louis IX and the Great Crusade (crisismagazine.com)
- The Crusades (socyberty.com)
- 26 William Rufus, Normandy and the First Crusade (historyofengland.typepad.com)