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The Holocaust of the old Germans, by the Christians. VICTIMS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH Pagans, Germans, Jews, Witches.

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Sacrifice code       wfor0235
Sacrifice date       30 augustus 2007


1. Ancient Pagans
2. Mission
3. Heretics
4. Witches
5. Jews
6. Native Peoples
7. More Glorious events in US history
8. 20th Century Church Atrocities
9. Catholic terror in Vietnam
10. Rwanda Massacres
11. References:
12. How Europe was overrun by Christians
13. Roman Empire 315 CE. Christianity becomes legal.
14. The slaughter of the Saxons
15. The British Isles
16. Scandinavia
17. Elsewhere
18. Conclusion

How many people have been killed by Christians since Biblical times?



Listed are only events that solely occurred on command of church
Authorities or were committed in the name of Christianity. (List

1. Ancient Pagans

As soon as Christianity was legal (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 Aegaea,
the Temple of Aphrodite in Golgatha Aphaka in Lebanon, 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 statues. [DA469]

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 415.[DO19-25]

2. Mission

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]

Battle of Belgrad 1456: 80,000 Turks slaughtered. [DO235]

15th century Poland: 1019 churches and 17987 villages plundered by
Knights of the Order. 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 heads of all those
(of whatsoever they were) which were killed in the die, should be cut
off from their bodies... and should bee laid on the ground by each
side of the waie", which effort to civilize the Irish indeed
caused "great terror to the people when they saw the heads of their
dead fathers, brothers, children, kinsfolk, and friends on the
ground". Tens of thousands of Gaelic Irish fell victim to the
carnage. [SH99, 225] Crusades (1095-1291) 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 Jan 1098 a total of 40 capital cities and 200 castles conquered
(Number of slain unknown) [WW30] fter 6/3/98 Antiochia (then Turkish)
conquered, between 10,000 and 60,000 slain. 6/28/98 100,000 Turks
(incl. women & 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 lance hrough 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. [WW36]

Jerusalem conquered 7/15/1099 more than 60,000 victims (Jewish,
Muslim, men, women, and children). [WW3 0] 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"). e 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. One million victims of the first crusade alone. [WW41]
Battle of Askalon, /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. [WW141-148]

Rest of Crusades in less detail: until the fall of Akkon 1291
probably 20 million victims (in the Holy Land and Arab/Turkish areas
alone). [WW224]

Note: All figures according to contemporary (Christian) chroniclers.

3. Heretics

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. [NC] Albigensians: the first Crusade intended to slay other Christians.


The Albigensians (cathars = Christians allegedly that have all rarely
sucked) 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 (greatest single
pre-nazi mass murderer) in 1209. Beziérs (today France) 7/22/1209
destroyed, all the inhabitants were slaughtered. Victims (including

Catholics refusing to turn over their heretic neighbors and friends)
20,000-70,000. [WW179-181]

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 New World).

Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada alone allegedly responsible for 10,220
burnings. [DO28]

John Huss, a critic of papal infallibility and indulgences, was
burned at the stake in 1415. [LI475-522]. 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.

4. Witches

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 Religious Wars

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. Thousands were actually slain. [DO31]

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]

5. Jews

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.

17. Council of Toledo 694: Jews were enslaved, their property
confiscated, and their children forcibly baptized. [DA454]

The Bishop of Limoges (France) in 1010 had the cities' Jews, who
would not convert to Christianity, expelled or killed. [DA453]

First Crusade: Thousands of Jews slaughtered 1096, 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]

Second Crusade: 1147. Several hundred Jews were slain in Ham, Sully,
Carentan, and Rameru (all locations in France). [WW57]

Third Crusade: English Jewish communities sacked 1189/90.
[DO40] .Fulda/Germany 1235: 34 Jewish men and women slain. [DO41]

1257, 1267: Jewish communities of London, Canterbury, Northampton,
Lincoln, Cambridge, and others exterminated. [DO41]

1290 in Bohemian (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:
6/30/1492. [MM470-476]

1648 Chmielnitzki massacres: In Poland about 200,000 Jews were slain.

(I feel sick ...) this goes on and on, century after century, right
into the kilns of Auschwitz.

6. Native Peoples

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."

On every island he set foot on, Columbus planted a cross, "making the
declarations that are required" - the equerimiento - 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: "justifying the undertakers of the intended
Plantation in New England ... to carry the Gospel into those parts of
the world, ... and to raise a Bulwark against the kingdom 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 possess." [SH109,238]

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." [SH70]

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 Savior and the twelve Apostles...
then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies and they were burned


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 were dead." [SH95]

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

"Their Wars are far less bloody..." so that there usually was "no
great slawter 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 ttractive 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
wheels, others to be staked and some shot 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 resection 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. [SH113-
114] .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 mother's 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 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 OK to Christians then. "Peace treaties were
signed with every intention to violate them: when the Indians 'grow
secure upon (sic) the treatise', 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 Matter, 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 - a destruction rate of
98%. The ocumtuck 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 900, 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.

7. More Glorious events in US history

Reverend Solomon Stoddard, one of New England's most esteemed
religious leaders, in "1703 formally proposed to he 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 ministers 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 Hawai'i the Reverend Rufus Anderson surveyed the
carnage that by then had reduced those slands' 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]

8. 20th Century Church Atrocities

Catholic extermination camps

Surpassingly 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 Serbian (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 "Sicherheitsdient 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]

9. 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 coteries 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

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 rotesters 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 camps. [MW76-89].

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]

10. 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 Tootsie 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 Tootsies 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 laughter of Tootsies
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 Tootsies 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]

As can be seen from these events, to Christianity the Dark Ages never
come to an end.

11. References:

[DA] K.Deschner, Abermals krähte der Hahn, Stuttgart 1962.

[DO]K.Deschner, Opus Diaboli, Reinbek 1987.

[EC] P.W.Edbury, Crusade and Settlement, Cardiff Univ. Press 1985.

[EJ]S.Eidelberg, The Jews and the Crusaders, Madison 1977.

[LI]H.C.Lea, The Inquisition of the Middle Ages, New York 1961.

[MM M.Margolis, A.Marx, A History of the Jewish People.

[MV] A.Manhattan, The Vatican's Holocaust, Springfield 1986.

See also V.Dedijer, The Yugoslav Auschwitz and the Vatican, Buffalo NY, 1992.

[NC] J.T.Noonan, Contraception: A History of its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists, Cambridge/Mass., 1992.

[S2] Newscast of S2 Aktuell, Germany, 10/10/96, 12:00.

[SH]D.Stannard, American Holocaust, Oxford University Press 1992.

[SP]German news magazine Der Spiegel, no.49, 12/2/1996.

[TA]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.

[TG] F.Turner, Beyond Geography, New York 1980.

[WW]H.Wollschläger: Die bewaffneten Wallfahrten gen Jerusalem, Zürich 1973.

(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).

[WV]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, 56.

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12. How Europe was overrun by Christians

Christians complain a lot about the "persecutions" they allegedly
suffered in ancient Rome. Given that they were trying to destroy the
heathen spiritual values that had made Rome great in the first place,
it is not surprising that the heathens tried to defend themselves.

The Christian apologists also try to imply that heathenism somehow
just melted away before the Christian religion, as if the heathens
somehow saw "the error of their ways" and leapt to accept the
Christian god as soon as he was offered to them.

What the Christians don't like to remember is the very real
persecution they inflicted, as soon as they could, on heathens who
chose to retain the faith of their forebears.

Here is just a small sample of the atrocities that led to the
Christian destruction of heathen Europe:

13. Roman Empire 315 CE. Christianity becomes legal.

From now on Pagan temples are increasingly destroyed by Christian
mobs. Some famous temples that are ruined include the Sanctuary of
Æsculapius, the Temple of Aphrodite in Lebanon, the Heliopolis, the
Temple of Serapis in Egypt, and many others. Christian priests such as
Cyril of Heliopolis and Mark of Arethusa become renowned as "temple
destroyers". Pagan priests are increasingly murdered, together with their
heathen congregations.

356 CE. Pagan services are punishable by death. The Christian Emperor
Theodosius even murders children caught playing with the remains of
heathen statues.

Pagan philosophers are cruelly murdered. Perhaps the most revered
heathen martyr is Hypatia of Alexandria, daughter of Theon the
mathematician. Urged on by St Cyril of Alexandria, a mob of Christian
fanatics dragged the world-famous philosopher from her chariot,
stripped her naked, hauled her to the church, and there murdered her
by scraping the flesh from her bones with sharp oyster shells. Her
mortal remains were then burned before the screaming Christian hordes.

14. The slaughter of the Saxons

c. 550 CE. Germanic beliefs are outlawed in the Frankish kingdom. All
heathen temples and symbols are ordered to be destroyed. Heathen
songs, dances and holidays forbidden under pain of extreme punishment.

719 CE. Frankish Christian missionaries ravage Frisia with fire and

January 774 CE. Charlemagne vows to convert the Saxons, or, failing
that, to wipe them out.

780 CE. Charlemagne decrees the death penalty for all who fail to be
baptised, who fail to keep Christian festivals, who cremate their
dead, who are hostile toward Christians, etc etc.

782 CE. 4,500 Saxon nobles are beheaded in one day at Verden on the
Aller for refusing to convert.

804 CE. The last heathen resistance in Saxony is put down. In thirty
years of genocide, from 774 to 804, two thirds of the Saxons have been

15. The British Isles

597 CE. The Augustinian mission arrives in Kent. Its aim is to convert heathen kings, who will then force the new religion on their followers. The situation is confusing, because kings seldom live to a great age, and their successors often repudiate the alien faith.

616 CE. Athelfrith, heathen king of Northumbria, defeats a huge Christian crusade at Chester.

617 CE. Athelfrith slain at battle of River Idle. His neurotic rival Edwin becomes king, and is subsequently converted to Christianity, forcing his subjects to give up their old faith.

653 CE. King Sigibert foists Christianity on heathen Essex.

654 CE. Penda of Mercia, the last great heathen Anglo-Saxon king, is slain by Christians at the battle of Winwæd. Only Sussex and the Isle of Wight hold out (for a short time) against Christianity.

Late 8th century onwards. Heathen Scandinavians settle all parts of British Isles.

1066 CE onwards. William the Conquerer is still passing laws against paganism. Its last redoubt, in practice if not in theory, is the Border counties which form a buffer between England and Scotland.

1603 CE. James VI of Scotland becomes also James I of England. He crushes the Borderers and destroys their separate culture.

16. Scandinavia

994 CE. Olaf Tryggvason adopts Christianity in exchange for accepting
a vast amount of protection money from the English. Through a brutal
campaign that tolerates no opposition he "converts" Norway to
Christianity. With Norway fall Shetland, the Orkneys and the Faroes.

c.1000 CE. Olaf holds prominent Icelandic pagans hostage and demands
that Iceland accept the new religion. Iceland falls.

After 1000 CE. On the death of Olaf Norway returns gladly to paganism.

1016 CE. Olaf the Stout, later called St Olaf, seizes the throne of
Norway. He murders, blinds and maims heathens. Heathen temples are
ruthlessly robbed and destroyed.

Twelfth century CE. The great temple at Uppsala in Sweden is destroyed
by Christian fanatics.

17. Elsewhere

It is impossible to estimate the numbers of Eastern Europeans murdered
by crusading Christians. The Teutonic Knights, for instance, conquered
heathen Prussia in 1226. All Prussians who refused to convert to
Christianity were murdered. The Lithuanians were a heathen tribe who
were attacked by the Teutonic Knights throughout the 13th century.
They held out successfully, with the help of religious refugees from
Prussia and Lettonia, until a monarchy emerged. King Mindaugas
betrayed the ancestral religion of his subjects in 1251, after which
Lithuania was forcibly converted to Christianity.

It is equally impossible to estimate the numbers of pagans
murdered in the New World by Christians. Columbus planted a cross
wherever he went, vowing to "do all the mischief that we can" to
natives who refused to convert. The Christians brought with them
skills of torture that had been refined on their own people in Europe
for hundreds of years.

One 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."
(Source: D. Stannard, American Holocaust, Oxford University Press

That same sentiment must have been expressed time after time in Europe
in the period when Odinists were offered a choice between converting
to Christianity or being tortured, maimed and killed. The 4,500 Saxon
nobles callously slaughtered by the Christian fanatic Charlemagne on
one day in 782 must have had similar thoughts. The Norse Sagas record
occasions when Christians tortured entire Odinist families in the hope
of forcing parents to convert, thereby sparing their children further
pain. Sometimes the children were stronger than their parents, urging
them not to yield and thereby bring disgrace on their ancestors.

18. Conclusion

It is clear that Christianity prevailed over European heathenism solely because Christians resorted to torture, murder, and other clear breaches of the law that applied in those times, while the heathens upheld the prevailing "rules of engagement" that they considered to be honourable.


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