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Religious tyrannies and murder in the name of god

Updated on March 12, 2011

Hitler and the Christian bishops

Christians loved Hitler and knew about his atrocities long before World War II brought them to an end.
Christians loved Hitler and knew about his atrocities long before World War II brought them to an end.

More crimes have been committed in the name of religion than any other reason

Religion was invented by men (until the twentieth century when women saw the way to make easy money and invented their churches and mythologies) to control others so that they would not have to work.  The goal of religion was to intimidate and scare people into working for the new class of tyrants, known as priests, magi, and in time pastors, rabbis, and so forth.

From the earliest days to the present, religion has had one goal: to snuff out opposition. To this end, religion created an elaborate hoax of rituals, rites, passwords, and even spiritual murders so that the leaders (and in some cases the faithful) could feast upon the flesh and blood of others who symbolized a god or goddess or group of gods and goddesses. Cannibalism was invented with the apologia that by feasting on the body and blood of god, the strengths an wisdom of that god became a part of the one consuming the flesh and blood. Cronus of old ate his own children and grew large. Brahma (later Abraham) was instructed to kill his beloved son, paving the way for the myth of Jesus being sacrificed for the sins of man by a loving father.  Rather than using the word loving, the text should have written schizophrenic, for the god of Jesus was as much a tyrant as the god of Moses: both demanding blind obedience to the point of dying.

Purification of the congregations of faithful have been a daily event throughout history: from the rape of Europa by Zeus in the form of a bull (a nice way of speaking of how the people of Carthage entered Spain and crossed the Alps to invade Italy) to the purges of early Christians, including the tale of Stephen the Witness, by the Romans (although there is no historical account of this, nor of Stephen), to Hitler's "cleansing the German [Aryan] race" of Jews, Gypsies [Egyptians], homosexuals, White Russians, and so forth, to the most nefarious and evil nation since the Third Reich, the Fourth Reich of George W. Bush and his ordering torture and death to Iraqis at Abu Gharib prison. This opened the floodgates of religious assassinations between Shiites and Sunnites although both claim to be follower of the mythological Muhammad who, although all sources note that he was illiterate, received the text of the Koran/Qu'ran from the archangel Gabriel demanding submission (Islam) of all people.

The fantasy of receiving divine instructions goes back to ancient Egypt and formulates the tale of Moses. It would also be the foundation for the fabrication of the angel Moroni visiting Joseph Smith to give him not only golden glasses but tablets bearing divine inscriptions to be preached throughout the world: the Book of Mormon. Today Protestants, Roman Catholics, Mormons, and Muslims compete with one another in "flock stealing"--promising eternal life as long as the individual surrenders to the dictates of the clergy of the faith proselytizing. All that happens is the elevation of misery, as the faiths require the absurdity of tithing (giving one-tenth of what one has or earns to the church/mosque/synagogue/etc)--for as the nefarious Jerry Falwell has been recorded preaching, "unless you give back to God one-tenth of what you earn, you will forever be poor and in debt." While many followed his message (echoed by televangelist Pat Robertson), they remain poor, many have lost their homes to foreclosure by the greatest criminals in USA history: Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, and so forth, so that the neo-Nazis can wax fat while destroying the rights of laborers (Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Terry Branstadt in Iowa, Craig Christie in New Jersey, and so forth), growing in number and power in the name of a sleeping god. To this end we find women against women (as with Legislator Annette Sweeney of Iowa, lawyer Phyllis Schlafly of Missouri, etc), who deny other women the right to determine the destiny of their own bodies--as did Hitler who forbade, under severe penalties, any Aryan woman obtaining an abortion, although permitting and in time exacting the abortion of fetus in the uterus of non-Aryan women (especially female Jews).

Religion has caused more damage and harm than all the world's wars, and in many cases was responsible for the wars.  It is religion that brought about the crusades (Christian and Arab), slaughtering millions of women, children, the elderly, and others. It was religion that speared the Thirty Years War and led to the deaths of thousands during the Saint Bartholemew Day Massacre in France, the hanging of Catholics in Germany (with Martin Luther invoking the German nobility to "kill in darkness and in day light ... the German peasants", to the fires at Smithfield both under the Roman Catholic Queen Mary and the Protestant King Edward. Tabulated carefully, religion has cost over 65% of all those who died in battle, with the government of the USA actually buying weapons and weapon accessories with religious (Christian) messages, and the draconian US Air Force Academy requiring all recruits and students to attend Christian evangelical indoctrination classes while prohibiting nonevangelicals and secularists from presenting their perspectives. The military of the USA, like that of the UK, is among the chief protagonists of religious violence and deceit..


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      Sami Swan Thompson 3 years ago from When I'm not living inside my own head, then I'm in Dallas, Texas

      A wonderfully informative article, plus the surprise of some readable comments! Although I must disagree with the idea that "Satan has hardened your heart" - since I know that you have a kind and generous heart - it's interesting to read the various opinions on the subject of religion, especially Christianity. As usual, there will always be some people who refuse to believe that anyone can be good unless they share the same belief system.

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      Dr. Arthur Ide 3 years ago from Iowa

      In the seventeenth century, John Locke iterated the theory that all people are born "tabula rasa" (blank slated) and that all thought, actions, and so forth are taught to the emerging infant, including hate and love, compassion and rejection, and so forth. You have given this "ancient" theory new life, additional vigor, and I applaud your sage insight. Thank you for the contribution, N.E.

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      N.E. 3 years ago

      A baby is not born hating, it is taught and shown how to hate. Whether the child is taken to church or not, it learns, "right and wrong," and that those who think differently than "we" do are part of the, "wrong." The differences in beliefs and cultures are pointed out at home, in school, in church, by the media, and in every other aspect of the child's life. The child is not taught to tolerate and accept these differences; it is taught to reject them. The child is not taught that solving the puzzle of life is much like putting together a jigsaw puzzle; all pieces must come together to form the whole and no one piece is more important to the whole than any other. Intolerance, bigotry and greed cause wars. None of those should be a part of true spirituality, which has nothing to do with religion.

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      Liza 3 years ago

      Human beings are not born believing in god. God is TAUGHT. Many cultures do not know of a god because they are not taught to believe in one - so if they do not know do they automatically go to hell when they die (another thing that people are taught to believe in)? And the god our culture is told exists is to be feared; is selfish; and allows horrible things to happen to people who worship him. An invisible man who lives in the sky?!

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      Dr. Arthur Ide 3 years ago from Iowa

      Sorry, Cynthia, but history does not support your claim. Here is why:

      Catholic extermination camps were actually larger and exacted a heavier toll than those of the NAZI era during World WarII. In the years 1942-1943 there also existed in Croatia existed numerous extermination camps, run by Catholic Ustasha under their dictator Ante Paveli. Paveli was a practising Catholic and regular visitor to the then pope. He gloried in stating there were even school (concentration) camps exclusively for children!

      In these Roman Catholic operated camps - the most notorious was Jasenovac, headed by a Franciscan friar - orthodox-Christian serbians (and a substantial number of Jews) were systematically murdered (If you read Serbian, I will send you links to the documents). Like the Nazis the Catholic Ustasha burned their victims in kilns, many of the victims, especially the children were 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 nefarious pope (Pius XII) knew about these events. He did nothing to prevent them. He did, however, keep their memory in his diary.

      Catholic terror in Vietnam

      In 1954, during the great Age of Fear under Roman Catholic US Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI), 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.

      Diem saw to it that U.S. aid, food, technical and general assistance was given to Catholics alone. Buddhists and non-Catholic villages were ignored or had to pay for the food aids which were given to Catholics for free.

      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 camps. To support this kind of government in the next decade thousands of American GI's lost their life....

      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 rumours 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.

      On October, 10, 1996, in the newscast of S2 Aktuell, Germany - a station not at all critical to Christianity - this report was given: "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..."

      It was even more blood-chilling among Christians in the USA in the nineteenth century. For example: 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'."

      On November 29, 1864, there occurred the Massacre of Sand Creek. 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 ..."

      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'."

      Of course, I will post the citations if you read Slav, Russian, German, Polynesian, etc. Please let me know, as Christianity is responsible for more than 2 billion people after it was created by Constantine I in 325 CE (Eusebius, Vita Constantini, IV:36-38) than any other tyrants from Islam to Stalin, etc.

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      Cynthia 3 years ago

      In the middle third of the 20th century, atheistic regimes in Russia, China, Romania, Albania and elsewhere managed to murder on a scale that even the religious hadn’t managed.

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      Alan 5 years ago

      Actually, if only Christianity was formed but not the Islam by Muhammad, this world would be so much better off. Wars may be much less then 10% or 20% than it had been.

      Muslims fought against the Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddists ( Thailand and Afghanistan) ans even against themselves(Sunnis vs Shiites). What other religion really fight so fiercely against each other, or against Christians? So far, I can't really think of any except the Muslims.

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      Alan 6 years ago

      "My Struggle" (Mein Kampfe) he said he would root out the evil (Jews) who (allegedly) killed the Jesus of the Bible."

      First, we all know not all Jews killed Jesus but only the very few Pharisees and priests who were afraid Jesus would take over their temple or priesthood, and become king. Most of the Jews as well as those who were not Jews who has heard about Jesus and even saw His miracles were never the killers of Jesus. Hitler was a Christian, but later he was against the Jews was because of 2 things that I read about in the internet(I may be wrong but this was what I read) - 1) the Jews were very rich while Germany was not 2) Hitler had a conversation with a Muslim Mufti, the Mufti told him what he wants to hear regarding the Jews- that Allah see them as evil and has to be destroyed. That's why he killed them so mercilessly.

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      Dr. Arthur Ide 7 years ago from Iowa

      Adolf Hitler until his death claimed fervently to be a Christian, and in his book "My Struggle" (Mein Kampfe) he said he would root out the evil (Jews) who (allegedly) killed the Jesus of the Bible. The Spanish Inquisition murdered millions and set the stage for John Calvin to burn heretics in Geneva, while Mary and Edward Tudor burned heretics in Smithfield outside of London--all in the name of Christ. That is why I wrote my blog on "Murder in the name of Christ." There has never been a holy person who valued life above money and power, and thus the popes throughout history enslaved and sold slaves, who butchered with immunity and and coupled with mortals and beasts be they Alexander VI or Leo X or whomever, while hiding their own sins as they cast the mote out of the eyes of others.

      Martin Luther was among the most bloodthirsty, calling on the German Nobility to kill the peasants in 1525, but his lust for "righteous vegenance" was but a foreshadowing of Franciscan and Dominican and Jesuit slaughters in the New World. Their example proves that there is no merciful god or one of compassion, for all the deities from the cow Yeh to Allah have been assassins, thieves, and worse.

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      Joe B 7 years ago

      Art...Interesting blog. I believe that most of what you say has more than an element of truth. I believe that more people have killed (and been killed) in the name of Jesus than for any other cause. An interesting novel of fiction appeared a couple of decades ago that has always stuck in my mind. "Aztec", by Grey Jennings, is a story of the conquest of the New World by Europeans (Spanish) and the subjection of the natives by Spanish preists in order to procure a labor source for the plundering of the Americas. It is told through the eyes of an old Aztec who, in the end is burned for heresy. In the name of god, of course.

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      Dr. Arthur Ide 7 years ago from Iowa

      Mr. Colt, you write lucidly, dramatically, and with great zeal. It is interesting to read your words, but unfortunately you do not know me. I was born an atheist, and only later in life was I born-again as I was born originally. I have no hatred towards anyone--only towards ignorance, cowardice, rote memorization of bygone texts, and the preachification of fantasies plagiarized regularly by new cult creators.

      I find no historical proof for a Jesus of the bible in any recognized and authenticate work. Even Justin Martyr, who claimed (it is written)that Jesus was crucified on a cross--but that is not the word in the ancient scrolls, as cross does not appear for centuries, and the alleged birth and death of this Jesus I can find in countless other scriptures from Egypt to India.

      Sin is a debateable topic. To me it is going against the free will and consent of a rational being. The Ten Commandments are redactions from Hammurabi's code, and I feel no need to reflect on them as I do read the original text.

      Salvation is death--when my body disintegrates and the atoms that formed it separate to reunite in creating a new life. No god created me nor created the universe; I have a brain that thinks because I sought out education: not one of rote memorization, but one based on the conduct of inquriy--which upset my teachers. But I do have my doctorates (most universities did not want to give me the parchment, and in many cases I have taken down the plagues as I no longer respect or recognize these schools). I appreciate your writing, as it is refreshing, and I do agree with part of what you have written. But as for a god or Jesus--I have never liked fiction.

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      Harlan Colt 7 years ago from the Rocky Mountains


      Hitler killed 6 million Jews, and over 7 million Christians. That's a historical fact you never hear very often. Christians did not love Hitler. Fake christians did maybe. I could call my self a doctor, but without the proper degree from a valid university, I would hope you would find that very offensive. I do have a BA in Communication. I know what it takes to earn a doctorate and I respect that. A lot of people say they are doctors and they are not. Surely you do not appreciate that. And while you hate religion, surely you can understand that some people claim to be christians for whatever reason, and are nothing close. Do you know Jesus said true religion was taking care of widows and orphans? You think Jesus set up Catholicism? Mormonism? He didn't, men did, then blamed it on Jesus. And you approach topics like "Jesus the myth" is to blame. If he is a myth, how is he to blame?

      Best wishes to you Dr.

      - Harlan

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      Harlan Colt 7 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      Dear Dr,

      I actually agree with you on many of your points here, perhaps more than not (for this article). Mankind has done much to destroy the image and reputation of the true God with false religion, cults and misguided accusations.

      Satan has hardened your heart well and you are blind. You could say the same about many religions.

      If it be true there is a God of whom you are completely blind, how are you any better than those you criticize, leading people astray of the truth and into hell fire eternal based upon the self-professed wisdom you espouse?

      You know deep down there is a God, he created you to know it deep within your being.

      What is evident in your writing... to me anyway, is there is some unspoken event in your past that made you blame and hate God for something whereas your reaction is to hate him, you have a blaring chip on your shoulder about something. It seems like a really heavy burden. Sometimes people like yourself become the best evangelists ever known.

      I already have a good idea what you will say, but I am still going to pray for you anyway.

      Turn to Jesus Dr. Ide, he would have died for your sins, even if you were the only person on earth. Don't blame him for the evil deeds of sick men, long after he was gone. You know he is not a myth. You know it.

      Peace and Joy be unto you in this lifetime. I fear its all you have to look forward to. The afterlife, is another eternal story and just now, thou art an anti-Christ.

      - Harlan