Religion – Christianity – Killings for Christianity (from Mark Humphry Killings for Christianity (

 Historical killings for ChristianityThe CrusadesThe InquisitionThe Witch-huntingThe post-medieval periodDemocide in the Americas, Africa and AustraliaSlavery in the Americas and AfricaBeatification and canonisation of flawed figuresModern killings for ChristianityKillings for Christianity by AfricansChristianity and the HolocaustChristian terrorismKillings for Islam

Killings for Christianity

The Church started killing unbelievers as early as the 4th century. The killing (often with torture) of heretics, church splinter groups, dissenters, atheists, agnostics, deists, pagans, infidels and unbelievers was supported by almost all mainstream Christian theology for over a thousand years, starting with the intolerant St. Augustine (died 430 AD).

See also Killings for Islam.

Much (but not all) of Christianity’s killing is in the past. Christianity had a long run as the world’s most violent religion. But I think it is clear that the world’s most violent religion is now Islam.
“Burn the witch!”
This hilarious scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail perfectly captures the “logic” of the centuries of “witch” torturing and killing by Christianity.
This crime was supported at the highest levels, up to The Papacy.

Historical killings for Christianity

The Crusades

The Inquisition

The Witch-hunting

The burning alive of a man accused of “witchcraft”.
From The Devils (1971).
In fact, this is mild. The Christian religious maniacs burnt women and children alive too.
Search for more.

The post-medieval period
St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre 1572.
As portrayed in the movie La Reine Margot (1994).

Democide in the Americas, Africa and Australia

I agree that much of the democide and slavery in the New World and Africa after the 15th century was driven by politics and profit as much as by religion. I am not blaming Christianity for all of it.

The West has changed for the better. And the Christian churches have changed for the better. I am interested in the failure of the Christian West to recognise the rights of non-Europeans, the failure of the Christian churches to condemn it, the slow awakening of both church and society, and the long road towards the West becoming today the greatest defender on earth of universal human rights.

The Spanish executing the last Inca Emperor Atahualpa in 1533.
He was threatened with death by burning, which, in his beliefs, would prevent his soul going to the afterlife.
He was offered death by strangling if he would convert to Catholicism. He agreed, and was killed that way.
Image from here.

Slavery in the Americas and Africa

A lady being carried by her slaves in Brazil, c.1860.
From here.
“An Atheist Reads the Bible – 4 – Slavery”.
Support for slavery in the Bible.

Beatification and canonisation of flawed figures

  • Spain’s Roman Catholic bishops want to canonise Queen Isabella, who started the Inquisition to torture and kill heretics, ethnically cleansed the Jews and Muslims, and brought genocide to the Americas.
  • Saint Francis Xavier brought the Inquisition to India, which tortured and executed thousands of innocent people.
  • Sir Thomas More was canonised in 1935, and is glorified in the film A Man for All Seasons
    • This vile murderer burned alive heretics and reformers, just because their superstitious beliefs differed from his own stupid beliefs. The fact that he himself was killed for the same reason does not suddenly absolve him of his crimes. Indeed, it seems like justice.
    • “Sir Thomas More: A Man for One Season” by James Wood.
    • Sir Thomas More was a religious maniac who wore a hairshirt, deliberately mortifying his body. He also practiced flagellation.
  • Pius IX (Pope 1846-78) (and here) was beatified in 2000.
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was martyred by the Nazis in Auschwitz in 1941, was, it is sad to say, a high-profile Polish anti-semite before the war. He wrote for a large audience on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the alleged Jewish-Zionist-Masonic-Communist conspiracy, and so on. While Kolbe himself went on to save, not kill, Jews, who knows what brutal acts during the war were inspired by his pre-war words?
  • Pius XII, Pope during the Holocaust – in line for beatification.

Sir Thomas More is killed for his beliefs.
He himself burned alive people for their beliefs.

“Brief Lives” by John Aubrey (late 17th century) tells this amusing story about how Thomas More displayed and gave away his daughter Margaret to William Roper.

Modern killings for Christianity

Church support for and tolerance of tyranny

Human rights

Killings for Christianity by Africans

Europe has had a long run, but the torch may be passing to Africa as the centre of killings for Christianity.

Giles Muhame, editor of the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone, the face of modern Christian sharia law.

An American Christian fanatic, Jason “Molotov” Mitchell, actually defends the death penalty for Ugandan gays.
He produces an incredibly strange, slick, trendy video with a brutal medieval worldview.
Apparently we should be impressed that some ancient book of a primitive tribe called for gays to be killed.

  • Having spread his hate, he is now trying to hide the video. Try search.
  • This nutcase comes from the “straight edge” movement (Christian punk).
  • Maybe it’s just a pose and he doesn’t really want to see gays killed, but he does remind us that the old Christianity was very like modern Islam. Christianity looks fairly disgusting, as portrayed by him.
  • By the way, he references King Mwanga II and the Uganda Martyrs, if you want to read about them.

I note that the Christian fanatic Molotov Mitchell quotes Leviticus on homosexuality, while sporting a tattoo.
So this is for him.

“Witch”-hunting in Africa – the worst killing for Christianity today

The torture and killing of “witches” in Africa, many of them innocent children, is perhaps the worst killing for Christianity in the world today.
Modern torture and killing for Christianity: “Witch” hunting in Tanzania.

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