Dmitri June 5th, 2007
A brief list of the worst among the crimes against humanity committed by Christian religious fanatics before and after the World War Two. The data is compiled using reference websites, published records and library/museum archives. Note that in a lot of incidents the crimes by these religious zealots (mostly Popes and Cardinals) rival that of known brutal killers like Stalin and Hitler. Yet we are quick to condemn the killings which were done in political interests and do not take much notice or condemn those committed by religious groups. Is it a bias in favour of religion that crimes committed by religious groups get ignored and hush hushed? Today the Christian cross evokes much fear and hatred in the world as much as the Swastika does in Western countries which we living in the west are unable to recognise.
Crimes of Christians after World War 2
Croatia (1942 - 1943) - 300000 to 600000 Jews, including children were burned alive under the rule of Ante Paveli, a practicing Catholic and a fan of the then Pope (who approved and backed most of his atrocities). The burnings of Jews were presided over by Franciscan friars (priests) which were appalling enough to induce bystanders of the Nazi Sicherheitsdienst der SS to complain about them to Hitler (the Nazis gassed their victims to death instead which was quicker and less cruel at least in comparison to the Catholic friars).
South Vietnam (1950 - 1970) - 80000 people were executed, 275000 had been detained or tortured, and about 500000 were sent to concentration or detention camps by fanatic Catholic Ngo Dinh Diem. He was put to power by the United States administration under the influence of Catholic lobbies in Washington, headed by Cardinal Spellman, the Vatican’s spokesman in US. At least 2000000 Vietnamese lost their lives in the following decades of resistance against the US, which wanted to put this corrupt and vicious man to power over the whole of Vietnam using undemocratic means.
Rwanda (1994 ..) - About 1000000 Tutsis and Moderate Hutus were butchered by Roman Catholic priests and nuns. There is almost no church in Rwanda that has not seen refugees - women, children, old - being brutally butchered or burned facing the crucifix. According to eyewitnesses clergymen gave away hiding Tutsis and turned them over to the machetes of the Hutu militia and created conflicts between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. The Pope who kept his mouth tight over the actions all along, condemned them only after two priests were sentenced to death by a court in Rwanda.
Burning of philosophers and scientists during the Inquisition
Christian Crimes Before World War 2
Europe and Central Asia (1098 AD) - When the Crusade I was unleashed, at least 1000000 (mostly Jewish and Muslims) men, women and children were killed in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Palestine, Israel and Arabia by “Armies of Christ” under the command of Pope Urban II of Vatican. At that time the population of the world was about 80 million which makes the Crusade One a much worse crime than the Nazi Holocaust in a comparison of victims vs population.
Europe and Asia (1232 AD) - According to Cathar heresy alone, over 1000000 victims perished in the Inquisition I started by the Catholic church to destroy the remaining and hiding heretics (scientists, atheists and non-Christians) who survived the Crusade I.
Netherlands (1568 AD) - Spanish Inquisition Tribunal ordered extermination of 3 million rebels and apostates of Christianity in Netherlands. They were either drowned or burned alive by the troops led by the Catholic church.
Central Asia and Europe (~1200 - 1500 AD) - The Turkish city of Constantinople was sacked with an unknown number of human victims. In the fall of Akkon in 1291 AD, at least 2 million Muslim and Jew victims perished in the holy lands of Turkey and Israel alone.
Possibly Related posts:
- Religion Kills - Crimes Against Humanity by Islam
- Religion and Violence
- CIA Declassifies Old Crimes To Distract From New Crimes
- Allied Crimes During World War II
- Religious Intolerance Transcends Nations and Boundaries