Christians Have Shown Themselves to be the Most Violent and Murderous People in Recorded History…

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I can’t help but notice that most Christians are in ‘historical denial.’ That is to say, most of them tend to conveniently ignore universally accepted historical facts when those facts do not fit neatly into their generally touted mantra, that Christians are ‘right’ and everyone else is ‘wrong.’ More to the point, they tend to perch themselves on a pedestal of righteousness of their own making and look down upon those with slightly different or ‘non-Christian’ beliefs. Of course this holds true of most organized religions but the Christians take it a step further by claiming that Muslims and others are more violent and ultimately are responsible for more deaths throughout history as a result of that violence, than Christians. In turn, this flawed logic has run amok and evolved into a sinister vehicle of racism by some and justification for torture and continued war by others. This post, to some degree, will set the record straight…

The fact is that Christians, historically speaking (and some in recent history) are by far the most violent, blood thirsty, murderous group of people that this world has seen since the end of the Roman Empire.

A synopsis…

The herd of the ,Big Media ignorant, which includes the likes of Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly and others of similarly, historically uninformed, conveniently point out that Christians, unlike Jews, follow the teachings of the New Testament and that this portion of biblical scripture does not contain all of the Draconian and generally twisted teachings found in the Old Testament.

The following statements are attributed to Jesus saying to his disciples:

“I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence. (Luke 19:26-27)

“Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword. I am sent to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Matthew 10:34-35)

So much for that theory.

How about some Western European history?

A list of historical facts that can be verified at any local library confirming that Christians are the most murderous and violent people afoot for the past 1500 years…

Saint Augustine’s Cognite Intrare (“lead them in”—i.e. “force them to convert”). The Qur’an says the exact opposite: There is no compulsion in religion ( Qur’an 2:256 ). Augustine’s selfish idea that all must be compelled to “conform” to the “true Christian faith” has ultimately unleashed centuries of unparalleled bloodshed. In fact, I would put forth the argument that Christians have suffered more under the rule of Christian civilizations than under Roman rule or any other rule in history for that matter. Neo-modern Christian doctrine would have the world believe the exact opposite.

Millions were tortured and slaughtered in the name of Christianity during the periods of the Arian, Donatist and Albigensian heresies.

Then there were the crusades. European armies were slaughtering both Christian and Muslim Arabs and saying: “Kill them all, God will know his own.”

During Europe’s Reformation and Counter Reformation Era, two thirds of the Christian population of Europe was slaughtered by Christians.

Christians slaughtered at least 10 million Africans by most accounts in the name of economic expansion and slave trade. The Colonial Conquests estimates for the number of Native Americans slaughtered by the Europeans in North, Central and South America run as high as 20 million within three generations.

The 20th hasn’t escaped the wrath of violent Christians either. Western Civilization has taken murder to a whole new  level. A conservative estimate puts the total number of brutal deaths at the hands of Christian dominated cultures in the 20th century at more than 250 million. Of course I’m sure they all had it coming right? Just like those pesky abortion doctors. 

The greatest death totals come from World War I (about 20 million – 90 % from Western European Christian countries) World War II ( about 90 million, 50% of which were inflicted by Christians).

How about more recent brutality?

In 1994,  Rwanda saw the slaughter of 900,000 Rwandans in 1994 in a population that was over 90 % Christian. Worse yet, the other Christian nations stood by and did nothing. Of course Rwanda is a ‘balck’ nation so that is no surprise to me really. We had a similar situation in New Orleans remember? 

How about the Bosnian genocide in 1991-1995 of over 300,000 Muslims, including the systematic rape and torture of over 100,000 Muslim women by Christian Serbs?

Christians think of themselves as peaceful, but in fact the gentleness and peace of the New Testament, has hardly been proved out through history. I probably could right for three more days. The Salem Witch Trials, The Ku Klux Klan, The Neo-Nazi White Supremisist movement, etc. 

Many Christians seem to simply ignore the facts. 

All of the hate and death outlined here has taken place on a historical stage built by Western Christian culture.

In the end, if conservative Christians just read something other than the bible once in a while, they would look much less foolish to thinking people. This is not an attack, it is hopefully sound advice. Only then will peoples of varying beliefs be able to co-exist in this world village and possibly reconsider pursuing acts of terrorism. When or if the end days come, the one who judges may very well cast Christians down first, as they have illustrated themselves to be the most evil. The historical record cannot be denied, however should be acknowledged Christians and embraced as a valuable lesson on what not to do in the future.

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Posted on October 21, 2007, in Human Rights, Politics, Religion, Republican Party and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I would agree that the history of Christianity is a history of terrible ignorance, prejudice, bloodshed and oppression. But it is also a history of a group of people dedicated to kindness, charity and the uplift of their fellow human. Yes, Christians are responsible for the Crusades, but Christians were also responsible for the Civil Rights Movement.

    It’s unfair to paint such a large and varied religious tradition with any broad strokes. I’m certainly not defending the bloodshed put forth in the name of God, but you have to pay attention to the good done in the name of God.

  2. You are absolutely correct.

    My intention was not to stereotype all Christians as evil doers. Many Chrsitians are people of high minded charity and good will. Perhaps a longer written work could compartmentalize things a bit more neatly.

    There are many Christians that have and continue to give of themselves in the pursuit of peace. I was merely trying to inject historical fact into recent debates regarding some Christians and their wrongful belief that they are nearer to divinity and godly perfection than others. That whole premise is unfounded and a bit foolish I think.

  3. I agree, far too many Christians are ignorant of their religion’s history and terrible things that have been done in the name of “God’s will.” I’m fairly certain that our prospects in the Middle East wouldn’t be as bad if American Christians had some understanding of the (often times) negative interactions between historical Christendom and the Islamic world.

    (For the record, I’m not religious but am extremely interested in religious matters.)

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