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Ev er wondered what happened to ancient Greece? Its culture, beliefs, books? Ev er thought about why so m any Greek tem ples and buildings lie in ruins? T he pages here will inform y ou about these and other

Things They Don't Tell You


about Christianity
History
Ancient Greece and Rome
The early fathers of the Church hated Greek civilisation and sought its destruction: The philobarbarian attitude of Saint John Chrysostom [3rd-4th century]: "The more a nation looks barbaric and is estranged from Greek culture, the more our teachings shine - this (faithful) barbarian has conquered the entire world and while all Greek culture is extinguished and destroyed, his (the barbarian's) shines brighter every day". [Link] All over the empire, mobs of Christian monks went about destroying the many Greco-Roman works of art, libraries of antiquity, and pre-Christian temples: The Greek called them "swinish black-cloths", because "they looked like men but lived like pigs". A contemporary writer tells us "armed with clubs or stones and swords they ran to the temples, some without these weapons only with their bare hands and feet" -- (Libanios "Pro temples" 389 AD) As soon as they had destroyed one temple, they dashed away to the next. They toppled over walls, smashed idols, statues and art-objects and altars, and stole the temples wealth for themselves. [Link] From the time of Constantine, Rome's first Christian emperor: from 314 CE all the way to 988 CE, the Hellenes (ancient Greeks) were persecuted and their civilisation destroyed. The Greeks were exterminated if they would not convert 359 CE - In Skythopolis, Syria, Christians organise the first death camps for the torture and execution of arrested Gentiles [adherents of pre-Christian religions] from all around the Empire.
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... 385 to 388 - Maternus Cynegius, encouraged by his fanatic wife, and bishop, "Saint" Marcellus with his gangs scour the countryside, sack and destroy hundreds of Hellenic Temples, shrines and altars. Amongst others they destroy the Temple of Edessa, the Cabeireion of Imbros, the Temple of Zeus in Apamea, the Temple of Apollo in Dydima and all the Temples of Palmyra. Thousands of innocent Gentiles from all sides of the Empire suffer martyrdom in the notorious death camps of Skythopolis. ... 950 to 988 - Violent conversion of the last Gentile Hellenes of Laconia by the Armenian "Saint" Nikon. [Link] The oldest and most renowned Churches are actually built on sites which previously had pre-Christian temples on them - which Christians had demolished. This happened all over the Roman Empire, to Syria in the East and North Africa and Palestine in the South. And: The cave of the Vatican belonged to Mithra until 376 A.D., when a city prefect suppressed the cult of the rival Savior and seized the shrine in the name of Christ, on the very birthday of the pagan god, December 25. -- Barbara G. Walker Until Constantine's time, the most favourable estimate (which many scholars consider too optimistic) of the Christian population in the entire empire was no more than 5%. About 2/3 of these were in Armenia, and much of the remainder in Syria and Asia minor. According to Roman sources, the Christians ...in Rome ...were considered a small, uneducated group of religious troublemakers from the lowest social classes, operating in the shadowy sides of society. [Link] The educated Romans disliked the religion. Some of them wrote books refuting Christianity, like the Epicurean Kelsos in his Alethes Logos, the last pagan emperor Julian in his Kata Christianon, and Porphyry's Against the Christians. The Church, unable to sufficiently counter their wellreasoned arguments (which it occasionally attempted), "won" the debate by destroying these works when it finally got into power. Even so, some scanty ancient literature against Christianity remains, pieced together from the unsuccessful attempts at responding by Christian Church fathers.

The ancient Romans: persecutors or persecuted?


Facts No Christian was put to death in the Coliseum All stories of Christians being exposed to lions in the Roman Amphitheater are bogus. -- Joseph McCabe, historian and former Franciscan monk
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No claim that Christians had been "thrown to wild beasts in the Colosseum" was made until the 17th century until the amphitheatre was being pillaged for building material to rebuild St Peters. [Link] How many persecutions? And why? Not 10, as Christians claim, but no more than 2 or at most 3: Decius (249-251), Valerian (257), and Diocletian (303) were the only general and systematic persecutors. There is no doubt in the mind of any historian that in trying to suppress or check Christianity -- at first in each case by the lighter penalties -they were consulting the welfare of the state, which was then sinking. Professor Gwatkin himself remarks that many of the Christians, so far from being willing to defend the Empire, were "half inclined to welcome the Goths and Persians as avengers." The Pope insolently and openly defied Valerian at Rome: and Diocletian's decrees were torn down by Christians in his own palace who relied on the protection of his womenfolk. Before Diocletian the Church had had forty years of peace, and it had grown sufficiently to make its anti-patriotic teaching a matter of concern. Yet in not one of the three decrees of Diocletian is the death sentence imposed. -- The Story Of Religious Controversy, by historian Joseph McCabe Facts: Historical truths vs Christian fictions McCabe then states that scholars only recognise 2 general persecutions : Decian Persecution: no more than 5 or 6 were martyred in Rome and between 2 and 3 dozen (itself considered dubious) in the entire empire. Diocletian persecution: The Church claims 40,000 martyrs, many in Rome. Scholars have shown that there were only 20 genuine martyrs in the whole Roman Empire, and none in Rome. A few hundred were executed, where many perished in jail - and most of them were zealous Christians who demanded death in order to become martyrs . The Acta of the martyrs (records of trials and execution) are entirely from fictitious lives or are forgeries. Pagan deities were sometimes used as martyrs and were turned into Saints. The fraud led to the birth of the profitable relic industry. Instead of a vast number martyring themselves for Christianity upon persecution, and inspiring pagans to convert, there was a vast apostasy as Christians left the faith in droves . One of these apostates was Pope Marcellinus, wrongly revered as a Saint and Martyr. Find out the details Did Christian virtue inspire the pagans to convert?
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3rd century St. Cyprian's letters to the pope describe how a large part of his clergy and bishops were unmitigated scoundrels: fornication, murder, embezzlement, and all the rest of it. -- How Christianity Grew Out of Paganism, by Joseph McCabe St. Jerome was convinced that Christian men and women, including priests and nuns, could not be trusted. According to him the only women of virtue to be seen on the streets of Rome were not Christians but pagans . All the early bishops from all over the empire - St Augustine, Bishop Optatus, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Hippolytus and others - insisted that their congregation of Christians were highly immoral and corrupt. Why and how did the pagans of the empire convert? The ... undisputed fact is that there was no "attraction" of the pagans at all. In the extant Theodosian Code we have ten decrees which the bishops got from the emperors suppressing all rival religions and sects under pain of fine, imprisonment, or death. -- How Christianity Grew Out of Paganism, by Joseph McCabe Beginning with Constantine, and under succeeding "Christian" emperors, there is a series of scores of laws which the Christians procured to be enacted for the suppression and persecution to death of Pagans, heretics and Jews . These laws and edicts are to be found in the Codes of Theodosius and of Justinian, the two famous codifleations of Roman Law. -- Forgery in Christianity, by Joseph Wheless See details The conversion of the ancient Greeks and Romans was achieved through violence and systematic destruction of the Greco-Roman civilisations

Christianity improved Rome?


Slavery Professor Dill comes close to the facts when he says that "the slave class of antiquity really corresponded to our free labouring class." It will not do, therefore, to identify Pagan with Christian slavery. -- Christianity, Slavery and Labour, by Chapman Cohen By the first century the Stoics openly condemned slavery. Other Greek moralists besides the Stoics condemned it. -- The Story Of Religious Controversy, by historian Joseph McCabe Such was their influence that in still-pagan Rome: the "manumission" of slaves -- the grant or sale of freedom to them -- was a daily occurrence.
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-- The Story Of Religious Controversy, Joseph McCabe It is an historical fact, supported by the most positive of evidence that slavery in the Roman Empire was mitigated by the noble philosophy of the Stoics and not by the teachings of the church fathers, who never thought of recommending the abolition of slavery. -- History of Civilization, by historian Emil Reich Emperor Constantine wasn't the only one who undid the humane laws enacted by the Stoic emperors. in 541 C.E. the Council of Orleans required that the descendants of slaves should be re-enslaved. -- Faiths of Man Encyclopedia of Religions, by J.G.R. Forlong This was but one of many laws on slavery enacted during various Church councils. Pope Gregory was the greatest slave-owner in the world in the sixth century. ... He would not allow any slave to become a cleric, and he expressly reaffirmed (Epp. vii, 1) that no slave could marry a free Christian. -- The Story Of Religious Controversy, by Joseph McCabe The early Church fathers, Saints, Popes, Protestant Reformers all condoned slavery - it was Biblical, after all. The Abbey of St Germain des Prs owned 80,000 slaves, and that of St. Martin de Tours 20,000. -- Faiths of Man Encyclopedia of Religions, by J.G.R. Forlong Find out more facts about slavery before the trade in Africans Education The Roman municipalities supplied free elementary instruction for the children of all workers. Practically every Roman worker could read and write by the year 380 A.D., when Christianity began to have real power. By 480 nearly every school in the Empire was destroyed. By 580, and until 1780 at least, from ninety to ninety-five percent of the people of Europe were illiterate and densely ignorant. That is the undisputed historical record of Christianity as regards education. -- The Story Of Religious Controversy, by Joseph McCabe Since Christianity regarded learning, mathematics and science as paganism, its followers went about the empire destroying all the schools as they had done the libraries, temples, hospitals and works of art. Latin, taken over by the Roman Church, was ruined; even monks at the Vatican wrote in barbarous Latin, whilst most priests were illiterate. McCabe writes: Rome under the Popes had sunk to an illiteracy that has no parallel elsewhere in the history of civilization. -- The Story Of Religious Controversy, by historian Joseph McCabe So much so that by the 11th century:
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The illiteracy of Europe had increased to more than ninety-nine percent. -- The Story Of Religious Controversy, by Joseph McCabe Facts about "monks preserving knowledge" Where the monks did spend any part of their time in "the writing room," they were, naturally, copying the Fathers of the Church and later Christian literature. -- The Story Of Religious Controversy, by Joseph McCabe Most of the ancient writings had been burnt on purpose, either along with the ancient libraries or in the Medieval auto-da-fes. A few were preserved wholly by accident when monks, desperate for papyrus which was expensive, collected old manuscripts and overwrote them. Among them: Parts of the Iliad and the 'Elements' of Euclid were covered by monkish treatises. -- Forgery in Christianity, by Joseph Wheless Ancient works were never willingly preserved: As for "monks constantly occupied in copying the classic texts," for the preservation and diffusion of Pagan culture, it is a joke! They couldn't read Greek nor good Latin, and nobody else could read at all, -- also, Holy Church and Churchmen loathed Pagan culture and literature. -- Forgery in Christianity, by Joseph Wheless Read more about the ignorant Dark Ages brought on by Christianity More Christian fictions about Rome Blaming the northeners for the fall of Rome Medical Science and Unions Gladiatorial Games Roman versus Christian morality

Converting the rest of Europe to the True Faith


It is estimated that Europe was Christianised at a cost of about 8 to 10 million lives. [Link] 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 killed. [Link] Sami people [the indigenous people of Scandinavia] were converted to Christianity by force and shamanic practices were forbidden. [Link]
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And like in Greece and Rome, Christians demolished heathen shrines to build a Church over them. For instance, in 1083 CE The temple at Uppsala (Sweden) was destroyed, and construction of a church on the site is initiated. [Link] 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 heddes of all those (of what sort soever thei were) which were killed in the daie, should be cutte off from their bodies... and should bee laied on the ground by eche side of the waie", which effort to civilize the Irish indeed caused "greate terrour to the people when thei sawe the heddes of their dedde fathers, brothers, children, kinsfolke, and freinds on the grounde". Tens of thousands of Gaelic Irish fell victim to the carnage . [Link, citing American Holocaust, by D. Stannard, 1992] More Eastern-Europe remained unconverted until the Crusades when pious Christian knights committed mass-murder and even complete genocide in the north-east.

Intolerance
"Unbelievers deserve not only to be separated from the Church, but also... to be exterminated from the World by death." -- Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, 1271 The early Church Councils These volatile and often violent meetings were held during the 4th and 5th centuries, when bishops voted on which doctrines would be Christian orthodoxy ("divinely inspired") and which were to be considered heresy and persecuted. Disagreements were rife and gave rise to numerous Christian sects which were inimical to each other. Among a countless host of disputants may be mentioned Arians, Basilidians, Carpocratians, Collyridians, Eutychians, Gnostics, Jacobites, Marcionites, Marionites, Nestorians, Sabellians, Valentinians. Of these, the Marionites regarded the Trinity as consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Virgin Mary; the Collyridians worshiped the Virgin as a divinity, offering her sacrifices of cakes; the Nestorians, as we have seen, denied that God had "a mother." ...But, though they were irreconcilable in matters of faith, there was one point in which all these sects agreed - ferocious hatred and persecution of each other. -- History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science, by John William Draper The Arians had been persecuted to extinction, so too the Donatists, and the Nestorians killed or driven out of the empire. In the 5th century, the
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Pelagianists, the Priscillianists in Spain, and the Manichaeans in the whole Roman empire, were persecuted - mostly to extinction. Read more about the early Christian sects victimised for heresy, and how murder and threats ("divine inspiration") during the early Church Councils determined the orthodox Christian doctrines of today. Crusades Besides the infamous Children's Crusade, and those against the Jews and Moslems and Eastern Orthodox Church, there were also: Crusades to convert-or-kill the pagans of Eastern-Europe and the Balkans: among such pagans were the Obotrites, Pomeranians, Wiltzi, Serbs, Letts, Livonians, Finns, and Prussians. -- Forgery in Christianity, by Joseph Wheless The Baltic (original) Prussians were completely exterminated in a mass genocide, as were the Stedingers of Germany. Heathen Lithuania also faced routine genocides of its population by Christians, and in the end lost out: Crusades were undertaken against Livonia, Courland, Esthonia, and Prussia. In Lithuania Christianity did not win until 1368. ... In Hungary, during the tenth and eleventh centuries, "the new religion was spread by the sword. ..." -- Forgery in Christianity, by Joseph Wheless Crusades to exterminate heretical Christian sects: The Catharan, Albigensian heretics: in the Albigensian Crusade half of France was exterminated. By the end of the 13th century one million of the French heretics had been massacred. [Link] In 1487, Pope Innocent VIII called for a Crusade against the French Waldensians, who had already been declared heretics in the 1184 Council of Verona. They were hounded and killed until the 17th century. [Link] See more on the Crusades Inquisitions and witch hunts Then there were the three Inquisitions: the first was against heretics and witches mainly; 95% of the victims of the Second (Spanish) Inquisition were Jews; and the Third Inquisition went after Protestants and other heretics as well as witches again. At the start of the First Inquistion, the victims were only burnt to death. But: Torture of suspects was authorized by Pope Innocent IV in 1252, and thus inquisition chambers were turned into places of abject horror.
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...Torture was not finally removed as a legal option for church officials until 1917 when the Codex Juris Canonici was put into effect. [Link] Inquisitors were placed entirely above the law by Pope Innocent IV's bull Ad extirpanda. Most of the torturing was performed by members of the Dominican order, whilst many other inquisitors and torturers were monks of the Franciscan order. The inquisitors and the Holy Church became filthy rich from the assets of their victims. The edicts that established the Inquisition have never been repealed. They are "officially still part of the Catholic faith, and were used as justification for certain practices as recently as 1969." [Link, see also here for more on this] Historian Will Durant, in his History of Civilisation puts the number of fatalities of the witch hunts between 7 and 9 millions . Entire villages and towns were depopulated of their women-folk. For 5 centuries throughout Europe, both the Protestant and Catholic Churches went after "witches", especially those referred to as "good witches": Even relatively permissive England killed 30,000 witches between 1542 and 1736. [Link] More on the inquisitions and witch hunts Reformation Facts The Thirty Year War (1618-48) between the Protestants and Catholics, led to the deaths of more than a quarter of Europe's population. -- Ed Babinsky In Germany alone, the war resulted in an estimated drop of its population from 18 million to 4 million. [Link] In Bohemia, its 30,000 villages were reduced to 6,000 and its 3 million citizens slaughtered down to 780,000. -- Joseph McCabe In the Netherlands, Catholic Spain murdered more than a 100,000 men and women. -- Joseph McCabe During the many Huguenot wars ravaging France, Huguenot soldiers hunted [Catholic] priests like animals and one captain is reported to have worn a necklace of priests' ears. [Link] The Catholics butchered 30,000 Huguenots in one day: the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. There was also utter intolerance and mutual persecution between the numerous Protestant sects that had sprung up all over the continent. More on the Reformation, its intolerance and the Reformers

Women
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Woman was merely man's helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God. -- Saint Augustine (354-430) "Wife: Be content to be insignificant. What loss would it be to God or man had you never been born." -- John Wesley (1703-91), Reformer, founder of the Methodist movement More of what respected Christians have said about women, firmly basing their views on the Bible. The Biblical Curse of Eve was used by clergy to prevent physicians from administering anaesthetics to relieve pain during child birth. Fact 584 CE Council Of Macon: bishops gathered to vote on "Are women human?" By a narrow vote (of 1), women obtained human status in Christianity. Apparently, the decision was not final, as the question had to be reconsidered by the Protestants too: Lutherans at Wittenberg debated whether women were really human beings at all. -- The Dark Side of Christianity, by Helen Ellerbe Equality in Christianity today: "A wife should submit herself to the leadership of her husband. Leadership in the church should always be male." -- Southern Baptist Convention (2000) [Link]

Children
Since the birth-control policy of Christianity resulted in couples having many unwanted children, many of them were mistreated in the Middle Ages. In later times (like during the Industrial Revolution) they were still seen as just another mouth to feed and sent off to do gruelling work, even in mines, and were often kept illiterate. Besides hard labour, children of Christian families have also been subjected to severe mental abuse and have also suffered from physical abuse, as sanctioned by the Bible. Fact Several Christian denominations have brought back child-beating to chastise their erring children. There are Christian sites selling rods for this purpose, as specified by the Bible.

Christianity in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific


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Convert and kill in the Americas When in 1530 CE the Pope finally declared that the Indians were human, the pious Christians began converting the heathens: "The [Catholic] Spaniards in Mexico and Peru used to baptize Indian infants and then immediately dash their brains out; by this means they secured that these infants went to heaven." -- Bertrand Russell 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." -- American Holocaust, by D. Stannard [Link] The Inquisition remained active until 1834, especially in Central and South America, where "heathen" natives were tortured and burned for crimes against the true faith, such as, "not believing in it". [Link] Massacre of Sand Creek, Colorado 1864. Colonel John Chivington, a former Methodist minister and still elder in the church had a Cheyenne village of about 600, mostly women and children, gunned down despite the chiefs' waving with a white flag: 400-500 killed. -- American Holocaust, by D. Stannard [Link] Facts Christianity in the Americas: 60 million Native Americans had been exterminated by the end of the 16th century itself. [Link] For instance, good Christians from Spain "hanged thirteen [natives] at a time in honor of Christ Our Saviour and the twelve Apostles ... then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies and they were burned alive." -- American Holocaust, by D.Stannard [Link] Christians went around burning down libraries of the Indians of Central America, demolishing shrines and burning books Convert or die: 19th century Christian missionaries exterminated the Californian Indians in the most gruesome manner. More on the horrendous history of Christianity in the Americas Africa: Christian slavery and colonialism Facts
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Estimates vary, but somewhere between 20 million and 60 million people were captured, enslaved and brought to the Americas. Millions more died in the slave raids, in the dungeons and in the Middle Passage. -- Through slavery's darkest passages - Ghana's slave dungeons - Essence, Special Travel Section, October 1992 Slave castles, with central Churches, were often built over the ancient shrines of the pagan Africans [Same Link] Slave ships often bore appropriate names, like those of the devout slave trader John Hawkins: Jesus, Solomon and John the Baptist . (-Joseph McCabe) The Africans who survived the journey, were often worked to death: "The policy of the slaveholder," says Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, "was to kill off the negroes by overwork and buy more." -- Christianity Slavery and Labour, by Chapman Cohen This was even more so in South America: Brazil and the Caribbean were graveyards for Africans and their descendants. -- American Slavery, 1619-1877, Peter Kolchin The Bible was used to justify slavery and led to racism: the Curse of Ham, supposedly applicable to Africans, was the reason they "deserved to be slaves". Chuches also went so far as arguing that slavery was all for the best of the pagan Africans: ...the most widespread and effective religious argument was the simple suggestion that slavery was part of God's plan to expose a hitherto heathen people to the blessings of Christianity. -- American Slavery, 1619-1877, by Peter Kolchin As Presbyterian minister (and Georgia slave owner) Charles C. Jones argued in The Religious Instruction of the Negroes (1842), blacks "were placed under our control...not exclusively for our benefit but theirs also," so they could receive moral and religious uplift; "we cannot disregard this obligation thus divinely imposed, without forfeiting our humanity, our gratitude, our consistency, and our claim to the spirit of christianity itself." -- American Slavery, 1619-1877, by Peter Kolchin In 18th century France, Voltaire estimated that the [Catholic] Church held between 50,000 and 60,000 slaves. -- Christianity, Slavery and Labour, by Chapman Cohen The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel employed slaves on its estates in the West Indies, and there were 80,000 black slaves in London as late as 1760 (Independent Review , October 1905). The American Churches, Anglican, Methodist, and Baptist, owned 600,000 slaves, and "the authority of nearly all the leading denominations was against the abolitionists," says J. Macy in the chief and impartial recent American work (The Anti-Slavery Crusade, 1920, p. 74). The Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian authorities, he shows, expelled any minister who advocated abolition.
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-- A Rationalist Encyclopaedia, Joseph McCabe Find out who did and who (predictably) did not agitate for abolishing African slavery. Fact During the brutal Christian colonisation of the Congo, which was defended by the Catholic Church, As many as 10 million Congolese are estimated to have died as a result of executions, unfamiliar diseases and hunger. -- Leopold reigns for a day in Kinshasa - The Guardian, February 4, 2005 This and much more on the history of Christianity in Africa Christian colonisation of Asia Facts In China, Japan, Thailand: Here Christians of the Catholic Church implemented forced conversions, persecuted the followers of Buddhism and other pre-Christian religions, and attempted political take-overs of these countries. Christian converts became traitors to their own government, like those of ancient Rome had been. Fortunately, the end result in each case was that these countries expelled the Christian missionaries and closed themselves off to foreign (Christian) relations entirely. In Vietnam the situation was much the same, except that it did not succeed in expelling the missionaries, for which it paid the price later. In India and Sri Lanka, Christians from Portugal destroyed hundreds of indigenous shrines and built Churches over them (as usual). Once again, they went about violently converting the local population and exterminating any of the Hindus and Buddhists who did not convert. In India, Saint Francis Xavier got the Inquisition started in Goa which terrorised, tortured and gruesomely murdered many of the pagans. Read the details on the ruthless Christian colonisation of Asia The Pacific Fact In thirty years of despicable missionary rule in Tahiti, only 6,000 of the indigenous people remained from an initial 200,000. [Link, which cites The Missionaries, by Norman Lewis] The Protestant missionaries then carried out the same conversion/extermination campaign in the rest of the Pacific.
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Christians in Hawaii, had massacred most of the population: 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'." -- American Holocaust, by D. Stannard [Link] More on Christian genocide in the Pacific Missions and colonialism Teurer Segen - Christliche Mission und Kolonialismus by Gert von Paczensky ("Costly blessing - Christian mission and colonialism"), translation of the book summary and review at KirchenKritik: Missions were in league with colonialism, often even gruesomely so. They helped to destroy old cultures, to uproot people, to divide families and entire populations . They supported and approved of a system that let countless of millions in three continents be reduced to poverty, bringing them hunger and sickness. In the misdevelopment of Latin America, Africa and Asia - [which is] the major problem in the present - missionaries and Churches of all persuasions and confessions (denominations) were complicit. Review from KirchenKritik: This work lacks neither facts, nor references nor information handed down from the time of mission-work and colonialism. It is established that the Church has to answer for the main share of the guilt of the impoverishment of the present 3rd world. Yes, one can even go so far and assert that without the Church everything would have turned out differently! In light of this book, the numerous speeches of Pope John Paul II in impoverished countries appear hypocritical and cynical. Moving historical literature at it's best. Parts of it are not for weak nerves. More on this

Anti-Semitism before Nazism


The Jews are the most worthless of all men. They are perfidious murderers of Christ. The Jews are the odious assassins of Christ and for killing God there is no expiation possible, no indulgence or pardon. God always hated the Jews. It is incumbent upon all Christians to hate the
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Jews. -- Saint John Chrysostom, Church Father, 4th-5th century C.E. More of the highly anti-Semitic statements of the pious early fathers of the Church, Popes and Reformers. Facts The centuries of Christian preaching against Jews was founded on the Bible - the New Testament in this case. Martin Luther's book On the Jews and their Lies inspired Nazis and Christian Churches in Nazi Germany. The Church invented most of the means of persecuting Jews which the Nazis later used All the early non-Jewish Christian sects, like the Marcionites, were anti-Semitic. As soon as the Greco-Roman empire was wrested from pagan hands, the Christians started persecuting the Jews. Christian Roman Emperor Justinian was the one who legalized the burning and pillaging of Jewish synagogues by Christian bishops and monks (often canonized later). [Link] Then in the Middle Ages, a great many extermination campaigns were enacted by Christians. In the large scale pogroms of Orthodox Christian Russia and Ukraine, at least several hundreds of thousands of Jews were exterminated. "But we must never forget that the Jews have crucified our Master [Jesus] and have shed His precious blood." -- Czar Alexander III, affirming the eternal Christian doctrine (more recently, Mel Gibson did the same in his film The Passion of the Christ ) Fact The Protocols of the (Learned) Elders of Zion, in which Jews supposedly conspired to bring down the western Christian nations, is a Russian forgery: If The Protocols appeared outlandish, it may have been because they were a Russian forgery plagiarized from a 1869 German novel which, itself, was plagiarized from a 1864 French political satire. [Link] The forger was Czarist agent Sergei Nilius whose work was designed to deflect the misery of Nicholas II's policies onto a scapegoat: the Jews of Russia. [Link] This forgery is still used by many pious Christians as additional "proof" of why Jews are to be hated. More on anti-Semitism before Nazism

Roma (Gypsies)
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When Gypsies first appeared, Christianity had shaped the doctrine of war between light and dark and personified the white angels against the black devils. To the church the Gypsy culture was non-acceptable and their dark skin exemplified evil and inferiority. Hence in western Christian Europe the dark-skinned Gypsies became victims of prejudice as a result of this Christian doctrine . -- Gypsies: a persecuted race, by William A. Duna The persona of the Romani as non-white, non-Christian outsider became incorporated into Christian European folklore, which served to justify and encourage the prejudice against him. Like Asahuerus, the Jew doomed to wander through eternity because he refused to allow Jesus to rest on his way to Calvary, Romanies were accused of forging the nails with which Christ was crucified. And while Jews were accused of drinking the blood of Christian babies in hidden rites to which no outsider was privy, Romanies were likewise charged with stealing and even eating those babies. Parallelling even more closely the Asahuerus myth is the belief that the original sin of the Romanies was their refusal to give Mary and the baby Jesus shelter during their flight from King Herod into Egypt (Scheier, 1925, vol. II, p. 77). -- The roots of Anti-Gypsyism: To the Holocaust and After, by Ian Hancock Of course, the Roma were nowhere near the Middle-East in the 1st century CE, and this libel was but another Christian fiction. Like Jews, the Roma were also attacked in sermons. Fact Monasteries in Eastern-Europe kept large numbers of Roma as slaves until the the 19th century. Roma who converted to the Christian (and Islamic) faiths were not accepted or if they were, then they were still treated as outcasts. The anti-Roma prejudice which had been created and had long been fostered by Christianity would result in their persecutions and exterminations in Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and other countries during the Nazi era. In fact, the same continues today. More on Romany and anti-Gypsyism

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Nazism in Germany Nazi Germany was a very Christian country. Its anti-Semitism was rooted in Church teachings: according to historian Dagobert Runes, Hitler's methods were actually modelled on the Christian one : Everything Hitler did to the Jews, all the horrible, unspeakable misdeeds, had already been done to the smitten people before by the Christian churches ... The isolation of the Jews into ghetto camps, the wearing of the yellow spot, the burning of Jewish books and finally, the burning of the people - Hitler learned it all from the church. However, the church burned Jewish women and children alive, while Hitler granted them a quicker death, choking them first with gas.
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[Link] And the anti-Semite Luther had written On the Jews and their Lies which inspired the Nazis as well as the Christian clergy. "If I had to baptise a Jew, I would take him to the bridge of the Elbe, hang a stone around his neck and push him over with the words 'I baptise thee in the name of Abraham'." -- Martin Luther, "Hitler's Spiritual Ancestor" by Peter F. Weiner Thus, it's not surprising that inspired by the the New Testament and centuries of Church tradition, Saints and Church fathers, Popes and Reformers, the clergy in Nazi Germany merely added to the existing Christian anti-Semitic literature: Bishop Martin Sasse of Thuringia, a leading Protestant churchman ... edited a brochure for his ministers at the end of November 1938 titled, "Martin Luther and the Jews: do Away with Them!" He quoted extensively from Luther's book "On the Jews and their lies." (Wollenberg, p.73) [Link] The Jew was created by God to act the traitor everywhere. -- Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit monthly publication, cited in John Cornwell's "Hitler's Pope" [Link] Fact: Church, clergy & Christian involvement in Nazi Germany's extermination policies All German Churches, except the Confessing Church, were in line with Nazi Germany and its policies. Many clergymen and pious Church-goers were prominent Nazis. Most Germans were members of the mainstream German Churches, whilst the Confessing Church had but small numbers of members. The Catholic and Protestant Churches and their congregations actively helped the Nazi state in hunting down Jews. Both furnished racial data about Christian members in their own congregations who had Jewish ancestry. Neither Church accepted such Christians: After the Nazi party took over, Protestant Churches began to exclude Jews from jobs and schools and later to exclude baptized racial Jews from the Land churches and to force them to live completely by themselves. [Link] Catholic priests across Germany became part of an anti-Semitic attestation bureaucracy, supplying details of blood purity through marriage and baptism registries in accordance with the Nazi Nuremberg laws which distinguished Jews from non-Jews [Link] In fact, the German churches advocated composing an "Aryan Paragraph" in church synods that would prevent non-aryans from joining the Church, which of course included Jews. [Link] The small, dissenting Confessing Church did not oppose Hitler for his anti-Semitic policies. Many of the prominent Pastors in this Church were self-admitted anti-Semites. It turns out they opposed the "Aryan Paragraph" in order to retain Jewish converts, but For Jews who did not convert, they held strong anti-Semitic feelings. [Link]
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The Catholic and Protestant Churches helped in the murder of people with disabilities. There is nothing new in this, as the Church had for centuries taught that people with physical disabilities were devils and those with mental disabilities were possessed by devils. Throughout the Middle-Ages, handicapped children would be brutally murdered, often by their own Christian parents. Protestant and Catholic Churches used forced labourers during the Third Reich Strangely, Christians today are surprised when faced with such facts, forgetting how, throughout Christianity's history, Churches, clergy and everyday Christians had been involved in extermination campaigns against Jews and others, murdered people with disabilities and had kept slaves for centuries. Read more about Nazi Germany Nazism in wartime Yugoslavia It is a matter of historical record that the Croatian Catholic Church was closely entangled with the Ustashas. In the early years of World War II, Catholic priests oversaw forced conversions of Orthodox Serbs under the aegis of the Ustasha state; Franciscan friars distributed Ustasha propaganda. Several high Catholic officials in Yugoslavia were later indicted for war crimes . -- A vow of silence - U.S. News and World Report, March 30, 1998 "Kill all Serbs. And when you finish come here, to the Church, and I will confess you and free you from sin."(54) -- Father Srecko Peric of the Gorica Monastery, reassuring his fellow Ustashi prior to a massacre [Link] Facts The Ustashe were the Catholic Nazis of Croatia They ruthlessly exterminated about 750,000 people: mostly Orthodox Christian Serbs and several tens of thousands of Roma and Jews. In the Catholic Independent state of Croatia that was formed during the Nazi era, clergy took part in great numbers in the massacres. The Italian fascists and even the German Nazis were horrified at how gruesomely they murdered their victims. The Croatian clergy brought the Ustashe to power While the Catholic Press in the country kept praising the rising Fascism in Europe: Monasteries, parish houses, cathedrals, Franciscan high schools, seminaries, etc., throughout Croatia doubled as meeting places, recruiting centers, arms depots and staging areas for Croatian fascism and terror in the years prior to the war. ... Among the very first armed divisions of the Ustasha army were numerous Catholic priests. The military exploits of one priest, Ilija Tomas of
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Klepac, were hailed in the Croatian fascist publication "Hrvatski Narod" on July 25, 1941.(21) Another Catholic publication "Nedelja" praised the military exploits of dozens of priests, especially those in monastic orders such as the Franciscan Radovan Glavas, and the priest Ivan Miletic who led Croatian fascists in joint battle with Wehrmacht forces. ... The entire Catholic press in this period in Croatia was thoroughly pro-fascist, racist and supportive of the elimination of the "minorities." [the Serbs, Jews and Roma] -- The Vatican's Holocaust, by former BBC commentator Avro Manhattan Christian priests create racial theories again Ustashi's leading racist theorists were Catholic clergy. ... priests were among the intellectual godfathers of Croatian fascism and racism. ... anti-Semitism in Yugoslavia was almost entirely the product of Catholic propaganda after World War I. ... The Catholic Press preached racial theories - e.g. the theory that the Croats were not of Slav descent, but were Gothic German. One of the founders of this race theory was a well-known Catholic priest, Kerubin Segvic, who as far back as 1931 wrote a book entitled, The Gothic Descendance of the Croats, with a view to creating racial odium against the Slavs, which was synonymous with "Orthodox." -- The Vatican's Holocaust, by Avro Manhattan The Vatican and communism united after WWII to whitewash history. More on Nazism in Yugoslavia during WWII The Vatican and Fascism in the 20th century What is the Vatican hiding? The Vatican's Complicity in Genocide in Fascist Croatia, by Barry Lituchy describes how it is that the Vatican got away scott-free from its active involvement in genocide, especially in Croatia. How, through deflection and obfuscation, it has absolved itself of all crimes pertaining to genocide, restricting its "errors" merely to "not speaking out" against what was happening to the Jews. Though it is well-known that the Catholic Church was involved in tracking down Jews for Nazi Germany, and involved in Nazism in general (see photos), it has carefully kept silent about its even more devastating and direct role in wartime Croatia's genocide . Read about the complicity of the Vatican in the Holocaust and the involvement of Popes Pius XI and Pius XII with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. John Cornwell, who wrote the book Hitler's Pope about Pius XII: was allowed extensive access to Vatican files relevant to the Holocaust which apparently had not been studied previously by a non-Vatican researcher. He explains that he was planning to write a book defending Pope Pius XII (hence the access) but changed his mind when he saw the data.
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Among other things, Pius XI and Pacelli (Pope XII) arranged the Lateran Treaty with dictator Mussolini and the Concordat with Germany. The Pope was directly responsible for the dissolution of Germany's parliamentary system which gave dictatorial powers to Hitler. Pope John Paul II's intended beatification of Pius XII was to make the public believe Pius' conduct was above board, when in fact it was wholly the opposite. More on these wartime Popes, including suggestions of German and other books that deal with the Papal involvement in Nazism and Fascism. The Vatican harboured Nazis & helped them escape "In deep gratitude I recall the help of Catholic priests in my escape out of Europe and decided to honour the Catholic faith in which I became an honorary member" -- Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, in 1961 [translation from Eichmann's original German statement cited in Persilscheine und falsche Psse, by Ernst Klee] Croatia's Nazi (Ustashi) leader Pavelic is another example: Other reports mention Ustashas meeting with Vatican officials or even living in the Vatican. The British Foreign Office reported in January 1947 that Pavelic himself, by that time a wanted war criminal, was living "within the Vatican City." -- A vow of silence - U.S. News and World Report, March 30, 1998 the now famous "La Vista Report " of May 15, 1947, a top-secret U.S. Army Intelligence report documenting the Vatican's role in aiding the escape of numerous high-ranking Nazi war criminals, among them Ante Pavelic, fascist leader of wartime Croatia; Franz Stangel, Commander of Treblinka; Eduard Roschmann, "the Butcher of Riga"; Klaus Barbie, "the Butcher of Lyon"; SS General Walter Rauff, inventor of the mobile gas truck; Adolf Eichmann, "architect of the Holocaust"; and tens of thousands of others . -- What is the Vatican Hiding, by Barry Lituchy The Vatican's continuing secrecy means the evidence is incomplete, but already declassified documents from the archives of the United States and other nations suggest that--with the aid of Croatian Catholic priests--Ustasha plunder made its way from Croatia to Rome, and possibly to the Vatican itself. -- A vow of silence - U.S. News and World Report, March 30, 1998 Much Nazi blood money made it into the Vatican, but not out. Further details here The Vatican attempting to rewrite its Fascist history "His Holiness, Pius XII, the best anti-democrat in the world,"
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as he was in 1950 (!) proudly titled by Ecclesia, official organ of the Spanish Catholic Action in an attempt to pay him the greatest tribute a Catholic paper could pay [Link] The Vatican supported fascist dictatorships throughout Europe: Hitler's Germany, Croatia under Pavelic, Mussolini's Italy, Slovakia under Catholic Nazi Tiso, Spain under the Christian dictatorship of Franco and a similar one in Portugal. And in more recent times it supported the dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile. Stepinac, the criminal archbishop of Zagreb (later Cardinal) and father confessor to the Ustashe, headed the committee for forcible conversions of the Orthodox Christian Serbs. He was tried and found guilty of war crimes after WWII. Now Pope John Paul II has beatified Stepinac. Once again the Catholic Church hopes that beatifying a war criminal might make the ignorant masses believe he was a saint. Consistent with its PR campaign to rewrite the wartime role of Pius XII as well those of pious criminals like Stepinac, the Vatican has embarked on a denial campaign for its own involvement in the Holocaust and its support of war criminals. And it does so in spite of all the evidence to the contrary and the many court cases against them, see Vatican Bank Claims. Fact The Vatican in its non-apology had denied that Christian anti-Semitism had anything to do with Nazism. It also claims it denounced a core Christian belief - the foundation of anti-Semitism - after WWII. Yet Father Peter Gumpel, an important Papal adviser, has openly articulated it recently on TV: "It is a fact that the Jews have killed Christ. This is an undeniable historical fact," Gumpel told CBC. -- Shadow of anti-Semitism hangs over Vatican - CBC News, 16 March 2000 The Vatican secretly issued instructions to the Catholic church in France not to return Jewish children to their families after the second world war, it emerged yesterday. The children were entrusted to the church's care to save them from the death camps. But if the parents survived the war and came forward to reclaim their sons or daughters, the children were only to be returned "provided [they] have not received baptism", the Vatican ordered. ... Catholic commentators have rallied around an "only carrying out orders" position, noting that under the canon law of the time, baptism was tantamount to permanent enrollment in the Church and prevailed over other considerations. "We had no idea we were about to create a tsunami of information," said Alberto Melloni, a Catholic historian at the University of Bologna, who wrote the Dec. 28 article that initiated the polemic. -- Vatican hit by new row over war role: Pope kept Jewish families apart - The Guardian, December 29, 2004 Two pages on these and other controversies related to the Holocaust and fascism that are plaguing the Holy Roman Church today. Book suggestions: Further reading on the history of Christianity

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Pagan Origins
Fact Many sayings associated with [the pre-Christian deity] Osiris were taken over into the Bible. This included: 23rd Psalm: an appeal to Osiris as the good Shepherd to lead believers through the valley of the shadow of death and to green pastures and still waters Lord's Prayer: "O Amen, who art in heaven..." [Link] "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18) originates from an Akkadian proverb. I am willing that any man should come before us and say, Jesus taught that you must love your enemies , it is written in the Bible; but, if he will open the old manuscript of Diogenes Laertus, he may there read in texts that have never been disputed, that the Greek philosophers, half a dozen of them, said the same before Jesus was born. -- Col. Thomas W. Higginson, cited in The Christ by John E. Remsberg The saying "To give is more blessed than to receive" [Acts 20:35] is actually an ancient Greek aphorism. [Link] More pre-Christian statements incorporated into Christian scripture Pre-Judeo-Christian motifs in the Bible About the Holy Bible, by Robert G. Ingersoll states how the Creation stories in the Bible were "far older than the Pentateuch" and writes that in the Persian story of Creation: God created the world in six days, a man called Adama, a woman called Evah, and then rested. The Etruscan, Babylonian, Phoenician, Chaldean and the Egyptian stories are much the same. The very name "Eden" is also originally a Sumerian name and simply means "plain/flat terrain". ... The story of how man was created from dirt (clay?) and brought to life through a breath of air through the nose as told in Gen 2,7, is a copy of the far older Sumerian creation myth. The Sumerian legend is preserved as a seven-tablet epos, Enuma Elish, "In the beginning". [Link] The biblical "And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." (Deut 19,21; Ex 21,23.25) is actually from [the laws of] Hammurabi. [Link]
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We know that this [Flood] story in Genesis was copied from the Chaldean. There you find all about the rain, the ark, the animals, the dove that was sent out three times, and the mountain on which the ark rested. -- About the Holy Bible, Robert G. Ingersoll Pre-Christian Zoroastrian and Buddhist elements in the New Testament The principal demon (Ahriman) promised Zarathustra earthly power if he would forsake the worship of the supreme God. Ahriman, like Satan when tempting Jesus, failed. [Link] Paradise (both the word and concept are of Persian origin), the Lake of Fire , Seventh Heaven, Angels and Demons are all from Zoroastrianism. So is the tale of the Three Kings / Three Wise Men: ...the story of the Magi, who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus, resembles an earlier story of Magi who looked for a star foretelling the birth of a Savior, in this case Mithras . Magi were not kings but Zoroastrian astrologers... [Link] Buddha (500 BCE): Buddha and Jesus are both said to have walked over the water (Jatakas 190; Matthew 14) Buddha feeds 500 people by miraculously multiplying the available food. According to the Gospel writers, Jesus feeds 5000 people in this manner (Jatakas 78; Mark 14). Other elements in the Gospels which scholars admit were entirely from the pre-Christian religions of Zoroastrianism and Buddhism. Fact: In their confusion, early Judeo-Christian sects merged the two totally different concepts of Messiah and Saoshyant together. Christ was neither. Zoroastrian Saoshyant (saviour): Zarathustra predicted the imminent arrival of a World Savior (Saoshyant), who would be born of a virgin and who would lead humanity in the final battle against Evil. Jewish Messianism grafted these conceptions onto their pre-existing expectations of a Davidic king who would redeem the Jewish nation from foreign oppression. -- Zoroastrianism: The Forgotten Source [Link] According to Persian Mithraism, Mithra, born of Anahita, was the prophesied Saoshyant. Not Jesus, who does not fit the bill. Jewish Messiah: Jesus did not fulfill the messianic prophecies; Jesus did not embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah; Biblical verses "referring" to Jesus are mistranslations
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-- Summary from: "Why don't Jews believe in Jesus?"

Pre-Christian symbols in Christianity Facts - The church did not adopt the cross until about the 6th century (New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 4, p. 475). - The Sixth Ecumenical Council ratified the use of the crucifix in 680 CE (Canon 82), and decreed that 'the figure of a man fastened to a cross be now adopted'. - Pope Hadrian I (772-795) confirmed this new logo of the Church. Greek stauros - a stake - was incorrectly translated as cross, and Early Christians usually depicted their religion with a fish symbol (ichthus), dove, or bread of the Eucharist, but never Christ on a cross (or on a stick). [Link] Images of the crucified Roman deity Bacchus were already common in early centuries The fish symbol (Ichthus) to signify Jesus was also of pre-Christian origin Of course, it is well-known that the Christmas tree is entirely pagan in origin too. See more Virgin Mary and child It was the gnostic art that reproduced the Hathor-Meri and Horus of Egypt as the Virgin and child-Christ of Rome.... -- Gerald Massey, Egyptologist Irenaeus, 2nd century father of the Church, tells us that the MSS [manuscripts] of Matthew's gospel used ca. A.D. 185 by the Ebionites (the original Jewish Christians of Jerusalem) lacked the first two chapters - the chapters containing the imaginary genealogy of Jesus, the - virgin birth story, the wise men, and Herod's slaughter of the innocents. Small wonder that the earliest Christians did not believe the story about Mary and the angel! [Link] There was no virgin birth in Mark's gospel, for the simple reason that, according to scholarly consensus, it hadn't been invented yet. -- Gospel Truth, by Bible scholar Russell Shorto There was no cult of the Virgin Mariam or Mary in the early centuries of the church -- Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics The 5th century Patriarch Nestorius and his followers did not accept the perpetual virginity of Mary. They insisted that Mary was only mother to
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the human portion of Christ, and denied that God had a mother. The Nestorians insisted she ought not to be worshipped as Mother of God. (-History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science, by John William Draper) However, St Cyril (bishop of Egypt's Alexandria, where the Goddess Hator-Meri and her saviour son Horus had been worshipped before Christianity) got Nestorianism declared heresy at the Council of Ephesus and proclaimed the Virgin Mary as "mother of god." Since then it's been Church doctrine. The reverence for Mary as the Virgin Mother of God derives entirely from a pre-Christian practice. Pre-Christian festivals, holy-days and terms for God Facts On 25 December, the Romans had long celebrated the birth of Roman deity Sol Invictus Mithras. Christians then took over this date: 4th century Bishop John Chrysostom writes: On this day also the Birthday of Christ was lately fixed at Rome [Link] Sunday was not made the "official" Sabbath day until around 364 CE, when The Church Council of Laodicea ordered that religious observances were to be conducted on Sunday, not Saturday. Sunday became the new Sabbath. [Link] More: Easter, New Year's, The Epiphany and the observance of the Three Kings, Lent and St. Valentine's Day all stem from preChristian celebrations too, and were appropriated by Christianity in later times. Pre-Christian terms for God Chrestos, not Christos , was used by the early Christians. It had been a common designation for pagan deities: According to Realencyclopaedie, the inscription Chrestos is to be seen on a Mithras relief in the Vatican. According to Christianity and Mythology, Osiris, the Sun-deity of Egypt, was reverenced as Chrestos. In the Synagogue of the Marcionites [an early Gnostic Christian sect] on Mount Hermon, built in the third century A.D., the Messiah's title is spelled Chrestos. According to [3rd and 4th century Christians] Tertullian and Lactantius, the common people usually called Christ Chrestos. [Link] The most ancient dated Christian inscription (Oct. 1, 318 A.D.) runs "The Lord and Saviour Jesus the Good" Chrestos, not Christos. This was the legend over the door of a Marcionite Church, and the Marcionites were Anti-Jewish Gnostics [Gnostic Christians], and did not confound their Chrestos with the Jewish Christos (Messiah). -- Did Jesus Live 100 B.C.? by G. R. S. Mead
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Early Christian writers almost uniformly spelled the name of Christ, not "Christos" (the Anointed), but "Chrestos." Chrestos was a Pagan name given to the judge of Hades or the lower world. -- The Christ, by John E. Remsberg The religious use of the terms Dominus and Natali was also pre-Christian in origin, as was the concept of Logos. Pre-Christian rituals in Christianity Baptism and the Eucharist were rituals of several pre-Christian religions. For example: Baptism, communion, and even confirmation, are rites that were performed in Persia a thousand years before the advent of Christ. -- The Christ, by John E. Remsberg The leader of the [Mithraic] cult was called a pope (papa) and he ruled from a "mithraeum" on the Vatican Hill in Rome. [Link] Many other Mithraic rituals, even the Mithraic dress and gear, were incorporated into Christianity besides. Pre-Christian saviour Gods and men The saviour-god Osiris was worshipped as far back as Neolithic times: Osiris was called "Lord of Lords," "King of Kings" and "the good Shepherd." He was called "the resurrection and the life," the god who made "men and women to be born again." He was the "god man" who suffered, died, rose again and lived eternally in heaven. They thought that by believing in Osiris they would share eternal life with him. Egyptian scripture reads: "As truly as Osiris lives, so truly shall his followers live also." The coming of Osiris was announced by Three Wise Men. His flesh was eaten in the form of communion cakes of wheat. Only through Osiris could one obtain eternal life, they believed. The much loved 23rd Psalm of the Bible is a modified version of an Egyptian text appealing to Osiris, "the good shepherd," to lead the dead "to green pastures and still waters," "to restore the soul" to the body and to give protection in "the valley of the shadow of death." -- Easter Pathology, by William Edelen (Presbyterian and Congregational minister) Other pre-Christian saviour Gods and godmen who had miraculous births (often born of perpetual virgins), performed miracles, died and were resurrected: Dionysus, Mithras, Attis, the man Apollonius of Tyana. Christian apologetics on pre-Christian saviours The early apologists for the Church, seeing the similarities between Jesus and these pre-Christian saviour Gods who were being worshipped around them at the time, admitted that the pagan deities came earlier. They blamed the devil for having sent "false saviours" ahead of God's
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Christ. Some of today's Christian apologists, unable to implicate the devil in their "scholarship", try to argue that the pre-Christian religions copied their saviours from Christ, aiming to convince any ignorant people. In doing so, they go against all the evidence as well as the eye-witness accounts of the early Church Fathers who had to admit that the pagan saviour religions were pre-Christian. Read about the flawed Christian apologetics from both the past and the present More on the pre-Christian origins of: words, statements, myths and narratives incorporated into the Bible symbolism, festivals and terms for God, now wrongly thought of as Christian rituals like Baptism and Eucharist, now considered Christian the saviour concept: pre-Christian saviours, and the flawed Christian apologetics related to this

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How much we have profited by the legend of Christ -- Pope Leo X Facts No Nazareth anywhere near the 1st century: ...archaeological excavations at present-day Nazareth -- ...carried out by Franciscan monks and priests... -- have failed to show the remains of a single building credibly datable to the first century B.C.E. or the first century C.E. The oldest buildings found seem to date from the last half of the third century, and there is no information to indicate what the inhabitants of those buildings called their village. Before the second or third century C.E. -- going back to the Middle Bronze Age -- the site now occupied by Nazareth was a necropolis , a city of the dead. [Link] Other places mentioned in the New Testament that did not exist at the time Jesus was said to have lived About the alleged Roman Census during Quirinius in Luke: Herod died in the year 4 BCE. So Jesus could hardly have been born both in the reign of Herod and at the time of the Census of Quirinius in 6-7 CE [Link] Quirinius' census was of Judaea, not Galilee, and Herod never ordered a slaughter of infants [Link]

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Jesus Acts and Words: mostly fake The Jesus Seminar has over two hundred specialists and Gospel scholars on board: For more than ten years, the Jesus Seminar has researched and debated the life and death of the historical Jesus. They have concluded that the Jesus of history is very different from the icon of traditional Christianity: Jesus did not walk on water, feed the multitude, change water into wine, or raise Lazarus from the dead. He was executed as a public nuisance, not for claiming to be the son of God. And in the view of the Seminar, he did not rise bodily from the dead. [Link] They concluded that only 18% of the total sayings supposedly spoken by Jesus might have been uttered by him and only 16% of the total Acts assigned to Jesus might have occurred. This is to be expected when so much of Christianity is borrowed from Pre-christian sources. But it says little for the reliability of the Gospels and the image of Jesus they create. No Jesus Christ Throughout history, people have denied the existence of a historical Jesus. The school of Radikal Kritik also looks into non-historicity and inauthentic writings: Dutch Radical Criticism is the usual name of a school that in the nineteenth century arose within Dutch New Testament scholarship that contested a) the historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth and/or b) the authenticity of the lot of the Pauline Epistles. [Link] Facts There were many Messiahs around the time the Christ was supposed to have lived. Some of them were called Jesus. But none of them was the Jesus of the Gospels and Christianity. There are in fact no eyewitnesses for Jesus Christ: Tacitus, Suetonius, Plinius, Philo, Iustus Tiberias, and Flavius Iosephus have all been tampered with by church scribes in order to camouflage Christian origins. -- Jesus Cristo Nunca Existiu ("Jesus Christ Never Existed") by La Sagesse Learn how the Church forged secular "witnesses" and testimonies for Jesus. Even early Christians did not speak of a human Christ: The Gospel story, with its figure of Jesus of Nazareth, cannot be found before the Gospels. In Christian writings earlier than Mark, including almost all of the New Testament epistles, as well as in many writings from the second century, the object of Christian faith is never spoken of as a human man who had recently lived, taught, performed miracles, suffered and died at the hands of human authorities, or rose from a tomb outside Jerusalem.
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-- The Jesus Puzzle, by Earl Doherty (Journal of Higher Criticism) [Link] Further details and more on the non-historicity of Jesus Early Christianity The letters of John are not written by John the apostle. All the "Catholic letters" (I Peter, II Peter, I-III John, Jude) are also forgeries. And six of the thirteen letters of St. Paul are not by him. Even his "real" letters were later heavily edited by the Church. Among the later added parts, not in the original Gospel texts: The sermon on the Mount, The story of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:1-21) and the stories of Jesus' resurrection! [Link] About the Trinitarian proof-text (verse 1 John 5:7): It is now known that the verse was a fourth-century Spanish invention, finally appearing in MSS [manuscripts] of the Latin Vulgate (the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church) around the year 800. [Link] ... the second half of the last chapter of Mark, from the ninth to the twentieth verses, does not exist in the oldest manuscripts, while some manuscripts give a different ending altogether. -- Crimes of Christianity, by G W Foote and J M Wheeler The 9th to 20th verses which are missing in the oldest manuscripts of Mark (and Mark is the oldest of the four Gospels ), concern the alleged post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Which books? Different Church fathers considered different books canonical whilst rejecting others. The Christian canon was changed during several Councils of the Church. Among the Protestant "reformers," opinions differing greatly from those held by Protestants today were common. [Link] And finally, the Roman Catholic Church in the council of Trent , and the Greek Church in the council of Constantinople, decided once for all what the list should be for their adherents; and the Westminster Assembly gave the English-speaking Protestants their catalogue. -- A Short History of the Bible, by Bronson C. Keeler Early Christian Bibles, Gospels and other Scriptures Of the books used in Christian Churches, and mentioned by name in the writings of the Christian Fathers of the Church during the first four centuries, at least seventy have entirely disappeared. ... many other Gospels which were once in common use , but which were subsequently considered to be unorthodox, have disappeared.
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... Two epistles and a hymn attributed to Jesus himself have disappeared. ... many other books which once ranked as equal to the books of our New Testament, have also ceased to exist. -- Shaken Creeds - The Virgin Birth Doctrine, by Jocelyn Rhys Facts Other Gospels have a totally different story of Jesus, some have no resurrection for instance. And in The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ : As a boy, Jesus was playing on a river bank on the Sabbath. Another boy came along and saw young Jesus making fish pools and became righteously indignant over Jesus' breaking of the Sabbath laws. The boy set about destroying the pools, whereupon Jesus struck him dead. In the same chapter, Jesus struck another boy dead for bumping into him while running in the street (I Infancy 19). [Link] Different early Christian sects had different sets of books in their Bibles. No saving or resurrected Jesus in the Q Source: The Synoptic Sayings Source [Q source] was written, and presumably passed around, during the generation or two after Jesus died and before the gospels were written. ... the Synoptics Sayings Source never mentions Jesus' death and resurrection, or Jesus bringing salvation. [Link] A Short History of the Bible by Bronson C. Keeler states: Many Gospels, Epistles and Revelations, not now in use, were read in the churches in the early centuries. ... the Fathers [of the Early Church] instituted the theory that certain books were inspired. ... They declared many books to be inspired which we do not think to be; and they ignored and rejected many books which have since been invested with divine honors. The Bible did not form the beliefs. The beliefs formed the Bible. Our four Gospels were selected by the Church, which pronounced them the true Word of God. The Church guarantees the books, but who will guarantee the Church? -- Crimes of Christianity, by G W Foote and J M Wheeler Early Christian sects and their beliefs Jesus' earliest followers ...did not know stories about His death and resurrection. [Link] Jesus' Jewish followers in Jerusalem, the Ebionites , did not believe in Jesus' virgin birth, his divinity, nor in his saving resurrection either. The authentic Ebionites of today still don't believe in these things.
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The Gnostic Christians , who developed in the first century, who were the first Christians in Egypt and elsewhere, believed Jesus brought salvation by bringing sacred wisdom, not by dying on the cross. [Link] Fact For hundreds of years everyone assumed that the earliest Christians were orthodox New Testament Roman Christians, and "heretical" Christianities like Gnosticism and Marcionism developed later... Then in the 1930s ...Walter Bauer decided to actually look at the evidence: the "heresies" weren't branches off any trunk, they were the original local Christianities . And they weren't small marginal sects, they were the main local Christianities. all around the Mediterranean, outside Rome, the orthodox New Testament Roman Christianity was a secondary sect, a sect that became dominant only after the conversion of Constantine gave it the advantage of Roman swords. [Link] Gnostic Christianity developed from pre-Christian Gnosticism. Mandaeism is another pre-Christian religion of the region; Mandeans are followers of John the Baptist . Details and more on Early Christianity Canonical Gospels, Acts and the Pauline Epistles Facts Acts ... is a tendentious creation of the second century ... Many scholars now admit that much of Acts is sheer fabrication [Link] All the Gospels derive their basic story of Jesus of Nazareth from a single source: whoever produced the first version of Mark . That Matthew and Luke are reworkings of Mark with extra, mostly teaching, material added is now an almost universal scholarly conclusion, while many also consider that John has drawn his framework for Jesus ministry and death from a Synoptic source as well. [Link] ... except for a thing called "P52," a tiny mid-second century fragment maybe from John, there are no gospel manuscript fragments till about 200 AD [Link] What's more, the Apostolic Fathers ...like Clement, Polycarp and Ignatius were Christians alive in the late first and early second century. ...they do not quote, or even mention, the gospels . In fact, no Christian quotes or mentions our modern gospels until the middle of the second century AD. [Link] In other words, there is no evidence our modern picked-by-Catholic-priests-in-the-fourth-century gospels existed before 150 AD
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[Link] Unnamed Gospel manuscripts The names Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were not added to the Gospels until late in the second century. Thus, although Papias ca. 140 CE knows all the gospels but has only heard of Matthew and Mark, Justin Martyr (ca. 150 CE) knows of none of the four supposed authors. It is only in 180 CE, with Irenus of Lyons, that we learn who wrote the four "canonical" gospels, and why: "There are four principle winds, four pillars that hold up the sky, and four corners of the universe; therefore, it is only right that there be four gospels." -- Church father Irenaeus [Link] More about Papias: Papias said that of the four gospelers, only Matthew knew Jesus yet Matthew copies extensively from Mark, who never met Jesus. [Link] Papias referred in some letters ... to St. Mark's "Memoirs of Jesus," which Papias stated were derived from St. Peter, and to some "Sayings of Jesus" written by St. Matthew ... Papias was Bishop of Hierapolis, and none of his writings survive except in the form of alleged quotations made by Eusebius about 150 years later. -- Shaken Creeds, by Jocelyn Rhys Suppose Papias is referring to our present Gospel of Mark; what testimony have we to the authenticity of Jesus' words as contained in it? Just this: Eusebius says that Papias said that John the Presbyter said that Mark said that Peter said that Jesus said thus and so. That is the historical lineage of the authenticity of the Gospel of Mark. When the reader has that, he has it all. He knows as much of it as the best theologian does, and is just as competent to decide whether or not it is to be credited. -- A Short History of the Bible, by Bronson C. Keeler Eusebius of Caesarea - how trustworthy is he? He [Eusebius of Caesarea] tells us that his chief business as a writer is to "edify"; which means, to advertise the Church. So modern historians are discreetly reticent about the zealous and courtly bishop. I will, as usual, supply the word which they leave unspoken. Eusebius was a liar. -- The Story of Religious Controversy, by Joseph McCabe, historian and former Franciscan monk
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The Four Gospels: not eye-witness accounts the gospels of Matthew and Luke could not possibly have been written by an eye-witness of the tales they tell. Both writers plagiarize (largely word-for-word) up to 90% of the gospel of Mark Mark the oldest surviving Gospel: [Whoever wrote] Mark was a non-Palestinian non-disciple , which would make his story mere hearsay The alleged postresurrection appearances reported in the last twelve verses of Mark are not found in the earliest manuscripts , even though they are still printed in most modern bibles as though they were an "authentic" part of Mark's gospel. ...there is evidence that the Gospel of John, like Matthew and Luke, also is a composite document, incorporating an earlier "Signs Gospel" of uncertain antiquity. ...the very chapter that asserts the author of the book to have been "the disciple whom Jesus loved" [John 21:20] was a late addition to the gospel. Matthew and Luke contradict each other in such critical details as the genealogy of Jesus The most critical need was for a genealogy proving that Jesus was of the lineage of David, since it was widely believed that the Messiah would be a descendent of the lascivious king. So the genealogies were the first additions to be forged and added to the Markan account. [Link] The Pauline Epistles These are the letters attributed to Paul/St Saul Facts St. Saul's testimony can be ignored quite safely, if what he tells us is true, namely, that he never met Jesus "in the flesh" it turns out that only four [of the 13 letters attributed to Paul] can be shown to be substantially by the same author, putatively Saul. Even the letters supposed to contain authentic writings of Saul/Paul have been shown by a number of scholars to be as composite as the gospels. ... the core Pauline material in these letters is what might be termed a pre-Christian Gnostic product. The Pauline Epistles do not know the life of Jesus described in the Gospels [Link] The Falsified Paul: Early Christianity in the Twilight by Hermann Detering (NT scholarship of the Radikal Kritik school): This book shows that all the Pauline letters are all 2nd-Century fabrications , Catholically redacted from Marcionite gnostic dualist-god original versions.
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More on the Canonical Gospels and the Pauline Epistles The Apostles The twelve disciples were a late addition to the Christ myth [Link] Facts Even though both Matthew and Luke are known to have copied the narrative framework of Marks gospel, it is interesting to note that their lists of disciples (or apostles) do not match Marks exactly. the Twelve clearly serve a zodiacal function in the gospels, and the sun-god nature of Jesus The solarity of Jesus and the zodiacal nature of the Twelve is further underscored by the fact that the latter are related to the mythical Twelve Tribes of Israel It has long been known that the tribes are themselves zodiacal symbols, part of the solar development of the Yahweh cult that took place centuries before the turn of the era. The disciples both represent the twelve tribes and judge them. [Link] Late martyrdom fictions for fictional Twelve the Twelve Apostles belong to the realm of mythology, and their alleged martyrdoms are pure inventions. In the significant words of the eminent Dutch theologians, Dr. Kuenen, Dr. Oort and Dr. Hooykaas, "All the Apostles disappear without a trace." -- The Christ, by John E. Remsberg In the time of Tertullian and Clemens of Alexandria [late 2nd - early 3rd centuries] the glory of martyrdom was confined to St Peter, St Paul and St James. It was gradually bestowed on the rest of the apostles by the more recent Greeks, who prudently selected for the theatre of their preaching and sufferings some remote country beyond the limits of the Roman empire -- Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon [Link] the martyrdom of Peter is generally rejected, and is not claimed until about 170 [the year 170 CE] -- The Story of Religious Controversy, by Joseph McCabe The Legend of Saint Peter by Arthur Drews (first version translated by Frank Zindler, available from American Atheists) shows how since Peter is a myth and:
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the stories about him based on mere midrash, myth, dogmatism, and forgery, the alleged historical foundation of apostolic succession via St. Peter is nothing but a joke. [Link] Writing towards the end of the second century of our era, Irenaeus says that there existed then only four genuine graves of the Apostles, namely, those of Peter and Paul at Rome, that of John at Ephesus, and that of Thomas at Edessa in Mesopotamia. -- The Twelve Apostles, published by Thomas Scott Multiple death scenarios for many of the Apostles Ecclesiastical traditions are much at variance with each other regarding the places where the Twelve Apostles died, or were put to death. Thus these traditions variously represent Peter to have been put to death at Rome and at Edessa, Philip at Athens and Scythia, Bartholomew at Cyprus and at Milan, Judas, the brother of James, in Phoenicia and in Persia, Simon Zelotes in Egypt and in Mauritania, Andrew in Scythia and at Patrae in Achaia, Matthew in Ethiopia and in Persia, Thomas in Edessa, Scythia, and India. According to Matthew (xxvii. 5) Judas Iscariot hanged himself, but according to the writer of the Acts (i. 6) Judas fell headlong, and his bowels gushed out.

In reading these stories, any reader who knows that inversion of a story into its opposite is a characteristic of legendary history, must be struck by the numerous instances where the place where the death of one and the same apostle occurred is inverted north and south, east and west, V.C., Rome and Edessa --Scythia and India --Ethiopia and Persia! -- The Twelve Apostles, published by Thomas Scott, 1870 More on the fictive Apostles. Further details on their fictional multiple-martyrdoms Biblical Scholarship: NT and OT Fact The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts by Neil Asher Silberman and
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Israel Finkelstein, who are authorities on the archaeology of early Palestine, discusses how archaeology has shown that there is no evidence for the existence of: Abraham and any of the Patriarchs Moses and the Exodus The period of Judges and the united monarchy of David and Solomon Not only have Adam and Eve and the flood story passed over to mythology, but we can no longer talk about a time of the patriarchs. There never was a 'United Monarchy' in history and it is meaningless to speak of pre-exilic prophets and their writings. ... the Bible's 'Israel' [is] a literary fiction ... We can now say with considerable confidence that the Bible is not a history of anyone's past. -- Thomas L. Thompson, Professor of Old Testament at the University of Copenhagen and one of the leading biblical archaeologists in the world Many more reading suggestions for books on New Testament and Old Testament scholarship

Deception and falsification


Facts 40 non-existent saints were removed from veneration by Pope Paul VI in 1969, such as Christopher, Valentine, Anastasia and Barbara. (-- The Incredible Book of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities: A Treasury of Trivia, by Nino Lo Bello) Thanks to the profitable Relic Industry of the Dark Ages: Thousands of believers were deceived into purchasing expensive relics from [Pope] Gregory I, who claimed they belonged to saints many of whom never existed! [Link] Further medieval relics included: Seven churches had Jesus authentic umbilical cord, and a number of churches had his foreskin (removed at circumcision and kept as a souvenir by Mary), six churches had the six heads cut off John the Baptist -- The Story Of Religious Controversy, by Joseph McCabe Papal forgeries for gaining power included the Donation of Constantine and the Isidorian Decretals. Since the Donation of Constantine was a forgery, the 12th century English Pope Adrian IV really didn't own Ireland and therefore had no right to give it to England. [Link] Today: Duplicated relics of St Peter at the Vatican: two skulls of St Peter, bones belonging to more than 2 legs and bones of domestic
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animals including goats, sheep, cows, swine, and a chicken. [Link] Recent Christian pious frauds are deceiving Christians besides the Catholics: The "James Ossuary", a box whose inscription states that the bones it contains belong to a James son of Joseph, "brother of Jesus". The 2nd half of the inscription has since been established as a later forgery. And: Hundreds of biblical artefacts in museums all over the world could be fakes, it has emerged after Israeli investigators uncovered what they claim is a sophisticated forgery ring. -- Forgers 'tried to rewrite biblical history' - news from The Guardian UK, December 31, 2004 Details and more Intelligent Design: Creationism fighting science Christianity still considers science to be a pagan heresy: Fundamentalist born-again Christians are attempting to sneak Creationism back into the classroom by renaming it as "Intelligent Design" (ID). They want this Biblical non-science to be taught alongside evolution in class, as an alternate "theory" as if it deserves to have "equal" footing to actual science. News reports: Christian lobbyists in Kansas had got the theory of evolution rejected from the syllabus. More recently there's been a school battle over evolution there. The Fundamentalist Christian President Bush has predictably endorsed ID. The matter went to court: A federal judge recently banned ID from science class. As a result, death threats were issued to the judge for his decision so that he needed federal protection. And despite the ruling, ID proponents have vowed to continue fighting the teaching of evolution in US schools. The Christian deception has now spread to the UK, where a top school's creationist "teachers" are preaching the value of creationism over evolution. More in the news: Though Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland have warned their flocks not to take the Bible literally, the Pope has made the Vatican's position known. The Vatican astrologer who argued with a Cardinal that evolution was fact has been sacked: Pope sacks astronomer over evolution debate - Daily Mail, August 23, 2006 Pope Benedict XVI has sacked his chief astronomer after a series of public clashes over the theory of evolution. He has removed Father George Coyne from his position as director of the Vatican Observatory after the American Jesuit priest repeatedly contradicted the Holy See's endorsement of "intelligent design" theory, which essentially backs the "Adam and Eve" theory of
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creation. Details and links to more news articles on the fiasco to science and education that is Intelligent Design Other Christian frauds and deceptions The Rapture: a recent Christian invention Tales of heretics who supposedly recanted on their deathbeds, like Charles Darwin, are Christian fictions Deceiving people about Luther and Mother Teresa Biased reporting in the press Christian terrorism Tsunami myths of miraculous, exclusive Christian survival - too good to be true Details on all these and more

Scripture
August 2000, AFP [Associated Foreign Press] revealed two lawyers in Munich had written to German Family Minister Christine Bergmann asking her to officially class the Bible among books considered dangerous for children because of its violent content. Bavarian lawyers Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel said in their submission "It preaches genocide, racism, enmity towards Jews, gruesome executions for adulterers and homosexuals, the murder of one's own children and many other perversities" See here Fact The Holy Bible - inerrant Word of God: terrible atrocities and vile profanities full of errors, inconsistencies and absurdities Biblical personas: Patriarchs : murderers, rapists, adulterers and polygamists God in the Bible commands and carries out genocide, like The angel of the Lord went forth and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. Early the next
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morning they were there, all the corpses of the dead. -- Isaiah 37:36 NAB Jesus and his teachings: not the Prince of Peace If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he can not be my disciple. -- Jesus (Luke 14:26 NAB) Christian ethics - the doctrine of Hell: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. -- John 3:17-18 The Doctrine of Infant Damnation extended Hell to infants who died unbaptised: St. Augustine affirmed this atrocity with all his vehemence; all the Fathers without exception dinned it eternally -- as yet today -- Forgery in Christianity, by Joseph Wheless Today's Christian doctrine on Hell is no better. "Ethical" God punishes the billions of unbelievers - of all time, including pre-Christian history - with eternal torture in Hell. Multiply the almost two millennia-long Christian violence by infinity to attempt to imagine this. You are my friends if you do what I command you. -- Jesus (John 15:14) Read up on counter-apologetics which thoroughly refute Christian apologetics Fact Vatican scholars prepare to rewrite the Bible - news from The Guardian, September 11, 2001

Denominations
Saints
To remove Hypatia from our collective memory the Church made up a new Saint: Catharine of Alexandria. ... For six hundred years, she had
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been one of the most beloved of all the saints, and many Christians revere her still. [Link, translation] Many of the most popular Saints are non-existent. Many pagan deities and characters were turned into Christian Saints. Examples include St Bridget of Ireland, St George of England, St Demetra of the Greek Church, St Mercurius and many more. ... the martyrs in whose cases the Acta are considered genuine are such as Fructuosus, Augurius, Carpus, Papylus, etc., in whom even the Catholic is not interested, while the men and women who are popular - St. George, Catherine, Agnes, Laurence, Sebastian, Cecilia, Denis, etc. - the saints who are pressed upon children in all Roman and Anglican schools and even mentioned reverently in the Press, are fictitious . ... In some cases the martyr-makers used pagan deities -- A Rationalist Encyclopaedia, by Joseph McCabe By far most of the Saints and Martyrs of the Roman Persecutions in the first two centuries never existed (or were nothing like tradition makes them out to be, which is practically the same as non-existent) including: Quiricus, Julitta, Paulinus, Torpetus, Vitalis, Ursicinus, Hermagoras, Thecla, Gervasius, Protasius, Denis, Areopagite, Domitilla, Linus, Clement, Felicitas and her sons, Agnes, Cecilia, Genesius, Gelasinus, Ardalion, Porphyrius, Philemon (-- Joseph McCabe) The Sainted fathers of the Church: misogynistic, anti-semitic, pro-slavery and intolerant, they were frauds and self-confessed liars, despising civilisation and science. Examples include: St John Chrysostom, St Ambrose, St Cyril (a murderer to boot) and many more. St Jerome and St Augustine wrote about Devils appearing as Ethiopians - doctrines that would give rise to racism. Saints of the Dark Ages: some of those Sainted were murderers, even inquisitors (Peter Martyr, Pedro Arbues) and master torturers (5th century Pope St Leo I tortured Manichaeans). St Stephen had Hungary forcibly converted, Pope St Urban launched the First Crusade, St Bernard of Clairveaux the Second Crusade. St Francis Xavier destroyed heathen shrines in Asia and called for Inquisitions in India. Catholic Mystic nuns indulged in disgusting practises: Saint Angela of Foligno (1248-1309) relished the washings of lepers; Saint Magdalena dei Pazzi wallowed in thorns, had hot wax poured onto her skin, and had herself whipped. [Link, citing Thurston, Die krperlichen Begleiterscheinungen der Mystik , 1956; Underhill, Mystik , 1928.] Saint Teresa of Avila and other nuns were also into such bizarre behaviours. Read details Recently Sainted Numerous criminal missionaries to China and Chinese converts, who tormented the Chinese, have been sainted Fascists and war criminals: Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, a theocratic dictator, virulent anti-Semite and fascist sympathizer. Archbishop Stepinac, the 'Father Confessor' to the Croatian Nazi Ustashe has been beatified. John Paul II also proclaimed the beatification of another Croatian fascist priest: Ivan Merz associated with Hitler Jugend and was the founder of the fascist Association of
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Croatian Eagles Pope Pius IX, an anti-semite who was also opposed to civil rights Mother Teresa, a fraud and worse Details of these and other Saints. And the forgeries that created the legendary Saints Catholicism Some early Popes were gay or bi-sexual and over a dozen were atheists. Others went beyond merely breaking Christian taboos, into the realm of vice. Countless early Popes were infamous for nepotism, simony and greed. Some were gluttons. Yet many Popes were downright criminals besides instituting Crusades, Inquisitions, witch hunts, pogroms and other persecutions and holding slaves: Facts Some of the early Popes who committed: Murder: Sergius III, John XII, Benedict VIII, Benedict IX, Boniface VIII, Boniface IX, John XXIII, Alexander VI Paedophilia: Sergius III, Paul II, Julius II, Julius III, Leo X Rape and incest: John XII, John XXIII (the first - 1410-1415), Anacletus Rape: Benedict V, Benedict VIII, Boniface VIII Incest: Sixtus IV, Alexander VI, Paul III Damasus I, Sixtus III, John XII, John XIII, John XXIII (the first - 1410-1415) were some of the many papal adulterers . Details from the lives of some of the infamous early Popes. Book suggestions, including: Lives Of The Popes by Richard McBrien Sex lives of the Popes by Nigel Cawthorne The Incredible Book of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities: A Treasury of Trivia by Nino Lo Bello Vicars of Christ by Peter De Rosa The Roman Church has never erred, nor will it err to all eternity. -- From the Dictatus of Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085) Since the Reformation the popes have been obliged to live more decently, or at least to conceal their vices instead of flaunting them before the
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world. -- Crimes of Christianity, by G W Foote and J M Wheeler Then in 1870, the pontiff came up with the doctrine of Papal Infallibility - to ensure that whatever the Pope might do, his flock will always have to think it's right. Recent Popes and the Vatican Facts Meddling with the sovereignty of countries by using its influence on Catholic populations: Vatican abortion treaty brings down government - The Guardian, February 11, 2006: The Vatican has inadvertently triggered the collapse of the government in Slovakia, one of the economic stars of the 10 entrants to the EU, in a row over abortion rights. Telling Italy's Catholic population to oppose changes to harsh laws on fertility treatments, which has stirred controversy over the role of the Roman Catholic church in public life and put a question mark over the scientific future of Italy. -- Italians consider reform of harsh fertility law - The Guardian, June 11, 2005 The fertility law is seen by many as an attack on Italy's secular democracy by traditional Catholic-minded MPs. ...Medical experts and opposition politicians say it is a Catholic law that is "anti-women" and "morally disgusting". -- Italians force referendum on fertility law - The Guardian, October 1, 2004 New Pope condemns Spain gay bill - BBC News, 22 April, 2005: A senior Vatican official ... said Roman Catholic officials should be prepared to lose their jobs rather than co-operate with the law. ... the Church was making an urgent call for freedom of conscience for Roman Catholics and appealing to them to resist the law. The "freedom" to give up individual conscience and side with the Church. There's no inquisition to enforce the Holy Church's wishes now. New pope intervened against Kerry in US 2004 election campaign - Yahoo news, April 19, 2005 Ratzinger told his flock in the US to vote for born-again Bush rather than Catholic Kerry. This is reminiscent of how Pacelli (who'd become Hitler's Pope Pius XII) and Pope Pius XI had told the Catholics of Germany to dissolve the Center Party - Germany's parliamentary force and let Hitler have dictatorial powers. The Vatican (and all recent Popes) also Protects abusive priests and criminalises the victims.
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Pope Benedict XVI faced claims last night he had 'obstructed justice' after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church's investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret. -- Pope 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry news from The Observer, April 24, 2005 Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope) under Pope John Paul II covered-up sexual abuse by high-profile priest Father Marcial Maciel: Maciel is the founder of the little-known but well-connected and well-financed Legion of Christ which has raised millions of dollars for the Church. -- Priestly Sin, Cover-Up - ABC news, April 26, 2002 Apparently, money and the Church's public image are more important than protecting children Attempts to whitewash Vatican support for Fascism and its complicity in the Holocaust Avoids responsibility for genocide in Rwanda and its colonial genocide in the Congo. Near-apologies do not cut it Supports inculturation of Catholics living in non-Catholic countries, like Orthodox countries, Africa and Asia Refuses to learn from its past: continues to support and sponsor anti-Semitism in Palestine, calls for a conversion of non-Christian Asia like Christianity perpetrated in the Americas and Africa Refuses to recognise that its stance on contraception and safe sex are vastly increasing the occurrence of fatal venereal diseases in Africa, Asia and elsewhere Details John Paul II Saint factory: Pope John Paul II has beatified 805 people and canonized a record number of saints - 280 - during his papacy. [Link] Quite of a number of those sainted are criminals, fascist war criminals, and frauds He did nothing useful to stop abuse of nuns by priests (who believed they were avoiding AIDS this way) Inadequate apologies for the Native American and African genocides inflicted by Christianity. His advertised apologies to Jews were in fact nonapologies. Not even inadequate or non-apologies for past crimes of the Church in Asian countries were given. Since they are not yet Christian nations they don't deserve any. Pretends concern for human rights whilst opposed to it, encourages superstitions, and cracked down on dissident Catholics Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) Besides the other wrongs listed under Facts above, he has continued Catholic intolerance, offending Protestants, in his document Dominus Jesus, in which he argued:
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"Only in the Catholic church is there eternal salvation". -- Papal hopeful is a former Hitler Youth - The Sunday Times, April 17, 2005 More on Catholicism and its central Popes The Orthodox Church Problems in America: The head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America has resigned ... He was accused of financial mismanagement, covering up sexual harassment at the Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts, and demagoguery. -- Greek Orthodox archbishop resigns amid money questions - CNN August 19, 1999 Much greater scandals in Greece: The Greek Orthodox Church suspended a senior bishop and an influential priest surrendered to police yesterday as corruption allegations involving bribery, drug dealing and sexual favours swamped the country's powerful clergy. -- Corruption scandal hits the Greek Church - Telegraph News, February 5, 2005 The revelations are mind-boggling. Almost daily, men once revered as paragons of virtue have been exposed as lascivious moneygrabbers. Recorded conversations of eminent clerics engaging in 'love talk' have been broadcast on television, secret bank accounts revealed, and malfeasance unearthed, with priests emerging as central players in activities as disparate as trial-fixing, antiquities smuggling and election rigging. Highlighting a raft of lurid sexual claims, one newspaper splashed what was purported to be a 91-year-old priest in bed with a woman across its front page. -- Greece in revolt as scandals sweep the Orthodox church - Guardian Unlimited, March 20, 2005 Orthodox Church versus Catholicism After the Schism, the Crusade against Orthodoxy and sack of Constantinople, after the wartime genocide of the Orthodox Christian Serbs by Catholicism, and bearing in mind the Roman Church's eternal goal to convert the Orthodox east, the Greek Church was right to fear the Pope's visit: Pope Visits Greece Today on a Tough Mission of Reconciliation - New York Times, May 4, 2001: Orthodox priests and monks have held protest vigils and marched under signs that read "the heretic pope" and "two-horned monster of Rome." Archbishop Christodoulos, head of the Greek Orthodox Church, has vowed not to pray alongside the Roman Catholic pope, who arrives in Athens on Friday.
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...the most contentious issue for Orthodox believers are the Byzantine Catholics , who follow Eastern rites but are loyal to Rome. The Orthodox church views them as a kind of Trojan horse to convert Orthodox believers . ...inroads made by the Catholic Church in other predominantly Orthodox states in eastern Europe have earned it a reputation for conversion. ...Fr Nektarios, abbot of a monastery on the Corinthian Gulf: "Popes have fooled the Orthodox Church in the past. This pontiff will not be allowed to repeat the trick. He has the burden of history on his back. He cannot be trusted. You don't honour a criminal, you put him in jail." -- Pope's visit to Greece infuriates Orthodox Church - Telegraph News, April 29, 2001 So too in Orthodox Ukraine: Pope's visit fails to heal old wounds - The Guardian, June 28, 2001 More on Orthodox Christianity Protestantism The Reformers The Anglican Dean Inge, of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, did not hesitate to say: 'If we wish to find a scapegoat on whose shoulders we may lay the miseries which Germany has brought on the world, I am more and more convinced that the worst evil genius of that country, is not Hitler or Bismarck or Frederick the Great, but Martin Luther.' [Link] Free will after the Fall is nothing but a word. Even doing what in him lies, man sins mortally. -- Luther in 1518 [Link] Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his Reason. -- Luther [Link] Besides writing the booklet On the Jews and their Lies on why and how the Jews ought to be persecuted - which inspired the Nazis Luther also wrote on: the uprising of the peasants, instructing the German nobility to brutally crush them. This directly resulted in the deaths of 100,000 of them [Link] how disabled children were "true devils" and those with mental disabilities were possessed. Robertson's History of Christianity tells how Luther advocated throwing a possessed child into the river to be killed or cured. These Lutheran teachings also got Nazi Germany's Evangelical institutions for the disabled to have their wards murdered [see here]
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He advocated torture of prostitutes and persecution of religious minorities [Link, partly translated here] Next to referring to the Fall to blame women for men's errors, Luther also confirmed the place of women in Christianity: "Even though they grow weary and wear themselves out with child-bearing, it does not matter; let them go on bearing children till they die, that is what they are there for." -- Works 20.84 [Link] The other Reformers were no better: The Reformers in England, through a statute of Henry VIII, forbade "women and others of low condition" to read the Bible. In Switzerland, John Calvin created a vicious theocracy in which morality police were employed to control people's behavior. Citizens were harshly punished for a wide variety of moral infractions, including dancing, drinking, and generally being entertained. Theological dissidents were summarily executed, like Michael Servetus who was burned for doubting the Trinity. [Link] Thousands of people were imprisoned, tortured, and burned to death during Calvin's reign, but he never attended the final Autos de Fe. [Link] Zwingli was an "inveterate adulterer" who "had marked militaristic tendencies": "Zwingli had gone the length of declaring that the massacre of the bishops was necessary for the establishment of the pure Gospel ..." The Protestants were as intolerant as the Catholics: As soon as they had the power to persecute they did." -- Preserved Smith Under Elizabeth, Presbyterians, for example, were "branded, . . . imprisoned, banished, mutilated and even put to death. A few Anabaptists and Unitarians were burned alive." "The Reformers themselves . . . e.g., Luther, Beza, and especially Calvin, were as intolerant to dissentients as the Roman Catholic Church." -- Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church Link Much more on Protestantism, the Reformers and their intolerance Modern Protestant Churches including Fundamental, Evangelical Churches Racism and intolerance 4 major American Churches split over the issue of slavery, forming northern and southern factions, including:
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The Methodist Church. In 1861, the North Carolina Christian Advocate wrote of "the demon spirit of abolitionism" and how Southern Methodists had "tested it fully, and found it to be heartless, inhuman and Christless." Although the two factions reunited in 1939 as the Methodist Church, they retained racial segregation. The country's Presbyterian Church also split into two. The Baptist Church: The Southern Baptists are the largest and most reactionary christian denomination in the USA. They split away from the Baptists in 1845 over slavery, because they thought that slavery was okay. After the civil war, some Southern Baptists founded the Ku Klux Klan. In the 1960s, the Southern Baptists supported segregation laws and opposed the black civil rights movement. In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention issued an apology to all African-Americans and asked for their forgiveness. In reality, though, only the target of hate has changed, from black to gay. [Link] The apology has not wiped away the lingering racism. More Pious Christians: rich televangelists Pat Robertson: Publicly called for the assassination of Venezuela's president, and then stated that's not what he said. Finally, he admitted he was wrong for having said it (out loud, that is). Blames Israel's Sharon for having troops withdrawn from Gaza, insisting that division of Israel (not a Christian country) is against God's wishes: Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which Robertson opposed. -- Robertson suggests God smote Sharon - CNN, January 5, 2006 Knowing his Bible well, he defends the vengeful nature of God, justifying the Biblical slaughter of the Midianites. A misogynist, who's as intolerant as other Christians before him. Also anti-constitution, ignorantly insisting that state-Church separation is not constitutional [Details] Friends with criminal dictators: Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko (see Pat's diamond mining project below), Charles Taylor of Liberia, Guatemalan President Jorge Serrano, Zambian President Frederick Chiluba (-- Robertson in gold mining deal with Liberian strong man; part of "Christian ministry" exploitation?) Robertson redirected charity funds and resources to his African diamond mining project, after having raised money in the name of his charity Operation Blessing "to help Rwandans".
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Robertson was chasing diamonds in Zaire with Mobutu's blessing as early as 1992. The Virginia Beach-based broadcaster ratcheted up the effort in 1994, the same year that eastern Zaire was flooded by more than 1 million refugees fleeing the bloody civil war in Rwanda. -- News from The Virginian-Pilot, April 27, 1997 Africa is all about the money for Pat, he doesn't care a hoot about its people. And he's a racist. His 1992 statement on Apartheid in South Africa: "I think 'one man, one vote,' just unrestricted democracy, would not be wise. There needs to be some kind of protection for the minority which the white people represent now, a minority, and they need and have a right to demand a protection of their rights." -- Robertson in his televised program "The 700 Club" Pat was deservedly sued by his African-American employees, as he had been: forcing them enter its offices through a back door and eat in a segregated area -- Pat Robertson's Katrina Cash - The Nation, September 7, 2005 Benny Hinn is a con-artist like Robertson and others, but Christians keep donating: The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher offered the crowd a multimedia tour of his proposed $30 million shrine to faith healing and solicited donations to pay for it. ... Mr. Hinn's "World Healing Center" never materialized. -- What happened to Hinn's promised healing center? - Dallas Morning News, June 23, 2002 Where does world-famous televangelists money go? - Dateline NBC News, December 27, 2002: "Benny Hinn has millions of believers and millions in donations" Pentecostal Churches and Benny Hinn are duping Africans: "Four million dollars down the drain," he [Hinn] shouted into the microphone from the huge rostrum. ... The Pentecostal faith in Nigeria is a veritable goldmine , judging by the opulence of most of its pastors. -- Pastor Hinn in Nigerian money row - BBC News, June 27, 2005

Fact Dark Ages: Gullible Christians paid a lot for fake relics Today: Gullible Christians donate a lot to televangelists, fraudulent Christian charities, and to multi-million dollar ministries The money-making Evangelical Baptist and Pentecostal, Charismatic Churches make a tidy buck even from poor people and in impoverished countries.
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Jerry Falwell hates feminists, homosexuals and atheists. Like Robertson and Hinn, Falwell loves the money: In 1994 Falwell quietly accepted $3.5 million from Korean cult messiah Sun Myung Moon [Link] Fred Phelps , popular Pastor of Westboro Baptist Church is virulently anti-gay and like a good Southern Baptist is racist. He is well-versed in the Bible: "You can't preach the Bible without preaching hatred." -- Fred Phelps [Link] Being black won't get you to Heaven. But promoting [homosexuals] will take you to Hell. -- Nov 1996 Westboro Baptist Church press release [Link] Billy Graham, being a True Christian, is an anti-Semite. In a taped conversation with President Richard Nixon, he said that Jews have a "stranglehold" on the American media. He told the President: "This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain" ... "They're the ones putting out the pornographic stuff." Rather like how Hitler blamed the Jews for causing "degeneration" of Christian German society. Graham later apologised - probably he was sorry that his Christian beliefs were caught on tape. More on these and other modern Protestant denominations Mormon Church Similar to how the Biblical Curse of Ham made up an origin for the pre-biblical people of Africa, the Book of Mormon has invented similar "cursed" ancestry for Native Americans and Polynesians. The Book of Mormon teaches that: the ancient inhabitants of the Americas ... descended from the Israelite patriarch Lehi [Link] However, DNA evidence as documented in (ex-Mormon bishop) S.G. Southerton's book Losing a Lost Tribe has forced the Church to change its unscientific and racist doctrines. Mormon scholars have now started pretending that they never claimed that the Native Americans were Israelites. Yet, In Mormon theology, Lamanites are understood as both chosen and cursed: Christ visited them, yet their unrighteousness left them cursed with dark skin. The Book of Mormon says Lamanites will one day be restored to greatness through the fullness of the gospel. (The original 1830 version of the Book of Mormon said they would become "white and delightsome;" in 1981, the passage was changed to "pure and delightsome.") Though not mentioned specifically in the Book of Mormon, Polynesians have been taught they are a branch of the House of Israel descended from Lehi. In 1982, the church's then-President Spencer Kimball told Samoans, Maori, Tahitians and Hawaiians that the "Lord calls you Lamanites."
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... Southerton's book details how these teachings have helped LDS efforts to convert new members , especially among Indians in Latin America and Maoris in New Zealand. -- DNA research and Mormon scholars changing basic beliefs - USA Today News, July 26, 2004 More racism, as always originating with the biblical Curse of Ham : The Book of Abraham has a rather unpleasant side. Until recent years, it was used to justify the racist policies of the Mormon church. Blacks formerly were not allowed to hold the "priesthood." ... Verse 24 ends with a reference to the biblical "curse of Ham": "From Ham sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land." The head of the Mormon church -- the "Chief Seer and Revelator" -- a few years ago got a message direct from his god to change this policy. The change came just in the nick of time, too, since civil rights legislation was making it harder for racist organizations to feed at the federal money-trough. [Link] Racism in Mormonism is nothing new either, as the Church's 2nd president and pioneer leader Brigham Young asked the legislature to give legal sanction to slavery throughout the territory [of Utah]. -- The Mormons and Slavery A Closer Look, by Newell G. Bringhurst Mormons, imagining an Israelite ancestry for themselves, are baptising dead Jewish people, including Holocaust victims, to ensure these people go to heaven: "We have proof of thousands and thousands of Jews, including holocaust victims, who have been baptized" [said Jewish leader Ernest Michel] -- Jewish Leaders Say LDS Baptisms for Dead Jews Continue Despite Agreement - KUTV News, April 8, 2005 The fundamentalist Mormon Church, which broke away from the now-mainstream Church still holds to the Mormon tenet of polygamy. the Mormon Church officially banned the practice back in 1890 but it still occurs among more fundamentalist sects... According to a 2005 report there are between 20,000 and 40,000 people currently practicing polygamy in the US. -- MSN news New Zealand, 25 August 2006 Paedophilia, incest and polygamy abuse in the Mormon state of Utah have long been protected under "religious freedom". ... the Kingston group, one of four large fundamentalist Mormon sects that practice polygamy, arranged marriages and ... sanctioned incest. -- Charges of abuse and polygamy roil Utah - Newsweek, 8/10/1998 [Link] Last year alone, nearly 1,000 teen-agers 14 to 17 years of age were married in Utah, including a 14-year-old girl who slipped a wedding ring on a man of 37 and the marriage of a 15-year-old girl to a groom older than 45. -- Older Men Finding Teen Brides in Utah - The Salt Lake Tribune, December 14, 1997 [Link]
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More recent news: [Mormon] Man who had 80 wives and 250 children arrested on rape charges - Daily Mail, August 29, 2006 Fundamentalist Mormon terrorism is investigated in the book Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer The origins of Mormonism: its invention and its scripture More on Mormonism Intolerance between Christian denominations today During the 1990s, John Paul II warned of the spreading "oil stain" of competitors that "threaten the structure of faith," and referred to Pentecostal churches as "rapacious wolves" devouring Latin American Catholics . Pentecostals gave as good as they got, calling the pope "the antichrist" and the Catholic Church "the whore of Babylon." -- Catholic Crossroads: Latin America - Fight of its life - Philadelphia Inquirer, June 06, 2006 The evangelical Churches that have sprung up in Latin America don't get along either: "This guy has been sent by Satan," screamed one of the preachers [of an Evangelical Church], Renildo Rodriguez da Silva. He pointed accusingly at a tall, well-dressed man in the crowd, an evangelical of a different stripe, and proclaimed, "He's evil." The two soon were locked in a shoving match. Police had to rush in to break it up. -- Catholic Crossroads: Latin America - Fight of its life - Philadelphia Inquirer, June 06, 2006 The Catholic Church, though in a panic when it loses its flock, continues to support the Uniate Churches it set up in the east to convert Orthodox Christians in Greece, Eastern-Europe and Russia. The long history of offenses against Orthodox Christianity explains why the Orthodox Church does not trust the Pope or Catholicism. Protestant denominations consider neither Orthodoxy nor Catholicism to be Christian. Evangelicals have started missionary-oriented businesses in Romania to convert the Orthodox population. The Mormons have sent missionaries to convert the Orthodox Greeks who are (understandably) most unwelcoming. Mormons are themselves targets of Southern Baptists: The Southern Baptists chose Salt Lake City for their convention partially because of the opportunity to evangelize the Mormons, whom they consider not to be Christians. -- Baptists, Mormons Share Some Views - The Associated Press (NY), 06/11/1998 [Link] Like in the early days of Christianity, Christians today consider other sects heresy: You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing.
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Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. -- Statement made by Pat Robertson (Southern Baptist) on his televised program The 700 Club, January 14, 1991 Facts There are over 20,800 Christian denominations, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia [Link] The various denominations can't agree on how salvation is obtained either. Christians, it is needless to say, utterly detest each other. They slander each other constantly with the vilest forms of abuse and cannot come to any sort of agreement in their teaching. Each sect brands its own, fills the head of its own with deceitful nonsense, and makes perfect little pigs of those it wins over to its side. -- Celsus, 2nd Century CE Details

The Present
Abuse
Facts Four in 10 US Catholic nuns report having experienced sexual abuse... The study found that sisters have known sexual abuse less in childhood, dispelling what the authors call an "anti-Catholic" canard that girls fled to convents to escape sexual advances. During religious life, close to 30% of the nation's 85,000 nuns experienced "sexual trauma," ranging from rape to exploitation to harassment. A total of 40% reported at least one experience of that kind. NCR [National Catholic Reporter], 1/15/99 The Presbyterian Church stated that 10-23% of clergy have "inappropriate sexual behavior or contact" with clergy and employees. The United Methodist research (1990) showed 38.6% of Ministers had sexual contact with church members and that 77% of church workers experienced some type of sexual harassment. The United Church of Christ found that 48% of the women in the work place have been sexually harassed by male clergy. The Southern Baptists claim 14.1% of their clergy have sexually abused members. Link Fact Child-abuse by clergy is also rampant amongst all Christian denominations .
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Books on the history of sexual abuse in Christianity Much more statistics and documentation on abuse, especially child abuse among various denominations and countries. Some of the endless news reports in recent times on clerical child abuse

Nuns abused The Vatican yesterday acknowledged a report that some priests and missionaries were forcing nuns to have sex with them, and in some cases forcing their rape victims to have abortions. ... the report cited cases in 23 countries , including the United States, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Ireland and Italy. ... the report said most incidents of sexual abuse against nuns occurred in Africa, where the nuns were identified as "safe" at a time when AIDS is devastating the continent. -- Vatican Recognizes Rape Report - Washington Post (Reuters AFRICA) March 21, 2001 (See also: Vatican 'knew of widespread abuse' - BBC, 21 March, 2001) More Neglected clergy in the US: AIDS due to lack of support Aids in the Priesthood - Kansas City Star News, 2000 Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests across the United States have died of AIDS-related illnesses, and hundreds more are living with HIV, the virus that causes the disease. It appears priests are dying of AIDS at a rate at least four times that of the general U.S. population. As the Kansas City Star's coverage makes clear, the issue is troubling many denominations (not just the Catholic Church, though it is the only one imposing celibacy on all its clergy). Because of Christianity's negative and repressive views on the matter, and the lack of support or even Church programs to educate priests about safe sex, many clergymen have ended up with AIDS: Experts say that until the church starts encouraging a more healthy understanding of sexuality, priests will continue to die of AIDS. [Link] Seminary taught spirituality, liturgy and Latin -- sexuality was taboo Nuns have been abusing deaf children: Attorney: 1 in 4 nuns abused deaf kids - The Enterprise (Boston), May 12, 2004 Deaf plaintiffs speak loudly: Nuns raped us, tortured us - Boston Herald, May 12, 2004
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Nuns have also been exploiting and tormenting women, for instance the infamous Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, Scotland and England which started in the 18th century. The last one closed October 1996. Catholic Church admits abuse claims up by 50% - UK Times Online news, June 28, 2005 The Catholic Church keeps covering up cases of clerical abuse, often sending the perpetrators to new parishes. Find out why the Vatican protects these offenders and keeps their crimes hidden Much more on Christian abuse

The US, Europe, and anti-gay undertakings


The US The US, under the born-again fundamentalist Christian Bush, is facing continuous blurring of the constitutional separation of state and Church, including: Relentless Christian lobbying for creationism - "Intelligent Design" - to be taught in schools Government grants are given to faith-based initiatives, during Hurricane Katrina, for instance: Though Operation USA has conducted disaster relief for more than twenty-five years on five continents, like scores of other secular relief groups currently helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, it was omitted from FEMA's list. In fact, only two non-"faith-based" organizations were included. (One of them, the American Red Cross, is being blocked from entering New Orleans by FEMA's parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security.) -- Pat Robertson's Katrina Cash - The Nation, September 7, 2005 This means that the unfortunate victims of Katrina had to be "helped" by born-again missionaries looking for vulnerable people they can intimidate into joining the flock. In fact, the pious Bush has taken the opportunity that Katrina provided to push faith-based programs even further - to deal with future emergencies. Now, the government is forging links with faith groups to operate emergency services, including the reconstruction of communities severely affected by Katrina's havoc. No sooner had Hurricane Katrina dissipated than the Bush White House began trying to capitalize on the haphazard response of government departments including the beleaguered Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). -- New Hurricane Season, record push for faith-based emergency programs, funding for religious groups Which makes it seem like Bush purposefully did not act on Katrina, just so he could justify more religious aid organisations in the future. The UK and Europe Since Europe has steadily become less religious, the Joshua Project (a global Evangelical project set up by Evangelical groups receiving faithhttp://freetruth.50webs.org/Summary.htm 54/74

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based grants from Bush) is planning to convert the traditional Christians and non-religious in the UK and Europe. Evangelical denominations in the UK have already started taking over Anglican Churches and buying up those that are less-frequented. Fundamentalist Christianity is on the increase in the Church of England: Religion in England & the UK. The Joshua Project has identified all "unsaved" populations in the world, put them into a database (available on-line), and has grouped them for "adoption" by evangelical missionaries . The goal: the adopted population is to be saved - lugubriously termed as "harvesting". Yet, their targets are not restricted to such unfortunate victims of intended Christian colonisation/subjugation as remote cultural groups. For, among the unsaved souls up for salvific adoption, are to be found the Scotts and Welsh of Britain! There are people-teams already focussing on the Scotts (identified as "mostly atheist"), the Welsh and other people of the British Isles. The people of mainland Europe are not safe from missionary advances either, as Joshua Project 's satellite site Tell Europe has identified many western European countries and their populations - from the Dutch in the north to Catholic Italy in the south - as unsaved souls ready to be harvested. Anti-gay undertakings Fundamentalist, evangelical Christians have set up "reprogramming" camps, where they attempt to turn gay people straight, in keeping with Christian thinking that homosexuality is a choice and that all they need is to be "straightened out" In the UK, the Scottish Catholic Truth: says it will name and shame homosexual clergy as part of its "heavenly witness protection programme". ... It also alleges a link between being gay and child molestation -- Catholic group threatens to 'out' homosexual priests - Sunday Herald, September, 10 2006 Implying that gay people have anything more to do with paedophilia than the average straight person is preposterous. These Catholics are conveniently ignoring facts like pious priests preying on nuns in 23 countries around the world as well as the many devout clergymen who abuse little girls. Besides, paedophilia (as well as rape, and other abuse) has been a problem in Christianity throughout its devastating history, as several books on this particular topic have documented. More on Christianity in the US, UK and Europe, and against gay people.

Recent Genocide
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Example cases include The Americas: Canada Genocide of the Native Canadians by all the Churches of Canada - including Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and the United Church of Canada: Recently, the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities has issued a report which documents the involvement of mainline churches and the federal government in the murder of over 50,000 Native children through the Canadian residential school system. [Link] The Canadian government has apologised for: more than 80 of the church-run, government-funded schools operated for nearly a century, beginning in the 1880's. Investigations have revealed numerous incidents of rapes, beatings, suicides, suspicious deaths and humiliating punishments. [Link] Predictably, the clergy were also running paedophile rings and The grounds of several schools are also charged with containing unmarked graveyards of children who were murdered, particular children killed after being born as a result of rapes of Native girls by priests [has nothing to do with homosexuality, does it] and other church officials in the school. [Link] Africa: Rwanda Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda - a paper by T. Longman for the Conference on Genocide, Religion, and Modernity, describes how the introduction of Christianity in Rwanda was entirely responsible for the construction of ethnicity and the resulting genocide there. The pious Christian missionaries wrote imaginary, racist, false histories for the population, based on Biblical myths: missionaries were instrumental in creating cultural identities through their specification of "custom" and "tradition" and by writing "tribal" histories missionaries "incorporated into the curricula of their mission schools the lesson that the pupils had clear ethnic identities," and claims that they "educated local Africans who then themselves served as the most important force in shaping the new ethnic ideologies." the actions of missionaries helped to create the deep social divisions that are at the root of ethnic conflict in many African countries In Rwanda, missionaries played a primary role in creating ethnic myths and interpreting Rwandan social organization -- not only for colonial administrators, but ultimately for the Rwandan population itself. The exact meaning of the categories of Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa in pre-colonial Rwanda, Burundi, and Zaire is a subject of considerable debate among scholars. Nearly all scholars, however, agree that the three were not clearly distinct and rigidly separated ethnic groups . To the missionaries, the Tutsi seemed tall and elegant, with refined features and light skin, in some ways closer in appearance to Europeans than to their short, stocky, dark Hutu compatriots.
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As elsewhere in Africa, in order to convert the population in Rwanda, the missionaries considered it important to understand the indigenous culture and social structures, and the interpretations that came from their study of the culture greatly influenced both the colonial administration and, subsequently, Rwandan self-perceptions. the missionaries, ignoring important divisions within each of the groups, viewed Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa as three distinct peoples representing three separate waves of immigration. ...the missionaries hypothesized that the Tutsi were not really African but a Hamitic or Semitic group from the Middle East, perhaps a lost tribe of Israel. Having become the colonial pets, the Tutsis understandably became unpopular and so: The shift in missionary support from Tutsi to Hutu in the 1950s The new "progressive" missionaries who championed the cause of the Hutu in the 1950s promoted an ideology of exploitation that identified the Tutsi as the culprits in Rwandan history while ignoring exploitation by the German and Belgian colonial rulers. The inaccurate idea promulgated by the missionaries that Tutsi had grossly exploited the Hutu for centuries continues to shape Hutu understandings of Rwandan history and eventually became a primary ideological justification for genocide . [Also from: Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda] Facts Besides inventing ethnicities and then creating false histories of exploitation, Christianity is also directly implicated in the genocide. Rwandan Christian priests participated in the massacres of members of their own congregation, reminiscent of how German Churches ratted out Christian members with Jewish ancestry: 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. ... According to eyewitnesses clergymen gave away hiding Tutsis and turned them over to the machetes of the Hutu militia." More recently the BBC aired: Priests get death sentence for Rwandan genocide -- BBC News April 19, 1998 [Link]

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Fact Christian conversion technique: Churches and Christians stole Aboriginal children from their families to indoctrinate them into Christianity. On spreading to Australia, the Salvation Army claimed the country's indigenous people as its spiritual property. The Salvation Army ran missions to Christianise aborigines and helped steal indigenous children from their parents so they could be placed in the homes of god-fearing white Christians... -- The Starvation Army: 12 Reasons to Reject the Salvation Army Pope John Paul apologized to the indigenous peoples of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands for injustices perpetrated by Catholic missionaries. [a little late for that] ... "The church expresses deep regret and asks forgiveness where her children have been or still are party to these wrongs," John Paul wrote. The pontiff's message was not well-received by all Australian Aborigines. [understandably] Ryan-Japarta said Christian churches played a crucial role in implementing the assimilation policies of Australian state and federal governments. -- Apologize to Aborigines, says new Labor head - CNN, November 22, 2001 An apology does not make it all better or undo the tremendous damage done. Asia: Vietnam in the 50s From the book The Vatican's Holocaust , by former BBC commentator Avro Manhattan: The Vietnamese tragedy was precipitated by a zealous Catholic trio formed by a Catholic President, a Catholic Head of the Secret Police, and a Catholic Archbishop. All were determined to impose the religious and political writ of the Church upon a non-Christian culture. In the case of President Diem and his Catholic junta [in the mid 20th century] they established themselves and their authority first with gradual legal discrimination against the Buddhist majority. The unrestricted use of terror followed when the Buddhist population refused to submit. Diem's approach was not just a freak example of contemporary Catholic aggressiveness in a largely non-Christian society. It has been repeated on the Asian continent for three hundred years. How did it happen, particularly in view of the fact that South Vietnam was an Asian Buddhist land? The self-immolation of [Buddhist monk] Thich Quang Duc was the culmination of an increasingly virulent discriminatory campaign against Buddhism by a Roman Catholic Premier, President Ngo Dinh Diem, of South Vietnam. ... The trio had been inching for years toward veritable religious persecution of the vast majority of the country's population of 15 million....
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-- The Vatican's Holocaust, by former BBC commentator Avro Manhattan Fact Christian conversion technique: torture the non-Christian populace into conversion In Hue, meanwhile, when another demonstration of Buddhists paraded the city, troops dispersed them, using tear gas bombs. Result: sixtyseven people were taken to hospital with chemical burns. ... ...discriminations against the Buddhists continued unabated. Arrests of Buddhist monks multiplied. Pagodas were declared out of bounds, closed and at times even attacked... ... Buddhist monks, Buddhist nuns and Buddhist leaders were arrested by the thousand. Pagodas were closed or besieged. Buddhists were tortured by the police. ... Within a brief period, seven [Buddhist monks] had burned themselves alive in public. Vietnam was put under martial law. Troops now occupied many pagodas and drove out all monks offering resistance. More Buddhist monks and Buddhist nuns were arrested and taken away in lorries, including a large number of wounded. Many were killed. ... Ten thousand Buddhists took part in a hunger strike in blockaded Saigon, while a giant gong tolled from the tower of the main Xa Loi Pagoda in protest against the persecutions. At Hue, in the North, [Buddhist] monks and nuns put up a tremendous struggle at the main pagoda of Tu Dam, which was virtually demolished, while eleven Buddhist students burned themselves inside it. -- The Vatican's Holocaust, by former BBC commentator Avro Manhattan Details of these recent cases of Christian-inflicted genocide

Present-day genocide
Think that's all in the past and that Christian missionaries and their converts have changed? No, because Christianity will not change. Fact [Genocide convention:] Article II In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such: 1. Killing members of the group;
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Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Missionaries have done all of the above, and continue to do most of these things even today (supported with your money, donations, and taxes). [Link] Americas Tried and true Christian conversion technique: round up unconverted pagans in camps and then convert or kill. This is what the early Christians did to the Hellenes (ancient Greeks). It worked then to exterminate pre-Christian religions, so the Christian missionaries are certain it will work now. The New Tribes Mission (NTM): Abuse, genocide and round-ups (called manhunts) of indigenous people who are unwilling to convert: Sporadic stories of abuse from the NTM have been emerging for years, despite the fact that most of their activities take place well hidden from outside scrutiny. Many stories have come from the rainforests of South America where the missionaries found that the only ways to convert nomadic communities was to force them into camps, or reservations, driving out into the forest to roundup those who do not come. [Link] Multinational corporations and faith-based initiatives fund these pious Christian missionaries in spreading God's Word, getting something in return: The controversial group [NTM] has been accused of prospecting for strategic minerals on behalf of transnational corporations and of the forced acculturation and conversion of indigenous people.[Link] But the New Tribes Mission isn't the only one of its kind operating in South America: Read about how the most horrendous genocides are still being perpetrated on the unconverted Indians of South America by Protestant missions . Africa Christian conversion technique: if conversion fails, kidnap heathen children and force them into prostition or put them in schools where they are abused. From Hadzabe: East Africa's Last Hunting and Gathering Tribe
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Case 1: Enslaved Prostitution Through the intermediaries - European priests and "sisters" - ... many women have been tricked into prostitution Case 2: Enforced Schooling There have been times when the military has searched for Hadzabe children hiding in the bush to escape the duty of being schooled. Hadzabe girls often complain about being raped by the teachers in the Endamaga school. This happens even with the Hadzabe mothers. Later the Hadzabe girls are compelled into prostitution. Case 3: Bad Religion Many times white parsons tried to baptise the Hadzabe and to destroy their traditional beliefs and lifestyle. More: the Bayaka Pygmees are also victims of such deculturisation Faith-based US initiatives promoting abstinence only programs Which then kill Africans in the long run. Uganda is very nearly a Christian theocracy, where militant Christian terrorist armies like the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Uganda Democratic Christian Army (UDCA) go around killing people. The LRA is fighting for a Christian theocracy. -- Heidelberg Institute on International Conflict Research (Germany), report U.S.-Sponsored HIV Strategy Threatens Youth ...Uganda faces a nationwide condom shortage due to new government restrictions on condom imports. ...The U.S. government has already budgeted approximately U.S. $8 million this year on abstinence-only programs in Uganda as part of President George W. Bush's global AIDS plan. The National Youth Forum, headed by Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni, a vocal proponent of abstinence-only, has received U.S. funding under the plan. The First Lady has lashed out against groups that teach young people about condoms and called for a national "virgin census" to support her abstinence agenda. The Virginia-based Children's AIDS Fund, an organization with close ties to Janet Museveni, was recently approved for a major abstinence-only grant... -- HRW, March 30, 2005 Fact
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Christian conversion technique: hypocritically impose an abstinence-only program on a nation, restricting condom imports when there's no cure for AIDS. Those not repressed enough to abstain are obviously not "Christian enough", and will have more chance to contract AIDS and die. And voila, heretic Christian population killed off. Meanwhile, hypocritical Christian clergy in the west continue to indulge in affairs with married women and abuse children. There's also the recent case in Italy of a nun who tried to kill her lover - a 70-year old priest - when she caught him in bed with a married woman. The nun, who set fire to the house he was in, had also come running with a machete to do him in and had to be restrained. At the court hearing Sister De Sousa also claimed to have had two abortions as a result of having unprotected sex with Father Carmelo -- Nun tried to kill priest after finding him in bed with another woman - Daily Mail, 13th September 2006 More Christian morality: the pious Christian staff of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) have been raping the indigenous women of Africa: NCA Raping Has Got To Stop! Norwegian Magazine publishes letter from ex-NCA employee woman who states that NCA took no action in Africa to stop staff from using prostitues and sexually abusing young indigenous women. [Link] More on Christianity in Africa today Asia Depending on the target population and country, missionaries have developed specific strategies to convert the various pre-Christian peoples of Asia. Besides outright genocide, terrorism, cultural genocide through acculturation, imitating/stealing local traditions and passing them off as Christian through inculturation, Christian missionaries and their converts have started exploring additional avenues open to them: Throughout Asia, the latest conversion method is through "native missionaries", as they are condescendingly called. They look local, so they are not immediately sent packing, but act as intolerant as Christians have done throughout the history of Christianity. These converts go about telling people why their former religion was terribly evil and how the mythical Christ saved them and they are now all "moral". Sometimes they start talking about a "personal relationship" with Christ - a concept entirely recent in Christianity, which actually derives from pre-Christian religions (Shintoism, Hellenismos, Asatru, African religion and others) where adherents used to choose one of their deities whom they felt closest to as their personal God, friend and helper.
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Globalisation is another option evangelicals and their organisations have pounced on. It is also endorsed by the Pope and the Greek archbishop who hope it will become "a globalisation of brotherhood in Christ". Missionaries are active in starting up businesses under the guise of improving economies, while (as always) they aim for the destruction of the preChristian religious cultures in Asia: These businesses form a movement known variously as business as mission, kingdom business and great commission companies, after the biblical charge to "make disciples of all the nations." ...Business as mission grew from a 1980's mission movement to reach people in the "resistant belt" Missionaries with no business experience opened travel agencies, Internet cafes and other small companies, sometimes accused of being little more than fronts for proselytizing. ...evangelical groups are recognizing that mission-minded businesspeople can do things that traditional missionaries cannot. -- Their Mission: Spreading the Word Through Business - New York Times, November 14, 2005 "mission-minded businesspeople can do things that traditional missionaries cannot" - like using false pretences to sneak into countries where proselytising is not allowed, as is happening in many Asian Buddhist countries today. Yesterday's missionaries brought Christian misery with colonisation which impoverished much of what then became known as the Third World. Today's missionaries, their countries having become rich because of the colonisation, bring the same under the new name of globalisation. (Some missions also exploit indigenous peoples, alongside their genocide/missionary work, by prospecting for minerals for multi-national companies.) In effect, missionaries today are using the wealth stolen during the colonial era to bribe or blackmail (and worse) the unconverted, impoverished peoples into conversion. Christian charity. Akha Missionaries are using the age-old Christian convert-or-kill method on this hill tribe in Thailand, Laos and Burma: Systematic genocide: rape, abuse, kidnapping children, sterilising women: Missionaries Destroy Akha Culture and Remove 1000's of Akha Children From Their Families in Thailand Missionaries Do NOT Believe in "Family Values" for Akha Families [Link, top of site] American Baptist Missionary Paul Lewis sterilized more than 20,000 Akha Hill Tribe women in Burmas Eastern Shan State alone. [Link] US missions in Thailand are involved in sex abuse and human trafficking. [Link] Other missions are no better, for instance, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA): NCA staff in Vientiane, they told us that "sex is free with the Akha". ...rapes and the pregnancies forced on Akha women by NCA staff. [Link]
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AusAid (Australia) is funding a Missionary Project to kidnap Akha children from their families and force them into mission schools, where: Sexual abuse of Akha children in these compounds is rife. ...this whole child removal thing that western [all Christian] missions have been doing for the last four hundred years! [Link] Cultural genocide and demonising of indigenous Akha culture "The US Missionary "Joshua Project" and Campus Crusade Vow To Destroy All of Akha Culture" [Link] Preventing non-religious help: Denmark students groups blocked from building non religious school in akha village by chinese baptist church of maesai, chiangrai, Thailand! [Link ] Christian charity: missions feel that only they should "help" the Akha, because non-religious help will not result in conversions. Converting part of a village, then declaring it a Christian village and banning indigenous beliefs: Akha Village Split By Taiwan Missionaries (it's Christian missions from everywhere, not just western missions) The mission operators of these missions are Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese and American Citizens. All these missions, as with most missions in Thailand, are supported by donations from American Evangelical missions organizations and church members. West Papua West Papuans still holding to their indigenous beliefs want an end to terrorist religions trying to convert them. In their own words: Missionaries are actually in essence terrorists. ... missionary work is more dangerous to indigenous and tribal peoples than any other work on earth that you know. [Link] Mosques and Churches dominate modern architecture in Papua: "Religion is a tool used by those in power to control the human beings of this earth." ... There are four enemies of the Tribal Community on this earth. They are; 1) Religious organisations 2) Governments 3) NonGovernmental Organisations(NGOs ) and particularly the Aid Organisations (AOs) and 4) Multinational Corporations (MNCs). -- Just Leave us Alone - A letter from a Papuan Tribesman NGOs , though their name makes them appear harmless, usually tend to be Christian "charity" organisations, bent on missionary (genocide) work. The Batak of Palawan Christian concentration camps again and the eternal terrorism from Christianity - exactly what the Christians did to the ancient Greeks and Romans:
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All Batak are forced to be concentrated in camps, to go to church and to send their children to religious or state schools. ...Only a core group of traditional Batak still resists this terror. Since last year, all the Batak have been under heavy terror from several aggressive missionaries. ...The Batak are on the edge of extinction. They are completely dominated by aggressive Christian missionaries. The NGOs who should be assisting them in their struggle are either doing nothing or assisting the genocide. From: Batak: Murder and Forced Re-location on Palawan The Bihs, a Vietnamese tribe Mr Jones, a missionary, desecrated their ancestors' tombs: ... Mr. Jones went personally to the trees, pulled down all the coffins on the trees and threw the contents, be they bones or decomposing corpses, into a common grave. The Bihs were then converted. Convinced that their ancestors have deserted them due to the desecration of their burial customs, the Bihs stopped producing offsprings. One local Bih explained that his people had resigned themselves to extinction. [Link, citing The Missionaries: God against the Indians, by journalist Norman Lewis] More on how Christianity is killing off these Asian peoples Korea "If I acted on what I believed I, too, could have vandalized temples. When I consider those who commit such acts I think to myself that they have a much stronger faith than me." -- Deacon Lee Bahn-Sung "a former Buddhist turned Christian", BBC-World (TV), Asia Today, May 21, 1999. [Link] Buddhism under Siege in Korea 1982-1996 and Chronology of Events January 1997-December 1998, detail how Christianity, through its missionaries and their Korean converts, was systematically destroying Buddhism and indigenous Korean religions from 1982 to 1998. (This destruction continues today.) Some of the events in this timeframe: 1984 May. Invited by the Korean Catholic Church, the Pope on his visit declared the beatification of Saints for Korea - purposefully setting it on Buddha's birthday, utterly disrupting celebrations of this major Korean occasion. This event happens to fall during the annual national Buddha's Birthday holiday celebrations. Because it is the first ever visit of a Roman pontiff to South Korea, and because the Vatican announces that 93 Koreans and 10 French missionary martyrs will be beatified as saints during the visit, the visit becomes a major national event. It is the first time that a canonization ceremony is held outside of Rome and
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the largest number ever canonized at one time . This ceremony gives Korea the fourth largest number of Catholic saints in the world. When the Pope tours the country, in the days immediately preceding and during Buddha's Birthday, there are immense traffic jams which diminish attendance at Buddhist events in several key cities. Buddhist leaders protest the timing of the event as "disrespectful" [Link] The Protestants however were much worse, imitating the Catholic-Vatican dictatorship of '50s Vietnam in their methods of cultural genocide: Systematic destruction, arson, mutilation and other vandalism of Buddhist and other pre-Christian shrines, statues and sacred artefacts A Christian government which starts legislating against the native religions. Many officers in the army and police are Christian. These officers start articulating their intentions against the native religions. Insincere "apologies" were sometimes offered after attacks and insults when the perpetrators were caught, but the persecutions continue. No apologies forthcoming for anonymous cases of large-scale Christian vandalism of ancient Korean religious national treasures. Christian police purposefully protect vandals and let them off the hook. Christian teachers forcing their non-Christian students to recite Christian prayers Regularly, Christians would appear in public, pretending to have been Buddhist monks (with no evidence that they were) denouncing Buddhism A few of the many documented Christian attacks on Buddhism in Korea: 1985 September. An individual by the name of Kim Snghwa organizes a series of mass gatherings to denounce Buddhism in the cities of Pusan, Taegu, Kwangju, and Taejon. (This individual and his wife Kim Mija regularly advertise their mission to convert the "25 million Buddhists of Korea" in the Christian Newspaper Kitokkyo Shinmun, July 1996). 1989 April. Five to six individuals destroy a Buddha statue and paint red crucifixes on a large outdoor Ma-ae Buddha figure carved into the rock on Samgaksan Mountain on the outskirts of Seoul. In all, some 10 temples are severely damaged or desecrated in the days immediately before and after the national Buddha's Birthday holidays . 1993 February. Colonel (battalion commander) Cho Pyngshik of the 17th Tank Battalion, claiming a lack of warehouse space, has the Dharma Hall on his base dismantled. The gilded statue of the Buddha is taken from the Hall, burned, and openly discarded behind the mountain. Taejon. The event makes national news. 1996 - The Wnmi ward office of Puch'on city near Seoul sends official letters to several Buddhist kindergartens, primary schools, and other Buddhist organizations and temples . Language in the letters beseeches them to find "the peace of God and the comfort of Jesus Christ". 1996 - The swastika - for centuries a symbol of good fortune throughout Asia, and also a Buddhist symbol of the same - is replaced on many flagpoles in Seoul with crucifixes . 1996 May 12. Arsonists attack the main Buddha statue in the Taejkkwangjn at Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul for the second time.
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The fire is quickly extinguished by a passing monk. At the time, more than 30 police and army are patrolling the temple in plainclothes in broad daylight, but fail to apprehend the assailant. (2nd attack on Hwagyesa) 1996 May 14. Two days later, again with over 30 police and military patrolling the temple, a massive fire is set beneath the main Buddha statue in the Taejkkwangjn at Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul for the third time. Superb altar paintings, ornate woodcarvings and traditional wall paintings are lost. Damage estimated at about $775,000 according to the police. (3rd attack, 1 building seriously damaged). February 16, 1998. Marine Corps Commandant Tobong Chon says that he would make the Marine Corps soldiers of Christ at a ground-breaking ceremony of a church for the Second Division of the Marine Corps. Buddhists made a strong protest against the incident. 1998. The government revokes its intention to engrave a dragon image on the handle of National Seal due to a strong protest by Korean Christians. Christians assert the "animal symbolizes Satan" and should not be used in an image representing our nation. June 26, 1998. Su-jin Kim, a Christian, breaks into Wonmyong Sonwon (Zen Center) in Cheju Island, decapitates 750 granite Buddha statues and destroys a gilt bronze Buddha triad, gold-plated jade Buddha and many other Buddhist items. He is caught by people at the temple while breaking windows of the living quarters. Kim confesses at the police that he destroyed Buddha statues in order to convert the temple to a church. Shocking images of Christian vandalism, destruction and desecration of Korea's ancient Buddhist artefacts. You'd not be wrong for mistaking pious Christians for the Taliban. Nothing has changed since the systematic Christian destruction of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. More China Sainthood for criminals to distort the history of Christianity in China. (More have been canonised in China now than in Korea even, which had already broken the record for the maximum number sainted in one go.) It would also serve to replace all the 1st and 2nd century "Saints" now declared non-existent. the Vatican's canonization of 120 martyrs ... "But the Vatican not only refuses to repent to the Chinese people, but also goes so far as to distort history by beatifying their monstrous criminal deeds ." [the Chinese newspaper Xinhua said] ... Many of the charges catalogued by Xinhua and People's Daily are long acknowledged by Western historians: missionaries took part in the opium trade and helped foreign governments trying to carve China into spheres of influence in the 19th and early 20th centuries. [the newspaper said] "...[the Vatican] failed to express any remorse for the crimes it has committed against the Chinese." -- Escalating charges, China accuses Vatican of making saints of sinners - CNN, October 3, 2002
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The Chinese paper People's Daily has understood what the Vatican is doing, which is to: further tamper with history and fool the world under the guise of the term canonization. [Link] Nothing new in Saints and Martyrs being villains - criminals, rapists, terrorists and smugglers in China's case. True Colors of "Saints" Exposed - People's Daily Online (mentioned in the CNN article above), lists some of the many newly sainted who have been exposed, including: Auguste Chapdelaine (1814-1856): Chapdelaine defied the ancient Chinese custom of worshipping deceased ancestors and ordered all his followers to stop such practices and forbade them to marry their children to nobody other than Catholic adherents, which led to many family and clan feuds . ... He even resorted to using local bandits to expand his "evangelical influences." He bribed local officials so that the bandits would not be punished. ... When church followers married, he held mass for them and many times he raped the brides , according to archives that quoted local people in Xilin. Albericus Crescitelli (1863-1900): No one could escape from being raped by this "saint." The wives of local Catholics Pan Changfu, Zheng Ganren and Yang Hai had all been raped by the missionary before marriage . He brought Christian habits over to China, where he became: notorious for taking the "right to the first night" of each bride under his diocese. [Link] Franciscus de Capillas (1607-1648): had a penchant for converting young women and caused domestic instability and divorces . ... It was also known that he broke the Catholic rule of celibacy and committed adultery with a widow who later gave birth to a girl. [Link] ...the smuggling activities of "Saint" Franciscus Fogolla. He collected many "gifts" when he was in Taiyuan of Shanxi province, mostly bronze sculptures and silver utensils, and brought 40 boxes of precious Chinese antiques to Italy. [Link] Some of the intolerant Chinese converts honoured with sainthood: Ioannes Baptista Luo Ting-Yin ... was known for beating a group of children in front of a church, because he thought that their happy folk songs were an insult to God. Augustinus Zhao Rung ... known in China for launching verbal attacks against Buddhism and Daoism. Petrus Wu Guo-Sheng ... was hated in that area for forcing people to go to church by relying on foreigners with influence there. Even a 3-year old child, let alone others, who passed his gate, would be forced to go to his home to recite verses from the Bible. Read more: While the Catholic Church has created Saints in an attempt to give China some typical Christians to "look up to", the Evangelical Church and
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missions are taking advantage of the country's political doctrine to prey on the nation's overwhelmingly Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist population. India Christian terrorists in India give ultimatum "Convert or die" Fact Christian conversion technique: fund terrorism and militancy The twin militant outfits, NSCN(IM) and NSCN(K) have demanded annexation of land from the Buddhist and other indigenous faith followers and issued a decree for their conversion to Christianity The militant outfits have left the villagers with two options embrace Christianity or face capital punishment. -- Arunachal Buddhists allege militants harassment - Assam Tribune online, August 23, 2004 Baptist Church is involved in backing separatist rebels ... rebel National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) ... forcing Tripura's indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control. ... The NLFT manifesto says that they want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura -- Church backing Tripura rebels - BBC News, 18 April, 2000 A tribal Hindu spiritual leader has been killed by separatist rebels [NLFT] in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura. The separatist group says it wants to convert all tribespeople in the state to Christianity. ... the majority of tribals, who are Hindu or Buddhist ... -- Hindu preacher killed by Tripura rebels - BBC News, 28 August, 2000 Genocide: The Hindu casualties in a single attack by the NLFT outnumber the Christians killed in religious violence for an entire decade in the whole of India. ...American Baptist and Evangelical groups have long been said to be financing the propagation of Christian religious bigotry of the most obscurantist kind in India's Northeast and tribal belts. Much of this bigotry has resulted in armed separatism, terrorism and ethnic cleansing of tribes refusing to become Christians . [Link] More on Christian terrorism in India Stealing children for overseas adoption:
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With the promise of providing their children an education, a Catholic priest from the neighboring district of Nagaland reportedly charged parents 10,000 rupees per child. ... [The parents] were shocked to discover that the children were not enrolled at St. Emmanuel's. In fact, they were not in any school at all--they had been placed in an orphanage. Both Rome and its Protestant competitors have been particularly aggressive in efforts to convert the tribals. ... induce tribal mothers to relinquish baby girls shortly after birth. Often the mothers are promised that rich Westerners will adopt their daughters and they will live a "much better life." -- Sins of the missionaries, by Stephen Welch Teaching converts to desecrate and insult their former deities: ...many ex-Hindu converts seek to demonstrate their faithfulness and worth to their new creed by affecting open hostility toward the faith they abandoned. ... Too often, contempt escalates into physical aggression: disrupting Hindu festivals, harassing recalcitrant family members or neighbors, and desecrating Hindu temples and relics. Tension between converted tribals and their Hindu neighbors gained national press coverage in Dangs, a district in Gujurat state. The conflict grew so intense that villages and even families were being rent apart Christian converts, "under the influence of their preachers," desecrated idols of the Hindu saint ... -- Sins of the missionaries, by Stephen Welch The government is led by a Christian: Sonia Gandhi ... surrounded herself, as soon as she became Congress party leader, with a clique consisting only of Christians -- eg. Vincent George, Tom Thomas, Tommy Thomas, Margaret Alva, Ajit Jogi, Purno Sangma. [Link] With such a Christian government, conversions have been given increased support. Some provinces, where the population is mainly Hindu, are also governed by Christians. Predictably these find reasons to destroy pre-Christian shrines for "official" reasons. Grabbing land in this non-Christian country: The Christian churches are the largest landowners in India after the government. Much of this land is alienated temple land that was given to them by the British in the 19th century. They also own large amounts of prize commercial property in the cities. ...American churches like Pentecostals and Evangelicals ... simply grab land in the towns and districts by painting crosses and Christian slogans on stones and hillsides and then claiming the property as their own. ...Christians claim whole villages and put up signboards that say "Non-Christians Not Allowed" at their entrances . [Link] Project Thessalonica is a sub-project of Joshua Project II ... aims to stop or limit Hindu activity by converting people who form the pillars of Hindu culture, festivals, traditions and activity.
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Missions want to ensure that no new temple construction activity starts . With this objective they are converting masons, craftsmen and others involved in temple construction activity. Over the past 20 years, missionaries also appear to have invested a lot in handling the political leadership... It seems that a good section of media is also on their side to such an extent that any group opposing their activity finds itself identified as a militant or extremist group in the news media. [Link] More on the Joshua Project in India and the rest of the unconverted, pre-Christian world Details on this and much more, including: How the word "secular" has a totally different meaning in India How the Catholic Church uses inculturation there to appropriate local traditions in the hope of attracting more confused locals Sri Lanka Christian propaganda: as always, when they can't wipe out the competition, Christians need to lie to win arguments : pamphlets, by the Christian group "The sword of the lord", from Tennessee USA printed in Singhalese and Tamil and English. The pamphlet claimed that the people would be better off, if they would give up Buddha, who is constantly alliterated as a reincarnation of the Satan himself. ... The monk said the Christian group who was in charge of these camps to do "humanitarian work" complained to the police about his presence and the way he publicly defended Buddha in his preaching in the Camps. - the Sri Lankan Police in return warned him and now he is no longer allowed to visit those camps due to an order. Strange world, isnt it?. It seemed to me that Sri Lankan Human Rights organizations and foreign Conflict Management Organization who cry loud in regular intervals of human rights violations and fundamental right abuses seems to be deaf, dumb, dead silent and most certainly - absolutely inactive on this issue. -- The Next Tsunami Coming to Sri Lanka is a Religious One - journalist Christian Eckert, May 22, 2005 Christian behaviour is the same since the times they destroyed the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. Yet again, converts desecrate statues of Buddha, in the exact same manner as converts in today's Korea and India: the disharmony began when they [missionaries] began to insult Buddha statues by smashing them and getting "the new entrants" to their faith to spit and urinate on the smithereens; [Link]
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The missions even: began a scheme to send paid workers to destroy Buddhist archeological sites and rob temples [Same Link] Fact Christian conversion technique: how to discredit Buddhist monks [Evangelical groups] paid men to don the yellow robe and misbehave in society to create a rift between the Buddhist temples and the Buddhists by getting these "fake Buddhist monks" to go and purchase liquor from the liquor bars, to go into meat stalls and super markets and purchase meat and fish for everyone to see, to go into restaurants after 12 noon and order food and partake of it, to be seen by others etc; they used young couples to go into village temples in the night requesting shelter from the temple monk (on the excuse that they were travelling far) and in a short while the male would leave the female alone in the temple, and go out- within minutes, the girl would ring the temple bell and inform the villagers that the monk had tried to molest her (the purpose is to bring disrepute to innocent monks) [Same Link] Compare this to factual abuse by Christian clergy. Fact The Tamil terrorists (LTTE) is fully backed by the Catholic/Christian churches and is no secret. When they attacked religious places of worship, only Hindu and Buddhist places were attacked- not Catholic/Christian churches! [Link] This is only logical, as the highest leaders of the terrorist LTTE organisation are Christians , including: Prabhakaran, the man in charge of the LTTE Anton Balasingham Some of the leading Christian priests have acted as front men for the LTTE in Western countries. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel, former Vicar General of Jaffna, who is now residing in Germany, is a prime example of the Church joining hands with the LTTE. [Link] The Sri Lankan government proposed a Bill against unethical conversions. The Christians, Churches and missionary organisations working in Sri Lanka, cried "persecution" and lobbied the UN to intervene. The UN special reporter denied that coercive and other unethical conversions were taking place among the practitioners of Sri Lanka's indigenous religions: I, too, was astonished - to say the least - on the remarks in the conclusions of the United Nation's Special Rapporteur, Mrs. Asma Jehangir and her denial that there was 'no concrete proof' of anyone being forced or coerced into giving up their ancestral religion.
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My colleague Lalith Ganhewa, also a journalist and I had clearly stated in front of the commission that people we had talked to were being coerced and mentally being forced to change their native religion. -- Sri Lanka is under siege, by Christian Eckert, June 9, 2005 Then, the UN report described how this bill proved that religious intolerance in Sri Lanka had increased and talked about how Churches were being destroyed in Sri Lanka. What the report didn't say was that Attacks on Christian Churches are Self-Inflicted During the last few days there were reports of attacks on several Christian Churches by unidentified persons. In one recent case the Minister of Christian Affairs and the former Interior Minister himself accused the Evangelical Christian missions as the perpetrators of the crime. There are also reported events where the Evangelists themselves setting fire to their well guarded but ramshackle and illegal structures with the hope of building better structures in the end with the full compliance from the Christian government in power. Of course, such self-inflicted attacks on Churches were easy to blame on the indigenous religions of Sri Lanka and in this manner get the UN to condemn their adherents. As is to be expected, the anti-conversion bill was dropped. Much more on Sri Lanka, including: The unethical methods used to coerce people to convert. Christian missionaries, funded by faith-based initiatives, pounced on the unsuspecting populace when they were at their most vulnerable: after the Tsunami. The international media, like elsewhere, is blaming the Buddhists for "persecution" when the real persecutors are Christians. Sexual abuse of indigenous children by Christian clergy. The Catholic Church practises inculturation in this island nation too, taking on external Buddhist practises and words. Though Christians despised education in the past, they are starting pre-schools all over the place, to brainwash the children against their religion. More Asia Further articles on Asia discuss: Tibet: Missionaries are once again taking advantage of communist rule as well as the absence of the exiled Dalai Lama to deculturise and evangelise among the disoriented, leaderless Tibetan population. "Education" is yet again used as a cover, where schools are expressly set up to convert the local children to get them while they are young and vulnerable. Businesses are another avenue of conversion. Nepal: A huge number of missionary groups are operating in this land, though the laws forbid proselytisation, and have been engaged in deculturising the country through various means. There's more than meets the eye to the communist victory in Nepal, which has declared the former kingdom of Hindus and Buddhists to be
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"secular" (in the communist sense). A Sydney Morning Herald news report has predicted a Khmer-Rouge style genocide to come in this land. Find out why many Christian newspapers in Nepal had long been openly supporting the Maoists (communists), and more recently, their take-over of the government. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia: Once again, unethical methods are used to proselytise amongst the pre-Christian populations in these lands. Since these nations are relatively welloff to quite prosperous, Christians have identified other vulnerable targets, instead of the usual poor. They have chosen to prey on people suffering from chronic illnesses. In other words, sick-bed conversions. Find out how Christians, missionaries and their Churches rake in the money and converts. Cambodia: Where the government had to recently ban proselytisation since the non-Christian population complained about the perenially annoying door-todoor Christian missionaries harassing them. Vietnam: The US government has discussed "religious freedom in Vietnam" as well as: political rights of citizens, including those on freedom in establishing non-governmental organizations [NGOs ] [Link] It should be noted that key leaders in the International Committee for Religious Freedoms, like Richard Land and Robert Seiple, are Baptists. So in reality, this organisation is nothing more than a Christian lobby group mainly looking out for Christian religious freedom. And NGOs are merely covers for Christian "charity" organisations which use their status as NGOs to bypass many governmental restrictions on proselytising. Basically, the evangelical Bush government wants Vietnam to open up to the deculturisation that's attacking and destroying the fabric of other nonChristian nations. Persians: Find out how the Persian (that is, Zoroastrian) diaspora settled in western countries is being targeted by a specialised branch of the Joshua Project. And more.

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