Friday, February 29, 2008

Latest Web Page: Protestant Persecution & Intolerance



The notorious Tyburn tree, London, where many noble Catholic martyrs met their death; the executions usually including incomplete hanging, disembowelling, emasculation, having their heart cut out while alive, beheading and quartering

Protestantism: Historic Persecution and Intolerance (Index Page) is modified from the previous "Protestantism" web page (i.e., same URL). General material on Protestantism has now been moved to the previous "Calvin and Calvinism" page (now entitled, Calvin, Calvinism, & General Protestantism). The subcategories give an idea of what is found here:

INTRODUCTORY / OVERVIEW

CATHOLIC MARTYRS OF THE ENGLISH "REFORMATION" (SO-CALLED)

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT (ON THE CONTINENT) FOR HAVING DIFFERENT BELIEFS

PLUNDERING AND THEFT OF CATHOLIC CHURCH PROPERTIES

OPPOSITION TO CO-EXISTENCE WITH CATHOLICS AND THE MASS ("ANTI-ECUMENISM")

ICONOCLASM (DESTRUCTION OF ART AS "IDOLATRY")

INTER-PROTESTANT INTOLERANCE

GERMAN PEASANTS' REVOLT (1525-1526)


Now, of course, immediately some people will be up in arms, huffing and puffing and questioning why I would do such a "terrible" and "unnecessary" thing. In their eyes I am a rabble-rouser, troublemaker, and divisive figure (what else is new in the ongoing mythology of what I am supposedly about?).

My position on this has been consistent for seventeen years, since I converted to Catholicism, and even before that. I oppose all persecution and religious intolerance and lack of freedom, no matter who is doing it, and wherever and whenever it occurs. Period. End of sentence.The "disclaimer" at the beginning of my 1991 "Protestant Inquisition" paper is as good a brief statement of my motivations in documenting all of this outrageous history, as any:
Unfortunately, the religious "scandal score" needs to be evened up now and then, and the lesser-known "skeletons in the closet" need to be rescued from obscurity, surveyed, and exposed. I take no pleasure in "dredging up" these unsavory occurrences, but it is necessary for honest, fair historical appraisal. This does not mean that I have forsaken ecumenism, or that I wish to bash Protestants, or that I deny corresponding Catholic shortcomings.

Historical facts are what they are, and most Protestants (and Catholics) are unaware of the following historical events and beliefs (while, on the other hand, one always hears about the embarrassing and scandalous Catholic stuff -- and not often very accurately or fairly at that).

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