What distinguishes the tyranny of the Catholic Church is its explanation of its actions in terms of "virtue".
While they posed as pillars of piety, many medieval popes were depraved criminals who were hated by their flocks.
To be broken on the rack, burning alive, and hanging drawing and quartering were all death by torture.
Outright atheism had been known in ancient Greece. Some of the best known philosophers in the ancient world had been atheists.
A turning point came in 388. In that year Christians burned a synagogue at Rome and the authorities required that restitution be paid.
In 1211, more than eighty Waldenses were burned for heresy. This was the beginning of centuries of persecution.
The struggle for women's rights in America was launched largely by one brilliant, determined activist who waged the battle for a half century.
Catholic fascists massacred 487,000 Orthodox Serbs and 27,000 Gypsies between 1941 and 1945 in the independent State of Croatia.
As soon as they had the power to do so, Christians destroyed books of philosophy. This is why so little pagan philosophy has survived.
Jacques de Molay and Geoffroi de Charney were roasted alive, slowly, over a smokeless fire. Pope Clement V knew they were innocent.