challenging religious privilege in public life



Why the Catholic Church has survived for 2000 years

What distinguishes the tyranny of the Catholic Church is its explanation of its actions in terms of "virtue".

The Papal crimes that reveal medieval Vatican

While they posed as pillars of piety, many medieval popes were depraved criminals who were hated by their flocks.

The Catholic Inquisition And Torture

To be broken on the rack, burning alive, and hanging drawing and quartering were all death by torture.

The Catholic Church’s Persecution of Atheists

Outright atheism had been known in ancient Greece. Some of the best known philosophers in the ancient world had been atheists.

Beginning of Christian Persecutions of Jews

A turning point came in 388. In that year Christians burned a synagogue at Rome and the authorities required that restitution be paid.

The Catholic Church’s Persecution of the Waldenses

In 1211, more than eighty Waldenses were burned for heresy. This was the beginning of centuries of persecution.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902)

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 Croatia’s Atrocities during WWII

Catholic fascists massacred 487,000 Orthodox Serbs and 27,000 Gypsies between 1941 and 1945 in the independent State of Croatia.

Some examples of Christian Persecution of Philosophers

As soon as they had the power to do so, Christians destroyed books of philosophy. This is why so little pagan philosophy has survived.

The Inquisition and the Knights Templar

Jacques de Molay and Geoffroi de Charney were roasted alive, slowly, over a smokeless fire. Pope Clement V knew they were innocent.