challenging religious privilege in public life

James A. Haught


Holy Horrors: Here are the major Christian Vs Christian bloodbaths

Throughout Europe, the number of wars, expulsions, massacres, and executions that accompanied the Reformation are almost beyond counting.

Europe’s sectarian wars lasted forever

Rampant corruption in the medieval Catholic Church triggered the Reformation, a never-ending bloodbath of Catholic-Protestant wars in Europe.

Morality evolved – too late for Alan Turing

Ministers hail "God's eternal laws", the supposedly changeless morality rules of the Bible. But they’re wrong. Morality evolves constantly.

The Popes that reveal medieval Vatican to be a crime scene

The Borgias were suspected of various murders. They employed cantarella, a variation of arsenic, which was dubbed "the liquor of succession".

White evangelicals are a political curse

Currently, white evangelicals are the heart of the Republican Party, giving it at least three-fourths of their vote.

Holy Horrors: The medieval Catholic hierarchy

Popes, cardinals, archbishops, abbots, bishops, priests, and monks kept concubines and pocketed church wealth.

When thinking is made a crime

Arrival of The Enlightenment gradually erased the church's power to kill people. But blasphemy laws still sent nonconformists to prison.

Holy Horrors: The Black Death

When the bubonic plague stalked Europe in 1348, hysterical Christians concluded that it was caused by Jews poisoning wells.

Holy Horrors: Christian persecution of Jews

In 1370 at Brussels, someone reported seeing a Jew break a wafer, and virtually all Belgian Jews were massacred.

Holy Horrors: The Catholic Church And Anti-Semitism

St. Gregory called Jews “slayers of the Lord, murderers of the prophets, adversaries of God”. St. Jerome added “vipers”.