As I continue to research and write, I sometimes find my eyes welling with tears at what I read. I still find it difficult to believe the atrocities committed by men in the name of god.....but history tells me it is true.
But after all this time, I should not be too surprised, as the bible goes against every human right that has ever existed. It advocates rape, incest, murder, war mongering, among others, and most Christians, especially in the Capitalist matrix where selfishness and greed prevail, are not concerned with the rights of anyone except their own.
Take slavery for example. The bible advocates slavery, so Christians of course thought it was well and good to treat their fellow man as animals--all for the almighty dollar. Then they forced the religion that made Africans slaves--down their throats. Blacks in America remain enslaved by Christianity, while their African roots are a far and distant memory...
The Inquisition demonized women who were spinsters (women who "spun" wool, and did not need a man to support them) and midwives. The church deemed their healing arts "witchcraft" and they were burned at the stake. The church did not like women to be knowlegable or independent of men, so they took that power away from them. When men took over the birthing of babies, women and children died by the thousands because they did not practice the same cleanliness techniques.
All this is not new to me. I have been aware of the atrocities committed by Chrstians for a long time, but it still grieves my heart, and every time I read about it, it puts me in a sad, and strange frame of mind. Today, I was reading David Stannard's "American Holocaust" and I cried when I read about the Spaniards who strung up the Indians in South America in groups of 13 to represent the "apostles and their "savior" and how they forced the surviving Indians to adopt Christianity or die a horrible horrible death....... I don't understand how humans can treat each other this way. Here is an excerpt to illustrate what I mean, as the author of "American Holocaust," David Stannard, quotes Las Casas retelling an incident he witnessed in South America:
"The Spaniards found pleasure in inventing all kinds of odd cruelties, the more cruel the better, with which to spill human blood. They build a long gibbet, low enough for the toes to touch the ground and prevent strangling, and ganged thirteen (natives) at a time in HONOR OF CHRIST OUR SAVIOR and the twelve Apostles. When the indians were thus alive and hanging, the Spaniards tested their strength and their blades against them, ripping chests open with one blow and exposing entrails, and there were those who did worse. Then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies and they were burned alive. One man caught two children about two years old, pierced their throats with a dagger, then hurled them down a precipice." American Holocaust, David Stannard, p. 72
Christianity has proven itself to be an institution with an agenda, and its mandate is manipulation, power, control and greed--nothing more. What they do in the form of altruism--is merely tokenism, as they do what they must in order to fulfill their mandate.
It truly is a sickening philosophy used in even more sickening ways......