Our series on religion concludes with a Blast From The Past, a post titled "Right-Wing Religion Kills," a list of depredations by Christians and their pastors, "98% who are Conservative politically, hiding under the protection of their professed faith and the faith of their followers."
We noted back then that "While the lists may evoke violent responses from Sheeplets, we rely on an admittedly unknown premise: that a comparable list of atheist criminals would be miniscule compared to the sheer multitude of religious leaders convicted of crimes," and point out that since the date of the posting, March 3, 2013, that the depredations continue unabated. The following stories were found by searching for the term, "pastor arrested," and the following stories came up immediately:
"Pastor 'Always Seen Holding a Bible' Held on $1 Million Bond for Molesting Teen Whose Mom Prayed Instead of Calling Cops." (http://www.christianpost.com/news/pastor-always-seen-holding-a-bible-held-on-1-million-bond-for-molesting-teen-whose-mom-prayed-instead-of-calling-cops-111168/)
"Anchorage minister faces child pornography charges." (http://www.adn.com/2013/12/02/3209066/anchorage-minister-arrested-on.html)
"Nassau pastor arrested, accused of hitting woman on church property in Callahan." (http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-12-17/story/nassau-pastor-arrested-battery-charge)
"Pastor arrested in connection to Danville triple homicide." (http://www.wave3.com/story/23650476/minister-arrested-in-connection-to-triple-murder)
But on with the repost:
Right-Wing Religion Kills
We have refrained from attention to religious affairs in our reporting, except for the times when right-wing religion's part in the Conservative cabal were examined in new events.
But the time to advance our position on Conservative religiophiles and their leaders has come, and we state the following as truisms, not as material for debate:
1. Believers in a higher, omniscent, omnipresent, and all-good being tend to be political conservatives.
2. Conservative-Christians are not only forced to hate reason, and by extension, science, to preserve their political stance, they also have to preserve and protect their religious views.
Although a Conservative Christian is not only the stay at home unemployed internet troll, but could be a gray haired grandma in Nebraska, they must both be told of the history of the Fall of Religion.
From the removal of the center of the universe by Galileo and the expansion of the universe by Newton, and later even more by Einstein, to the diminuition of the planets contents by Lucretius and Van Leeuwenhoek to the logical dismemberment of the Causality argument by Hume, and then to the destruction of the Design argument of the 'beautiful complexity' of the Lord's creatures to a non-purposeful lengthy modification of species from unicell animals as Darwin discovered, completes the hat trick.
God died and most of us can't deal with it, so religion is suffering a protracted death.
The reasons for belief are threefold: as an explanation for the causes of seemingly unexplainable natural and human events, a"Creation tale," and a way to trump Death, the latter belief possibly responsible for theists' ability to shed their religion, and congenital* viciousness typical of many other stubborn theists.
Pitiful arguments long-rebutted proliferate by priests, still sift downward to the flock. As in earlier times, under modern governments many of us, believer or not, still die as a result of religion. And the bloody internecine wars between Christian sects in particular is reason enough to associate Conservative leaders with religious ones. It is no accident that the Catholic church interferes in our presidential elections without fear, nor the bonds between the heads of churches and sects with the GOP.
Thoughts on the Death of God as proposed by Friedrich Nietzche and others should be re-examined to prepare for the future of the growth of atheism, along with the hopefully concurrent illegalization of Conservatism.
The stereotype of the atheist as liberal applies pretty well to this web site, only the depths of liberalism and heights of skepticism remain an question to those outside of friends and family.
While we have posted stories about "Republican Sex Offenders," (see http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/search/label/republican_sexcapades) the criminal activities of the faux-religiophiles have gone unreported. In preparation for future posts, possibly beginning with tomorrow's entry, we present a few sites reporting on those criminals, 98% who are Conservative politically, hiding under the protection of their professed faith and the faith of their followers.
In addition, we may position this post in a Page/Tab on the top of the site for future reference.
Also, as we have refrained from enclosing each notation with quotation marks due to the sheer volume of citations, the format of this post shouldn't pose a problem.
While the lists may evoke violent responses from Sheeplets, we rely on an admittedly unknown premise: that a comparable list of atheist criminals would be miniscule compared to the sheer multitude of religious leaders convicted of crimes.
First, a list from Wikipedia:
List of religious leaders convicted of crimes
This is a list of religious leaders who have been convicted of serious crimes before, during or after their period as a religious leader.
Tony Alamo - Headed a Santa Clarita commune. Convicted of tax evasion in 1994 and then resided in a halfway house in Texarkana. In 2009, he was convicted of ten federal counts of taking minors across state lines for sex, and sentenced to 150 years in federal prison.
Shoko Asahara - Founder of Aum Shinrikyo sentenced to death by hanging under Japanese law for involvement in the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.
Wayne Bent (aka: Michael Travesser) - Founder of Lord Our Righteousness Church, sometimes called Strong City. Was convicted of one counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2008. Was sentenced to 18 years with eight years suspended.
Graham Capill - former leader of Christian Heritage New Zealand. Sentenced to nine-year imprisonment term in 2005 after multiple charges of child sexual abuse against girls younger than twelve.
Matthew F. Hale - Former leader of Creativity Movement sentenced to a 40-year prison term for soliciting an undercover FBI informant to kill a federal judge.
Warren Jeffs - Once President of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (a polygamist Mormon sect), convicted of rape as an accomplice (overturned in 2010). Jeffs also awaits trial in other states and in the federal court system.
Jung Myung Seok - South Korean religious sect leader and founder of Providence. Convicted for raping several of his followers.
William Kamm - An Australian religious sect leader and self-styled Pope Peter II who was sentenced to prison in October 2005 for a string of sexual attacks on a 15-year-old girl. In August 2007 his sentence was increased after being found guilty for a series of sexual abuses against another teenage girl over a five-year period.
Ervil LeBaron - Led a small sect of polygamous Mormon fundamentalists, and was convicted of involvement in the murder of two people and plotting to kill another person in 1981.
Alice Lenshina - Zambian head and founder of the Lumpa Church. Conflicts with the government over the sect's rejection of taxes led to a violent confrontation and her subsequent imprisonment.
Jeffrey Lundgren - Headed splinter group from Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, executed October 24, 2006, for multiple murders.
Charles Manson - Leader of the Manson Family who is serving life for first degree murder.
Shukri Mustafa - Egyptian leader of Takfir wal-Hijra who was captured and executed for the kidnap murder of an Egyptian ex-government minister.
Fred Phelps - Leader of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. Convicted for disorderly conduct and battery.
Howard Douglas Porter - Pastor at Hickman Community Church, convicted of first-degree murder, embezzlement, elder abuse and attempted murder in 2008.
Swami Premananda of Tiruchirapalli - Inidian religious leader convicted and sentenced to two life sentences for the rape of 13 girls and murder in 2005.
Theodore Rinaldo - Leader of a religious group in Snohomish, Washington convicted of third-degree statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with one minor girl and of taking indecent liberties with another.
Jacques Robidoux - Leader of defunct group The Body of Christ who is serving time for first degree murder after starving his son, apparently thinking it was God's will.
Paul Schäfer - Former head of Chile-based Colonia Dignidad, was convicted of sexually abusing 25 children.
Roch Thériault - Former head of "Ant Hill Kids commune" served a life sentence in Canada for the murder of Solange Boislard.
Yahweh Ben Yahweh - Head of Nation of Yahweh, convicted for Federal racketeering charges and conspiracy involving 14 murders.
Dwight York - Head of Nuwaubianism, convicted in 2004 of multiple RICO, child molestation, and financial reporting charges and sentenced to 135 years in prison.Close this section
Jim Bakker - Created the PTL organization. Convicted of fraud and conspiracy charges after illegally soliciting millions of dollars from his followers.
Hogen Fukunaga - Founder of Ho No Hana who was given a twelve-year jail sentence for fraudulently gaining 150 million yen from his followers.
Kent Hovind (Dr. Dino) - founder of the Creation Science Evangelism ministry. Willful failure to collect, account for, and pay over Federal income taxes, knowingly structuring transactions in Federally-insured financial institutions to evade the reporting requirements, and obstructing and impeding the administration of the internal revenue laws.
L. Ron Hubbard - Founder of Scientology. He was convicted of petty theft and ordered to pay a $25 fine in San Luis Obispo, California 1948 and in 1978 was convicted of illegal business practices, namely, making false claims about his ability to cure physical illnesses in France. He was sentenced to four years in prison, which was never served.
Luc Jouret - A founder of the Order of the Solar Temple. He was convicted in Canadian Federal Court of conspiring to buy illegal handguns.
Henry Lyons - Former President of National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Convicted for racketeering and grand theft.
Barry Minkow - Head pastor of San Diego's Community Bible Church, and founder of the Fraud Discovery Institute, who had turned to religion and entered the ministry after release from prison for the notorious ZZZZ Best fraud, returned to prison in 2011 for further acts of securities fraud while serving as a clergyman.
Sun Myung Moon - Leader of Unification Church, imprisoned for criminal tax fraud in the 1980s.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – later called Osho. Fined $400,000 and given a 10-year suspended sentence following aplea bargain agreement in which he made an Alford plea to (1) a charge of having concealed his intent to remain permanently in the U.S. at the time he applied for his visa extension and (2) a charge of having conspired to have followers stay illegally in the country by having them enter intosham marriages.Deported from the United States.
Second, with minimal duplication, an even longer list from http://atheistthoughts.weebly.com/religious-criminals.html:
Anders Behring Breivik
A Christian fundamentalist with a deep hatred of multiculturalism.
Breivik confessed to, murdering 77 people during a killing spree in Norway on July 22, 2011.
Serial killer - “I talk to my only friend Jesus our "LORD"! I know "JESUS" understands my terrible desires and ect” (in a letter to one of his lawyers- misspellings, his).
Evangelist Tony Alamo
Convicted on 10 federal counts of taking minors across state lines for sex.
Abducted, raped and imprisoned 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard for 18 years. Was caught by police the day after Garrido was seen on the campus of University of California at Berkeley passing out Christian leaflets.
Drowned 2 sons in lake. “My children, Michael and Alex, are with our Heavenly Father now, and I know that they will never be hurt again.” (confession letter)
Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ilene Barzee
Kidnapped and molested Elizabeth Smart.
President Dennis Rader
Christian Lutheran Church
Drowned 5 children. Believed killing her five children would be a final defeating blow to Satan.
Threw her 3 children into San Francisco Bay because God told her to sacrifice them.
"I pray for everybody that believes in Jesus Christ in heaven and I pray for the people that are unsaved," the 27-year-old said in his final words. "I'm ready to go and be free." Condemned to die for the 1997 murder of Lisa Crider, who was abducted, robbed, raped and killed with a shotgun blast to the face.
Beverly (Bev) Russell
Member of the advisory board of the Christian Coalition.
Sexually abused Susan Smith.
Tried to kill those who were not Christian.
“Killed for God” 6 people in Mount Vernon Washington.
Sunday School Teacher Melissa Huckaby
Convicted of rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantru.
Killed his family in order to send their souls to heaven.
Reverend George Bredemann
Catholic Diocese of Phoenix
Molested boy 8 years ago. Settled secretly out of court with the boy’s parents.
Arizona Republic, 8/5/94
Mormon Bishop Arlo Kay Atkin
Excommunicated from the church for sexual misconduct, is being sued by a Mesa woman who says their sexual relationship beginning when she was 15 resulted in a pregnancy and a child.
Arizona Republic, 7/8/94
Baptist Minister Jon L. Walker
Pleaded guilty to molesting a female relative, age 9, while free on bail awaiting a new trial for sexual molestation.
San Luis Obispo Telegram Tribune, 6/22/94; 2/15/94
Pastor David Brimmer
Jubilee Christian Center
Convicted of 15 counts of child molestation, faces a maximum of 20 years and 8 months in prison for the molestations of boys, ages 11-16, during sleepovers at his home. Pablo Geraldo Boas, 29, Brimmer's former roommate and fellow pastor, pleaded guilty to 8 felony counts of child molestation and will spend 3 years in prison.
San Francisco Chronicle, 2/9/95, 1/20/95; Mercury News, 12/7/93, 2/9/95
Reverend Robert Van Handel
St. Anthony's Seminary
Apologized to the court for sexually molesting a choir boy, 14, while he was the leader of the Santa Barbara Boys Choir, he received the maximum sentence of 8 years in
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA), 8/13/94; Santa Barbara News-Press, 8/13/94
Priest Philip Wolfe
Pleaded no contest to engaging in oral sex with a minor in 1989, hanged himself in his apartment shortly after completing his probation.
Santa Barbara AP, 11/11/94
Reverend John Gilmore
San Francisco Roman Catholic Bishop, John Cummins reinstated Reverend John Gilmore, 41--who arranged to pay child support for the 2 children he secretly fathered with one of his parishioners--due to a lack of "young, popular priests."
San Francisco Chronicle, 11/23/94
Episcopal Priest Robert. L. Ducker
Received the maximum sentence of 12 years in prison for repeatedly molesting 2 parishioner boys.
Palmdale Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 6/26/94
Reverend Delbert Blong
A Boulder man, Thomas Perea, who filed suit against Reverend Delbert Blong for infecting him with the HIV virus has settled out-of-court with the Pueblo Catholic Diocese for an undisclosed sum of money. Blong, 68, who admitted having sex with Perea, filed a counter-claim that says Perea transmitted the virus to him.
The Chieftain, 12/16/94
Catholic Deacon Terry Manspeaker
Manspeaker, who was sentenced under a plea bargain in January 1994 to 5 years probation for molesting a boy, 14, will be allowed to seek employment opportunities in Maryland, a judge said.
Valley Times, 1/27/95
Reverend Eamon O'Dowd
Lawsuits filed against 2 Central Florida priests claim the church concealed child abuse, failed to report it to legal authorities and shuffled problem priests from parish to parish. In a case dating to 1986, the Catholic Diocese of Orlando recently paid $250,000 in an out-of-court settlement to the family of a girl, 12, who was fondled by Reverend Eamon O'Dowd, according to arbitrators.
AP/Orlando Sentinel, 2/26/95
A teacher, athletic director, counselor and coach Daniel Perdue
Bethel Christian Academy
Was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison, followed by 10 years probation for the kidnapping and sexual battery of a student, 13.
Cocoa Florida Today, 8/9/94
Priest Myles Patrick White
Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet
Agreed to an out-of-court settlement involving a teenager who was molested by White, from 1989 to 1991.
Chicago Sun-Times, 12/2/94
Minister Harvey Lee "Hal" Sechler
Universal Life Church
Pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a girl, 10. Sechler had previously admitted having repeated sexual relations with his daughter when she was 4-12 years old.
Chicago Tribune, 8/3/94
Chicago Roman Catholic Church
Reported it spent $4.3 million on sexual misconduct costs during the fiscal year 1994. The archdiocesan newspaper New World reported that those costs do "not involve current claims" but incidents that "happened years ago."
Chicago Sun-Times, 1/22/95
Reverend Daniel Friedman
Belleville Catholic Diocese
Became the 10th priest relieved of duties in the Belleville Catholic Diocese due to reports of sexual abuse.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/3/94; 7/2/94
Founder and Pastor L.R. Davis
Christian Fellowship Church
The Illinois Supreme Court denied the second appeal of Davis, who already appealed his 31-year prison sentence for sexually abusing 2 boys to the Illinois Appellate Court.
Chicago Sun-Times, 7/9-10/94; News-Sun, 10/18/94
Baptist Minister John R. Strange
The Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Strange, who decapitated his wife, buried the head and set fire to the torso in May 1990.
Lexington Kentucky Herald Leader, 6/26/94
Mormon Bishop’s Clerk Bruce A. McAskill
With a past rape conviction, faces a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison after a judge found him guilty of kissing and fondling a boy, 8, whom he was babysitting.
Jackson Citizen Patriot, 10/25/94
Minister Wayne Vetter
A new lawsuit settled by the family of a minister's sexual abuse victim, 16, exposed more about the sordid past of Wayne Vetter, now serving a 7.5-year prison sentence. Attorneys for neither side would disclose the settlement sum, but the victim's attorney said Church Mutual, the church's insurer, would pay under $500,000. Cloquet police said they suspect Vetter left a trail of about 100 victims during his 22 years in the ministry.
Duluth News-Tribune, 9/25/94, 2/28/95
Former Catholic Priest James R. Porter
Twenty-one abuse victims who charged that Porter, 59, molested them 25 years ago when he was a priest in Stillwater, won $17 million in damages. He is also serving a 12-year sentence for sexually assaulting dozens of children in Massachusetts.
Stillwater Washington Post, 11/1/94; AP
Reverend Mark Makowski
St. John Catholic Parish and Holy Rosary Parish
After initially pleading innocent to 3rd-degree sexual assault misconduct, pleaded guilty to a plea bargain of 4th-degree misconduct in March.
Grand Marais and Grand Portage News-Tribune, 3/30/95
Religious Leader Nelson DeCloud
Convicted of kidnapping, raping, sodomizing and restraining the daughter of one of his followers.
Clay County Centre Daily Times, 8/5/94; AP, 8/4/94
Priest Gordon MacRae
St. Bernard's Church
Sentenced to 33.5-67 years in prison for raping an altar boy a decade ago. He also pleaded guilty in September to assaulting 3 other boys in 1983.
Keene Wisconsin State Journal, 11/15/94
Reverend Joseph Fredette
Criminally charged with sexually assaulting 3 teenage boys in the 1970s while he was the live-in director of a group home for youths.
Springfield Union-News, 10/20/94; Springfield Union-News, 10/7/94
Richard L. Kim
Mainland Assembly of God Church
pleaded guilty to molesting a girl parishioner.
Linwood Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/9/94
Roman Catholic Priest William O'Connell
Pleaded guilty to new charges of sexual assault, and was sentenced to 10 years at a treatment facility for sex offenders. While a priest in Rhode Island, he had pleaded no contest to 26 felony molestation charges in 1986 and served a year in prison.
Norwich Bulletin, 12/21/94; The Press of Atlantic City, 2/4/95
A 37-year old retreat in Albuquerque's South Valley, one of 6 church properties put on the market, was sold for $1 million to help pay the costs of sexual abuse lawsuits that could ultimately total more than $50 million.
Las Cruces Sun News, 9/8/94; The Daily Camera, 12/31/94
Priest James Porter
Santa Fe archdiocese
Facing 135 lawsuits and as much as $50 million in claims, the Santa Fe archdiocese has been called "ground zero" in the explosion of sex-abuse charges. For 30 years, pedophile priests, including convicted abuser James Porter, were sent to the Servants of the Paraclete to be cured so they could continue their priestly duties at other parishes, where some continued to abuse children.
Washington Post, 1/15/95; The Daily Camera, 12/31/94
Roman Catholic Priest David Holley
The Servants of the Paraclete treatment center
17 men, who reported they were sexually abused as minors by, reached a settlement of a "very substantial amount" of money.
San Antonio Express-News, 10/5/94
Former Vice Principal Brian C. Buff
Catholic Central High School
Admitted having oral sex with a boy, 15.
Troy Gazette Reporter (Albany, NY), 7/2/94
Reverend Ellis Harsham
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Accused of molesting numerous students in the 1970s.
Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), 6/27/94; Express News (San Antonio, TX), 6/29/94
Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese
The Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese said it has already made payments of about $950,000 to victims of sexual misconduct by priests.
Reverend Joel Williams
Pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping the teenage daughter he called his "pride and joy" from March 1990 until she ran away 4 years later at age 17.
Reverend Augustine Giella
Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg
Died while awaiting charges of molesting a girl, 14, and possessing child pornography. He had confessed after police had found his pornographic photo collection and some of the girl's personal items.
Minister David Cable
Pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges.
York Daily Record, 1/13/95; Tribune-Democrat, 1/12/95
Roman Catholic priest Reverend James Silva
Pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a man.
Hartford Courant, 3/17/95
Reverend Joseph A. Abruzzese
St. Anthony Church in North Providence
The lawyer of Abruzzese pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a boy, 16.
Baptist minister Gaylon Holt
Texas Christian University
Holt, who signed a statement saying that he was guilty of indecent exposure may be responsible for more than 12 incidents on the campus.
Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/28/94
Principal Father David Jerome Paul
Nolan Catholic High School
Pleaded no contest to a reduced disorderly conduct charge after his arrest for fondling an undercover police officer in a park.
Dallas Morning News, 2/11/95
Priest Xavier Ortiz-Dietz
Pleaded "no contest" to charges that he sometimes abused altar boys minutes before entering the sanctuary to say Mass.
Spokesman Review, 8/17/94
Mormon general authority George P. Lee
Pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a girl, now 17.
Arizona Republic, 10/12/94; Salt Lake Tribune, 10/11/94
The Archdiocese of Washington
Removed 4 priests from their parishes and ordered them to undergo 6-9 months of inpatient treatment after they admitted to sexually abusing an altar boy.
Seattle Times, 2/7/95; Washington Post, 2/5/95
Methodist Reverend Albert Sweet
A jury said Sweet twisted pastoral counseling sessions with Reverend Kay Wright, 53, then a congregation member, into a sexual relationship, exploiting the counselor/careseeker relationship. The jury awarded $135,000 in damages to her.
Seattle Times, 2/12/95
After 27 years of repressing the painful memory, Patricia Marchant recalled how the priest in her Catholic grade school chose her, then 7, to deliver a carton of milk daily after Mass. Upon delivery, the priest would strip himself of his collar, sexually abusing her as the church bells rang.
Milwaukee Sentinel, 3/18/95
Bible instructor Fritz A. Callies
Pembine Bible camp and Grace Evangelical Lutheran church
Sentenced to 8 years in prison for sexually assaulting 2 girls, ages 9 and 10.
Kenosha News, 7/17/94
Associate pastor Samuel Earl Brown
Tabernacle of Praise Church
Accused of pinching, biting& beating a girl.
Birmingham Post-Herald 5/14/97
Senior pastor Ellis Charles Butler
Universal Church of God
Given 60 years for raping girls.
Northwest Arkansas Times 5/31/97
Roman Catholic priest Martin Greenlaw
Pleaded no contest to felony grand theft and embezzlement of $76,000--in addition to his earlier conviction.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 7/6/97
Roman Catholic priest Don Kimball
Is the 5th Sonoma Co. priest to be accused of molesting children over a period of 2 decades.
San Francisco Chronicle 7/9/97
Former minister Michael Anthony Jones
Greater Faith Baptist Church
Reportedly fondled teenage boys during private "baptism" rites.
The Record 5/21/97
Former oncologist and local Mormon church leader John Parkinson
Convicted of sexually assaulting 2 female patients and of practicing without a license.
Lodi News-Sentinel 6/4/97
Mormon Missionary Jason Chad Larsen
Suspected of molesting an 8-year-old girl.
Bakersfield Californian 5/24/97
Pastor David Anthony Law
Arrested for sexually assaulting a girl, 15. He told investigators the "devil" made him do it.
The Miami Herald 7/6/97
Pastor Richard Castillo
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Relieved from priestly duties in April after a report surfaced that he had molested a male high school student 7 years ago.
St. Augustine Record 4/28/97
Evangelist George Crossley
Accused of hiring hit man.
Orlando Sentinel 5/14/97
Preacher's wife Deborah Lyons
Charged with arson.
Pastor Rudolph C. Berndt
Blue Grass' St. Andrew's Church
Pleaded guilty to 1 count of filing a false tax return.
Clinton Herald 5/17/97; Quad City Times 5/17/97
Minister Paul Grandon
Crandon Methodist Church
Pleaded guilty in July to felony charges of kidnapping and sexually abusing a woman in '96.
Des Moines Register 7/8/97
Two Orthodox Jewish rabbis Mahir Reiss and Bernard Grunfeld
Charged in mid-June with funneling $1.75 million in Colombian drug profits.
Associated Press 6/17/97
Reverend Ed Privette
White Plains United Methodist Church
A Wake Co. jury found Privette liable for sexual harassment of 2 women.
Washington Post 5/24/97; The Chronicle 5/31/97
Founder Sharon M. Dantzler, and associates Irene McIver and Marvinetta Clay
Rehoboth Ministries, Inc.
Federal authorities issued arrest warrants in May for Dantzler, McIver and Clay for a long-running con game which has bilked area landlords, utilities and businesses for more than $100,000.
Philadelphia Inquirer 5/21/97
Msgr. Louis WardDunn
Convicted of raping a parishioner, in her Providence apartment.
Providence Journal-Bulletin 6/25/97
Leader Aaron LeBaron
The Lamb of God religious sect
Sentenced in mid-June to 45 years in prison for ordering the killings of 3 former group members in 1988.
New York Times 6/13/97
Baptist social studies teacher Chad Bryan Seidler
Bethlehem Baptist Christian Academy
Pleaded guilty in May to sexually abusing 3 of his students was also charged with embezzling at least $200 from his students' class trip fund.
Fairfax Journal 5/30/97
Catholic priest Terry A. Lenning
St. Edward's in Chesterfield
Arrested in late June for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Former minister Royston Fraser
United Church of Canada
Sentenced to a 6-month curfew of house arrest in April for sexually assaulting a 10 year old girl.
News Of The World (British) 4/27/97
Muslim cleric Imam Mohamed Kerzazi
Sentenced by a French court in early June to 7 years in prison for the '94 death of a woman, 19, killed in an exorcism ceremony.
St. Augustine Record 6/7/97
Former Zimbabwe president and Methodist minister Canaan Banana
Charged in July with 11 counts of sodomy, attempted sodomy and indecent assault.
The Advocate 7/9/97
Franciscan Friar Rashid Peter Francis
Charged with 4th degree stalking.
Northport Patch, 10-19-10
Reverend Greg Scott Glover
Arrested on 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Former Protestant Pastor Vaughn Reeves Sr.
Arrested on 10 counts of securities fraud.
Reverend Billy Eckstine McCurdy
Revival Temple Church of God
Charged with 6 counts of sexual assault and 5 counts of open and gross lewdness.
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10-8-10
Reverend Ben Johnson
First United Methodist Church
Charged with 2 counts of 3rd-degree sexual assault.
Paragould Daily Press, 10-7-10
Reverend Gerry James
Friendship Baptist Church (Hattiesburg, MS)
Charged with 10 counts, including traffic violations, DUI, threatening a police officer and marijuana possession.
Reverend Thomas Marr
St. Bernard Catholic Church (Watertown, WI)
Arrested for theft in a business setting and theft and fraud.
Wisconsin State Journal, 9-28-10
Volunteer Charles “Ward” Bales
Fairhaven United Methodist Church (Johnson City, TN)
Pleaded guilty to theft of over $10,000.
Johnson City Press, 10-21-10
Self-described social conservative with strong Christian values Troy Bird
Pleaded no contest to 2 counts of forcible sodomy. Bird ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the state House of Delegates in 2009.
Roanoke Times, 10-6-10
Reverend Steven G. Welty
Glory House Fellowship Church (Dungeness, WA)
Guilty on 6 counts each of child rape, child molestation and incest.
Peninsula Daily News, 10-6-10
Reverend Carlton Hammonds
Willows Baptist Church (Willows, CA)
Guilty of 3 counts of lewd acts on a child and 1 count of molesting a child.
Chico Enterprise-Records, 10-1-10
Reverend John Lohr
Edwardsburg Church of God (Howard Township, MI)
Pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sexual conduct with 14-year-old girl.
Kalamazoo Gazette, 10-1-10
Reverend David A. Thompson
World of Pentecost Church (Canel Winchester, OH)
Guilty of 9 counts of money laundering, 7 counts of filing false or incomplete state income tax returns, 3 counts of tampering with records and 1 count each of theft, forgery and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Columbus Dispatch, 10-1-10
Gym teacher Joshua DiMeo
Light and Life Christian School (Liberty, NY)
Pleaded guilty to disseminating indecent material to minors and 2nd-degree sexual abuse.
Sullivan County Democrat, 8-20-10
Founder and operator Mike Crain
Christian-based Fort Bluff Camp (Dayton, TN)
Pleaded no contest to a sexual battery charge.
Catholic Priest Samuel Ciccolini
Pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return and structuring financial transactions to avoid reporting.
Pastor Derwin Pasley
Risen Faith Fellowship
Pleaded guilty to 2 counts of 2nd-degree child molestation and 1 count of 3rd-degree child molestation.
Bellingham Herald, 10-5-10
Church worker Alberto Rodriguez
Valley West Christian Church (Madera, CA)
Accused of molesting children under age 14.
KMPH Fresno, 10-18-10
Pastor David Morris
Carmathen Evangelical Church (Swansea, Wales)
Accused of placing 12-year-old girl’s hand on his crotch and fondling her during a tutoring lesson 14 years ago.
The Sun, 10-5-10
Archbishop Serephim Storheim
Resigned after a complaint of sexual misconduct.
Toronto Star, 10-5-10
Pastor Perez Blackmon
Missionary Baptist Church (Blakely, GA)
Installed as pastor at despite being a registered sex offender.
Albany Herald, 9-1-10
Pastor Michael Charles Campbell
House of Worship Church of God in Christ (Deland, FL)
Arrested for lewd and lascivious molestation, and lewd and lascivious conduct.
The Palm Beach Post 10-13-10
Youth Pastor Carl Lloyd
Son Rise Baptist Church (Harteselle, AL)
Charged with 2nd-degree sodomy.
WAFF News, 11-24-10
Athletic director, health teacher and coach Mark S. Hubbard
Hillcrest Christian School (Granada Hills, CA)
Charged with multiple sex crimes.
Los Angeles Daily News, 10-23-10
Youth Pastor Daniel Robida
Harvest Community Church (Summerfield, FL)
Arrested for sexual battery.
WESH News, 11-22-10
Reverend Walter D. Bradshaw
Charged with rape, rape of a child and other multiple sexual crimes.
An unidentified Catholic pastor
Parish of Lady of the Assumption (Vilifames, Spain)
Charged with distribution of child pornography.
BBC News, 11-12-10
Reverend Aaron Witcher
Crosswalk Christian Training Center (Roy, UT)
Charged with 9 counts of rape.
Salt Lake Tribune, 11-11-10
Reverend David K. Love
New Hope Baptist Church (Boiling Springs, SC)
Accused of fatally shooting a fellow church member.
Kansas City Star, 11-10-10
Youth Minister Brian Richard Gray
Monroe Church of Christ (Winder, GA) charged with child molestation, statutory rape and burglary.
FOX 5 Atlanta, 11-10-10
Many, many more to come!
"The compiler notes that, "Below is a list of criminals who also happen to be religious. I compiled the list merely as a response to those who claim you cannot be good without God. It is in no way intended to suggest that if you are religious, you cannot be a good person. I understand that probably more than 99% of religious people do not belong in this category.
Some of the people in this list have only been charged, and not convicted, of a crime. I think it would be safe to say that over half of those people are actually guilty of the crimes for which they were arrested. If you don’t want to agree with that, fine! Remove all of those who were merely charged with a crime. It still leaves an extremely large
"Nearly all of the people listed are Christian. I also understand that there are just as many people from all religions (including no religion) who would belong in this list. If I were to list all the Muslims or atheists, for example, who have committed crimes, I’m sure the list would be proportionately just as long. So, if you feel you must list all the atheists who have done wrong, feel free, but I believe I just admitted that there are atheist criminals as well.
"If you say that these people aren’t 'true' Christians, I would have to ask, how do you determine who is a 'true' Christian? If it’s up to each individual to determine for themselves, then anyone who says they are a Christian, is a Christian. If it’s up to anyone who agrees with you as to what a 'true' Christian believes, then I might suggest that you are the only 'true' Christian since no one else is going to agree with you on every single aspect as to what a 'true' Christian is. I mean, where do you draw the line as to who is not a 'true' Christian? Is it someone who murders? Rapes? Commits adultery? Steals? Lies? Swears? Does work on Sunday? Gets divorced? Puts up a Christmas tree? Refuses to kiss another man upon greeting? You may draw the line in one place, where another Christian draws it somewhere else. If that is the case, then I would have to say that you are the only 'true' Christian. If it’s God who determines who is a 'true' Christian, then who are you to say they are not Christian?
"If my list contains any mistakes, I will do my best to correct them.
"The first dozen or so do not have sources. They are pretty famous cases and you may look them up yourself."
And the third list from http://able2know.org/topic/156717-1, this time going further back in world history:
A Large compilation of Christian Crimes since its advent, with dates:
As soon as Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire by imperial edict (315), more and more pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mob. Pagan priests were killed.
Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.
Examples of destroyed Temples: the Sanctuary of Aesculap in Aegaea, the Temple of Aphrodite in Golgatha, Aphaka in Lebanon, the Heliopolis.
Christian priests such as Mark of Arethusa or Cyrill of Heliopolis were famous as "temple destroyer." [DA468]
Pagan services became punishable by death in 356. [DA468]
Christian Emperor Theodosius (408-450) even had children executed, because they had been playing with remains of pagan statues. [DA469]
According to Christian chroniclers he "followed meticulously all Christian teachings..."
In 6th century pagans were declared void of all rights.
In the early fourth century the philosopher Sopatros was executed on demand of Christian authorities. [DA466]
The world famous female philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria was torn to pieces with glass fragments by a hysterical Christian mob led by a Christian minister named Peter, in a church, in 415.
Emperor Karl (Charlemagne) in 782 had 4500 Saxons, unwilling to convert to Christianity, beheaded. [DO30]
Peasants of Steding (Germany) unwilling to pay suffocating church taxes: between 5,000 and 11,000 men, women and children slain 5/27/1234 near Altenesch/Germany. [WW223]
15th century Poland: 1019 churches and 17987 villages plundered by Knights of the Order. Number of victims unknown. [DO30]
16th and 17th century Ireland. English troops "pacified and civilized" Ireland, where only Gaelic "wild Irish", "unreasonable beasts lived without any knowledge of God or good manners, in common of their goods, cattle, women, children and every other thing." One of the more successful soldiers, a certain Humphrey Gilbert, half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh, ordered that "the heddes of all those (of what sort soever thei were) which were killed in the daie, should be cutte off from their bodies... and should bee laied on the ground by eche side of the waie", which effort to civilize the Irish indeed caused "greate terrour to the people when thei sawe the heddes of their dedde fathers, brothers, children, kinsfolke, and freinds on the grounde".
Tens of thousands of Gaelic Irish fell victim to the carnage. [SH99, 225]
First Crusade: 1095 on command of pope Urban II. [WW11-41]
Semlin/Hungary 6/24/96 thousands slain. Wieselburg/Hungary 6/12/96 thousands. [WW23]
9/9/96-9/26/96 Nikaia, Xerigordon (then Turkish), thousands respectively. [WW25-27]
Until January 1098 a total of 40 capital cities and 200 castles conquered (number of slain unknown) [WW30]
After 6/3/98 Antiochia (then Turkish) conquered, between 10,000 and 60,000 slain. 6/28/98 100,000 Turks (incl. women and children) killed.
Here the Christians "did no other harm to the women found in [the enemy's] tents - save that they ran their lances through their bellies," according to Christian chronicler Fulcher of Chartres. [EC60]
Marra (Maraat an-numan) 12/11/98 thousands killed. Because of the subsequent famine "the already stinking corpses of the enemies were eaten by the Christians" said chronicler Albert Aquensis. [WW36]
Jerusalem conquered 7/15/1099 more than 60,000 victims (Jewish, Muslim, men, women, children). [WW37-40]
In the words of one witness: "there [in front of Solomon's temple] was such a carnage that our people were wading ankle-deep in the blood of our foes", and after that "happily and crying for joy our people marched to our Saviour's tomb, to honour it and to pay off our debt of gratitude."
The Archbishop of Tyre, eye-witness, wrote: "It was impossible to look upon the vast numbers of the slain without horror; everywhere lay fragments of human bodies, and the very ground was covered with the blood of the slain. It was not alone the spectacle of headless bodies and mutilated limbs strewn in all directions that roused the horror of all who looked upon them. Still more dreadful was it to gaze upon the victors themselves, dripping with blood from head to foot, an ominous sight which brought terror to all who met them. It is reported that within the Temple enclosure alone about ten thousand infidels perished." [TG79]
Christian chronicler Eckehard of Aura noted that "even the following summer in all of Palestine the air was polluted by the stench of decomposition". One million victims of the first crusade alone. [WW41]
Battle of Askalon, 8/12/1099. 200,000 heathens slaughtered "in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ". [WW45]
Fourth crusade: 4/12/1204 Constantinople sacked, number of victims unknown, numerous thousands, many of them Christian. [WW141-148]
Rest of Crusades in less detail: until the fall of Akkon 1291 probably 20 million victims (in the Holy land and Arab/Turkish areas alone). [WW224]
Already in 385 C.E. the first Christians, the Spanish Priscillianus and six followers, were beheaded for heresy in Trier/Germany [DO26]
Manichaean heresy: a crypto-Christian sect decent enough to practice birth control (and thus not as irresponsible as faithful Catholics) was exterminated in huge campaigns all over the Roman empire between 372 C.E. and 444 C.E. Numerous thousands of victims. [NC]
Albigensians: the first Crusade intended to slay other Christians. [DO29]
The Albigensians (Cathars) viewed themselves as good Christians, but would not accept Roman Catholic rule, and taxes, and prohibition of birth control. [NC]
Begin of violence: on command of pope Innocent III (the greatest single mass murderer prior to the Nazi era) in 1209. Beziers (today France) 7/22/1209 destroyed, all the inhabitants were slaughtered. Number of victims (including Catholics refusing to turn over their heretic
neighbors and friends) estimated between 20,000-70,000. [WW179-181]
Carcassonne 8/15/1209, thousands slain. Other cities followed. [WW181]
Subsequent 20 years of war until nearly all Cathars (probably half the population of the Languedoc, today southern France) were exterminated. [WW183]
After the war ended (1229) the Inquisition was founded 1232 to search and destroy surviving/hiding heretics. Last Cathars burned at the stake 1324.
Estimated one million victims (Cathar heresy alone), [WW183]
Other heresies: Waldensians, Paulikians, Runcarians, Josephites, and many others. Most of these sects exterminated, (I believe some Waldensians live today, yet they had to endure 600 years of persecution) I estimate at least hundred thousand victims (including the Spanish inquisition but excluding victims in the New World).
Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada, a former Dominican friar, allegedly was responsible for 10,220 burnings. [DO28]
John Huss, a critic of papal infallibility and indulgences, was burned at the stake in 1415. [LI475-522]
Michael Sattler, leader of a baptist community, was burned at the stake in Rottenburg, Germany, May 20, 1527. Several days later his wife and other follwers were also executed. [KM]
University professor B.Hubmaier burned at the stake 1538 in Vienna. [DO59]
Giordano Bruno, Dominican monk, after having been incarcerated for seven years, was burned at the stake for heresy on the Campo dei Fiori (Rome) on 2/17/1600.
Thomas Aikenhead, a twenty-year-old scottish student of Edinburgh University, was hanged for atheism and blasphemy.
From the beginning of Christianity to 1484 probably more than several thousand.
In the era of witch hunting (1484-1750) according to modern scholars several hundred thousand (about 80% female) burned at the stake or hanged.
15th century: Crusades against Hussites, thousands slain. [DO30]
1538 pope Paul III declared Crusade against apostate England and all English as slaves of Church (fortunately had not power to go into action). [DO31]
1568 Spanish Inquisition Tribunal ordered extermination of 3 million rebels in (then Spanish) Netherlands. [DO31]
Between 5000 and 6000 Protestants were drowned by Spanish Catholic Troops, "a disaster the burghers of Emden first realized when several thousand broad-brimmed Dutch hats floated by." [SH216]
1572 In France about 20,000 Huguenots were killed on command of pope Pius V. Until 17th century 200,000 flee. [DO31]
17th century: Catholics slay Gaspard de Coligny, a Protestant leader. After murdering him, the Catholic mob mutilated his body, "cutting off his head, his hands, and his genitals... and then dumped him into the river [...but] then, deciding that it was not worthy of being food for the fish, they hauled it out again [... and] dragged what was left ... to the gallows of Montfaulcon, 'to be meat and carrion for maggots and crows'." [SH191]
17th century: Catholics sack the city of Magdeburg/Germany: roughly 30,000 Protestants were slain. "In a single church fifty women were found beheaded," reported poet Friedrich Schiller, "and infants still sucking the breasts of their lifeless mothers." [SH191]
17th century 30 years' war (Catholic vs. Protestant): at least 40% of population decimated, mostly in Germany. [DO31-32]
Already in the 4th and 5th centuries synagogues were burned by Christians.Number of Jews slain unknown.
In the middle of the fourth century the first synagogue was destroyed on command of bishop Innocentius of Dertona in Northern Italy. The first synagogue known to have been burned down was near the river Euphrat, on command of the bishop of Kallinikon in the year 388. [DA450]
694 17. Council of Toledo: Jews were enslaved, their property confiscated, and their children forcibly baptized. [DA454]
1010 The Bishop of Limoges (France) had the cities' Jews, who would not convert to Christianity, expelled or killed. [DA453]
1096 First Crusade: Thousands of Jews slaughtered, maybe 12.000 total. Places: Worms 5/18/1096, Mainz 5/27/1096 (1100 persons), Cologne, Neuss, Altenahr, Wevelinghoven, Xanten, Moers, Dortmund, Kerpen, Trier, Metz, Regensburg, Prag and others (All locations Germany except Metz/France, Prag/Czech) [EJ]
1147 Second Crusade: Several hundred Jews were slain in Ham, Sully, Carentan, and Rameru (all locations in France). [WW57]
1189/90 Third Crusade: English Jewish communities sacked. [DO40]
1235, Fulda/Germany: 34 Jewish men and women slain. [DO41]
1257, 1267: Jewish communities of London, Canterbury, Northampton, Lincoln, Cambridge, and others exterminated. [DO41]
1290 Bohemia (Poland) allegedly 10,000 Jews killed. [DO41]
1337 Starting in Deggendorf/Germany a Jew-killing craze reaches 51 towns in Bavaria, Austria, Poland. [DO41]
1348 All Jews of Basel/Switzerland and Strasbourg/France (two thousand) burned. [DO41]
1349 In more than 350 towns in Germany all Jews murdered, mostly burned alive (in this one year more Jews were killed than Christians in 200 years of ancient Roman persecution of Christians). [DO42]
1389 In Prag 3,000 Jews were slaughtered. [DO42]
1391 Seville's Jews killed (Archbishop Martinez leading). 4,000 were slain, 25,000 sold as slaves. [DA454] Their identification was made easy by the brightly colored "badges of shame" that all Jews above the age of ten had been forced to wear.
1492 In the year Columbus set sail to conquer a New World, more than 150,000 Jews were expelled from Spain, many died on their way: 6/30/1492.
1648 Chmielnitzki massacres: In Poland about 200,000 Jews were slain.
Beginning with Columbus (a former slave trader and would-be Holy Crusader) the conquest of the New World began, as usual understood as a means to propagate Christianity.
Within hours of landfall on the first inhabited island he encountered in the Caribbean, Columbus seized and carried off six native people who, he said, "ought to be good servants ... [and] would easily be made Christians, because it seemed to me that they belonged to no religion." [SH200]
While Columbus described the Indians as "idolators" and "slaves, as many as [the Crown] shall order," his pal Michele de Cuneo, Italian nobleman, referred to the natives as "beasts" because "they eat when they are hungry," and made love "openly whenever they feel like it." [SH204-205]
On every island he set foot on, Columbus planted a cross, "making the declarations that are required" - the requerimiento - to claim the ownership for his Catholic patrons in Spain. And "nobody objected." If the Indians refused or delayed their acceptance (or understanding), the requerimiento continued:
"I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter in your country and shall make war against you ... and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church ... and shall do you all mischief that we can, as to vassals who do not obey and refuse to receive their lord and resist and contradict him." [SH66]
Likewise in the words of John Winthrop, first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony: "justifieinge the undertakeres of the intended Plantation in New England ... to carry the Gospell into those parts of the world, ... and to raise a Bulworke against the kingdome of the Ante-Christ." [SH235]
In average two thirds of the native population were killed by colonist-imported smallpox before violence began. This was a great sign of "the marvelous goodness and providence of God" to the Christians of course, e.g. the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony wrote in 1634, as "for the natives, they are near all dead of the smallpox, so as the Lord hath cleared our title to what we possess." [SH109,238]
On Hispaniola alone, on Columbus visits, the native population (Arawak), a rather harmless and happy people living on an island of abundant natural resources, a literal paradise, soon mourned 50,000 dead. [SH204]
The surviving Indians fell victim to rape, murder, enslavement and Spanish raids.
As one of the culprits wrote: "So many Indians died that they could not be counted, all through the land the Indians lay dead everywhere. The stench was very great and pestiferous." [SH69]
The Indian chief Hatuey fled with his people but was captured and burned alive. As "they were tying him to the stake a Franciscan friar urged him to take Jesus to his heart so that his soul might go to heaven, rather than descend into hell. Hatuey replied that if heaven was where the Christians went, he would rather go to hell." [SH70]
What happened to his people was described by an eyewitness:
"The Spaniards found pleasure in inventing all kinds of odd cruelties ... They built a long gibbet, long enough for the toes to touch the ground to prevent strangling, and hanged thirteen [natives] at a time in honor of Christ Our Saviour and the twelve Apostles... then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies and they were burned alive." [SH72]
Or, on another occasion:
"The Spaniards cut off the arm of one, the leg or hip of another, and from some their heads at one stroke, like butchers cutting up beef and mutton for market. Six hundred, including the cacique, were thus slain like brute beasts...Vasco [de Balboa] ordered forty of them to be torn to pieces by dogs." [SH83]
The "island's population of about eight million people at the time of Columbus's arrival in 1492 already had declined by a third to a half before the year 1496 was out." Eventually all the island's natives were exterminated, so the Spaniards were "forced" to import slaves from other caribbean islands, who soon suffered the same fate. Thus "the Caribbean's millions of native people [were] thereby effectively liquidated in barely a quarter of a century". [SH72-73] "In less than the normal lifetime of a single human being, an entire culture of millions of people, thousands of years resident in their homeland, had been exterminated." [SH75]
"And then the Spanish turned their attention to the mainland of Mexico and Central America. The slaughter had barely begun. The exquisite city of Tenochtitlan [Mexico city] was next." [SH75]
Cortez, Pizarro, De Soto and hundreds of other Spanish conquistadors likewise sacked southern and mesoamerican civilizations in the name of Christ (De Soto also sacked Florida).
"When the 16th century ended, some 200,000 Spaniards had moved to the Americas. By that time probably more than 60,000,000 natives were dead."
Although none of the settlers would have survived winter without native help, they soon set out to expel and exterminate the Indians. Warfare among (north American) Indians was rather harmless, in comparison to European standards, and was meant to avenge insults rather than conquer land. In the words of some of the pilgrim fathers: "Their Warres are farre less bloudy...", so that there usually was "no great slawter of nether side". Indeed, "they might fight seven yeares and not kill seven men." What is more, the Indians usually spared women and children. [SH111]
In the spring of 1612 some English colonists found life among the (generally friendly and generous) natives attractive enough to leave Jamestown - "being idell ... did runne away unto the Indyans," - to live among them (that probably solved a sex problem).
"Governor Thomas Dale had them hunted down and executed: 'Some he apointed (sic) to be hanged Some burned Some to be broken upon wheles, others to be staked and some shott to deathe'." [SH105] Of course these elegant measures were restricted for fellow Englishmen: "This was the treatment for those who wished to act like Indians. For those who had no
choice in the matter, because they were the native people of Virginia" methods were different: "when an Indian was accused by an Englishman of stealing a cup and failing to return it, the English response was to attack the natives in force, burning the entire community" down. [SH105]
On the territory that is now Massachusetts the founding fathers of the colonies were committing genocide, in what has become known as the "Peqout War." The killers were New England Puritan Christians, refugees from persecution in their own home country England.
When however, a dead colonist was found, apparently killed by Narragansett Indians, the Puritan colonists wanted revenge. Despite the Indian chief's pledge they attacked.
Somehow they seem to have lost the idea of what they were after, because when they were greeted by Pequot Indians (long-time foes of the Narragansetts) the troops nevertheless made war on the Pequots and burned their villages.
The puritan commander-in-charge John Mason after one massacre wrote: "And indeed such a dreadful Terror did the Almighty let fall upon their Spirits, that they would fly from us and run into the very Flames, where many of them perished ... God was above them, who laughed his Enemies and the Enemies of his People to Scorn, making them as a fiery Oven ... Thus did the Lord judge among the Heathen, filling the Place with dead Bodies": men, women, children. [SH113-114]
So "the Lord was pleased to smite our Enemies in the hinder Parts, and to give us their land for an inheritance". [SH111].
Because of his readers' assumed knowledge of Deuteronomy, there was no need for Mason to quote the words that immediately follow:
"Thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth. But thou shalt utterly destroy them..." (Deut 20)
Mason's comrade Underhill recalled how "great and doleful was the bloody sight to the view of the young soldiers" yet reassured his readers that "sometimes the Scripture declareth women and children must perish with their parents". [SH114]
Other Indians were killed in successful plots of poisoning. The colonists even had dogs especially trained to kill Indians and to devour children from their mothers breasts, in the colonists' own words: "blood Hounds to draw after them, and Mastives to seaze them." (This was inspired by Spanish methods of the time)
In this way they continued until the extermination of the Pequots was near. [SH107-119]
The surviving handful of Indians "were parceled out to live in servitude. John Endicott and his pastor wrote to the governor asking for 'a share' of the captives, specifically 'a young woman or girle and a boy if you thinke good'." [SH115]
Other tribes were to follow the same path.
Comment the Christian exterminators: "God's Will, which will at last give us cause to say: How Great is His Goodness! and How Great is his Beauty!"
"Thus doth the Lord Jesus make them to bow before him, and to lick the Dust!" [TA]
Like today, lying was morally acceptable to Christians then. "Peace treaties were signed with every intention to violate them: when the Indians 'grow secure uppon (sic) the treatie', advised the Council of State in Virginia, 'we shall have the better Advantage both to surprise them, & cutt downe theire Corne'." [SH106]
In 1624 sixty heavily armed Englishmen cut down 800 defenseless Indian men, women and children. [SH107]
In a single massacre in "King Philip's War" of 1675 and 1676 some "600 Indians were destroyed. A delighted Cotton Mather, revered pastor of the Second Church in Boston, later referred to the slaughter as a 'barbeque'." [SH115]
To summarize: Before the arrival of the English, the western Abenaki people in New Hampshire and Vermont had numbered 12,000. Less than half a century later about 250 remained alive - a destruction rate of 98%. The Pocumtuck people had numbered more than 18,000, fifty years later they were down to 920 - 95% destroyed. The Quiripi-Unquachog people had numbered about
30,000, fifty years later they were down to 1500 - 95% destroyed. The Massachusetts people had numbered at least 44,000, fifty years later barely 6000 were alive - 81% destroyed. [SH118] These are only a few examples of the multitude of tribes living before Christian colonists set their foot on the New World. All this was before the smallpox epidemics of 1677 and 1678 had occurred. And the carnage was not over then.
All the above was only the beginning of the European colonization, it was before the frontier age actually had begun.
A total of maybe more than 150 million Indians (of both Americas) were destroyed in the period of 1500 to 1900, as an average two thirds by smallpox and other epidemics, that leaves some 50 million killed directly by violence, bad treatment and slavery.
In many countries, such as Brazil, and Guatemala, this continues even today.
Reverend Solomon Stoddard, one of New England's most esteemed religious leaders, in "1703 formally proposed to the Massachusetts Governor that the colonists be given the financial wherewithal to purchase and train large packs of dogs 'to hunt Indians as they do bears'." [SH241]
Massacre of Sand Creek, Colorado 11/29/1864. Colonel John Chivington, a former Methodist minister and still elder in the church ("I long to be wading in gore" had a Cheyenne village of about 600, mostly women and children, gunned down despite the chiefs' waving with a white flag: 400-500 killed.
From an eye-witness account: "There were some thirty or forty squaws collected in a hole for protection; they sent out a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when she was shot and killed. All the squaws in that hole were afterwards killed ..." [SH131]
By the 1860s, "in Hawai'i the Reverend Rufus Anderson surveyed the carnage that by then had reduced those islands' native population by 90 percent or more, and he declined to see it as tragedy; the expected total die-off of the Hawaiian population was only natural, this missionary said, somewhat equivalent to 'the amputation of diseased members of the body'."
[DA] K.Deschner, Abermals krader Hahn, Stuttgart 1962.
[DO] K.Deschner, Opus Diaboli, Reinbek 1987.
[EC] P.W.Edbury, Crusade and Settlement, Cardiff Univ. Press 1985.
[EJ] S.Eidelberg, The Jews and the Crusaders, Madison 1977.
[HA] Hunter, M., Wootton, D., Atheism from the Reformation to the
Enlightenment, Oxford 1992.
[KM] Schroder-Kappus, E., Wagner, W., Michael Sattler. Ein Martyrer in
Rottenburg, Tobingen, TVT Media 1992.
[LI] H.C.Lea, The Inquisition of the Middle Ages, New York 1961.
[MM] M.Margolis, A.Marx, A History of the Jewish People.
[MV] A.Manhattan, The Vatican's Holocaust, Springfield 1986.
See also V.Dedijer, The Yugoslav Auschwitz and the Vatican, Buffalo NY, 1992.
[NC] J.T.Noonan, Contraception: A History of its Treatment by the Catholic
Theologians and Canonists, Cambridge/Mass., 1992.
[S2] Newscast of S2 Aktuell, Germany, 10/10/96, 12:00.
[SH] D.Stannard, American Holocaust, Oxford University Press 1992.
[SP] German news magazine Der Spiegel, no.49, 12/2/1996.
[TA] A True Account of the Most Considerable Occurrences that have Hapned in the Warre Between the English and the Indians in New England, London 1676.
[TG] F.Turner, Beyond Geography, New York 1980.
[WW] H.Wollschlager: Die bewaffneten Wallfahrten gen Jerusalem, Zurich 1973. (This is in german and what is worse, it is out of print. But it is the best I ever read about crusades and includes a full list of original medieval Christian chroniclers' writings).
[WV] Estimates on the number of executed witches:
N.Cohn, Europe's Inner Demons: An Enquiry Inspired by the Great Witch Hunt, Frogmore 1976, 253.
R.H.Robbins, The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology, New York 1959, 180.
J.B.Russell, Witchcraft in the Middle Ages, Ithaca/NY 1972, 39.
H.Zwetsloot, Friedrich Spee und die Hexenprozesse, Trier 1954, 56.
1. Believers in a higher, omniscent, omnipresent, and all-good being tend to be political conservatives.
2. Conservative-Christians are not only forced to hate reason, and by extension, science, to preserve their political stance, they also have to preserve and protect their religious views.
When Conservatism is criminalized, Conservative-Christians will have to undergo the same process as Conservative leaders and their Sheeplets: Punishment for the leadership, and re-education for the Sheeplets.
This concludes the post and the series on religion - for now. If anyone hasn't noticed the link between the lists and criminalizing Conservatism, ask yourself this question: If the criminals on the lists were Sicilian-Americans, what do you think Congress would do?
Yep, criminalize the Cosa Nostra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Mafia).
“I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal
ascendancy of one sect over another.”
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799.