Atrocities committed in the name of religion

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Different people, living in remote periods both historically and geographically, people who worshiped different gods, and killed others with violence and sadism, hiding in the protective shadow of religion that have embraced it. A question must be: over the world religions doctrines are instigators of violence or are merely tools through which people satisfy their pleasure of killing, with the excuse that serve a noble purpose?

10. Buddhists in Burma

In 1850, Buddhist monks in Burma still practiced rituals that are performed human sacrifices. Along with moving the capital from Mandalay, 56 people considered to be “without blemish” was sacrificed and buried under the city walls to become patrons of the new settlements. Soon, two of the graves have been found empty, which made the astrologers royal to give a verdict radically: 500 people have killed and buried in walls, otherwise the capital will be evacuated. By the intervention of British Governors sacrifices ended, 100 people had been killed already.

9. Massacre at Mountain Meadows

With the war in Utah, Mormons throughout gathered in a short time to fight the U.S. army, which aims to eradicate suspected that the Mormon population. Amid these tensions, rumors emerged that the Fancher-Baker train, carrying emigrants from Arkansas to California, were enemies who had participated in the persecution of many Mormons. Episode, remained in history as the “Mountain Meadows massacre” was completed with the execution of large numbers of immigrants, on September 11th 1857. Mormons attacked the train with the Indian tribe Păiuţe. Two of those who had important roles in the organization Local military, Isaac C. Haight and John D. Lee had orchestrated the attack, deghizându his people so as to appear a Native American attack. After the siege, the Mormons were able to persuade immigrants to surrender. wanting to leave witnesses involved them in this attack, 120 people, men, women and children were executed. Of the latter, only 17 were spared. Only 20 years later, on March 23, 1877, one of the two leaders, John D. Lee, would be convicted and even executed at the massacre.

8. Hunting for witches

Once they arrive in Massachusetts around 1600, the Puritans created a religious police who pursued and punished any deviation doctrine. “Sinners” were whipped, put in the pillory, hanged, they were cutting ears or holes are languages with a hot iron. On the other hand were religious party Quaker followers, some of the greatest enemies of the Puritans, whose religion was considered a blasphemy. Practitioners Quaker caught were hanged. In 1690, fear of witchcraft and its effects led the Puritans to condemn to death 20 prison witches and other 150 people suspected of witchcraft. In the whole period of persecution , which lasted from 1484 until 1750, thousands of people were burned at the stake or hanged. According to official statistics, 80% of victims were women.

7. The crimes of the sect Thuggee

To appease the goddess Kali nemiloasei blood, sect Thuggee practitioners in India have developed since 1500 a religious practice by which people were sacrificed on the altar it. Most victims were killed by strangulation during rituals. Is estimated that 2 million people have fallen victim over time. Only in 1800 was cut about 20 000 lives, until the intervention of the British authorities put an end to these practices. The number of victims has decreased, although in 1840 a member Thuggee was tried for killing 931 people. Today, some Hindu priests still practice this ritual, but people place on the altar of sacrifice was taken from the goats.

6. Roman persecutions

One of the first persecution against Christians occurred in 64 d. Cr., The emperor Nero. The same year that Rome was seized by one of the biggest fires in history. Because so many rumors Nero himself is accused of the disaster, he ordered that all Christians are arrested and killed under the accusation of being triggered devastating fire. Many of them have been torn during the savage sângeroaselor novels or plays were burned alive. In coming years, actions directed against Christians continued, reaching its peak during what was called the “Great Persecution”. It began with a series of four edicts banning Christian religious practices and go to the mass execution of practitioners. persecutions ended with the accession to the throne of Emperor Constantine I in 306, who was to legalize Christianity seven years later in 313.

5. The Crusades

Defined as military conflicts with a religious character, medieval crusades were fought against enemies both external and those internal. Not only Muslims or pagan Slavs were targeted, but also Greek Orthodox Christians, mules, or anyone Hussites entitlement “status” of enemy of the Popes. The original objective of the Crusades was to recover the Holy Land from Muslims and prevent Turkish expansion. The Crusades were fought against pagans, heretics or those who were excommunicated for religious reasons, economic or political. In a short time, they began to serve other purposes, especially political. a crusade mean huge mobilization of military forces and assumed a fighting violence extraordinary, resulting in an impressive number of victims. The idea of a religious war that serves a noble cause of heated minds laity, so it was that towards the end of XI century, some of the people engaged in these battles, becoming after the swearing “soldiers of the church”. It seems that by 1291, the number of victims reached 20 million, but this is only an approximate figure, in the absence of accurate records. It is likely that figure has been much higher, citing the many crusades took place over a long period of time.

4. Islamic Jihad

Meaning “holy war” have had over the years a lot of controversy. Some Muslims understand the jihad use all resources to follow the doctrine of Islam and to satisfy Allah. It is a continuous process by which they learn to control own wishes and thoughts to fight against evil. For them, jihad is being inside and is carried by bringing justice and elimination of evil in society. These precepts have seen an extension shortly, which has materialized against infidels.
But one particular passage in the Koran, Sura 25, verse 52 was born very much debate in the Islamic world. Many have used in past and currently use it as an excuse to commit crimes hidden behind a religious doctrine: “Do not yield to the unbelievers, but fight persistently against them.
Holy War, said in the Koran, has claimed many victims for 12 centuries. It seems that in history, the number of victims killed in the name of Islam has about 200 million. In the early years, Muslim armies is spreading rapidly: eastern India to the west of Morocco. Shortly thereafter, several religious parties have made mutual accusations, declaring jihad against each other: Kharijis fought with Sunni, said Azariqis death of all sinners and their families. In 1850 a Sudanese mystic, Umar al-Hajj, has launched a jihad in order to convert pagan African tribes.

3. Aztec sacrifices

Aztecs began teocraţiei development around 1300, marking the Golden Age of Human sacrifice. Approximately 20 000 people have been sacrificed gods, especially the sun god, who should ensure a daily ration of blood. In the ritual, the victims heart was removed and the bodies were eaten. Other victims were drowned, beheaded, burned or thrown from a height. In a ritual dedicated to the god of rain, children who used to cry often were killed slowly because their tears bring rain. For it satisfy the corn goddess, a virgin had to dance for 24 hours, then was killed and his skin was peeled. One entry states that the coronation of King Ahuitzotl, 80 000 prisoners were slaughtered to satisfy the gods.

2. Inquisition

The first movements of the Inquisition was caused by the attitude of the masses to Christianity, particularly that of the mules and valdensienilor. Torture began to be used after the year 1252. Whoever authorized the use of torture was Inocent Pope IV, a bull known as Ad exstirpanda. But the decree forbidding bloodshed, mutilation or death. One method often used was “strappado”, which meant tying the hands of the accused at the back and its suspension in the air, until fracture of arms. The method has also “improved” in some cases, add weight to the feet, resulting default on their deployment. But things did not stop there. In 1568, the Spanish Inquisition Tribunal ordered extermination of 3 million people in the present territory of the Netherlands, where the Spanish area, the charges of rebellion. Another example of religious fervor is the famous Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada, who was on his conscience at least 10 220 people.

1. Hindus Massacre

The conquest of India by the Mohammedans was described by historian W. Durant, as the bloodiest episode in history. In some parts of Europe and of Asia, conquered nations optau to convert to Islam in place of death await them safe. In India things stayed as they would have liked Muslim conquerors because of Hindu religion, that its place in the life and culture of the people with more than 4,000 years ago. Faced with an extraordinary resistance, Muslim conquerors did not hesitate to burn down entire cities and entire population to massacre them. Each such campaign increased the number of victims with thousands of souls and all the many were thrown into the clutches of slavery. Each invader he could literally build a hill of Hindu skulls followers. The conquest of Afghanistan in 1000 resulted anihiliarea entire Hindu population in this territory. Sultans in central India Bahman had made a rule in the killing of 000 Hindus 100 per year. In 1399, Teimur killed 100 000 people in a single day and many more elsewhere. According to the calculations of Professor Koenraad Elst, the Hindu population decreased from 1000 until 1525 with 80 million.

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