The Inquisition


English: Two dominican monks burned at the sta...

English: Two dominican monks burned at the stake by order of the inquisition for allegedly signing pacts with the devil. From the Histoire veritable de quatre lacopins, Geneva, 1549. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know that the Inquisition of the movies and books are not completely accurate.

How ever, there are now people that says “Oh, the inkvisition wasn’t so bad” and “there were far less burnings, beheadings, hangings and a lot less torture, than you think.”

Just one of these stories are bad enough, but there were thousands of innocent people, tortured and killed.

Picture this.

Madrid, saturday, januari 20, the year, 1624.
Place, Plaza Mayor.

The holy office (catholic church) is marching with their standard of the cross to start the ceremony by the big tribune.
The ceremony is for “the repentance of the accused, for the eradication of heresy and exaltation of the holy Catholic faith.”

Over 40 000 people have gathered to watch the spectacle. The accused, who does not repent, are displayed around the masses on a mule.
No one want to lead or even touch the animal, the accused are sitting on.

After a prayer and a reading of a lengthy excerpt from the procedural document, the accused is out of the city, to the site of the fire.
The people are screaming in exaltation: “Long live our holy Catholic faith and death to heresy!”

Imagine the feelings this man has. Imagine the terror he feels.
All of this because he does not conform to the catholic church and its dogma.

The victim, in this case, was a monk named Benito Ferrer, who allegedly desecrated the holy communion.
He was burned to death.

You think this shit couldn’t happen again!?
Stonings, beheadings, hangings, burnings, acid attacks, rapes, child abuse… the list goes on and on and on…

All in the name of religion.

LINKS (better visit you local library for this one)
The Art of Subversion in Inquisitorial Spain: Rojas And Delicado – Manuel Da Costa Fontes
Inquisition – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

PS: Did You know The Inquisition still exists…?   DS

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