Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $55,759
63%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 63%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: inquisition

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 16 Democrat AGs Begin Inquisition Against ‘Climate Change Disbelievers’

    04/04/2016 9:02:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 101 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/4/16 | Hans von Spakovsky. Cole Wintheiser
    Beginning in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition systematically silenced any citizen who held views that did not align with the king’s. Using the powerful arm of the government, the grand inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada, and his henchmen sought out all those who held religious, scientific, or moral views that conflicted with the monarch’s, punishing the “heretics” with jail sentences, property confiscation, fines, and in severe cases, torture, and execution. One of the lasting results of the Spanish Inquisition was a stifling of speech, thought, and scientific debate throughout Spain. By treating one set of scientific views as absolute, infallible, and above...
  • The Horrors of the Inquisition and Its Modern Advocates

    02/01/2016 12:21:23 PM PST · by juliosevero · 173 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Horrors of the Inquisition and Its Modern Advocates By Julio Severo As perfidious as to commit a crime is to excuse, understate or deny it. On October 2015 Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho said in his Brazilian Twitter, "A entidade chamada Inquisicao e uma invencao ficcional de protestantes." Translation: "The entity called the Inquisition was a fictional invention of Protestants." His original statement is here. Other pro-Inquisition statements by him are exposed here. If everything Olavo says about the Inquisition is correct, then Protestants are liars, because they have been saying about the horrors of the Inquisition for...
  • Bible Ignorance, Clergy Corruption and the Inquisition in England before the Reformation

    01/19/2016 3:42:14 PM PST · by juliosevero · 33 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Bible Ignorance, Clergy Corruption and the Inquisition in England before the Reformation Bible Illiteracy as the Cause of Widespread Corruption and Deadly Censorship By Julio Severo In plain 21th century and specially in the pro-life and conservative movement, it makes no sense to defend the Inquisition, a highly divisive subject contributing nothing to the pro-family cause. But since 2013 I have seen the Inquisition, which tortured and murdered Jews and Protestants, being passionately excused and even defended by some Catholics. See "Can a Pro-Life Activist Defend The Inquisition?" in 2013 and "Neocons, the Inquisition, Russophobia and Lies" in 2015....
  • A Global Inquisition to Put Homosexuals to Death?

    01/11/2016 6:56:23 PM PST · by juliosevero · 25 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    A Global Inquisition to Put Homosexuals to Death? By Julio Severo According to People for the American Way, in their project Right Wing Watch, Theodore Shoebat posted a video declaring that "sodomite homo Sharia" is being imposed on America by "sodomite bastards" and "faggots" who do nothing but "go around spreading AIDS." The Right Wing Watch said, "The only solution, he declared, is the imposition of a global law criminalizing homosexuality that will be enforced by a modern-day Inquisition with the power to put gays to death." According to this website, Shoebat said, "I believe in Inquisitions, I believe...
  • Neocons, the Inquisition, Russophobia and Lies

    10/22/2015 2:47:37 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 50 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Neocons, the Inquisition, Russophobia and Lies By Julio Severo A charge of “liar” is a very serious charge. In his article “Putin’s Paid and Unpaid Liars,” Cliff Kincaid, a Catholic neocon, levels this charge against Don Hank, an evangelical conservative. Kincaid’s contention with Hank is over Malaysian flight MH17, destroyed last year in eastern Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers. Hank opined, in an e-mail group, that there are doubts about the culprit in this case. For Kincaid, there are no doubts now that the Dutch Safety Board has issued a report indicating that a Russian BUK missile is to...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama Is Using Exact Same Argument ISIS Uses Against Christians (Video)

    09/21/2015 2:10:13 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 15 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/21/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Neil Cavuto today that Obama is using ISIS arguments against Christians. "Not only is this president unwilling to go after, to call out radical Islam by its name, but at time President Obama has acted like an apologist for radical Islam… When I said President Obama is an apologist, you may remember earlier when President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and the King of Jordan was scheduled to speak there but he had to fly back to Jordan because the day before ISIS had taken a Jordanian pilot, put him in a cage...
  • [The] Spanish Inquisition

    07/18/2015 9:34:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 85 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spanish Inquisition Question: What was the Church’s involvement with the Spanish Inquisition? It seems clothed in shadows. — Dorothy Perez, San Antonio Answer: This brief column cannot cover all the details and provide extensive references. However, the Spanish Inquisition was run by the secular government, not by the Church. The Church did have its own inquisition, distinct from the secular government of Spain. Most people preferred the Church’s inquisition and often appealed cases there since it was more clement and just by their estimation. The term “inquisition” simply refers to an inquiry into charges leveled against a person, usually of...
  • Pope asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

    06/22/2015 7:32:34 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 18 replies
    DNA ^ | 06/22/2015 | Reuters
    Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church's "non-Christian and inhumane" treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century. The Waldensians, who now live mostly in Italy and Latin America, were founded by Peter Waldo in France in the late 12th century. He gave up his wealth and preached poverty but as the movement grew it came into increasing theological conflict with the papacy. The movement, an early precursor of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, was branded as heretical and in 1487 Pope...
  • The whitewashing of England’s Catholic history

    06/16/2015 8:39:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    catholicherald.co.uk ^ | 16 Jun 2015 | Ed West
    Last week I was writing about Magna Carta and how the Catholic Church’s role has been written out, in particular the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. But the same could also be said about much of English history from 600AD to 1600; from the very first law code written in English, which begins with a clause protecting Church property, to the intellectual flourishing of the 13th century, led by churchmen such as Roger Bacon, the Franciscan friar who foresaw air travel. However, the whitewashing of English Catholic history is mainly seen in three areas: political liberty, economic...
  • The Protestant Inquisition: "Reformation" Intolerance and Persecution

    06/14/2015 2:22:09 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 21 replies
    Biblical Evidence of Catholicism ^ | March 07, 2007 | Dave Armstrong
    The Protestant Inquisition: "Reformation" Intolerance and Persecution Dave ArmstrongMarch 07, 2007 "Disclaimer and statement of intent: Unfortunately, the religious "scandal score" needs to be evened up now and then, and the lesser-known "skeletons in the closet" need to be rescued from obscurity, surveyed, and exposed. I take no pleasure in "dredging up" these unsavory occurrences, but it is necessary for honest, fair historical appraisal. This does not mean that I have forsaken ecumenism, or that I wish to bash Protestants, or that I deny corresponding Catholic shortcomings." "Historical facts are what they are, and most Protestants (and Catholics) are unaware...
  • The Next Exodus? New Mexico's Crypto-Jews Seek Liberation

    04/02/2015 4:58:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4-2-15 | Gedalyah Reback
    Communities in New Mexico and southern Colorado have found irrefutable evidence to say they are descended from Jews. What next? The crypto-Jews of Spain have fascinated Jews for decades. But it was not always fascination – it was once more about the frustration, even resignation, that hundreds of thousands of Jews had been stolen in martyrdom or in forced conversions to Catholicism. In 1492, consolidating their gains following the conquest of Granada, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella enforced the Spanish Inquisition to offer Jews under their rule three infamous options: leave, convert or die. For those who converted, it was...
  • Saddle-Up your High Horse! Time to Shoot Down Myths about Crusades, Inquisition & War on Women

    02/09/2015 7:40:58 AM PST · by NYer · 53 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 8, 2015 | SUSAN E. WILLS
    Conservative media were in an uproar last week over the President’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. He said that we see “faith being twisted and distorted … sometimes used as a weapon” and “lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." Nearly everyone took the statement to mean “Catholic pot, don’t call the Muslim kettle black.” And they were quick to point out that the “terrible deeds in the name of Christ” were...
  • Obama Compares Islamic Terrorists to Christians

    02/06/2015 2:20:36 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | February 6, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    What is wrong with this man? In the midst of what has been a videotaped bloodbath in recent weeks with stonings, beheadings, and one man even being set aflame, President Obama took to the podium of the National Prayer Breakfast to criticize the “terrible deeds” . . . committed “in the name of Christ” throughout the pass two thousand years or so. "And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," he said. "In our...
  • Obama: “Remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition (Shorten Title)

    02/05/2015 2:12:04 PM PST · by Biggirl · 55 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | February 5, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Obama says, “No God condones terror.” Yet Muhammad is depicted in a hadith as having said: “I have been made victorious through terror” (Bukhari 4:52.220). And the Qur’an says: “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies…” (8:60)
  • The New Inquisition: Spanish Inquisition does not live up to reputation of injustice

    10/09/2003 8:18:02 AM PDT · by Aquinasfan · 66 replies · 2,282+ views
    Cornell Review ^ | 1/31/02 | G. Quentin Mull
    Since the epiphany of last September, we have heard countless comparisons between the murders by militant Mohammedans and various epochs of Western history, in a bizarre, masochistic, self-condemning attempt to extenuate the current jihad movement. Dominating the examples of a Western conduit for bloodthirsty religious fervor similar to that of the Osama Movement has been the Spanish Inquisition. Unfortunately for our media and this self-deprecating sequela, examination of the Spanish Inquisition reveals it to be none of the things it is alleged to be, but to be in fact the most just tribunal of its time. The very word “Inquisition”...
  • MUSLIMS RIGHT TO BE ANGRY

    01/15/2015 9:42:37 AM PST · by ealgeone · 73 replies
    Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.
  • If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

    09/15/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    New Republic.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jerry A. Coyne
    [SNIP] Well, if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is “true,” since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrine—said to come from God, but itself man-made—that becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever “true faith” means, it doesn’t mean “the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.” If that were so, we wouldn’t see Westerners trying to tell us what “true Islam” is. No, if “true” means anything, it must mean “true to some principles.” As far as I...
  • Spain grants right of dual nationality to Sephardi Jews

    02/10/2014 5:13:52 AM PST · by cll · 20 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 2/09/2014 | Eli Leon
    More than 500 years after the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish government has voted to facilitate the naturalization of Jewish families of Spanish descent, without demanding they give up their other citizenship. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain must be rolling in their graves: The government in Madrid on Friday approved legislation that would allow descendents of Jews who were exiled from Spain to be naturalized in the country without having to give up their former citizenship, which had been the law until now. Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said that Spain "is indebted to Spanish Jews for spreading the...
  • Can a Pro-Life Activist Defend The Inquisition?

    10/22/2013 10:38:54 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 50 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Can a Pro-Life Activist Defend The Inquisition? By Julio Severo The answer to the title of this article is: Of course not! I, for example, have never defended any kind of Inquisition, and if someday I will do it, obviously I will have to abandon the pro-life fight, because it makes no sense selectively to condemn a genocide and support another. Pope John Paul II, author of the encyclical “The Gospel of Life,” was a pro-life champion and he did not defend the Inquisition. On the contrary, he had the honesty to ask forgiveness for what the Inquisition and its...
  • Our New Albigensian Age

    09/17/2013 5:42:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 17, 2013 | Stephen M. Krason
    In an old (1950) monograph entitled The Truth about the Inquisition, Dr. John A. O’Brien, a Notre Dame history professor of the time, provides a brief but interesting exposé of the Albigensian heresy. Few people recall that that almost maniacal rebellion against Catholic teaching and, for that matter, commonsensical and civilized living was the trigger for the much-misunderstood Inquisition. O’Brien’s discussion makes one think of many aspects of our current civilizational crisis, even though the comparison could not have been so evident in 1950.The Albigensians, or Catharists, were neo-Manicheans, regarding material creation as an evil and viewing all of existence...
  • OFA Climate Day protestor Calls for arrest of dissenters for treason

    08/15/2013 4:45:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/13/13 | Duke Fergus
    OFA volunteer at Climate Day Action in Huntington Beach calls for the arrest of Congressman Rohrabacher and anyone who opposes the government. He says opposing the government is treason.
  • Nobody Expects the Modern Inquisition!

    03/23/2013 1:18:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | February 20, 2013 | Karol Keating
    The Inquisition! The Holy Office! The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith! Whichever name it has used, this is the arm of the Vatican that oversees the doctrinal integrity of the Faith. It watches, with eagle eyes, the goings on of theologians and other suspects around the world. Its staff is omnipresent, with sub-offices in every country and in most major dioceses. Its minions send daily reports to headquarters, where countless clerical workers do nothing but input information into massive databases. Very little escapes the CDF’s attention—and nothing of consequence. Its efficiency is the envy of national intelligence services....
  • UPenn prof calls for imprisonment of filmmaker Sam Bacile; Update: Butler locks her Twitter account

    09/12/2012 11:55:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Twitchy ^ | September 12, 2012 | Staff
    Butler@AntheaButler Good Morning. How soon is Sam Bacile going to be in jail folks? I need him to go now.When Americans die because you are stupid... 12 Sep 12 Anthea Butler is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The title of her most recent book, The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Angels Are Galvanizing the Religious Right, gives you a pretty good idea of where she stands politically. This morning, she strongly implied that Sam Bacile is responsible for yesterday’s embassy attacks and, as a result, should be tossed into jail....
  • Pope: Other Christian Denominations Not True Churches

    01/02/2012 3:13:39 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 331 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 10, 2007 | associated press
    LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy — For the second time in a week, Pope Benedict XVI has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, reasserting the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church and saying other Christian communities were either defective or not true churches.
  • Galileo: The Trump Card of Catholic Urban Legends

    05/18/2009 9:12:37 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 152 replies · 3,042+ views
    Pittsburgh Catholic ^ | 5/15/09 | Robert P. Lockwood
    The film “Angels and Demons” brings up the Catholic Church’s so-called war on science and the church’s treatment of Italian scientist Galileo Galilei. The following analysis sheds much-needed light on the case. In October 1992, Cardinal Paul Poupard presented to Pope John Paul II the results of the Pontifical Academy study of the famous 1633 trial of Galileo. He reported the study’s conclusion that at the time of the trial, “theologians ... failed to grasp the profound non-literal meaning of the Scriptures” when they condemned Galileo for describing a universe that seemed to contradict Scripture. The headlines that followed screamed...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Inquisition

    05/05/2011 10:50:52 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Inquisition 929. Does the Church give its tacit approval to the Inquisition? It explicitly condemns the extravagances and unwarranted cruelty of certain individuals who held office in the Inquisition. On the other hand, it explicitly approves the Inquisition as it should have been administered according to the social conditions prevailing in those times, and according to the particular evils to be eradicated. She would not approve the same measures in the present era. Changed conditions of society require a different approach to its various problems. 930. As the Church is responsible for religious seal inculcated in its majority membership,...
  • Blair To Appear At Iraq Inquiry On January 21

    01/12/2011 3:25:20 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Sky News ^ | 1/12/11 | Miranda Richarson
    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will appear at the Iraq Inquiry for a second time on January 21. Sir John Chilcot announced he would recall Mr Blair in December. It is thought Sir John and his panel were concerned about gaps and possible inconsistencies in the ex-PM's evidence. Jack Straw, who was foreign secretary at the time of the invasion, cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell and Lord Turnball, his predecessor, have also been asked to return.
  • Astronomer Copernicus reburied as hero in Poland

    05/22/2010 5:52:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies · 1,152+ views
    AP ^ | May 22, 2010 | VANESSA GERA, Associated Press Writer
    FROMBORK, Poland – Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave. His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a church canon and doctor indicates how far the church has come in making peace with the scientist whose revolutionary theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun helped usher in the modern scientific age. Copernicus, who lived from 1473 to 1543, died as a...
  • The Goldman Sachs Inquisition

    04/27/2010 4:51:36 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies · 486+ views
    "RUSH: I don't understand this, folks. I literally don't understand this. I thought we were in the middle of a robust recovery. I thought we're going to nail these evil Goldman Sachs guys to the cross today. I thought we were going to have health care for everybody. And look at this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is tanking, down 143 points, 140 -- well, 136 now. "Stocks fell late Tuesday morning after growing consumer confidence and the latest round of upbeat earnings reports mostly offset fresh concerns about Greece's debt problems." So we're back to Greece. Rush Limbaugh, the...
  • The Obamacare Inquisition Is on Hold -- for Now

    04/16/2010 9:32:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 392+ views
    human events ^ | 4/16/10 | Micelle Malkin
    The House Democrats' Torquemada got cold feet. Self-styled "chief inquisitor" Henry Waxman announced this week that he's canceling a planned show trial of corporate executives who called public attention to the financial hit they're taking as a result of President Obama's health care mandate. Business owners can breathe a small sigh of relief. But the witch hunt isn't over. You'll recall that Waxman fired off nasty-grams to the heads of Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and AT&T last month, demanding their presence at a congressional auto de fé. Their sin? Publicly reporting the costs and consequences of federal health care taxes on...
  • New Auto Defect Report Spells Gloom for Owners of GM and Chrysler Vehicles

    02/24/2010 11:35:19 AM PST · by Migraine · 38 replies · 1,914+ views
    Lawyers and Settlements ^ | July 9, 2009 | Gordon Gibb
    New Auto Defect Report Spells Gloom for Owners of GM and Chrysler Vehicles July 9, 2009. By Gordon Gibb Rehoboth, MA: The new era emerging in the automotive industry will have an impact on issues surrounding auto defects and those encumbered with a defective car. Thanks to a loophole built into the US auto industry rescue package, liability for the defective auto no longer appears to be a worry for the newly-reborn General Motors and Chrysler. Meanwhile, a new report forecasts that more than 3,400 Americans will be injured or killed by a defective GM, or Chrysler vehicle during the...
  • Radio Replies First Volume - The Inquisition

    11/01/2009 9:08:26 PM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 672+ views
    Celledoor.com ^ | 1938 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Inquisition 1068. What about the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition? You have probably read many imaginary descriptions of that tribunal which pretend to be history. However let us be quiet about torture inflicted by Catholics four hundred years ago. Seventy years ago a young servant girl was transported for life to Tasmania for scorching linen while ironing, and that from England three centuries after the Reformation! We are rather in a glass house. In 1848 things occurred in Norfolk Island in the name of gentle English Protestant enlightenment which would make your hair stand on end. Here are...
  • Everybody Expects…the Liberal Inquisition! Part 1 (GREAT expose re: Sarah, Miss USA, etc.)

    09/21/2009 6:23:20 AM PDT · by Beloved Levinite · 2 replies · 543+ views
    FBC BLOGWIRE ^ | September 20. 2009 | Fire Breathing Christian
    ...At this point, everybody expects the Liberal Inquisition. Before one can even finish the thought preceding any pronouncement critical of anything “progressive”, they must resign themselves to the knowledge that, should they actually let their politically incorrect words fly, they will be branded. The Scarlet R will be upon them. Right now, literally tens of millions of “racists” in America are getting more than a little angry with the whole thing, and rightfully so. But what happens when this “progressive” enthusiasim for the race card is combined with the well-established liberal hatred of orthodox Christianity? Just ask Sarah Palin. “..even...
  • McCain: Cheney Endorses Spanish Inquisition Technique

    05/21/2009 4:02:36 PM PDT · by kristinn · 89 replies · 3,369+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | Thursday, May 21, 2009 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    SNIP (McCain) was in high spirits, and we talked for a while about the Obama Administration's embrace of realpolitik, Pakistan, Iran, the whole nine yards. But first I asked him about Dick Cheney and his defense of Bush Administration torture policies. He told me of his fundamental disagreement with Cheney: "When you have a majority of Americans, seventy-something percent, saying we shouldn't torture, then I'm not sure it helps for the Vice President to go out and continue to espouse that position," he said. "But look, he's free to talk. He's a former Vice President of the United States. I...
  • BOLTON: A 'world turned upside down'? U.S. now a judicial target for defending lawful commerce

    04/18/2009 2:20:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 997+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 17, 2009 | John Bolton
    The Spanish Inquisition's reawakening and the unchecked rise of piracy off Somalia may not, at first glance, seem to have much in common. In fact, however, these phenomena represent an inversion of historic Western priorities and a decline in our collective resolve and instinct for self-defense. Sunday's daring rescue of U.S. freighter Capt. Richard Phillips notwithstanding, the West's evident confusion is causing enormously dangerous consequences. The shared element between excessive Spanish moralism, the contemporary version, and pirates with impunity is the concept of "universal jurisdiction" and how that concept has been recently transmogrified. From ancient times, it was legitimate to...
  • The Galileo affair: history or heroic hagiography?

    02/19/2009 8:50:01 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 37 replies · 2,462+ views
    CMI ^ | Thomas Schirrmacher
    The Galileo affair: history or heroic hagiography? by Thomas Schirrmacher Summary The 17th century controversy between Galileo and the Vatican is examined. Fifteen theses are advanced, with supporting evidence, to show that the Galileo affair cannot serve as an argument for any position on the relation of religion and science. Contrary to legend, both Galileo and the Copernican system were well regarded by church officials. Galileo was the victim of his own arrogance, the envy of his colleagues and the politics of Pope Urban VIII. He was not accused of criticising the Bible, but disobeying a papal decree...
  • Walid Phares: A Modern-day Islamist Inquisition?"

    12/09/2008 2:02:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 688+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 09, 2008 | Walid Phares
    The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), an association of the world's Islamic states, is pushing the United Nations to outlaw "defamation" of religion in general, and of one religion in particular. My remarks that follow are based on 27 years of researching in the field of international relations and conflicts, and on a decade of teaching Religions and World Politics. Since I published my first book in Arabic in 1979, where I addressed the issue of relationships between civilizations and cultural blocs worldwide, I have had the opportunity to publish ten books and hundreds of articles focusing on the rise...
  • Spanish Inquisition left genetic legacy in Iberia

    12/05/2008 1:47:19 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 1,131+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 04 December 2008 | Ewen Callaway
    It's not often that cultural and religious persecution makes countries more diverse, but the Spanish Inquisition might have done just that. One in five Spaniards and Portuguese has a Jewish ancestor, while a tenth of Iberians boast North African ancestors, finds new research. This melting pot probably occurred after centuries of coexistence and tolerance among Muslims, Jews and Christians ended in 1492, when Catholic monarchs converted or expelled the Islamic population, called Moriscos. Sephardic Jews, whose Iberian roots extend to the first century AD, received much the same treatment. "They were given a choice: convert, go, or die," says Mark...
  • LDS Church Investigated by State for Defending True Marriage

    11/25/2008 3:50:38 PM PST · by tcg · 23 replies · 1,480+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/26/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The State of California is investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints because they helped to defend true marriage as between one man and one woman. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) was created by the Political Reform Act of 1974, itself a ballot initiative passed by California voters as Proposition 9. It is now being used as a tool to persecute those who defend marriage, wielded by a savvy ex political consultant who does not like the position taken by the Church or the results of the latest Proposition 8 initiative...“Californians Against Hate was established in...
  • The Inquisition

    10/26/2008 12:52:26 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 49 replies · 882+ views
    The Inquisition was a Roman Catholic tribunal for discovery and punishment of heresy, which was marked by the severity of questioning and punishment and lack of rights afforded to the accused. While many people associate the Inquisition with Spain and Portugal, it was actually instituted by Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) in Rome. A later pope, Pope Gregory IX established the Inquisition, in 1233, to combat the heresy of the Abilgenses, a religious sect in France. By 1255, the Inquisition was in full gear throughout Central and Western Europe; although it was never instituted in England or Scandinavia. Initially a tribunal...
  • ABC News Edited Out Key Parts of Sarah Palin Interview

    09/13/2008 5:08:24 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 312 replies · 1,761+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 09/13/08 | P.J. Gladnick
    A transcript of the unedited interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson clearly shows that ABC News edited out crucial portions of the interview that showed Palin as knowledgeable or presented her answers out of context. This unedited transcript of the first of the Gibson interviews with Palin is available on radio host Mark Levin's website. The sections edited out by ABC News are in bold. The first edit shows Palin responding about meeting with foreign leaders but this was actually in response to a question Gibson asked several questions earlier: GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of...
  • NOBODY EXPECTS THE PALIN INQUISITION!! (Humor)

    09/12/2008 7:27:29 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 23 replies · 161+ views
    09/12/08 | Reaganesque
    Charles Gibson "Interviews" Sarah Palin. Now, young woman -- you are accused of heresy on three counts -- heresy by thought, heresy by word, heresy by deed, and heresy by action -- *four* counts. Do you confess?
  • Jeers and loathing at rights tribunal [Steyn in attendance]

    03/25/2008 6:21:04 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 35 replies · 1,330+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | Joseph Brean
    OTTAWA -- Investigators at the Canadian Human Rights Commission share control of an online identity called Jadewarr, which they have used to anonymously monitor and contribute to controversial far-right and white supremacist Web sites, in a strategy that a prominent defendant calls entrapment. The admission came in testimony Tuesday at the final day of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's hearing in the case of Marc Lemire, who is charged with violating the Human Rights Act's controversial hate speech section because of comments posted on his FreedomSite. Legally, the admission by CHRC investigator Dean Steacy, and the subsequent cross-examination by Mr....
  • Dems Push Monday Vote on Gonzales

    06/11/2007 7:41:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1,123+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/11/7 | LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Majority Democrats in the Senate are forcing their Republican colleagues on the record about whether embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should keep his job. No one is predicting that a symbolic resolution expressing no confidence in Gonzales will survive even the test vote Monday. Most Republicans are likely to vote no, dismissing the whole exercise as a ploy to embarrass President Bush. At a news conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, the last stop on a weeklong visit to Europe, the president reaffirmed his support for Gonzales, a longtime friend and legal adviser. "They can have their votes of...
  • University OKs pagan festival, bans Christian event

    05/27/2007 11:28:37 PM PDT · by LiteKeeper · 33 replies · 1,793+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 27, 2007
    Scotland's University of Edinburgh, after proposing a ban on Bibles and denying a Christian campus group the right to hold a conference on the immorality of homosexuality, has extended the welcome mat to the school's Pagan Society to hold its annual meeting on campus next month. The pagan conference will feature presentations on a variety of topics, including Magic and Witchcraft in the 21st Century, Pagan Parenting, Pagan Marriage, Pagan Symbolism and Practice and Ancient Greek magic. A workshop in tribal dance will be held at the university Student's Association. "It will be an opportunity for people to listen to...
  • Proponent of Intelligent Design Denied Tenure by ISU

    05/13/2007 11:07:52 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 340 replies · 3,799+ views
    The Ames Tribune ^ | May 5, 2007 | William Dillon
    Proponent of intelligent design denied tenure by ISU By: William Dillon 05/12/2007 Guillermo Gonzalez, an assistant professor of astronomy and physics who argues for the theory of intelligent design, was denied tenure this semester by Iowa State University. "I was surprised to hear that my tenure was denied at any level, but I was disappointed that the president at the end denied me," Gonzalez said during a telephone interview with The Tribune Friday. Gonzalez filed an appeal with ISU President Greg Geoffroy on Tuesday, May 8. Geoffroy has 20 days to respond. While his work is heralded as "path-breaking" by...
  • PBS TO AIR DOCUDRAMA ON INQUISITION (Truth Behind Most Notorious Suppression Religious History)

    05/07/2007 10:42:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 2,509+ views
    Cathoic League ^ | May 7, 2007 | Bill Donohue
    On May 9 and 16, PBS will air a four-part docudrama called “The Secret Files of the Inquisition.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue raised some concerns today: “PBS will not air a movie that its officials say paints Muslims in a bad light, ‘Islam vs. Islamists,’ but it has no qualms about showing a flick that Catholics have every right to question. This film is advertised on PBS’s website with an eerie black background depicting all the ‘T’s’ as crosses. All that is missing is Dracula’s voiceover. ‘For over half a millennium a system of mass terror reigned,’ it says, and...
  • Spain Digs For Its Once-Hidden Jewish Heritage

    11/06/2006 11:08:52 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 582+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 11-5-2006 | Renwick McLean
    Spain digs for its once-hidden Jewish heritage By Renwick McLean / The New York TimesPublished: November 5, 2006 TOLEDO, Spain: Spain has sometimes been slow to recognize its own treasures. Miguel de Cervantes was slipping into obscurity after his death until he was rescued by foreign literary experts. El Greco's paintings were pulled from oblivion by the French. The Muslim palace of Alhambra had fallen into neglect before the American author Washington Irving and others wrote about it in the 1800s. Now, more than 500 years after expelling its Jews and moving to hide if not eradicate all traces of...
  • (Palestinian) Militants Vow to Target Non-Muslims (Sure it's not a Hamas sub group?)

    09/02/2006 12:41:22 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 6 replies · 448+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sep, 1, 2006
    Militants Vow to Target Non-Muslims Washington Post, to abduct non-Muslims visiting the Palestinian territories and kill them unless their demands were met. The statement, posted in the name of the Holy Jihad ...
  • Christians are Jews' best friends

    08/12/2006 1:09:21 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 58 replies · 1,274+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Sat, August 12, 2006 | MICHAEL COREN
    Christians are Jews' best friends Toronto Sun Sat, August 12, 2006 By MICHAEL COREN One of the most difficult things about spending time in Israel is returning home, as I did two weeks ago. As dangerous as life might be in the Jewish state at the moment, daily existence is layered in significance. Then it's back to North America, where the trivial is made to seem profound. I refer to Mel Gibson's drunken stupidity when he made various repugnant comments about Jewish people. As a Roman Catholic with three Jewish grandparents, and someone who worries every day about the...