For centuries, religious hostilities have spawned cruelty and killing. Order books by James A. Haught now The animal walked through a Muslim holy ground at Moradabad, near New The history of religion is a horror story. Holy horrors by James A. Haught; 4 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Asesinato, Aspectos religiosos, Historia, History, Jihad, Murder.

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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Executions in other countries included the burning of scientists such as mathematician-philosopher Giordano Bruno, who espoused Copernicus’s theory that the planets orbit the sun.

The number of victims has been estimated to be as high as 2 million. The record of human experience shows that where religion is strong, it causes cruelty. Pope Innocent IV authorized torture. About stubborn Baha’is were executed in the early s, including women and teenagers.

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Holy Horrors

At Kanpur, hundreds of European women and children were massacred after being promised safe passage. News reports of the civil war tell of “Maronite Christian snipers,” “Sunni Muslim suicide bombers,” “Druze machine gunners,” “Shi’ite Muslim mortar fire,” and “Alawite Muslim shootings. Three waves of pogroms ensued — in the s, from toand during the Russian Revolution. Muslims, who think pigs are an embodiment of Satan, blamed Hindus for the defilement.

And, he intensified the Roman Inquisition, torturing and burning Catholics whose beliefs varied from official dogma. In a Sudanese holy man, Usman dan Fodio, waged a bloody jihad that broke the religious sway of the Sultan of Gobir. The cartridges were greased with animal tallow.

But the poison lingered. Yeah but also religious people are crazy. Up to 40, Baha’is fled the country.

Hundreds of massacres stemmed from this “blood libel. He also is a senior editor of Free Inquiry magazine. The Mushroom in Christian Art. This enraged Muslims, to whom pigs are unclean, and Hindus, to whom cows are sacred. In Saudi Arabia a teen-age princess and her lover were executed in public in In Pakistan ina year-old carpenter’s daughter was sentenced to be stoned to death for engaging in unmarried sex. What an eye opener. The content perhaps could have been organized more effectively as well, although I’m not sure which the best alternative hirrors necessarily be.


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Under interrogation by Dominican priests, screaming victims were stretched, burned, pierced and broken on fiendish pain machines to make them confess to disbelief and to identify fellow transgressors. Lots of shock appeal, little substances or detailed research. Personally, he enjoys hiking with Kanawha Trail Club, participating in a philosophy group at Edgewood Summit, and taking grandchildren ohrrors off his old sailboat at Lake Chaweva, where he lives.

Refresh and try again. Preview — Holy Horrors by James A. If anyone doubts it, just review this chronicle of religion’s gore during the jjames 1, years or so:. Holy Horrors chronicles the grim spectrum of religious persecution from ancient times to the present, including such historic massacres as the Crusades, the Islamic jihads, the Catholic wars against heretics, the Inquisition, witch hunts, the Reformation, and such atrocities as the Holocaust, the seemingly insoluble Catholic-Protestant schism in Northern Ireland, religious tribalism in Lebanon, and the barbaric cruelty of the theocracy in Iran.

In the s a third Sudanese holy man, Muhammad Ahmed, commanded a jihad that destroyed a 10,man Egyptian army and wiped out hauht of Khartoum led by British general Charles “Chinese” Gordon. Developing a yen to be a reporter, Jim volunteered to work without pay in the Daily Mail newsroom on his days off, to learn the uorrors.

More thanwere killed in this 17th-century bloodbath, and the Ukraine was split away from Poland to become part of the Orthodox Russian empire. Jim Jones killed a visiting congressman and three newsmen, then administered cyanide to themselves and their children in a person hauht that shocked the world. Tantra of the Yoga Sutras. Also by James A. Lord Grim rated horrors it was amazing Aug 19, Joe Sampson rated it it was amazing Jun 02, In he was named associate editor, and in he became editor.


British rulers had given their native soldiers new paper cartridges that had to be bitten open. This massacre touched off a six-week bloodbath in which Catholics murdered about 10, Huguenots.

Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness

In the first half of the 17th century, about 5, “witches” were put to death in the French province of Alsace, and were burned in the Bavarian city of Bamberg.

If there was a “pulp fiction” category of non fiction, this book would be it. Elsewhere, sacrifice was sporadic. Even Gandhi was killed by a Hindu who thought him too pro-Muslim. Other victims were drowned, beheaded, burned or dropped from heights. The Azariqis decreed death to all “sinners” and their families.

The prince of Thuringia announced that he had burned his Jews for the honor of God. Sex taboos in Iran are so severe that: In Borneo builders of pile houses drove the first pile through the body of a maiden to pacify the earth goddess.

They finally were wiped out by conquering Mongols — but their vile name survives. Before you dismiss, please consider making a donation.