Massacres in the name of a peaceful faith

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If any one of the race of the Saxons hereafter concealed among them shall have wished to hide himself unbaptized, and shall have scorned to come to baptism and shall have wished to remain a pagan, let him be punished by death.
—"Ordinances concerning Saxony" - legal code issued by Charlemagne, c. 782 CE

There have, in the course of history, been several massacres by believers in YHWH, Allah and Jesus. This is something they don't like to mention when they talk of God's love, or Allah the merciful and compassionate. Fuck'em, here's a list of their crimes:

Old Testament[edit]

  • Ten massacres of the enemies of God ("enemies of God" includes children laughing at someone's bald patch).

Roman Empire[edit]

  • State-sanctioned murder of Christians by pagans until Christianity became the official religion.
  • State-sanctioned murder of pagans by Christians until there were no more pagans left.
    • Of particular note are numerous massacres of pagans by Christian mobs in the fourth and fifth centuries CE.

Middle Ages[edit]

Constant pogroms followed by expulsions plagued the entire Jewish population of Europe for many centuries
  • Sasanian conquest of Jerusalem: Jews purchased thousands of Christian prisoners from the Persian empire and massacred them.
  • Massacre of Verden: in October 782 after the Saxon pagans rebelled against forced Christianization, Charlemagne had 4,500 captive rebel Saxons executed. Historian Alessandro Barbero comments that the most likely inspiration for the mass execution of Verden was the Biblical tale of the total extermination of the Amalekites and conquest of the Moabites by David. Charlemagne likely wanted to act like "a true King of Israel". Barbero further points out that a few years later, a royal chronicler, commenting on Charlemagne's treatment of the Saxons, records that "either they were defeated or subjected to the Christian religion or completely swept away."
  • The Muslim conquests (ordered by Muhammad, carried on after his death) shortly after Islam's foundation, led to numerous massacres of pagan Arabs and Iranian Zoroastrians for not converting to Islam.
  • Massacres of Jews in England (12th century) and Switzerland (14th century).
  • Albigensian Crusade kills between 200,000 and a million Cathars in France.
  • The massacre of Jews and Muslims after the Crusaders captured Jerusalem.
  • The massacres of Jewish communities by Crusaders on the way to the Holy Land.
  • The sack of Constantinople (under rival Eastern Orthodox Christians), also by Crusaders.
  • Timur (Tamerlane), after conquering large parts of the Ottoman Empire, proceeded to virtually exterminate the Church of the East, also known to Westerners as the Nestorian church, which had previously been a major branch of Christianity tolerated across the Ottoman lands, but after Timur was done with them, was largely confined to certain parts of Iraq. Ironically, when Timur took down the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid at Ankara, he was often praised and seen as a trusted ally by European rulers such as Charles VI of France and Henry IV of England because they believed he was saving Christianity from the Turkish Empire in the Middle East. However, as the massacres of Christians continued, the opinion of European rulers shifted and, in the end, Timur was furious at the Genoese and Venetians whose ships ferried the Ottoman army to safety in Thrace. In total, he killed around 17,000,000 people. Timur then turned his attention to India, where his conquests were followed with large-scale massacres of Hindus and Buddhists.
  • After the fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem at Acre in 1291, the Teutonic Knights relocated to Europe and began to direct their campaigns against pagan Lithuania (the last holdout against Christianity in Europe). The warfare was brutal even by medieval standards, lasting for more than 200 years, having its front line along the river Nemunas (with as many as 20 forts and castles only between Seredžius and Jurbarkas, in a strip of about 45 km) and a 10 to 50 km buffer zone, stretching on the both banks, of absolutely desolated wasteland. Because non-Christians were seen as lacking rights possessed by Christians, the Teutonic Knights decided to "speed up" conversion on conquered lands with massacres and enslavement. Many knights from western European countries, such as England and France, traveled to Lithuania to participate in the seasonal campaigns against the pagans, known as reyse.


  • The 1572 Bartholomew's Day Massacre in France leaves up to 30,000 Protestants dead. It was just one part of the French Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants that raged for most of the 16th century.
  • The Thirty Years War started as a conflict between Catholic and Protestant Germans and eventually drew most of the continent into war, creating the most death and devastation Europe would suffer until the World Wars.
  • The Ulster Massacres were a series of massacres and resulting deaths amongst the ~40,000 Protestant settlers which took place in 1641 during the Irish Rebellion
    • The Protestants later got their revenge thanks to Oliver Cromwell's notoriously brutal conquest of Ireland. Cromwell and many of his army were Puritans who considered all Roman Catholics to be heretics, and so for them the conquest was partly a crusade. 40% of Ireland's pre-war population died. Cromwell is still a figure of hatred in Ireland. James Joyce, for example, mentioned the massacre at Drogheda in his novel Ulysses: "What about sanctimonious Cromwell and his ironsides that put the women and children of Drogheda to the sword with the bible text God is love pasted round the mouth of his cannon?"

Nineteenth century[edit]

  • Pogroms against Jews in Russia and Germany.
  • The Constantinople Massacre of 1821 was orchestrated by the authorities of the Ottoman Empire against the Greek community of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) in retaliation for the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence. As soon as the first news of the Greek uprising reached the Ottoman capital, there occurred mass executions, pogrom-type attacks, destruction of churches, and looting of the properties of the city's Greek population. The events culminated with the hanging of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Gregory V.
    • Not to be outdone by the Turks, the Greeks after capturing the city of Tripolitsa (Tripoli) showed everyone how it's properly done. Up to 30,000 Muslims were killed and the whole Jewish population was wiped out.
  • Mountain Meadows massacre: Mormon militia killed up to 140 unarmed members of the Baker-Fancher emigrant wagon train.

Twentieth century[edit]

In a century where everyone seemed bent on killing everyone else, religious tensions played their part in the killing, whether it was in...

  • Millions of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs killed during the partition of India in tit-for-tat massacres between all three.
  • Guatemala, where Efraín Ríos Montt's massacres of villagers may have embarrassed his friends, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.
  • The former Yugoslavia, where a secular state collapsed into religiously-based mutual hatred.
  • Algeria's "Triangle of Death" in which Islamic fundamentalists killed, well, anybody they didn't like.
  • The Armenian genocide commitided by the Turks against Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks (3,000,000 dead).

Twenty-first century[edit]

  • Al Qaeda's numerous crimes as well as an unnecessary war by George W. Bush and Tony Blair, who both claimed that God wanted him to invade Iraq.
  • The back and forth murder of Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims based on a mythical claim to some worthless barren desert the Holy Land.
  • Routine executions and honor killings in the Middle East in the name of tribal morality.
  • Muslims persecute and murder Christians during the Arab Spring, currently ongoing in Egypt and Syria.
  • DAESH, AKA the result of the unnecessary war mentioned above, i.e. numerous crimes on the lands occupied by them plus exporting the Jihad to the world.

Massacres in the name of secular humanism[edit]

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