Thursday, October 12, 2006

Friday the 13th

Today is a day of evil. At best, people consider it unlucky. Here's why:

On Friday, Oct. 13, 1307 Templar knights from across Europe were arrested, tortured, and murdered under orders from Pope Clement V. Christian Inquisitors conducted the massacre. Templar wealth and lands were confiscated by the local monarchs and the Church. The worst acts occurred under King Phillipe of France. The leader of the Templars, Jacques de Molay, was slowly roasted over a fire in 1314.

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Friday the 13th has been considered unlucky and evil ever since.

History shows that these kinds of atrocities are common when religion and state are mixed, even with a peaceful, "loving" religion like Christianity. This is the horrific lesson learned from the Middle Ages, when Christianity was endorsed by governments. And, this is why modern, democratic nations are secular and will remain that way.

3 comments:

hogan dandypenny said...

That's a dandy post!

Is there a source for the information, or did you just copy and paste from Wikipedia?

;-)

David Drake said...

I dunno, the guy on the 'wheel' doesn't seem to be complaining. He actually appears to be enjoying what looks like early methods of chiropractic treatment.

The hooded person on the far right...that's not Hillarious Clinton, is it? Looks just like her!

The Shaved Ape said...

It is Hillarious; Bill is one of the people turning the wheel.