Ok, I've been doing some research, and might have to retract what I said about the crusades and the salem witch trials. I'm still gathering
evidence, but this is what I've found so far.
Salem Witch Trials were actually brought to a close by a CHRISTIAN minister. They may have been conducted in the name of Christ, but when a true
believer saw this, he took action against it.
Done more research on this then the witch trials. The trials only claimed the lives of a couple dozen, while the crusades were on a much larger scale.
I heard a great analogy today on the radio.
Douglas Macarthur invaded the Pillipines, attacking, killing, and booting out the inhabitants who were in there. He even announced that he would do
this a couple years earlier. He conducted an imperialistic war on the inhabitants.
This is very similar to what is said about the Crusades. As we all (should) know, Douglas Macarthur did invade the Pillipines, and said he would when
he said "I shall return". He was kicking the Japanese, an imperialistic force at the time, out of the Philipines. We do not, however, all know about
the Muslim crusade that took place before the first Christian crusade. The muslims had invaded the Holy Land and took it over. They took out churches
and established mosks where they stood. The crusades were an attempt to take that back.
I'm not justifying the attrocities that were committed by both sides durring those 4 wars, just putting a new slant on what we all "know".
As for the inqusition, it wasn't just the Jews and pagans they condemned. They also condemned Christians to torture and death if they did not believe
in the Spanish Church's doctrine.
As for the Red Scare, I don't think that was set up by Christians anymore. It was this nation demonizing an enemy. It was for political motivations,
not religious, that people were accused of being communists.
I'll have more on these as I find out more. I may have to retract what I said here as I discover more, I don't know. Some may call it waffleing, I
call it intelectual honesty. I may want
to believe something, but I'm not going to force myself to do so in the face of contradictory