posted on May, 5 2004 @ 10:48 AM
Shame we have to use force for others to accept our way of life.
i was looking into how the inquisition worked, (taken from (www.crf-usa.org...
When the Inquisition came to a suspected area, the local bishop assembled the people to hear the inquisitor preach against heresy. He would
announce a grace period of up to a month for heretics to confess their guilt, recant, and inform on others.
During this period, the Inquisition would collect accusations. If two witnesses under oath accused someone of heresy, the accused person would be
summoned to appear. Opinions, prejudices, rumors, and gossip were all accepted as evidence. The accused was never told the names of the accusers, nor
even the exact charges.
Inquisitors examined the accused in secret. Anyone who refused to confess immediately was assumed to be guilty. Inquisitors were trained only in
religion, and they would try to trap the accused with religious questions. For example, an inquisitor might ask, "Do you believe what the holy church
"I am a faithful Christian," the fearful suspect might reply.
"So!" the inquisitor might shout. "We already know you believe in heresies! You're saying your beliefs are the true Christianity and the church is
No lawyers were allowed, because it was considered heresy to defend a heretic. The only possible escape was to recant as quickly as possible and name
the names of other heretics.
Government authorities worked closely with the Inquisition. They would deliver the accused to the inquisitors, and, when asked, they would torture
those who refused to recant. During torture, the religious inquisitors would stand by as witnesses to record confessions or take down the names of
other heretics. The government also carried out the final sentence of imprisonment or death.
Those who recanted immediately might receive a fairly light sentence -- saying prayers, fasting, being whipped in public, or making a pilgrimage. Some
who recanted were forced to wear a yellow cross of felt sewn on all their clothing. The cross marked them as a former heretic, and many people would
stay away from them in fear.
Many who refused to recant right away were sentenced to prison for life. If they refused to recant at all, the Inquisition turned them over to
government authorities to be burned alive. Some inquisitors were so thorough that they went after the dead. If a dead person was accused of heresy,
his or her bones could be dug up and burned.
For most accused heretics, there was no appeal. A few rich or powerful people might beg the pope to change a sentence, but for most of the condemned,
the sentence was final. The families of those sent to prison or to the stake lost their property.
1)in the USA and probably the UK secret military hearings (with no legal defence) are on the agenda where suspected terrorists are being arressted
with no charge, no evidence and possibly facing death penalties.
2)people being tortured into admintting they are a terrorist.
3)People are being encouraged to spy on each other. and inform on anyone who is a suspected
4)Laws being introduced in the UK which allow the courts to seize money from convicted crminials (terrorists) if they suspect it was earned
5) No id cards for suspected terrorists. like the former heretics who were shunned and made to wear different clothing.
it just seems to me like everything is going full circle.