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The Not-So-Sinister Inquisition

If you are a Trump voter who is sick of being portrayed as evil by the lying left, then you know exactly how I feel about the lies that are commonly believed about the Catholic Inquisition.

Excerpt from “Seven Lies About Catholic History” by Diane Moczar (pp. 95-96, altered slightly for clarity only) [TAN, 2012]:

Spanish King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V came to his thrones as a young man just as Luther was getting going nicely.  He was understandably anxious that the appalling disorder and loss of life caused by Protestants in the German lands not spread to his realm of Spain.  

Thus he had the Office of the Spanish Inquisition keeping a lookout for Protestant missionaries trying to infiltrate Spain from the north.  The very presence of this court seems to have had the desired effect: in the whole of the sixteenth century, the century of the Reformation, the Spanish Inquisition executed 182 heretics, or less than two per year.

By comparison the Protestant persecutions of Catholics in England, Ireland, the Netherlands, and elsewhere in northern Europe, together with the wars fought between Catholics and Protestants on the European continent, took tens of thousands of lives.

BBC: De-mythologizing the Spanish Inquisition

This video is long, but it is VERY much worth watching!  What most people think they know about the Spanish Inquisition is based on anti-Catholic slander published by Protestants in the 16th c.  This so-called “Black Legend” has been repeated ever since. The Spanish Inquisition kept meticulous records which have now, finally, been opened up and really studied by serious historians.  The story they tell is very different from the “Black Legend.”

The last five minutes is particularly compelling. A fellow I believe is a Spanish historian explains why the myths about the Inquisition became so popular and pervasive. His insights speak loudly to our own political myths. One point he makes is that a myth is simple; it is easier to believe a simple lie than to wrap our minds around the complexities of reality. The other point is that we don’t like to face the ugliness within our own natures; it is more comfortable to project that ugliness on to some “other” who is sufficiently distant to be safely demonized.

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http://fisheaters.com/spanishinquisition.html

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The Origins of International Law

Catholic theologians used Catholic doctrine to condemn mistreatment of New World natives during the Age of Discovery. Their writings formed the basis of international law, a concept that did not exist at the time.

An excerpt from How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (p. 153) [Regnery, 2005] —

That injustices were committed in the conquest of the New World no serious person will deny, and priests at the time chronicled and condemned them.

But it is natural that we should wish to find some silver lining, some mitigating factor, amid the demographic tragedy that struck the peoples of the New World during the Age of Discovery.

And that silver lining was that the encounters between these peoples provided an especially opportune moment for moralists to discuss and develop the fundamental principles that must govern their interaction.

In this task they were aided enormously by the painstaking moral analysis of Catholic theologians teaching in Spanish universities.

As Hanke rightly concludes,

“The ideals which some Spaniards sought to put into practice as they opened up the New World will never lose their shining brightness as long as men believe that other peoples have a right to live, that just methods may be found for the conduct of relations between peoples, and that essentially all the peoples of the world are men.”

These are ideas with which the West has identified for centuries, and they come to us directly from the best of Catholic thought.

Thus do we have another pillar of Western civilization constructed by the Catholic Church.

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The Truth about the Crusades and Islam

“There are 109 verses in the Qu’ran that call Muslims to war with non-believers.” [5:18]

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Those who ignore history are destined …

… to sound like idiots.

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Source:

http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/27/oh-no-that-other-time-a-super-rich-president-appointed-family-advisers-to-top-roles-in-the-white-house/

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About all that Thanksgiving Guilt

Reports of Spanish mistreatment of the New World natives prompted a severe crisis of conscience among significant sectors of the Spanish population in the sixteenth century, not least among philosophers and theologians.”  – Thomas E. Woods, Jr., How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization [p. 136]

This was a new thing in world history.  Before the rise of Catholic nation states, nobody much cared how conquerors treated the conquered.  Might made right, as they say.  It was standard practice for the mighty invaders to loot and pillage the natives, to slaughter those who resisted, to burn their property, and to enslave the survivors.

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And, while the slaughter of New World natives was a heinous evil, the fact is that the foundations of international law were laid in the sixteenth century because Spanish Catholics were appalled about it.

“Laws governing the interaction of states had remained vague throughout the years, and had never been articulated in any clear way.  The circumstances arising from the discovery of the New World gave impetus to the study and delineating of those laws … when theologians applied themselves to a serious reckoning with these issues. … Here again does the Catholic Church give birth to a distinctly Western idea.”  — – Thomas E. Woods, Jr., How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization [p. 136-137]

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Thanksgiving: A Politically Incorrect Guide

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School Daze

It’s hard to imagine how much has changed in the 50 years since I finished high school in 1968. My daughter graduated in 1991, and she was surprised how much had changed in that time. She knew nothing about the dress code; girls had to wear a skirt or a dress, no shorts or slacks. Boys could not wear t-shirts and if their hair touched their ears they were sent home until they got it cut. We had no open campus and we had pretty strict rules that had to be obeyed. Even pocket calculators were fairly new, quite expensive and could not be used for algebra or geometry. Social media was passing notes back and forth.

Fast forward to 2016. We had pizza with daughter, RJ, and Big Sis two weeks ago. We hadn’t seen them in awhile and we wanted to catch up on the latest news. Mom had no doubt regaled her offspring with tales of the horrors she endured when she went to school. I’m sure it was met with the same lack of interest that she had. Kids cannot possibly function without those stupid phones they all obsess over. I’m wondering if the teachers can make them put them away when they’re taking tests. Otherwise, they could text their older sister who had already taken it for the answers. We had to write cheat sheets on our hands, clandestinely hidden in a pocket or hidden elsewhere on our person. It’s for sure we didn’t have daycare for student mothers back then. That’s a big part of the failure of our educational system today.

On a more personal note, apparently Big Sis’s Mandingo warrior kicked her to the curb. She was pretty sullen. RJ, however, has a young lady friend. He showed me her picture on his phone. It faded, so I started shaking it like an etch-a-sketch. He was astonished that I didn’t know how to use one of these. His mom and I agreed it will be a whirlwind romance at best, since when the practice starts for track or wrestling she’ll be an afterthought. Ah, young love.

SOME SCHOOL-RELATED NEWS

Michelle Rhee — Supporter of ‘Heavily Regulated’ School Choice — as Education Secretary?

THIS SEEMS LIKE A BAD CHOICE. SHE’S A LIFELONG DEMOCRAT, MARRIED TO FORMER NBA STAR KEVIN JOHNSON, AND LOCKED HORNS WITH THE TEACHERS’ UNION AS THE CHANCELLOR OF THE D.C. SCHOOL SYSTEM WITH HER VOUCHER PROGRAM. DISTURBINGLY, SHE’S ALSO A PROPONENT OF COMMON CORE AND FEDERAL CONTROL OF SCHOOL CURRICULA.

In a 2012 interview with Education Week, Rhee, a Democrat who heads political education lobbying group StudentsFirst, said she supports targeted school voucher programs that provide taxpayer funds to low-income students in poor schools. Her view of school choice, however, is one that would bring greater regulation to private and charter schools.
School vouchers – which are a transfer of taxpayer funds to private and charter schools – have been shown to bring about the highest level of regulation in private and charter schools that agree to accept them.
“It has to be a heavily regulated industry,” she said. “I believe in accountability across the board.”

Parents Against Common Core Urge Donald Trump: Return ‘Control Over Education of Children’ to Us
An organization of parent activists, retired teachers, and other professionals from around the nation has released an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump, urging him to do all within his power to return control of education to parents.

SEE WHAT FEDERAL CONTROL OF EDUCATION HATH WROUGHT

Two Texas High School Students In Trouble After Performing Mock Assassination Of President-Elect Trump

Two Northside ISD students are facing disciplinary action after they performed a mock assassination of President-elect Donald Trump.
The district said that last Friday, two Marshall High School students surprised their teacher by adding an unexpected twist to their presentation.
The district said both students’ parents were notified and disciplinary action is being handled by Marshall High
I’M SURE THEY’LL GET A FIRM TALKING-TO

Mom Left Heartbroken After Teacher Snatched Mic From Autistic Son During School Play
The parents of a 6-year-old boy with autism whose microphone was snatched away during a school play remain heartbroken over the incident.

The boy, Caleb, was dressed as a turkey for the Thanksgiving play at his school in West Virginia, but when he went up to the mic, a teacher pulled it away, leaving him in tears.
She said her boy was excited to be on stage at his elementary school but when the mic was taken away, his mom recalled, “he was up there crying, saying ‘oh no!’ and my heart broke to watch that.”
But the school’s superintendent said the play was over and Caleb wasn’t supposed to speak.
“The program was over and the teacher had taken the microphone without malice. If we had to do it again, probably we all agree, we would have done it a little differently,” the superintendent said.
OH, REALLY? YA THINK???
http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/parenting/mom-left-heartbroken-after-teacher-snatched-mic-from-autistic-son-during-school-play/ar-AAktfxy?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=UE12DHP
Social Justice Warrior Lunacy: Yale Student Dresses As Shackled Slave – Because Trump
A freshman at Yale dressed as a slave shackled in chains because once Trump is president, he’s going to bring back slavery.
I GOT TEN BUCKS THAT SAYS THIS MORON GOT TO YALE AS PART OF THEIR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION QUOTA. NO WAY HE’S ON AN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP.

Does these idiots even know Republicans abolished slavery?

Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools
BACK IN MY DAY WE HAD SHOP CLASSES… FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T GO TO COLLEGE.
WE HAD METALS CLASS, DRAFTING, WOOD SHOP, AND WHAT WAS CALLED POWER LAB, WHERE FUTURE GEARHEADS LEARNED TO WORK ON CARS.
WE ALSO HAD DRIVER EDUCATION, WHICH THEY DON’T OFFER ANYMORE.
But in the 1950s, a different philosophy emerged: the theory that students should follow separate educational tracks according to ability. The idea was that the college-bound would take traditional academic courses (Latin, creative writing, science, math) and received no vocational training. Those students not headed for college would take basic academic courses, along with vocational training, or “shop.”

Professors Call Founding Fathers ‘Terrorists,’ Founding Ideals A ‘Fabrication’
THERE’S NOT A DOUBT IN MY MIND THESE TWO WERE PROBABLY SPAWNED BY VIETNAM PROTESTERS.
The “Resistance and Revolution” class is co-taught by history lecturer Jared Benson and sociology instructor Nicholas Lee, who also suggest that it was Mikhail Gorbachev – not Ronald Reagan — who brought down the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that wealthy CEOs deserve to be in a “moral prison,” among many other assertions.

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MYTHBUSTER: Science vs. the Catholic Church

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Have you ever noticed how the ONLY evidence anyone can cite for the alleged hostility of the Catholic Church to science is the Galileo affair?  The RCC has been around for nearly 2,000 years.  You’d think if its hostility to science was such a big deal, there’s be more evidence, wouldn’t you?

The fact is that, while the Galileo thing was not a shining moment in my church’s history, it was also not the one-sided affair most people seem to think it was.  Galileo himself bears a great deal of the blame.  And he was never tortured or thrown into prison either.  His punishment for flipping the bird at the pope was house arrest in a country house near Florence.  He died peacefully in his own bed.  Poor baby.

In fact, until he gave up pure science and became obsessed with converting public opinion and trying to force the Roman Catholic hierarchy to espouse his theological ideas, Galileo was celebrated by leaders of the RCC, including the pope.  If he’d stuck with science and left theology to the theologians, he would never have gotten into trouble.

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But no … he had to become his century’s version of Al Gore (not that Al Gore was ever in his life an actual scientist).  And, given how brutally hostile the scientific community is today toward so-called climate deniers and those who espouse Intelligent Design, I’m thinking the RCC in Galileo’s day had NOTHING on today’s secular scientists.

Plus, it’s not like Galileo was right about everything.  He believed, for example, that comets were exhalations of the atmosphere and tides were caused by the rotation of the Earth.  Ahem.  He also never dropped anything off the Tower of Pisa.

Pope (now Saint) John Paul II felt that the conflict between Galileo and the RCC ought never to have occurred, because faith and science, properly understood, can never be at odds. It’s in the Catechism:

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The Galileo Affair <- Good article on the topic
http://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/GALILEO.TXT

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
The Galileo Affair is covered on pages 67-74.
https://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Church-Built-Western-Civilization/dp/1596983280

Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa Experiment <- Never happened
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo%27s_Leaning_Tower_of_Pisa_experiment

The 35 Lunar Craters Named For Jesuits
http://faculty.fairfield.edu/jmac/sj/scientists/lunacrat.htm

Catholic Catechism: Faith and Science
http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html#61/z

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