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Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

Few remember Pearl Harbor. Yet all claim to know the Spanish Inquisition. Do they?

How many deaths during the Inquisition's "350 year" history? Between 3,000 and 5,000. This pales in comparison to the French Revolution's Reign of Terror that murdered 40,000 in a few days. Although glorified by educators, this revolution of the "new" man murdered many Catholic priests (in total, a million Catholics).

Many of the Inquisition myths came from they Protestant propaganda in the Low Countries during the "Vietnam-type" war in the Spanish Netherlands during the 17th century. Dutch Calvinists, added by German and English allies, spared no effort in painting Catholics negatively.

In Foxe's "Book of Martyrs," the Rev. Ingram-Cobbin enlivened later editions with falsehoods. Even Italian Catholics trumped up charges after Spanish troops had intervened in Italy (from 1494 onwards) to check French expansionism. Even today, many so-called "liberal" Catholics embellish myths of the Spanish Inquisition to advance their own selfish personal motives of modernism over traditional truth (witness a recent Pope's apologies).

Let's put everything in perspective. The Communist Red Chinese and the Soviet Union murdered more than 100 million — many times what Hitler did. In America, every third baby is killed by surgical abortion (4,400 a day) — even more by birth control pills and chemical means.

Perhaps the greatest "untold" persecution involves Mexican Catholics from 1910 to 1930s — over 55,000 murdered. Lodi Mexicans can verify with many stories (Hero — Father Miguel Pro).

Catholicism is simply unity in Christ's suffering (the Sacrifice of the Eucharist — Holy Communion). Colossians 1:24.

Alongside the blacks persecuted by the Ku Klux Klan and the Know-Nothing Party were Catholics. Catholics filled the Jewish Concentration camps such as Dachau. Lodi has two of the world's most pro-life (pro-babies) people in the world: Mary Kaeler and Lydia Van Steyn — both strong Catholics.

Ron Arthur


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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:04 am on Mon, Jun 11, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Hirsi Ali wrote the script and provided the voice-over for Submission, a film produced by Theo van Gogh. The film's release sparked much anger, and Mohammed Bouyeri, a member of the Hofstad Group, murdered Van Gogh in an Amsterdam street on November 2, 2004. A letter pinned to Van Gogh's body with a knife was primarily a death threat to Hirsi Ali.

    At his televised funeral, Van Gogh's mother not only echoed this sentiment, she urged Hirsi Ali to continue the work that she and Van Gogh had done together

    After the murder of van Gogh, Hirsi Ali went into hiding...
    However, she still speaks out about many woman's issues as well as the murders of Christians that raises to the heights of genocide simply because of their religious beliefs.

    Ron Arthuer delusional? ... maybe... but more likely not.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:50 am on Mon, Jun 11, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Who is Ayaan Hirsi Ali and is she delusional? If Ron Arthur is delusional, then so must she be.

    In 2005, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world She has also received several awards including a free speech award from the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, the Swedish Liberal Party's Democracy Prize, and the Moral Courage Award for commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship...

    She states that her personal views are for the most part inspired by her change from Islam to atheism...

    From one end of the muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith, says Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Newsweek.

    We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.

    the above in Newsweek...a liberal publication.

  • Andy Crowder posted at 7:25 am on Sat, Jun 9, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Ron Arthur is indeed delusional. Here is a list of Christian slaughters since Roman times, and probably not conclusive.


  • Rick Houdack posted at 5:49 am on Sat, Jun 9, 2012.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 189

    Another delusional word jumble apologist rant from Ron Arthur. The actual history of the Catholic church is so cruel and bloody he feels compelled to attempt to rewrite it in a less grizzly light.


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