last week's question & answer....
from last week….
There is an interesting little
book about the death toll caused by Communism. The introduction,
by editor Stéphane
Courtois, himself a former Maoist/Communist, asserts that
“...Communist regimes... turned mass crime into a full-blown system of
He cites a death toll which totals 94 million,
give or take, not counting the “excess deaths” (decrease of the population
due to lower than the expected birth rate).
The breakdown of the number of deaths is
65 million in the Peoples Republic
20 million in the Soviet Union
2 million in Cambodia
2 million in North Korea
1.7 million in Africa
1.5 million in Afghanistan
1 million in the Communist states of
1 million in Vietnam
150,000 in Latin America
10,000 deaths “resulting from actions
of the international communist movement and communist parties not in power."
Courtois claims that Communists are
responsible for a greater number of deaths than any other political ideal
or movement, including Nazism. Let us remember that both Communism and
Nazism are socialist systems that deny the claims of God on humanity. The
state is supreme, not God. Communism has killed about 100,000,000 (One
hundred million) for political reasons. We’re not talking war here, just
political ideology. Nazism “only” killed 25,000,000 (twenty five million)
for political reasons, 6 million of them being Jews. This does not include
the 40,000,000 killed as a result of combat in the Second World War.
So, take away the pope, ten million dead.
Take away God, two hundred million dead, counting war. There are a lot
more wars and religions we could go into, but enough is enough. I think
you get the picture. Still, it is worth mentioning a religion that incorporates
war as a divine mandate, such as Islam. Communism has been responsible
for the deaths of maybe 100 million people. Bill Warner of the Center
for the Study of Political Islam says, “Approximately 270 million
nonbelievers died over the last 1,400 years for the glory of political
Islam.” If he is correct, Hitler comes in third, a mere piker, a veritable
camp fire girl.
Wait a minute! You papists can’t get
off that easy! What about the Crusades, the Inquisition and the conquest
of the Americas?
Aren’t I always warning you not to get
your religion from the Discovery Channel? The Inquisition, though not something
to be proud of, really didn’t give it everything they had. The Vatican
has opened up meticulous records kept over the 400 years of the Inquisition’s
heyday and in Spain and Portugal perhaps 2,000-3,000 were killed.
How about the Crusades? In the course of
two centuries perhaps one or two million died, and let us remember these
were defensive wars. A very political religion burst out of the Arabian
Peninsula with the express intention of taking over the world, a hope still
warmly cherished by many Muslims. Christian lands were conquered and Christians
killed. Remember that the Middle East was solidly Christian at the time.
Around 1000 AD, Caliph Hakim of Cairo killed the entire Christian population
of Jerusalem, burned every Christian shrine in the Holy Land, and hacked
the tomb of Christ to pieces. Imagine what would happen in today if a Christian
tried to destroy the Ka’aba Mecca! For us the Tomb of Christ is comparable
to the Ka’aba, the central shrine of Islam.
Those assaults started the Crusades. If
not for the Crusades, the slaughter of Christians would have continued
unabated, until the followers of Jesus of Nazareth, the Prince of Peace,
were either dead or converted to the banners of the armies of Islam.
As for the conquest of the Americas, true,
there were atrocities on the part of gold crazed conquistadors, but the
rights of the native Americans were defended by the priests and friars
who followed in the wake of the conquerors. Most of the dead were killed
by microbes, and that encounter between the microbes of the old world and
the people of the Americas was inevitable.
So there you have it. Where Catholic Christianity
has been practiced, the murderous human spirit has been restrained. Where
secularism and warrior religions are practiced, the deaths are counted
in the hundreds of millions.
Once again, I would like to remind you,
don’t believe everything you see on television.
responsible for all our wars? - Part 2