Thursday, December 13, 2007
THE CLASSIC FUNDAMENTALIST
Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali - Iran va Jahan - Source: http://www.iranvajahan.net/english/pictures/en.20031129..1.jpg
JOHN CALVIN (1509–1564) was the classic fundamentalist.
Reportedly he was gay and a sadist.
Jerome Bolsec published a life of Calvin, 'Vie de Calvin', in 1577.
According to Bolsec, Calvin frequently engaged in gay sex.
According to Bolsec, Calvin resigned his church post at Noyon, in France, because of the public exposure of his homosexuality.
John Calvin became the religious boss of Geneva in Switzerland.
"Under his rule Geneva, formerly so gay, became like a city of death, where all citizens went about as if in mourning." (Progress of Calvinism - In Switzerland.)
Calvin's followers burned 58 people for heresy.
Servetus was a wise doctor who took an interest in religion. He was not keen on the idea of the Trinity. When Servetus came to Geneva in 1553, Calvin had him arrested. Poor Servetus was then burnt at the stake.
Christopher Hitchens writes (Christopher Hitchens - God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons ...) that "Calvin's Geneva was a prototypical totalitarian state, and Calvin himself a sadist and torturer and killer, who burned Servetus (one of the great thinkers and questioners of the day) while the man was still alive."
Most of the top fundamentalists are the same.
According to this Obituary of the Ayatollah Khalkhali, in The Telegraph:
"Some of Khalkhali's victims were no more than children.
"When a 14-year-old boy he had had executed turned out to be innocent, Khalkhali remarked that the child was not on his conscience because he had 'sent him to heaven'.
"His critics maintained that in his early life Khalkhali had spent time in a mental institution for torturing cats; it was said that strangling cats remained one of his favourite pastimes."
"Gallows were hitched up in main Tehran streets and sometimes as many as eight people were hanged at the same time. In the mayhem that ensued, the age of treason was lowered and children as young as nine were 'executed'. Within a couple of months over 8000 people had been killed."
Posted by Anon at 4:27 PM