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waldensiansI'd never heard of the Waldensians until today, which is why I highlighted them in this comic. They were a Christian sect which felt that the Church had, even in the tenth century, already become corrupt. As a result the Church gave them the royal shaft. By way of example here's a little explanation from heretication.com:

The Waldensians, or Vaudois, were followers of Peter Waldo of Lyon. They gave their money to the poor and preached the Christian gospel. Waldo attracted the hatred of the clergy when he commissioned a translation of the Bible into occitan, the language of what is now southern France.

Having read the bible for themselves they denied the temporal authority of priests and objected to papal corruption. They rejected numerous accretions, including the Mass, prayers for the dead, indulgences, confessions, penances, church music, the reciting of prayers in Latin, the adoration of saints, the adoration of the sacrament, killing, and the swearing of oaths. They also allowed women to preach.

They were excommunicated as heretics in 1184 at the Council of Verona, and persecuted with zeal for centuries. 150 were burned at Grenoble in a single day in 1393. Survivors fled to remote valleys in the Alps. Pope Innocent VIII organised a crusade against them in an unsuccessful attempt to exterminate them, and they were still being persecuted centuries later.

In Piedmont in the middle of the seventeenth century anyone in Villaro who declined to go to a Roman Catholic mass was liable to be crucified upside down. Some were maimed and left to die of starvation, some had strips of flesh cut off their bodies until they bled to death, some were stoned, some impaled alive upon stakes or hooks. Some were dragged along the ground until there flesh was scraped away. One at least was literally minced. Daniel Rambaut had his toes and fingers cut off in sections: one joint being amputated each day in an attempt to make him recant and accept the Roman faith. Some had their mouths stuffed with gun-powder which was then ignited. Paolo Garnier of Roras was castrated, then skinned alive. Children were killed in various ways before the eyes of their parents. Those few who escaped to the mountains were mostly killed by exposure, starvation or disease.


To put it mildly, the Church's cruel and violent persecution of its fellow adherents makes me feel somewhat better about how they treated us "heretic" folk. I don't feel so left out now.

The Waldensian's, incidentally, are still around, though in modest numbers.



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The following is #62 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(62) 8-5-2011: GOOD NEWS! The GOP has a plan to create 300,000 jobs.... no, wait. That's eliminate 300,000 jobs. Sorry.


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Things you can say that'll get you crucified.
Some guy, c. 33 AD - "I'm the son of god."
Roman: "We have a winner!"
Waldensian, c.1100 AD: "I believe in god."
Thug: "Potato. Potahto."
Atheist. c. 1500 AD - "There is no god!"
Thug2: "Man, this is too easy."
Me: "Boy! Am I glad those confusing days are over."
Middle-Eastern stereotype: "Whatever you say, infidel. Got a match?".