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April 17, 2014
April 17: Light on the “Dark Ages”

“We hear that the cleric Hubert ... does not scruple to spend his days with actresses ... and that he is for ever committing murders and adulteries, vile fornications and intolerable outrages.”

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September 3, 2011
September 3: How Great Was Gregory?

Gregory the Great (Gregory I) Becomes Pope (590) How Great Was He? It was on this date, September 3, 590, that the son of a wealthy patrician named Gordianus, whose name history does not recall, was made Pope in the Roman Catholic Church. He took the name Gregory and is remembered as Pope St. Gregory […]

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July 15, 2011
July 15: Let God Sort Them Out

The First Crusade Captures Jerusalem (1099) Then Kills Everyone It was on this date, July 15, 1099, that the First Crusade, or "Campaign of the Cross," achieved its objective and captured Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulcher. Once the Muslim citizens of Jerusalem lost control of their city, the Crusaders then proceeded, with the zeal of […]

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May 1, 2011
May 1: Christian Persecutions

It is only good fortune that those with Bibles and weapons, or with Korans and weapons, for that matter, were so anti-science: imagine what a human holocaust they could have perpetrated!

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April 29, 2011
April 29: The Age of Chivalry

The Age of Chivalry was steeped in corruption, theft, violence, and every imaginable (and some unimaginable) sexual deviations, including rape, incest, pederasty, prostitution and general sexual license.

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April 24, 2011
April 24: Library of Congress Established

The betterment of humankind was not a high priority of Christian Europe, or of the Muslim East. It was never considered that humanity could be improved.

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December 7, 2010
December 7: End of the Great Schism

If the supposedly perfect Supreme Being was right in 1965, was he wrong in 1054 — when both excommunication and faith were stronger?

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November 27, 2010
November 27: The First Crusade

Rude-but-obvious questions are not encouraged, such as: Why did God allow the Muslim Turks to take control of Palestine in the first place? And: Why couldn't the Pope ask God, rather than soldiers, to liberate the holy lands?

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Ronald Bruce Meyer




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