Among the procedures for killing humans it’s always included the name of a hypothetical high being invented by men and living in their imagination. Choice is justified, as these invisible beings, with their vengeful jealousy, merciless, with their racism, their sexism, and their terrifying bloodlust, are perfectly suited to the situation. Seems their divine laws, that prohibit murder, allow certain exceptions, which are not mortal sin.
Aztecs believed they had a blood debt to the gods and wanted to avoid the disaster by paying cash this never ending liability. These perfectionists of coronary surgery detached hearts, and thrown the offal down the stairs of the pyramids. We don’t know for sure —it is possible that some accounts are exaggerated—, but probably thousands of people each year received free surgery.
Good Socrates, guilty of refusing to recognize the gods approved by the State, was invited to die, after giving a discourse on immortality. Even so, the benevolent official gods granted him an additional month among the living, —his auto-execution was delayed to observe the annual religious mission to send a ship to Delos.
Ancient Phoenicians, before segmenting the windpipe of a jailbird, held a kind of sacred rite, the same way some millennia later their new generations still do before going to war by blood and fire to kill their antagonist.
Cannibals of Guinea and Polynesia before solemnly savor their internees, that is, useless men as missionaries, travelers and brokers of various commercial firms or just curious, offered those to their gods running the most diversified religious rituals. As they hadn’t yet reached the ornate culture, they adorned their legs with wreaths and colorful feathers of jungle birds.
Thanks god today everyone is atheist. Atheist of all these ancient gods, who were the unique and veritable for our ancestors. Those gods nowadays seem ridiculous and primitive. Current are clearly cooler …
Seems the first official act of the Inquisition has taken place on February 6, 1481, when six converts were singed alive. The public bonfire was livened by a full sermon given by a Catholic dominie. This mass murder, however, was just the beginning.
Public executions for witchcraft are just the tip of iceberg of the hidden history of crimes across Africa. It’s estimated that between 1991 and 2001, a total of 22,000-23,000 Africans were discretely lynched by their neighbors, afraid of witches. Those victims who firmly believe to be immune to gunfire are not included. But you can correlate these figures, ultimately caused by the supernatural, with the number of people accused of witchcraft —and actually executed— over European inquisitorial years —1450-1750—, a series that perhaps reaches 40,000 to 50,000 unfortunate fellows. Certainly, for a secular humanist, these numbers are a disturbing reflection.
In the execution of offenders priests have always paid comfort and emotional support pestering with their presence the wrongdoers. In Prussia a cleric accompanied the unfortunate to the gibbet, in Austria a Catholic priest took them to the gallows, and to the guillotine in France, in Spain to a chair in which they were strangled with an ingenious mechanism, in America a clergyman carries them also to a chair, this one electric, and Russian revolutionaries are accompanied by a bearded pope. Seems they go everywhere with the crucified as if saying: “To you they only will cut your neck, hang you, strangle you, loosen 15,000 volts, but think about how much He had to suffer.”
The great abattoirs that were the World Wars couldn’t help without the priestly blessing. Military chaplains of all armies prayed and celebrated campaign masses for the victory of the army whose bread they ate. In the rub out of insurgents always popped up a priest. In the Czech legion’s executions a priest was always here and now. Nothing has changed since the times when bandit Adalbert, later called the “Holy”, contributed to the extermination of the Slavs of the Baltic, with the sword in one hand and the cross in the other.
Throughout Europe, men went to the slaughter like little good pets, accompanied —figuratively— by butcher-emperors, kings, and other potentates and warlords, as well as priests of all communions, blessing their protégées, and making them to falsely swear “We were revealed that man, assholes, was created in the image and likeness of God …” and so on.
Despite the many differences between Christians, Jews and Muslims all they share a fundamental belief in a merciful and just god. But the same religious traditions that affirm that god is compassionate and merciful and just, also include most disturbing statements that promote religious hatred and intolerance, and unfortunately have provided justification for an aggressive holy war. They are the new pets suffering the exceptions of these magnanimous fashion gods.
Campaign masses always were held twice: when the division went to the war front and, once there, before the bloody carnage. I remember once, in one of those masses, when an enemy airplane dropped a cuke precisely on the altar, and only bloody shreds of the pater were left. They wrote about him as a martyr, while our airplanes granted to the priests of our opponents analogous halos. To us it was amusing, and on the provisional cross beneath which was buried what was left of the priest, at night appeared the following inscription:
“By surprise fell upon you what could be waiting for us,
and the sky shit on your head as you were saying mass.”
Of gods and men – Digutigui – Adaptation of a text by Jaroslav Hasek