Atrocities By Numbers


Atheists like to scream at the top of their lungs about the atrocities due to “religion”.

Not only are very few of those atrocities actually a result of religion or belief as some isolated phenomena (since reality is actually complicated).

But like other fundamentalists with a pet beliefsystem the modern atheist picks their favorite factoids and present them in a “convincing” manner to underline their outrage at those who do not agree.

Siege of Antioch by Jean Colombe.

All numbers below are approximation (and relative to how you count).

 

Dead in the Crusades:   between 15,000 and 25,000 men on “both” sides.

Dead through obesity in the US each year: 112 000.

 

Number of Suicide bombings In the ten years after September 11, 2001, : 336 sucide attacks in Afghanistan and 703 in Pakistan, while there were 1,003 documented suicide attacks in Iraq between March 20, 2003, and December 31, 2010.

Death by smoking or secondary smoke each year in the US: 443 000.

 

Witch Trials 1480 to 1750: 40,000 – 100,000 executions. Europe and North America.

Plastic Surgery: In 2000, 2,100 people died from complications and adverse reactions among more than 70 million surgeries, the National Center for Health Statistics says.

 

The Greatest Religous Wars: Thirty Years War: (Holy Roman Empire) Protestants / Catholics,1618 – 1648. 3 000 000 – 11 500 000
: French Wars Of Religion, (France) Protestants / Catholics 1562 – 1598. 2 000 000 -4 000 000.

 

: Second Sudanese Civil War (Sudan) Islam / Christianity 1983 – 2005. 1 000 000 – 2 000 000.

: Crusades (Holy Land, Europe) Islam / Christianity 1095 – 1291 . 1 000 000 – 3 000 000.

: Lebanese Civil War (Lebanon) Sunni / Shiia / Christianity 1975 – 1990 130 000 – 250 000

These numbers includes those civilians dead by disease, famine , massacre, genocide and the soldiers involved.

In other words, continuing at this rate, in 30 years more Americans will have died from being fat than all that died from any direct reason of the entire crusades (200 years of wars, famine and pestilances) and more Americans dies from it in one year than the highest estimates of all the Witch Trials in Europe and America for over 250 years.

Four times as many smoke themselves to death yearly in the US as died ,all in all ,through the entire Witch Trials.

In six years as many will have died from tobacco in the US as the highest estimation of all the crusades.

 

Creating scapegoats and fighting over beliefsystems as a way of counteracting religous intolerance?

Get a grip!

 

US Today,  Brian Levack : The Wich Hunt In Early Modern Europe, Helen Ellerbe: The Dark Side Of Christianity, US Comitee For Refugees 2001, John M Robertson: A Short History Of Christianity,

 

 

Chant of the Templars – Salve Regina


 

Medieval Chant of the Templars. Era of the Crusades.
Title: “Antiphona: Salve Regina”.
This is part of the chant (first 10 minutes out of approximately 15).
Performers: Ensemble Organum, Director: Marcel Peres
Album: “Le chant des Templiers”

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Latin:

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exules filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus gementes
et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.

Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.
Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

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English:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Crucem sanctam subiit – Le Chant des Templiers


 

A jewel! This is a fragment of the beautiful medieval antiphona: “Crucem sanctam subiit”, performed by “Ensemble Organum”. This piece has been found in a rare medieval manuscript from the mid XIIth century, found in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and that’s why it’s linked to the Templar Knights.

“…Lapidem quem reprobaverunt aedificantes, hic factus est in caput anguli” = “The stone that the architects rejected became the cornerstone”.

Music From The Time Of the Crusades (2 of 2)


 

This is a genuine 800 year old Troubadour song, arranged here for solo lyre, & written by Walther Von Der Vogelweide called “Palästinalied”. Here are some interesting details about the song from Wikipedia:

“Palästinalied was written in connection with the Fifth Crusade (1217-1221). Although it is a political-religious propaganda song describing a crusade into the Holy Land, it is atypical for a song of this kind in that it also recognizes the claim of all Abrahamic religions to the Holy Land, although finally asserting that the Christian cause is the “right one” in the last strophe:

Kristen juden und die heiden
jehent daz dis ir erbe sî
got müesse ez ze rehte scheiden
dur die sîne namen drî
al diu werlt diu strîtet her
wir sîn an der rehten ger.
reht ist daz er uns gewer

This strophe can be translated as follows: Christians, Jews and Heathens claim this to be their heritage. God has to assign it in the right way, for His three names. The whole world is coming battling here – our cause is right. It is right that He is granting it to us.”

Despite all the pointless religious intolerance (as the words to this song certainly testify!), and the sheer bloody brutality of the Crusades, at least they resulted some amazing, utterly timeless melodies, like this!

Music From The Time of the Crusades (1 of 2)


 

This is a genuine 800 year old Troubadour song, arranged here for solo lyre, & written by King Richard the Lion Heart, whilst imprisoned during the Crusades! The song he wrote, over 800 year ago, is called “Ja Nus Hons Pris”…

“Ja nus hons pris ne dira sa reson
Adroitement, s’ensi com dolans non;
Mes par confort puet il fere chancon,
Moult ai d’amis, mes povre sont li don;
Hont en avront, se por ma reancon
Or sai je bien de voir certainement
Que mors ne pris n’a ami ne parent,
Quant hon me lait por or ne por argent.
Moult m’est de moi, mes plus m’est de ma gent,
Qu’apres ma mort avront reprochier grant,
Se longuement sui pris.”

Here the English translation:

No prisoner ever tells his story objectively;
rather, it is cloaked in sorrow.
To comfort himself, however,
he may write a song:
I have many friends, but their gifts are few.
Dishonor will be theirs if I remain in prison
these two winters; my ransom unpaid.

My men and my barons,
from England, Normandy, Poitou, and Gascony,
know that I would never forsake
even the least of my friends.
I do no say this as a reproach.
Still… I remain a prisoner.

Despite all the pointless religious intolerance and bloody brutality of the Crusades, at least they resulted some amazing, utterly timeless melodies, like this! Indeed, it was upon hearing the late great David Munrow’s arrangement of this tune performed on medieval Gemshorn, (which I happened to find by chance, on an utterly obscure tape cassette I found in WH Smith when I was just 14, waaaay back in 1982!) which is what got me hooked on ancient music in the first place…whilst my peers were all buying the latest “Bananarama” LP, I was “geeking out” to THIS! ;o)

Richard was imprisoned by the Duke of Austria who he had insulted while on Crusade. Traditionally he was discovered by his minstrel Blondel. It was his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine and the officials he left in charge of England, who raised the 150,000 Marks from the common people, that secured his release in February 1194.