In response to U.S. President Obama's speech where he compares ISIS with the 'Christian' crusades and inquisition, Dr. Robert Jeffress, the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas,stated in FOX TV news that the inquisition killed only 2,200 people over a 450 year period!
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/barack-obama-muslims-christians-terror/2015/02/06/id/623355/According to Wikipedia:
Jeffress further noted compared the number of deaths during the Inquisition to how many Americans died in the 9/11 attacks, for instance.
"The Inquisition lasted 450 years," he began. "There were 2,200 people who died. That's about five a year. More people died on 9/11, in one day, at the hand of Muslim terrorists than in all of the Inquisition." [sic!!!]
A total of 2,996 people died — including 343 firefighters and 72 law-enforcement officers — in the assaults on New York City, at the Pentagon and in a plane crash in near Shanksville, Pa.
Historians use the term "Medieval Inquisition" to describe the various inquisitions that started around 1184, including the Episcopal Inquisition (1184–1230s) and later the Papal Inquisition (1230s). These inquisitions responded to large popular movements throughout Europe considered apostate or heretical to Christianity, in particular the Cathars in southern France and the Waldensians in both southern France and northern Italy. Other Inquisitions followed after these first inquisition movements. Legal basis for some inquisitorial activity came from Pope Innocent IV's papal bull Ad extirpanda of 1252, which explicitly authorized (and defined the appropriate circumstances for) the use of torture by the Inquisition for eliciting confessions from heretics. By 1256 inquisitors were given absolution if they used instruments of torture.
In the 13th century, Pope Gregory IX (reigned 1227–1241) assigned the duty of carrying out inquisitions to the Dominican Order. Most inquisitors were friars who taught theology and/or law in the universities. They used inquisitorial procedures, a common legal practice adapted from the earlier Ancient Roman court procedures. They judged heresy along with bishops and groups of "assessors" (clergy serving in a role that was roughly analogous to a jury or legal advisers), using the local authorities to establish a tribunal and to prosecute heretics. After 1200, a Grand Inquisitor headed each Inquisition. Grand Inquisitions persisted until the mid 19th century.
With it being said that the Inquisition lasted about 450 years, that brings its supposed end in the mid 1600s- an accounting consistent with the notion promoted by historians featured by the New York Times, of the ending of the Counter Reformation ending at the end of the 30 Years War of 1618-1648,- never mind that the Counter Reformation is understood as being initiated with the founding of the Jesuit Order cir. 1534.
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