Tuesday, February 10, 2015

'Baptist' Pastor Credits Roman Inquisition With Killing 2,200 People Over 450 Years

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!


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.
According to Wikipedia:

Medieval Inquisition

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.[17] By 1256 inquisitors were given absolution if they used instruments of torture.[18]
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.[19] 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.[20]

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.

Suggested reading for Pastor Jeffress:


Notably, that very same Wikipedia article has the supposed ending of the Inquisition in the 1800s:

Ending of the Inquisition in the 19th and 20th centuries

The wars of independence of the former Spanish colonies in the Americas concluded with the abolition of the Inquisition in every quarter of Hispanic America between 1813 and 1825.
In Portugal, in the wake of the Liberal Revolution of 1820, the "General Extraordinary and Constituent Courts of the Portuguese Nation" abolished the Portuguese inquisition in 1821.
The last execution of the Inquisition was finally carried out in Spain on July 26, 1826. This was the execution of the school teacher, Cayetano Ripoll, for the teaching of Deism in his school. In Spain the practices of the Inquisition were finally outlawed in 1834.
In Italy, after the restoration of the Pope as the ruler of the Papal States in 1814, the activity of the Papal States Inquisition continued on until the mid-19th century, notably in the well-publicised Mortara Affair (1858–1870). In 1908 the name of the Congregation became "The Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office", which in 1965 further changed to "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith", as retained to the present day.


Beginning in the 19th century, historians have gradually compiled statistics drawn from the surviving court records, from which estimates have been calculated by adjusting the recorded number of convictions by the average rate of document loss for each time period. García Cárcel estimates that the total number of people put on trial by inquisitorial courts throughout their history was approximately 150,000, of which about 3,000 were executed - about two percent of the number of people put on trial. Gustav Henningsen and Jaime Contreras studied the records of the Spanish Inquisition, which list 44,674 cases of which 826 resulted in executions in person and 778 in effigy (i.e. a straw dummy was burned in place of the person).[40] William Monter estimated there were 1000 executions between 1530–1630 and 250 between 1630–1730.[41] Jean-Pierre Dedieu studied the records of Toledo's tribunal, which put 12,000 people on trial.[42] For the period prior to 1530, Henry Kamen estimated there were about 2,000 executions in all of Spain's tribunals.[43]

Pastor Jeffress' counting confuses the supposed cir 1648 ending of the Counter Reformation as the supposed ending of the Inquisition, and is of course, infinitely too low.


Douglas Andrew Willinger said...

Thanks for the comment.

This Pastor is much like Hagee- both have stated that the RCC is the harlot of Revelations and or te satanic continuing mystery babylon, yet nonetheless give it otherwise a virtually free pass in history.

Douglas Andrew Willinger said...


Христо Стилиянов said...

I think he forgot 4 digits.
22 000 000

Popish puppet. America is going insane.