Religious laws and violence
Mass crimes against humanity & genocide
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||"The death of one man is a tragedy; The death of a
million is a statistic." This is commonly attributed to Joseph Stalin,
although there is no real evidence that he ever said it.
||"Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you
are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god." Jean
"People don't simply wake up one day and commit genocide. They
start by setting themselves apart from others, diminishing the stature of
those adhering to dissenting beliefs in small, insidious steps. They begin
by saying, 'We're the righteous, and we'll tolerate those others.' And as
the toleration diminishes over time, the inevitable harms are overlooked.
It is for that reason that James Madison wisely wrote that 'it is proper
to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties'." Michael
A individual's greatest enemy appears to be their own national government. One
source estimates that "Nearly 170 million people probably have been
murdered by governments in this [20th] century; over four-times those killed in combat
in all international and domestic wars during the same years." 3
Mass murder and genocide in recent years have involved:
||The execution of individuals who have simply decided to change their
||Mass murder of followers of a minority religion by members of a
||Mass murder of followers of one faith group by others of the same
||Mass murder and genocide of an identifiable group for a variety of
It appears that:
The persecution and mass murder of European
Jews by Christians from 306 to 1945 CE was the longest lasting mass crime
The mass murder by the communist government
of the USSR of 20 or more million of its citizens (1917 to
1987), and by the communist government of China
of about 35 million of its citizens (1949 to 1987) probably
involved the greatest loss of life. It is difficult to be certain
because accurate data is impossible to obtain. Governments normally do
not publish figures for the number of their citizens that they exterminate.
||It appears that Christians are more often martyred in recent years because of their faith than followers of any other religion. On the order of 105,000 Christians a year are murdered for the simple reason that they are Christian. Murders peaked at about 160,000 during the year 2000 and were expected to reach 100,000 in 2011. This is about one Christian murdered every five minutes. A major effect of these killings is the decimation of Christian communities in the Middle East as they attempt to emigrate to other countries where they can life free of threats to their lives.
One of the main motivations for the creation of the United Nations in 1945
was to prevent future mass crimes against humanity and genocides. In this role,
the UN has not done well. As of early 2012,
governments continue committing or allowing mass crimes against humanity
including the victimization of:
Finally, the democratic government of Uganda is considering a bill to
legalize the judicial genocide of gays, lesbians and
bisexuals who engage in same-sex sexual behavior.
And few people seem to care.
|Definitions of genocide. Genocide
||Past persecutions, crimes against humanity and genocides --
primarily religiously based|
||The most serious crimes against humanity and genocides of the
||Currently active and recent mass murders, potential genocides, and genocides:|
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Michael Newdow, "Judge Roy Moore Deserves Jail. How is this
in any way different from David Koresh's refusal to abide by the commands of the
federal agents in Waco?," Beliefnet.com, 2003-AUG, at: http://www.beliefnet.com/"
Genocide," at: http://www.encyclopedia.com/
"20th Century Democide," at: http://www.mega.nu:8080/
Raphael Lemkin, "Axis Rule in Occupied Europe," (1944),
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Originally written: 2001-JAN-1, at the beginning of a new millennium
Latest update: 2017-APR-23
Author: B.A. Robinson