More acts of religion: Christian girls crucified by Muslim Turks 7

Yahoo! News reports:

Pope Francis said yesterday that the first genocide of the twentieth century was the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks [in 1915].

Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks “the first genocide of the 20th century” and urging the international community to recognize it as such. Turkey immediately responded by recalling its ambassador and accusing Francis of spreading hatred and “unfounded claims”.

Francis issued the pronouncement during a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica commemorating the centenary that was attended by Armenian church leaders and President Serge Sarkisian, who praised the pope for calling a spade a spade and “delivering a powerful message to the international community”.  …

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event widely viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century. …

He said similar massacres are under way today against Christians who because of their faith are “publicly and ruthlessly put to death — decapitated, crucified, burned alive — or forced to leave their homeland”, a reference to the Islamic State group’s assault against Christians in Iraq and Syria.

– And elsewhere in the Islamic world, surely, including particularly Nigeria, where Boko Haram’s “assault against Christians” has been going on longer, and has killed and dispersed even more than IS/ISIS/ISIL has to date. Until now the Christian leaders of the nominally Christian world have said nothing to annoy Islam about the on-going Muslim persecution of Christians. A sentence or two uttered by the Pope in passing is more than might have been expected.

It’s good that Pope Francis has mentioned it. After all, the Christian conscience is much lauded for its tenderness towards all mankind.

Or, anyway, its theoretical tenderness. We hope the Pope has not forgotten that the Catholic Church “publicly and ruthlessly put to death”, tortured and “burned alive” a great many victims of its religious zeal through hundreds of years.

It’s good that he has recalled the atrocities the Armenians suffered at the hands of the Turks.

We repeat our post of April  25, 2013, which has been frequently visited in the last two years, most often since the start of this year.

“Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross, spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered their bodies.” *

The information and quotations that follow come from an article by Raymond Ibrahim:

The Armenian genocide took place under Turkey’s Islamic Ottoman Empire in during and after WWI.

Out of an approximate population of two million, some 1.5 million Armenians died.

One of the primary causes for it — perhaps the fundamental cause — is completely unacknowledged: religion.

It is an excellent and important article, but we would argue that religion was not “one of the primary causes” of the massacre of the Christian Armenians by the Muslim Turks, that it was not “perhaps the fundamental cause” – it was the cause. The only cause. 

* The quoted words in the caption are those of Aurora Mardiganian. The documentary film Auction of Souls (1919), from which this still is taken, was partly based on her memoir.

In her memoir, Ravished Armenia, Aurora Mardiganian described being raped and thrown into a harem (which agrees with Islam’s rules of war). Unlike thousands of other Armenian girls who were discarded after being defiled, she managed to escape. In the city of Malatia, she saw 16 Christian girls crucified: “Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross, spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered their bodies.”

  • liz

    What a great “heritage” Muslims have – 14 centuries of ongoing genocide, and it’s still going…what happened to the Armenians had already happened to countless people during the expansion of Islam, and the same thing is happening now with the Yezidis, etc…nothing’s changed.
    More like a species of animal, that repeats the same cycle of mindless instinct forever, never evolving or developing a rational mind. They remain sub-human, yet convinced they are the most righteous, holy people on earth, and everyone ELSE is sub-human! What a cruel cosmic joke.


      “More like a species of animal, that repeats the same cycle of mindless instinct forever, never evolving or developing a rational mind.”

      Great observation, liz!
      As in my statement above, they go through the motions of the walking dead. Never would an original thought as to why they do what they do “materialize”….

      A serious lack of conscious choices seems to be these religious person’s “calling card!”

  • Don L

    REALBEING’s video submission pretty much covers any reponse I was thinking of making. I hope folks will take the 21 minutes to watch it. Very educational and thought provoking for any theist and truly entertaining and smile-and-a-giggle-to-your-face confirmation for we atheists.


      The entire “Religion” vs. “Atheism” debate rests on EVIDENCE……EVIDENCE the Atheist cannot find throughout ALL of his investigations, and EVIDENCE the Religious believer only “SENSES.”

      The average knowledgeable Atheist will usually invest considerable energy into assessment and investigation of the two sides of the same coin…REALITY.

      Finding no supernatural evidence, seeing no “bond” between the religious beliefs of yesterday and today and how these two impostors fail to stack up to reality, and also viewing the carnage and destruction we have daily on Earth and the religion-biased belief system heavenly or not, the Atheist will relinquish his belief to a system that believes according to what seems prudent, viable, and information bent….REASON, LOGIC, VIABILITY, AND FACT.

      The “Religious believer” feels that he has the “truth.” He will tell you he has “evidence of the heart.” But in reality, this type of “truth” is ONLY found in his emotional attachment to his belief, and not in our shared and objective reality, of which we are all a part of.

      Emotions are fundamentally, and notoriously false canards. Unchecked, they live off human fear and a total lack of personal security. Even the word itself, E-motion is drawn from a contraction of the words ECCENTRIC and MOTION. The picture of instability!

      If the believer thinks that investing heavily into strict emotional values is so true to reality, just ask him if he is certain that his emotional “faith” basis of his religious beliefs are examples of his truth, why doesn’t he take all of his money and invest it on a “lucky-feeling” roulette wheel in Vegas on the number he feels is going to come up on the next spin.

      Remind him that while the wheel is in spin, he could also PRAY for the number to come up.

      Hes been trained to trust only in his personal emotional standards, never trusting anything that doesn’t conform to the inside of this belief “box.”

      And this is where he will die…..INSIDE! Not a physical death, but a biased, ignorant one. He will stay an example of the “walking dead” if he never learns to test this superstitious belief system….


    More “love thy neighbor” from Religion! Here is a long (21 minutes) treatise on Humanity’s main indoctrination foe, Religion!”

    • Don L

      Glad to see you posting again. And, what a return…superb video. Truly enjoyed it. So sad YouTube is now blocking video downloading. I’d have loved to add it to my library.

      I liked the bit where he asks, or states, where are the bill of rights in your holy books? And, of course, denying the constitution claimed to be written by thier own god. Good stuff. Thanks.

    • liz

      Great video! Thanks for the link.