Columbus, having quit the profession of slave trading to become an explorer, sailed for the new world in 1492. Within hours of landing, Columbus had kidnapped 6 natives in order to "christianize" them and make them his servants. Columbus incorrectly reported that the inhabitants of the New World had no religion. After planting a cross, Columbus would say the "Requerimiento", a prayer that officially made the newly found lands Catholic. Since nobody present objected (the natives did not speak latin), the new world became officially the domain of the Catholic church.
"I implore you to recognize the Church as a lady and in the name of the Pope take the King as lord of this land and obey his mandates. If you do not do it, I tell you that with the help of God I will enter powerfully against you all. I will make war everywhere and every way that I can. I will take your women and children and make them slaves...The deaths and injuries you will receive from here on will be your own fault and not that of his majesty nor of the gentlemen that accompany me." -- "The Requirement", read by Columbus (in Latin) to native tribes he encountered in the New World
Over the next hundred years, thousands of indians were burned to death for offending Christians.
A hundred Indians bundled together and set on fire by the Christian Conquestadores.
On Hispaniola alone, 50,000 Arawaks were killed, the rest were sent into slavery. Chief Hatuey declared that if heaven is where Christians go, that he would prefer to live in hell. He was burned alive for heresy. What happened to his people was described by an eyewitness: "The Spaniards found pleasure in inventing all kinds of odd cruelties ... They built a long gibbet, long enough for the toes to touch the ground to prevent strangling, and hanged thirteen [natives] at a time in honor of Christ Our Saviour and the twelve Apostles... then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies and they were burned alive."
I am reposting this article because we are seeing this coordinated propaganda effort to demonize Islam as a violent religion. Well, on the principle of "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" I would invite people to read through this article regarding the horrors visited on the world by Christians throughout the ages, including the Crusades, the Inquisition, the witch burnings, on up to the current scandals involving mass sexual molestations of children by the clergy.