And such as happened during the crusades, it was the religous leaders who perpetuate it and for the purposes of THIS discussion, cannot be ignored or swept under the rug.<quoted text>
Religion is not the perpetrator of violence. People are.
That IS significant.
THe Popes in the era we're discussing would disagree with you.People who are subject to human weaknesses and frailty. Those who perpetrate crime and vilolence against their fellow man in the name of Christianity are not practicing the true tenets of Christianity.
A pacifist will not "kick" ANYONES ass.If someone kicks your ass in the name of pacificism....are they truly pacifists ?
You sound like a bigot.
LNM doesn't sound like a bigot, LNM sounds like someone that actually respects history, and can discuss it honestly, flaws of the religious ideals of an era inclusive of that discussion. Discussing the FACTS of the negative aspects of a given relgious history doesn't make one a bigot, if it did, ALL of the best historians in history would BE bigots, and that's simply not true.