In early 1794 at the height of the Reign of Terror French soldiers marched to the Atlantic Vendée, where peasants had risen up against the Revolutionary government in Paris. Twelve "infernal columns" commanded by Gen. Louis-Marie Turreau were ordered to kill everyone and everything they saw. Thousands of people including women and children were massacred in cold blood, and farms and villages torched. "There was in the Revolution a clearly stated programme to wipe out the Vendéean race," said Philippe de Villiers, European deputy and former presidential candidate for the right-wing traditionalist Movement for France, or MPF, Party. "Why did it take place? Because a people was chosen to be liquidated on account of their religious faith."<quoted text>
So did Giordano Bruno, and the Roman Catholic Church murdered him anyway.
The Daily Telegraph, Dec. 26, 2008