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