Actually, there were many sects and cultures who had "burned innocents" at teh stake - not just the Catholics.<quoted text>
That was exactly what the Catholics did when they burned innocent humans at the stake. They claimed that the god of the bible hated evil and heretics and witches were perceived BY THE CATHOLICS AS evil.
Please get your facts accurate, if you are going to try to convey them to others correctly. That way you are not misleading others with false information.
"Burning was used as a means of execution in many ancient societies. According to ancient reports,[which?] Roman authorities executed many of the early Christian martyrs by burning, sometimes by means of the tunica molesta, a flammable tunic."
"Indigenous North Americans often used burning as a form of execution, either against members of other tribes or against white settlers during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Roasting over a slow fire was a customary method. See Captives in American Indian Wars."
"Under the Byzantine Empire, burning was introduced as a punishment for disobedient Zoroastrians, because of the belief that they worshiped fire."
"The Byzantine Emperor Justinian (r. 527565) ordered death by fire, intestacy, and confiscation of all possessions by the State to be the punishment for heresy against the Christian faith in his Codex Iustiniani (CJ 1.5.), ratifying the decrees of his predecessors the Emperors Arcadius and Flavius Augustus Honorius."
"Civil authorities burnt persons judged to be heretics under the medieval Inquisition, including Giordano Bruno. The historian Hernando del Pulgar, contemporary of Ferdinand and Isabella, estimated that the Spanish Inquisition had burned at the stake 2,000 people by 1490 (just one decade after the Inquisition began). In the terms of the Spanish Inquisition a burning was described as relaxado en persona."
"In Denmark the burning of witches increased following the reformation of 1536. Especially Christian IV of Denmark encouraged this practice, which eventually resulted in hundreds of people burnt because of convictions of witchcraft. This special interest of the king also resulted in the North Berwick witch trials with caused over seventy people to be accused of witchcraft in Scotland on account of bad weather when James VI of Scotland (later James I of England), who shared the Danish king's interest in witch trials, in 1590 sailed to Denmark to meet his betrothed Anne of Denmark."
Additionally, as noted in "The History of Magic", a reissue of the original 1948 Kurt Seligmann's "The Mirror of Magic", he posits that some witch burning was the result of a hired "witch pricker" who pricked people with a needle, and if they didn't bleed, it was a sign of them being a witch. Each "witch" that was turned over, was worth a sum of money to this person.
- some of this "pricks" (see what I did??-*smiles*) would earn quite a fanciful living doing this illiterate activity.
Like I've always stated, you have much to learn.