oh. NOW I get it.
The state officials that did all the torture and murder for the Catholic Church were what?...Protestant?
hellooOooo the *state officials* who did the murder and torture were CATHOLIC or else it could NOT have happened! or wait could they have been Muslim? or Pagan?
Just one more....and then let the matter rest.
"The most infamous execution in Geneva was that of Michael Servetus, a Spanish physician who denied the Trinity, and was a sort of Gnostic pantheist. He was burned alive.... He had met Calvin, and the latter declared on February 13, 1547 in a letter to Farel:
If he comes, provided my authority prevails I will not suffer him to return home alive.
In 1554 Calvin wrote the treatise Against the Errors of Servetus, in which he tried to justify his cruel action: Many people have accused me of such ferocious cruelty that (they allege) I would like to kill again the man I have destroyed. Not only am I indifferent to their comments, but I rejoice in the fact that they spit in my face.
Melanchthon, in a letter to Calvin and Bullinger, gave 'thanks to the Son of God'... and called the burning 'a pious and memorable example to all posterity.' Bucer declared from his pulpit in Strasbourg that Servetus had deserved to be disemboweled and torn to pieces. Bullinger, generally humane, agreed that civil magistrates must punish blasphemy with death.