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?
A little more:
In January, 1547 in Calvin's Geneva, one James Gruet, a kind of free-thinker of dubious morals, was alleged to have posted a note which implied that Calvin should leave the city:
He was at once arrested and a house to house search made for his accomplices. This method failed to reveal anything except that Gruet had written on one of Calvin's tracts the words 'all rubbish.' The judges put him to the rack twice a day, morning and evening, for a whole month ... He was sentenced to death for blasphemy and beheaded on July 26, 1547 ... Evangelical freedom had now arrived at the point where its champions took a man's life ... merely for writing a lampoon!
(Huizinga, 176; cf. Daniel-Rops, 82-83)"
Kind of reminds me of radical fundamentalist Islam at this time, except Calvin's Geneva loved torture first....before killing.