Monday, April 03, 2006
Not very Cool
In the 13th century, motivated by the Pope Innocent III’s approval (Massacre them all, for good knows his own) and to protect the church of god, Simon de Montfort launched a crusade against the Cathars. In 1209, he kills 15000 individual, proudly declaring that he has killed them all, he was wrong, so he had to do another crusade, the castle of Lastours resisted the assault for many years, until it finally fell and so came the end of the Catharist ideology.
One of the most significant moments of this crusade was when De Montfort was messing with the Cathar resistance’s mind, he gathered 100 prisoner cut of there lips and there noses, with burst eyes (among other things) and made them walk in a chain lead by one guy, to whom he left one eye (lucky bastard!) and told them to walk all the way to the castle of Lastours and deliver a message from De Monfort saying that if the latter does not give up he, and all those behind him will suffer the same fate.
What an artist! I haven’t heard of such atrocities in the name of god, except for the Assyrian ones.
A rather interesting part of the story is that this crusade was in fact part of the whole crusade shit that was meant to protect the doctrine. The next time any Muslim would complain about the west attacking Islam, and giving the example of the crusades, I’ll just remind them that it was all about politics, and this time I’ll remind them that it could have been much worse and the only reason that they feel so mistreated, was in fact because they survived to remember these facts. And the next time, the catholic zealots around here would tell me about how righteous the church was, and how it helped the world be a better place, winking at the slavery thingy and the rights of women, I’ll just remind those that the Cathars were in fact Christians and that they were very liberal, they allowed women to become priests and they believed in poverty and all that shit that the church still fails to embrace at our modern days.