“When he once had captured a fortress inhabited by a tribe of Jews, his judgment was, “The men shall be put to death, the women and children sold into slavery, and the spoil divided amongst the army.” Then, trenches were dug, some seven hundred men were marched out, forced to seat themselves in rows along the top of the trenches, beheaded, and then tumbled into a long gaping grave. Meanwhile, he looked on until, tiring of the monotonous spectacle, he departed to amuse himself with a Jewess whose husband had just perished.“
Can you guess to which historical figure the above acts have been attributed? Who “he” in the above modified excerpt is? Clue: it is not Hitler.
Those who still could not figure out and are curious can know that with some clever use of Google. If your impatience is troubling you, then the excerpt has been taken from pages 66 to 67 of this book – The Necessity of Atheism (click). Those who find religions and/or such violence fascinating can download the above book legally for free at Free Cellphone eBooks (click), where you will find the history of religions full of such and worse gore and violence. [The ‘RTF’ format can be used to download the file to be read on a PC using software like Notepad, Word or Wordpad. To read it on cellphone you can download the ‘JAR’ version to your PC and transfer it to your cellphone, or instead directly download it from your cellphone. The book takes about 10 hours to read.]
While, it might be further claimed that D. M. Brooks must have lied, it seems that the above excerpt is a translation from the accounts of an historian (click) who was in a position much better than us to know the truth. This can be sort of confirmed by what is written here (click) [search for “Bostom” to reach the relevant portion].
Now, some might wonder why would I want to dig so much into history, and point out such disturbing things. The only reason is that it is nauseating to repeatedly come across assertions to the effect of:
“Religions basically teach the path of truth, peace, love and justice [add as many virtues you want to, here]. Some followers misunderstand religion; they misinterpret verses. They are bad people who do bad things in the ‘name’ of religion. So, religions are actually ‘good’ for us, but only if we follow them faithfully. That’s all! We must learn, not from the manipulative religious leaders of the modern era, but from the words and deeds of the wise founders of the religion…“