Disco. ‘tute ex-president Bruce Chapman doesn’t know his history. He asserts:
The Spanish Inquisition was about testing the sincerity of people’s Christianity.
This is true in the sense that the Crusades were about the joys of travel and cultural exchange.
I mean, how did torturing Jews until they accepted Jesus or fled their homeland test the sincerity of their Christianity? Was the seizure of property of those Jews who fled or died a test of anyone’s Christianity?
In what sense did the iron maiden test the sincerity of anyone’s Christianity?
It isn’t clear whether Chapman regards the 5,000 people burned at the stake by the Inquisition as having been justly tested and found lacking in their Christianity, nor whether he thinks waterboarding, strappado, and the rack are appropriate means of testing one’s faith.
I guess we’re to believe that Dante’s Christianity was found lacking (posthumously), since the Inquisition banned his books. Understandably, King Solomon failed the test, too (a translation of Song of Songs was banned).
Historians note that contemporaries of the Inquisition took a less sanguine view than Chapman. One concerned Toledano wrote to the King:
Your Majesty must provide, before all else, that the expenses of the Holy Office do not come from the properties of the condemned, because if that is the case, if they do not burn they do not eat.
Other subjects of the Inquisition claimed, “the Inquisition was devised simply to rob people.” “They burn only the well-off,” said another, and a resident of Cuenca observed, “They were burnt only for the money they had,” while a victim of the Inquisition stated, “only the rich were burnt.” Catalina de Zamora was targeted by the Inquisition for saying, “this Inquisition that the fathers are carrying out is as much for taking property from the conversos as for defending the faith. It is the goods that are the heretics.”
I wonder what Disco. ‘tute Jewish figleaf David Klinghoffer thinks of his boss’s casual attitude towards the torture, murder, expulsion, and robbery of Jews.