“Tuez-les tous! Dieu reconnaÃ®tra les siens.” Arnaud Amaury to his troops before the sack of BÃ©ziers, who were unclear on how to tell the difference between the Cathar heretics who needed extermination and good Christians.Â Often rendered as “kill ’em all; let God sort ’em out!”
It is widely believed in Islam that anyone who dies on the Hajj goes directly to heaven; if so the 700 souls killed in the stampede in Mecca were actually spared years enduring our imperfect world and are now grateful for the short cut.
â€œ…it seems to me that the more Christian a country is, the less likely it is to regard the death penalty as immoral. … I attribute that to the fact that, for the believing Christian, death is no big deal.â€ Antonin Scalia, 2002. [It is not clear whether the distinguished believing Christian justice was dissing the death of non-Christians, or of Christians, or all of these.]
A Man was hanged by the neck until he was dead.
â€œWhence do you come?â€ Saint Peter asked when the Man presented himself at the gate of Heaven.
â€œFrom California,â€ replied the applicant.
â€œEnter, my son, enter; you bring joyous tidings.â€
When the Man had vanished inside, Saint Peter took his memorandum-tablet and made the following entry:
â€œFebruary 16, 1893.Â California occupied by the Christians.â€ Ambrose Bierce