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Re^8: A Level Playing Field

by ysth (Canon)
on Nov 03, 2005 at 19:38 UTC ( #505488=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^7: A Level Playing Field
in thread A Level Playing Field

the exact number of deaths and the exact extent of torture is pretty irrelevant to the climate of fear that the inquisition created. If the government and church announce that they are setting up tribunals to find heretics and kill even one person a year, people who are born into heresy (by being Jews or Muslims or women of any ethnicity) are going to live in fear.
A clarification: the Inquisition had no authority over non-Christians. A purpose of the Expulsion was to ensure that every Jew remaining in Spain was in fact baptized and subject to the Inquisition thereafter. I've heard that how the Expulsion was implemented varied from area to area and case to case: Some were able to leave with property or money, some weren't. Some were not allowed to leave at all, but given the choice of conversion or death. Some were forcibly baptized with no such choice. Some were allowed to leave, but not with their children :(


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Re^9: A Level Playing Field
by jZed (Prior) on Nov 03, 2005 at 22:47 UTC
    Thanks, Tilly also pointed out my overstatements in a private message. I guess for me it's like saying that a) the U.S. Senate had no direct authority over Hollywood hiring practices and therefore b) the McCarthy hearings were not to blame for writers, directors, and actors getting blacklisted. In my view, "a" is true and "b" is not and the situation with the Inquisition strikes me as similar in this regard. Also, I guess it depends on one's definition of a Converso - outwardly they were Christians and one of the prime targets of the Inquisition. I would regard the persecution of the Conversos as persecution of Jews regardless of their pretended (or in some cases, real) conversion to Christianity.

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