Regular readers of the Outlaw, may be aware that for what has been more than two years now, I have attracted the attentions of a stalker.
I have two in fact, and although that is a different story altogether, it is relevant to this article, inasmuch as, one of them, incidentally a ‘female’, also openly advertises herself on The Internet, mainly social networks, as a ‘Christian Missionary’.
So with that in mind, I felt that at some point, I needed to familiarise myself with what a Missionary really was, and in all honesty, and drawing from my own experiences of witnessing her increasingly erratic online behaviour on a daily basis, what I found did not surprise me.
As with many other accepted historical accounts, the true purpose of the Christian Missionary is as far removed from the image that most people have been led to believe, as it is possible to be.
The historical role of a ‘Missionary’, was without exception, one of the most loathed, universally reviled and over-rated vocations there was, and to anyone who has studied the subject, it will come as no surprise that the often referred to ‘Dark Ages,’ coincided with the emerging role of the ‘Missionary’ in Christian hegemony.
The all-too common misconception, of the goodly, long-suffering Missionary, blessed with endless patience, risking everything to bring the word of their God to the savage heathens throughout Europe and the wider world, is just that – a misconception, a fictitious yarn spun by the advocates of Christianity in order to distort from the real, unadulterated and ultimately dark truth, and it’s hidden, and altogether sinister history.
‘Missionaries’, especially throughout Medieval Europe, very rarely depended on their own fallible human abilities to convert the infidels, heretics and others , who they saw as being outside the Christian faith, and instead of using persuasive words and kindly deeds – they had a veritable armoury of devices approved by their superiors to ‘spread the word of God,’ at their disposal.
The religious leaders of Christian (Mostly Catholic) Europe, clearly unable to tolerate any dissenting, non-conforming or conflicting faiths to co-exist on what they saw as their ‘sacred’ lands, sought to seek out and destroy every last vestige of whom they believed were the ‘ungodly’.
The earth-bound incarnations of the Devil himself.
Those who they saw, almost always incorrectly, as being ‘Evil’.
Missionaries all over Europe, sent out to do their Lords work, went armed not only with their large black bibles, beads and incantations, but the most fearsome and outlandish array of apparatus that were specifically designed to ‘convert’ even the most ardent of unbelievers.
The ‘Oral Pear’ for example, was one such device that was also a particular favourite of the Vatican, it’s presence being well documented as being among the vast array of implements used in the torture dungeons located underneath the Papal palace.
Scientists, Astronomers and Astrologers were also subjected to the full horrific effects of the ‘pear’, simply for speaking out regarding their own belief that the earth did in fact, revolve around the sun, and not the commonly held Catholic teachings that stated otherwise.
This cleverly designed device, which expanded externally with each successive turn of a large internal screw, was placed inside the mouth, the anus or the female genitalia of it’s Intended recipient, to cause not only an extreme tearing of the surrounding flesh, but as you can imagine, the most excruciating levels of pain.
If that wasn’t enough, it also had three sharp metal spikes at the tip to ensure the victim bled internally even before the first turn of the screw.
It is not known if anyone survived this singularly horrendous experience, let alone be converted to Catholicism, during or immediately following the procedure I shouldn’t think.
The introduction of the Malleus Maleficarum (Witches Hammer) in 1487, meant that the ‘Missionaries’ could also turn their attentions to the unfortunate practitioners of ‘Witchcraft’, which as history has shown, included many, many women who’s only ‘crime’ was to look emaciated or unusual enough, to be named as a ‘Witch’.
Countless thousands of innocent women, and children for that matter were put to death, usually by burning, and almost certainly after enduring the most degrading and horrific tortures and mutilations, at the hands of these agents of God.
The ‘Pear’ was only one option available to those who were instructed to spread God’s message to the wider world, and ever-more inventive, but decidedly crude torture devices were improvised, often by carpenters and blacksmiths from the villages that the Missionaries visited.
Being pressed to death was particularly popular, where the victim was placed face up on the floor and heavy planks of wood were placed upon their chests.
Heavy stone weights were then slowly added, until the helpless victim found it almost impossible to breath.
A mercifully short time later, their ribs would undoubtably snap under the relentless pressure, piercing the lungs, which would collapse causing death by drowning in their own blood.
Another method used regularly, was ‘the rack’, a wooden contraption that had spiked iron rollers built into it’s base, onto which the victim was placed.
These rollers would tear the flesh of the victims back, buttocks and legs down to the bone, while their arms were also fastened to large wooden wheels.
The Missionary, or Priest would then turn the wheels slowly, which also tore the flesh and caused asphyxia.
This ‘Stretching’ would continue until the shoulder and hip joints dislocated.
The more sadistic Missionary could, and often would, actually tear the limbs completely away from the body, and as slowly as possible.
Villagers were often assembled to witness such tortures being carried out, in a very public method of ensuring everybody was fully aware of the fate of anyone who chose to remain outside the ‘safety’ of the house of God.
A particularly grisly exhibition of what lay in store for those who refused to convert to Catholicism, was by way of the unbelievers arms and legs, being securely tied to four large horses or oxen.
The victim was usually given a final chance to renounce his or her ungodly ways, which if refused, meant the animals were whipped to make then run in opposite directions.
All four limbs were torn from the victim in the process.
The mutilated victim was then left to bleed to death in front of the cheering crowd.
Often victims were stripped naked and hung by one leg in a large tree until they passed away from exposure, or even starvation, if it happened to be mild weather at the time.
There are literally hundreds more such methods which were employed, which it would serve no purpose to list here, but each one was as barbaric as any of the others, and all were specifically designed to show the strength of the church, and to generate abject fear among those who were inclined to ever stray from the right path.
The Churches path.
The Vatican’s path.
These ‘punishments’ were repeated innumerable times throughout Britain and Europe, simply because the recipients were viewed as being ‘ungodly’, or to have strayed from the right path or were seen as being ‘evil’, or simply because they questioned, disagreed or turned away from the blinkered teachings of the religious leaders.
Very few were spared, and the mildest indiscretion was severely punished, and from what I and others have witnessed, some of these present day ‘Missionaries’, these ‘Evangelists’ and ‘Bogeymen Hunters’, are still as blinkered, still as fanatical and are still as obsessively focussed on eradicating anyone they perceive as being ‘Evil’.
And given the right circumstances, are equally as dangerous as any of the Medieval zealots.
If they were legally able, they would surely enact a similar retribution today, with their bibles held proudly aloft, and joyfully praising their Gods as they squeezed the trigger, flicked the switch or threw the rope over the nearest lamppost.
I have no doubts about that whatsoever.
One should be grateful that nowadays, these present day zealots only have a limited audience on the Internet at their disposal, with which to try to ruthlessly torment and persecute those they perceive as being guilty – of whatever sin or wholly fictitious crime that their twisted, inherently dark and fanatical minds can conjure up to justify their actions.