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Maher to Guest Defending Islam in Wake of Boston Bombings: 'That's Liberal ####'
NewsBusters.org ^ | April 20, 2013 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 04/20/2013 11:10:43 AM PDT by Kaslin

Bill Maher on HBO's Real Time Friday made a statement that will make the Right cheer as the left predictably cringes.

After his guest Brian Levin - the director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino - said of the Boston bombings and how it relates to radical Islam, "We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian who say they're out for God and end up doing not so nice things," Maher marvelously responded, "That’s liberal bulls--t right there" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Maher to Guest Defending Islam in the Wake of Boston Bombing: 'That's Lberal Bulls--t'

BILL MAHER, HOST: So you're obviously the perfect person to have here today. You study this all the time, the mind of crazy people who do horrible things. I'm always interested to know how people like the people we caught today up in Boston can have two minds going at the same time. I mean, if you read what the older brother wrote on his, on the internet, he said his world view: Islam. Personal priorities: career and money. And we see this a lot. I mean, the 9/11 hijackers went to strip clubs the night before they got on the plane.

BRIAN LEVIN, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HATE AND EXTREMISM AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN BERNADINO: Could I just interject? Look, it's not like people who are Muslim who do wacky things have a monopoly on it. We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian who say they're out for God and end up doing not so nice things.

MAHER: You know what? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You know what? That's, that’s liberal bullshit right there. I mean, yes, all faiths…

LEVIN: There are no Christian hypocrites?

MAHER: No, there are.

LEVIN: You make a career on that.

MAHER: They just, they're not as dangerous. I mean, there's only one faith, for example, that kills you or wants to kill you if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet. There’s only one faith that kills you or wants to kill you if you renounce the faith. An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing. Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam. So, you know, I’m just saying, let's keep it real.

LEVIN: Well, I guess I have a girl for you, Pam Geller you could maybe meet. No, I really disagree with you.

MAHER: I don't know what that means.

LEVIN: Well, she’s an Islamaphobe. But, no I…

MAHER: I’m not an Islamaphobe. That’s wrong. I am a truth lover. All religions are not alike. As many people have pointed out, “The Book of Mormon.” Did you see the show?

LEVIN: No, it's hard to get tickets.

MAHER: Okay, can you imagine if they did "The Book of Islam?" Could they do that? There’s only one religion that threatens violence and carries it out for things like that. Could they do “The Book of Islam” on Broadway?

LEVIN: Possibly so.

MAHER: Possibly so? Tell me what color the sky is in your world.

LEVIN: Here's my difficulty with your premise here, Bill, and that is look at how religions over history have had things done in their name that have been terrible.

MAHER: Absolutely. But we're not in history. We're in 2013.

LEVIN: But what I would tell you…

MAHER: You're right, during the Middle Ages, I would say Christianity was the bigger problem.

LEVIN: If I may, though. You are making an error in that Islam has over 1.4 billion adherents. There’s a heterogeneity to it. Are there extremists who are horrible people who would slit your throats? Yes. But there are also folks that are fine, upstanding people.

MAHER: Of course.

LEVIN: And I'm very worried you have a national audience where we're promoting Islamic hatred.

MAHER: No, you're wrong about that and you're wrong about your facts. Now, obviously, most Muslim people are not terrorists, but ask most Muslim people in the world, if you insult the prophet, do you have what's coming to you. It's more than just a fringe element.

Folks that are surprised by this shouldn't be, as this isn't the first time Maher has come out strongly against radical Islam.

In 2011, he told Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) that the Koran is a "hate-filled book" and that "the threat potentially from radicalized Muslims is a unique and greater threat" than from "right-wing militias and Timothy McVeigh types."

As for going after the hypocrisy of the Left, Maher last month said in regard to the high taxes he's now paying, "Liberals - you could actually lose me."

Is there hope for Bill Maher?

Is it possible the far more reasonable person that existed in the '90s with a program on Comedy Central called Politically Incorrect is starting to reemerge after more than a decade of hibernation?

Let's pray.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: billmaher; boston; brianlevin; christianity; geller; hbo; islam; kenyanbornmuzzie; lewrockwell; mahar; marathonbombing; mormonism; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills
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1 posted on 04/20/2013 11:10:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

There is no hope for Maher

Even though he despises both his religious halves

He does recognize Islam as distinctively dangerous


2 posted on 04/20/2013 11:14:02 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: wardaddy

I don’t think there is either


3 posted on 04/20/2013 11:15:57 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
You're right, during the Middle Ages, I would say Christianity was the bigger problem.

We are starting to realize that the reason there was a middle [dark] age is because Islam terror drove Christendom into it.

4 posted on 04/20/2013 11:17:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: wardaddy

I would make this observation. Once you go to each single guy who has caused trouble over the past ten years (from 9-11 on), and note the mosque they went to, and the guy who ran the mosque....it seems to always come back to a Saudi-trained mullah or religious guy in charge. It’s not Syrian, or Turkish, or Tunisia...it’s a Saudi guy.


5 posted on 04/20/2013 11:18:26 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Kaslin

This is your wake up call, Mr. Maher!


6 posted on 04/20/2013 11:18:59 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Kaslin

7 posted on 04/20/2013 11:19:00 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Kaslin
Here's my difficulty with your premise here, Bill, and that is look at how religions over history have had things done in their name that have been terrible.

You know your debate point is sliding into the abyss when you're defending evil by using the 'it is just our turn' excuse.

8 posted on 04/20/2013 11:19:38 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Kaslin

I know Levin. Quite well.

Nice guy, but he’s farther left than Mark Potok, possibly Obama.


9 posted on 04/20/2013 11:20:46 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Kaslin

“LEVIN: Well, I guess I have a girl for you, Pam Geller you could maybe meet. No, I really disagree with you. “

LOL! Sweet, I hope he has Pam Geller on his show. All the Islamic institutions have stopped her from speaking lately.


10 posted on 04/20/2013 11:21:27 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Kaslin

Even a broken clock ....


11 posted on 04/20/2013 11:22:33 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Hardraade; Kaslin

12 posted on 04/20/2013 11:23:14 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: pepsionice

The Saudis actually almost bankrupted the country building globall terrorism.

A plague that would wipe out any and all members of the Saudi family would be a geneticists community college project these days.


13 posted on 04/20/2013 11:24:03 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Kaslin

for later


14 posted on 04/20/2013 11:27:14 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Kaslin
Maher is akin to Michael Moore in the respect he doesn't believe half the shit he spews. And like Moore he likes to call the tune and make the monkeys dance then rake in the dough the little sycophants simians toss at his feet.
15 posted on 04/20/2013 11:29:06 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Kaslin

I give Maher credit on this one. For a public figure to talk like this is just begging for some azzhole muzzie to come headhunting. It takes a certain amount of courage to call it out the Maher did.


16 posted on 04/20/2013 11:30:03 AM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: Jim Robinson

Indeed it is his wake up call. Maybe too a wake up call to all leftists..did they really feel safer crouching in their Boston homes with no guns and open borders..


17 posted on 04/20/2013 11:31:32 AM PDT by alamogal
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To: wardaddy
His guest is the perfect example of a highly educated moron. The guy has absolutely no common sense. Islam would have been wiped from the earth if Christians and Jews were as hateful as moslums.
18 posted on 04/20/2013 11:31:55 AM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: Kaslin

Maher actually does a good job eviscerating the prattling Levin. He also does it without the emotionalism of pundits like BOR and SH.
What we need is for highly visible Islamic religious leaders to step forward and publically and repeatedly condemn the Jihadists and then to act in accordance with their words by outing would be terrorists.


19 posted on 04/20/2013 11:32:44 AM PDT by bjc
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To: clintonh8r

Maher’s front-running on this one...saying publicly what millions think but are afraid to say for fear of being un-PC


20 posted on 04/20/2013 11:32:52 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: Kaslin
The blind squirrel was doing pretty well until...

MAHER: You're right, during the Middle Ages, I would say Christianity was the bigger problem.

Oh yeah, Bill, the Crusades, which were launched after 300 years of unanswered Mohammedan aggression.

Those Crusades, Bill? Learn some history.

21 posted on 04/20/2013 11:34:47 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Kaslin
MAHER: You're right, during the Middle Ages, I would say Christianity was the bigger problem.

Well, that's just before Islam existed. "bigger" is a relative term when the other DOESN'T exist.

22 posted on 04/20/2013 11:36:29 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: DManA
We are starting to realize that the reason there was a middle [dark] age is because Islam terror drove Christendom into it.

It's just beginning. Our schools are working overtime to perpetuate the myth.

The truth has many enemies.

23 posted on 04/20/2013 11:36:40 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Kaslin

Maher has already had Brigitte Gabriel on his show to speak about moderate muslim nonsense.

A true American “moderate” Muslim beheads wife

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpMPz9JF5b8

Great segment! please watch!

Gabriel “when western men try to kill their wife they try to hide the problem they try to run away. they do not call the police and brag about beheading their wife”


24 posted on 04/20/2013 11:36:47 AM PDT by snowstorm12
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To: Kaslin
If the muslims have lost Bill Maher, they have lost IMHO.
25 posted on 04/20/2013 11:37:00 AM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: clintonh8r

“It takes a certain amount of courage to call it out the Maher did.”

I agree. He puzzles me... 99.9% of the time I can’t stand to even read about him. but twice in the past month he has gotten it right.

1st time, complaining about the progressive tax burden on the rich. Now this.

Doubt that it will become a trend, but it is definitely refreshing to hear someone with a leftist audience speak the truth.


26 posted on 04/20/2013 11:38:06 AM PDT by Max_850
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To: Kaslin
Is there hope for him? I doubt it, but perhaps he's just an example of extremely delayed development.
27 posted on 04/20/2013 11:41:05 AM PDT by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: Kaslin
If we deported this azzhole, the cumulative IQ in the nation would jump 20 points!

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This ever classy, waste of otherwise valuable protoplasm and pathetic excuse for a life form is seen here whacked out on a large quantity of booze and/or exotic chemicals in his Halloween, 2007 STEVE IRWIN get-up! Bill Maher: Giving SCHMUCKS and MORONS a bad name for over 20 years!!

28 posted on 04/20/2013 11:41:59 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (CONGRESS, GROW A PAIR. IMPEACH THE USURPER!!)
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To: wardaddy
Even though he despises both his religious halves

He does recognize Islam as distinctively dangerous

Unfortunately he doesn't know about his own 99% communist/atheist side.......

29 posted on 04/20/2013 11:43:29 AM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Dick Bachert

That said, it seems even HE is starting to “get it.”


30 posted on 04/20/2013 11:44:08 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (CONGRESS, GROW A PAIR. IMPEACH THE USURPER!!)
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To: Kaslin

MAHER: Okay, can you imagine if they did “The Book of Islam?” Could they do that? There’s only one religion that threatens violence and carries it out for things like that. Could they do “The Book of Islam” on Broadway?

LEVIN: Possibly so.

MAHER: Possibly so? Tell me what color the sky is in your world.


Levin lost all credibility right there.


31 posted on 04/20/2013 11:44:45 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: Lakeshark

You know ...I was invited to the Playboy Mansion long ago

Didn’t go.....given Maher is such a regular these days

Glad I passed


32 posted on 04/20/2013 11:45:35 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: wardaddy

There is hope for everyone. Pray for Maher and those like them.


33 posted on 04/20/2013 11:47:33 AM PDT by CityCenter (No matter how good your PR is, you can't outsmart the truth.)
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To: Kaslin

Has Maher, however, finally figured out that virtually on the terrorism and genocide in the world done in the name of religion is being committed by Muslims?


34 posted on 04/20/2013 11:50:35 AM PDT by Kazan
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To: Kaslin

This isn’t the first time he’s specifically called out Islam as being inherently violent. He’s confronted Keith Ellison about it in an interview, and said numerous times that Christianity is innocuous compared to Islam (although he dislikes both).


35 posted on 04/20/2013 11:51:18 AM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Learn some history.

Its more than just crusades. By the late Middle Ages, the Church was a very corrupt institution - half the Popes were either murdering their opposition (Borgias, anyone), or having children out of wedlock, or engaging in intense bribery -- (indulgences, anyone), that when there was push-back in the form of Martin Luther, there was equal and violent push back by the Church in the form of the Inquisition. It took hundreds of years for that to settle out, and it has settled out. The Pope we have today is such a holy man and would have been totally out of place in the Middle Ages.

36 posted on 04/20/2013 11:54:28 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: DManA

Yes ... Far fewer people were killed in the name of Christianity than Islam during the middle ages. It is just more newsworthy because people sort of expect muslims to kill.


37 posted on 04/20/2013 11:57:01 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Lakeshark
Unfortunately he doesn't know about his own 99% communist/atheist side.......

He apparently doesn't realize or acknowledge atheist, communist governments have killed more than Muslims or those prescribing to any other belief in the past century.

38 posted on 04/20/2013 11:57:17 AM PDT by Kazan
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To: wardaddy

Even vile pigs can see that Islam is NOT the religion of peace.

No hope for Maher. He’s going somewhere bad when he dies.


39 posted on 04/20/2013 12:00:53 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: plain talk

I don’t have any figures on the extend of Islam aggression and the deaths caused by that fanaticism — however, I can speak to Henry VIII and his genocide with the Roman Catholic Church in England. It is thought that approx. 100,000 people from a population of 2 million were executed. Even if you play with the numbers (say downgrade the number death to 70,000 - 80,000) and up the population, (say 2.5 million), you’re still taking about a significant section of people. I believe Elizabeth I was worse.


40 posted on 04/20/2013 12:02:52 PM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Kaslin

I think the great majority of card-carrying libs and leftist know that Islam is the biggest threat in the world. But they’re just so conditioned to hating conservative Christians most of them cannot bring themselves to speak the obvious.


41 posted on 04/20/2013 12:08:45 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

I’d not be surprised to see more peoples eyes opened. I’m sure that there were more than a few libtards caught off guard by his statements. Maybe they’ll start seeing the bullsh!t.


42 posted on 04/20/2013 12:09:39 PM PDT by tje
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To: CityCenter

I’m sorry

I know your intentions are good

I’ve just never been nor will ever be that level a Christian

You ever see The Mission

I’m more DeNiro than Irons


43 posted on 04/20/2013 12:18:39 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Kaslin
Is there hope for Bill Maher?

No...he just recognizes their are certain truths that are indisputable

After all, he may be a liberal, but he isn't a idiot...

44 posted on 04/20/2013 12:21:59 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t let him know you’re praying for him.... That will drive him right back to liberal doucheville.


45 posted on 04/20/2013 12:31:30 PM PDT by Bullish (May the time soon come when Obamunism is only spoken of in hell.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m torn. I hate Maher, but he’s correct somewhat here


46 posted on 04/20/2013 12:38:51 PM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: pepsionice
The Al-Saud royal family came to power by cohabiting with Wahab -- an Islamic preacher who wanted to restore Islam to Mohammed's ways

The Turks of the 18th century and the Hashemites were too mild for him (they only persecuted Christians and Jews, they didn't slaughter them)

Saud and Wahabb made a pact to support each other

When the house of Saud got money in the 70s (thanks to our cars), they then splurged it on spreading Wahabiism to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Chechnya, Bosnia etc. etc.

47 posted on 04/20/2013 12:41:10 PM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: Kaslin

With Mayer’s homosexual joke about MeCain & Graham & now calling B.S. on ‘all faiths do it’, the broke clock has been right twice now.


48 posted on 04/20/2013 12:42:59 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Cronos

And then to think we went to war in 1991 against Saddam to defend the “House of Saud”....what fools we were.


49 posted on 04/20/2013 12:44:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
Laughably silly. Please cite a source. [I have one, pretty much the official line from the Roman Church.]

Here is the relevant excerpt from Laux's Church History: "The total number of men and women, priests, monks, etc., who suffered death in England for the Catholic faith from 1535 to 1681 is over six hundred, several hundred of whom have been beatified." (p 454) Of course, Fr. John Laux's book is the Roman version of the story so it doesn't tell you that Bloody Mary, Henry's daughter who adhered to the Church of Rome, killed comparable numbers of Christians, usually burning them alive.

200,000? Seriously? Wow. The worst internecine slaughter of Christians during that period occurred in France, during the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre: The number of Huguenot's murdered is estimated to be between 5,000 and 30,000. Unlike the English persecutions, which were confined to specific cases, that particular bit of Roman treachery was a deliberate decapitation strike against the French Reformers, whose leaders had gathered to honor a royal wedding.

50 posted on 04/20/2013 12:46:33 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Which, sadly, Duane did not get to live to see.)
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