Forboding Angel wrote:
The majority of that was catholicism. Catholicism has a very long and a very bloody history. People always confuse protestant christianity with catholicism when in truth they are light years apart.
Christianity has been the citation of some bloody occurances as well, however, as anyone with half a brain knows, none of those events were carried out by true christians. Back then, the church was power, leading to a very corrupt state, hence why the US has separation of powers.
This just about sums it all up. No Christians are not perfect, neither is any religion, but I feel like I should point out that the very large majority of Christians are incredibly low-key, and not extremist or preachy, and that the extremism that is often seen from Christians is the rare exception, not the rule. I grew up with christian parents and surrounded with christian friends, so I'm pretty well aware of how they are in general.
Every group has its extremists, some more than others. And in turn, it's the extremists of the opposing group who tend to judge an entire group based on the actions of only a few individuals.
I try not to do this when I can, although admittedly it can be difficult, especially where radical and often violent religions like Islam are concerned, still I think it's better to avoid generalizations, as it's the judgmental extremists who are the source of most of the worlds conflict, in general.
Christianity has a messy past, and catholicism even more so, most Christian-hating extremists like to point out the Crusades as ammo against Christians, when it's two different groups entirely.