Persecution in the Name of Love:
Christianity and Communism
The scoundrel uses the torch of love to ignite the
torch of vengeance.
MARQUIS DE SADE, Les Crimes de l’amour
Consider the faces of the great Christians: they are
the faces of great haters.
In the sixteenth century, in Saragossa, Spain, a rabbi is languishing in a dungeon where he has been tortured by the Holy Office to make him deny his faith. A Dominican friar, the third Grand Inquisitor of Spain, followed by a skilled torturer and two assistants, comes in tears to announce that his “brotherly correction is over”: the next day he is to be burned at the stake along with forty other heretics, and he must commend his soul to God. Shortly after this visit, the prisoner notices that the door of his cell is not locked; hardly daring to believe it, he hesitantly opens the door and sees a long, corridor dimly lit by torches. He creeps along it, dreading discovery. After long minutes of crawling, he feels a draft of air on his hands and sees before him a small