Government sanctioned religious persecution
by Rit Nosotro
of the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust
World leaders have attempted to curtail and destroy ideas and people different from their own. Describe and compare the Holocaust and the Spanish Inquisition in their causation, implementation and resulting after effects.
All through history people have tried to solve conflicts by using violence and by enforcement. They shield themselves in the name of God to commit atrocities. In the name of God and goodness the Catholic Church and Adolf Hitler, persecuted, tortured and killed "heretics" and Jews.
The Holocaust was a time in which the Jews were persecuted, tortured and killed by the millions. Many of the German people as well as others did not speak out against it, so their silence allowed the horror to continue. Adolf Hitler thought that Germans were the superior race. For this reason, and his desire to conquer the world, he afflicted millions of Jews and many other different races. He not only killed people but he also ruined and destroyed many Jewish homes and Jewish run businesses. He wanted the whole world to have blonde hair and blue eyes, even though he did not look like that. This was his idea of a perfect world.
The Spanish Inquisition started with the effort to consolidate Spain and drive out the Moors, in order to maintain "sangre limpia". The Inquisition went on to persecute anyone that went against the Catholic Church. The Spaniards persecuted Jews, Muslims, non-Catholic Christians, even witches, and anyone accused by informants. The Inquisition became an instrument for the state. The state did anything that the church told them to.
The Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust are very much alike. They both persecuted people and Jews in particular. The persecutors antagonized and killed people that were different from themselves, or who went against their beliefs. A large amount of people were killed in both events. Violence was used to impose their religion and beliefs on others. In contrast, in the Holocaust a lot more people were killed and the violence spread to many countries, whereas, in the Inquisition the violence was confined to Spain only. The Inquisition was way before the Holocaust persecution was. The Holocaust was in Europe, while the Spanish Inquisition was in Spain. The Holocaust was based on ethnic hatred, but the Spanish Inquisition was based on religion. The Holocaust caused a world war and the Inquisition did not.
Leaders will do anything to demolish different beliefs. In the Holocaust Jews
were killed because of their ethnicity. In the Spanish Inquisition people were
killed because of their religious beliefs. All throughout history people have
used the name of God as justification to murder others.
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