Inqusition in America?
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Inside the House of Representatives are the busts of two Roman Catholic popes. And not just any two popes; but the two men responsible for founding the Great Inquisition, a movement unlike any other horror recorded in the history of mankind; worse than the Holocaust of World War II, for it gripped all of Europe with terror for nearly six hundred years. Yet, in 1949-1950, a series of relief portraits over the gallery doors of the House Chamber were added to the interior of the U.S. Capitol that were intended to depict: "...historical figures noted for their work in establishing theprinciples that underlie American law."
Men like Thomas Jefferson and George Mason are to be found on the list, which makes sense to most students of history; and with them are a host of others, at least some of whom seem acceptable. But in the midst of this collection, we find Pope Innocent III and with him, Pope Gregory IX–two of histories most wicked figures. Arguing that these men truly influenced a government that is dedicated to the cause of human freedom requires a twisted imagination. Yet here is what is aid of these men on our official government website:
"Innocent III (1161-1216): Medieval pope; student of cannon and civil law, who, like Gregory IX, preserved the remnants of Roman law." "Gregory IX (c. 1147-1241): Medieval pope; author of a compilation of decretals (i.e. authoritative decisions) on
cannon law; during a critical period he was instrumental in maintaining the remnants of Roman law."
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