Mass crimes against humanity and genocides
Stages leading to genocide
Listed elsewhere in this
web site are brief accounts of mass crimes against
humanity. Many of these atrocities followed a well defined sequence :
- Stage 1: Identification of a
group to be victimized on the basis of their:
- sexual orientation,
- sexual identification,
- Stage 2: Dissemination of propaganda aimed at convincing the
public that the group:
- Should be reduced to a sub-human status.
- Is a threat to society.
- Should not enjoy full human rights.
- Ultimately, should not
Surprisingly, expertly crafted hate propaganda can often convince
part of the public that a small minority represents a major
threat to society: Hitler victimized the Jews in this way; Rwanda did
it to the Tutsis; Bosnian Serbs victimized the Muslims; Indonesian Muslims did
it to the Christians in East Timor. This has even happened in North America
where social and religious conservatives continue to convince a significant
percentage of the public that homosexuals are a
threat to society and that same-sex marriage
represents an extreme danger to the institution of marriage. Fortunately,
only a very small percentage of Christian faith groups advocate extermination of
- Stage 3: Extermination plans are proposed.
- Stage 4: Extermination of the group is carried out. Fortunately,
only a minority of cases of mass murder reach this stage. Recent religiously
motivated cases have been seen in Bosnia Herzegovina, East Timor, and Sudan.
In our opinion, the best technique to prevent atrocities is to make certain that the
first step never happens. Unfortunately, there are already victimized groups in
North America and elsewhere who are already at this stage, or beyond.
being identified and discriminated against on the basis of:
- race, particularly African-Americans.
- ethnicity, particularly Hispanics and Native Americans.
- gender, particularly against women by religious
- sexual orientation, particularly against homosexuals.
- religion, particularly against Atheists, Jews,
Wiccans, other Neopagans, and other
minority religions. (Wiccans are
followers of a Neopagan, earth based religion,
pattered after ancient Celtic spirituality). In some situations, conservative
Christians are also discriminated against.
In the field of religion, for example:
- Most born-again Christians in America view Islam and
Buddhism as having a negative impact
on society. 3
- Only 49% of American adults would vote for an otherwise well-qualified
candidate for President, if she/he happened to be an Atheist.
Atheists are the most discriminated against group in this area/
- During 2000-MAY, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest
Protestant denomination in the U.S., decided to prohibit future ordinations of women.
- George W. Bush, during his race for the presidency, stated that Wiccan
soldiers should be deprived of those religious freedoms that are routinely
enjoyed by Christians and Jews. 5
- During the year 2000, a Baptist minister in Kileen, TX, allegedly said that the
U.S. army should napalm all Wiccans.
- "Genocide," at: http://www.encyclopedia.com/
- "20th Century Democide," at:
- "Prejudice of Americans towards those
of various faiths." On-site essay.
- "Women clergy in Orthodox and Protestant
Christianity, and other religions," On-site essay.
- "Rolling cyber-debate on religious freedom," Web
White & Blue 2000, 2000-OCT-15, at http://www.webwhiteblue.org/
Copyright © 2001 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2001-JAN-1
Latest update: 2008-JUL-18
Author: B.A. Robinson