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Who did Chancellor have in mind?

Posted by Perry on November 16, 2005 at 19:56:12

That link is to an article by Chancellor in which he explains how he came to write his book on TF. In a paragraph in which he lists some of the consequences Family members have suffered as a result of their membership he makes this statement:

"Others [Family members] have suffered terribly at the hands of the Torquemadas of our day.]

I had to google to find out that "Tomás de Torquemada was a fifteenth century Spanish Dominican, and an Inquisitor General. Famously described by the Spanish chronicler, Sebastián de Olmedo, as "the hammer of heretics, the light of Spain, the saviour of his country, the honour of his order". Torquemada's name, as part of the Black Legend of the Spanish Inquisition, has become a byword for cruelty and fanaticism in the service of religion."

Which religious inquisitors acting against TF does Chancellor have in mind? TF, with Chancellor's help, likes to perpetuate the myth that whenever secular authorities investigate them for wrongdoing it always constitutes religious persecution. I've been unable to think of a situation where TF was under attack by either religious or secular authorities in the service of religion, in a manner that comes even close to the tortuous methods used in the Inquisition. In fact, the only comparison I could think of that comes close is TF's own fanaticism, cruelty and torture used against its own members, especially children. After all, Justice Ward described the treatment Mene received as torture. No Family member, as far as I know, has ever been tortured by an outside authority.