The Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi was leaving the stage at a press conference Thursday, when a reporter asked her if she hated Donald Trump. Pelosi exploded, and started spewing Catholic propaganda. She said:
I don't hate anybody. I was raised in a Catholic house, we don't hate anybody - not anybody in the world. So don't you accuse me of any [hate], As a Catholic I resent you using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I pray for the president all the time. So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that.
Her statement gives the false impression that Roman Catholics and the Roman Catholic Church do not hate. The two people this Deism newsletter is named in honor of, Giordano Bruno and Cayetano Ripoll, would strongly disagree with Nancy Pelosi! Both of these heroes of God, God-given innate reason, science and common sense were murdered by the Catholic Church, Bruno by the Roman Inquisition and Ripoll by the Spanish Inquisition.
I was born into a Roman Catholic family, and I know that when I was a Catholic I had a deep hatred for gay people, a hatred which was based on the Bible. How Pelosi could make such a statement as she did is beyond reason. She must be attempting to win over Christians who support Trump and the Republicans.
The case of the Deist Cayetano Ripoll can be used by Deists and all freethinkers to point out what nonsense Pelosi's statement is. Cayetano Ripoll's murder by the Catholic Church in Valencia, Spain on July 26, 1826 is historically significant because he was the last person to fall victim to the violent Christian hatred of the Spanish Inquisition. He was condemned to death because he was a Deist who was teaching other people about Deism. After the principles fought for and won by the American rebels in the American Revolution began to take root in other countries, secular law prohibited the Catholic Church from murdering heretics and people who disagreed with the nonsense of Christianity and the Catholic Church.
Regarding freethinker Giordano Bruno, the Roman Catholic Church has maintained the Catholic clergy of the Inquisition who condemned Giordano Bruno to be tortured and burned alive were justified in doing so. This was the position of the Catholic Church in 1942 and in 2000. As pointed out in Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic by Ingrid D. Rowland, Pope John Paul II in 1983 officially pardoned Galileo for his "sin" of pointing out the truth and reality that the Sun does not orbit the Earth as depicted in the Bible. This pardon is probably due to Galileo having recanted the truth in order to avoid the same cruel and ungodly fate suffered by Bruno at the bloody hands of the Catholic Church. Because Galileo falsely stated the Bible was correct and science was wrong, the Inquisition gave him the penalty of house arrest and did not burn him alive. Bruno refused to recant the truth and suffered accordingly.
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