"How can one convince others to covert to your religion if you kill them in a very gruesome way...a religion of peace?...really?'
I don't know.
But it's nothing new.
After the end of the Islamic control of Spain, Muslims and Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1497.
After the Reconquista, so called "New Christians" were those inhabitants during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era who were baptized under coercion and in the face of murder, becoming forced converts from Islam and forced converts from Judaism.
Then the Spanish Inquisition targeted primarily forced converts from Judaism who came under suspicion of either continuing to adhere to their old religion or of having fallen back into it. Jewish conversos still resided in Spain and often hiddenly practiced Judaism and were suspected by the "Old Christians" of being Crypto-Jews. The Spanish Inquisition generated much wealth and income for the church and individual inquisitors by confiscating the property of the persecutees or selling them into slavery.
The end of the Al-Andalus and the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from the Iberian Peninsula went hand in hand with the increase of Spanish-Portugal influence in the world, as exemplified in the Christian conquest of the Americas and their aboriginal Indian population.
The Ottoman empire, the Netherlands, and the New World absorbed much of the Jewish refugees.
Posted on September 26, 2014 - 04:51 PM