David at the HALL of EINAR…living a wilder life
Our country is in the grip of a bizarre, anti-scientific, religious cult, which is changing the laws of the land, destroying the rights of women, and actively harming children.
Canada is in the grip of this same bizarre, anti scientific, cult as well. The one that denies reality, choosing instead to promote a bizarre belief system that is extremely harmful to women, children and societal cohesion in general.
Our major governmental, cultural, media, and business institutions have already fallen into its grip, and it’s not possible to function within schools, hospitals, prisons or multinationals without either professing belief in its doctrine or maintaining a cowardly silence.
It’s an accumulation of illogical and incoherent nonsense and is spreading because of a misguided view that it is a social justice issue, and a fearful refusal to challenge it, based upon the very real fear of social ostracism.
Who is going to be brave and say the emperor has no clothes?
Giordano Bruno would.
In the 16th Century, Bruno had radical ideas. He proposed stars were distant suns with their own planets which could harbour life. He insisted that the universe was infinite and had no sun at its centre. Those were dangerous views to express.
Starting in 1593, Bruno was tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition. He faced charges of denial of several core Catholic doctrines: eternal damnation; the Trinity; the divinity of Christ; the virginity of Mary; and transubstantiation (the idea that the bread and wine in the Catholic Mass literally become the body and blood of Christ).
It didn’t end well for him. On 20 January 1600, Pope Clement VIII offered no clemency and declared Bruno a heretic. The Inquisition issued a sentence of death. He was gagged, hung upside down and burned at the stake in Rome. His books were banned and placed in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, the Index of Forbidden Books, until 1966.
Please read entirely at the opening link (second one down) provided for your convenience 🙂
Also the author’s site is really lovely. (first link)