1209, attack on Beziers, France 22nd July on the pope's orders
Religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Many people have different beliefs and faiths and
in early civilisation, when people were more spread out and little was known about each other it was not really a problem. As time has gone on and as history has shown religion has played an increasing role in conflict between person to person and country
Looking through the history of war and eventually, you will discover that, to one degree or another, religion has played an influential role, even shaping the course of entire civilizations.
Religions have sparked military and persecution campaigns that have brought terror, misery, destruction, poverty, torture, forced confessions, compulsory conversions and countless deaths. Here are a few examples:
* Crusades alone is estimated to be 9 million people dead
* Lowest estimate death toll in WW2 40 million people dead
Lowest estimate death toll in WW1 15 million people dead
* 2 million died in the French wars of religion 1562-1598
It's not just deaths either,
Religious harassments (2006-10) in the BBC News Magazine, showed the number of countries where religious groups were harassed:
One particular religion associated with Mary Magdalene is of course Christianity and as we have seen they did not put Mary into a positive light. Having a woman in such a high position was unacceptable and only today is the role
of women in the church being addressed. Then there was the problem of Mary being too close to Jesus, the church did not want to see Jesus looking too human in their pursuit of him being looked upon as divine only. On top of that, they seemed to have
ignored Mary's spiritual insight, marking out the possibility that she too carried the Christ consciousness in female form, equal to the male of Jesus.
In 1209. Pope Innocent III ordered Christian
crusaders to launch an assault on Beziers in the south of France where Mary Magdalene's significance and status survived through the knowledge of the Cathars. The pope's men had been ordered to deal with 200 Cathars but ended up killing 20,000 townspeople
as they went willingly to their deaths as they sided with the Cathars. This was all done deliberately on Mary Magdalene's feast day on the 22nd July. This is an example of how persecution of people over others can result in horrific consequences
and all because they were not allowed to have their own belief despite their peaceful intentions.