Michel Eyquen de Montaigne
French philosopher and essayist
"There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts to the laws,
would not deserve hanging ten times in his life."
Michel Eyquen Montaigne
Book III, Chapter 1
Of course, this does not always apply to the popes,
priests, or legislators among us...
"The death sentence is a necessary
and efficacious means for the Church to attain its ends when
rebels against it disturb the ecclesiastical unity, especially
obstinate heretics who cannot be restrained by any other penalty
from continuing to disturb ecclesiastical order."
POPE LEO XIII
"Book of Canon Law" Preface, Volume 2
by M. de Luca, Society of Jesus
"When the existence of the Church is threatened, she is
released from the commandments of morality. With unity as the
end, the use of every means is sanctified, even cunning, treachery,
violence, simony, prison, death. For all order is for the sake
of the community, and the individual must be sacrificed for
the common good."
Dietrich von Nieheim
Bishop of Verden
De schismate libri III, AD 1411
94. Capital Laws
If any man after legall conviction shall have or worship
any other god, but the lord god, he shall be put to death.
If any man or woman be a witch, (that is hath consulteth
with a familiar spirit,) They shall be put to death.
If any person shall Blaspheme the name of
god, the father, Sonne or Holie ghost, with direct, expresse,
presumptuousor high handed blasphemie, or shall curse God
in the like manner, he shall be put to death.
"Body of Liberties"
for Religious Freedom of 1786"
Thomas Jefferson's thankfully succesful attempt
to separate church and state in America.