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The first thing I would ask you to do upon reading this site is to check for yourself that it is true. I have tried to offer the site for review to a wide range of people for checking, but most people don’t want to get involved. The site has already been extensively modified and extended in response to comments from readers. Please email us if you can present clear criticisms of the site. Please don’t email us if you are just cross with the content.

The real purpose of this site is to get you to do 2 things:

a. Stop you, your country, and religion doing the bad stuff you are currently involved in, and

b. To get you to say sorry for the stuff you have already done.

How do you stop the bad stuff you are currently involved in? That will depend, of course, on how you are connected to the problems- but the essence is the same: Tell people to stop doing the things that cause hate.

Saying sorry is very much harder. If I offend you then I can personally say sorry, but if my nation has hurt your nation then it is much harder to make amends- good ideas are gratefully received!

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has a much longer history of active intervention in the world than the United States. It has been involved in many horrors which have offended the world. Here are the "highlights" of its history.

The Crusades

The Crusades (see under “Christians”) involved the slaughter of large numbers of Muslims in a series of campaigns. The Muslims haven’t forgiven us for this- which is why they reacted so badly to President Bush talking about a Crusade against Terror.

Ireland

The history of the relationship between the UK (or, more properly, England and Scotland) and Ireland is a dark one. The English and Scottish treachery in invading Ireland, followed by rough treatment of the Irish caused deep seated resentment.

Slave Trade

The UK was involved with other European nations from the 14th century with acquiring slaves from Africa. Whilst this was a very serious crime, I am unaware of many people having strong feelings about this.

Colonialism

1890's. Boer War

Ordinary women and children were rounded up into camps, to concentrate them into one place. Large numbers died. Guess where Hitler's idea of Concentration Camps came from?

1939-1945. Second World War.

Britain was involved in carpet bombing of German cities, even near the end of the war when it would make no difference. Bomber Harris persisted with a carpet bombing approach, even when he was being ordered to attack precise targets. Large numbers of people died in these attacks

We have all heard of "winners justice", where the winner gets to decide what the rules were and then punishes the other side? After the Second World War, many German leaders were prosecuted in the Nuremberg courts for a large range of crimes, but none were ever pursued for their terror bombing of the UK. Is this because of "Bomber Harris's" terror bombing of Germany, even when it would make no difference to the outcome of the war. And how many allied servicemen were prosecuted for war crimes.... or were they all perfect gentlemen through the whole war?

India:

The UK invaded India and took over in a series of political moves. Over time they exploited India to make the largest possible profits. Some of the things they did are:

- gradual destruction of local industry by replacing local goods with those procured from Britain
- prices at which raw materials(including minerals) were sourced for British industry from India
- taxes in general (e.g. salt, which is essential to life)
- Colonialism

Christians

For the purposes of this page I choose to make no distinction between those who I would regard as real Christians (i.e. who are born again and love Jesus) and those who are nominally Christian (e.g. the population of Europe).

Christians have been involved in a large number of evil things. As the purpose of this site is to list the things for which Christians are actively hated I will not feature largely forgotten events.

The Crusades.

On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II gave an important speech at the end of a church council in Clermont, France. In it he called upon the nobility of Western Europe, the Franks, to go to the East and assist their Christian brothers, the Byzantines, against the attacks of the Muslim Turks. He also apparently encouraged them to liberate Jerusalem, the most sacred and beloved city in Christendom, from the domination of Muslims who had ruled it since taking it from the Christian Byzantines in A.D.. 638. (from http://orb.rhodes.edu/encyclop/religion/crusades/Crusade_Intro.html)

The very first crusade, the "peoples crusade" started with a massacre of German Jews ("why not start at home?") followed by the relevant crusaders being killed by the Turks when they reached Asia Minor. By the 1099 they had reached Jerusalem and took it.

This was the start of a series of crusades when people basically killed each other in large numbers. The story is very messy and not one to be proud of.

Child Abuse.

I am personally appalled by the cover up applied by the Catholic Church to child abuse by its priests. There have always been problems with child abuse, in every religion and every culture, but the Catholic Church seems to have much more abuse happening than would be expected.

It is quite possible that their policy of "Celibate" priests (who should not ever have sex) doesn't work as well as it might: I know of at least one Catholic priest who has had a vasectomy to prevent him making anyone pregnant.

Osama Bin Laden

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a spokesman for Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda group, has called on Muslims to join in a holy war against the United States. Below is the full text of the statement on 10/10/01:
"We thank Almighty God, who said in his holy book: Ye who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them. Verily God guideth not a people unjustly.

"May God's peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his companions, and those who followed his course.

"I address this message to the entire Muslim nation to tell them that the confederates have joined forces against the Islamic nation and the Crusader war, promised by Bush, has been launched against Afghanistan and against this people who have faith in God.

'Crusader bombardment'

"We now live under this Crusader bombardment that targets the entire nation. The Islamic nation should know that we defend a just cause.

"The Islamic nation has been groaning in pain for more than 80 years under the yoke of the joint Jewish-Crusader aggression. Palestine is living under the yoke of the Jewish occupation and its people groan from this repression and persecution while no-one lifts a finger. The Arabian Peninsula is being defiled by the feet of those who came to occupy these lands, usurp these holy places, and plunder these resources.

"The Islamic nation must also know that the US version of terrorism is a kind of deception. Is it logical for the United States and its allies to carry out this repression, persecution, plundering, and bloodletting over these long years without this being called terrorism, while when the victim tries to seek justice, he is described as terrorist?

"This type of deception can never be accepted in any case whatsoever.

"Let the United States know that the Islamic nation will not remain silent after this day on what it is experiencing and what takes place in its land, and that jihad for the sake of God today is an obligation on every Muslim in this land if he has no excuse.

'Steeds of war'

"God Almighty has said: Then fight in God's cause, thou art held responsible only for thyself and rouse the believers. It may be that God will restrain the fury of the unbelievers, for God is the strongest in might and in punishment.

"US interests are spread throughout the world. So, every Muslim should carry out his real role to champion his Islamic nation and religion. Carrying out terrorism against the oppressors is one of the tenets of our religion and Shari'ah.

"Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of God and your enemies.

"I would like to touch on one important point in this address. The actions by these young men who destroyed the United States and launched the storm of planes against it have done a good deed.

"They transferred the battle into the US heartland. Let the United States know that with God's permission, the battle will continue to be waged on its territory until it leaves our lands, stops its support for the Jews, and lifts the unjust embargo on the Iraqi people who have lost more than one million children.

"The Americans should know that the storm of plane attacks will not abate, with God's permission. There are thousands of the Islamic nation's youths who are eager to die just as the Americans are eager to live.

'New phase of enmity'

"They should know that with their invasion of the land of Afghanistan, they have started a new phase of enmity and conflict between us and the forces of infidelity. We are confident that we will achieve victory thanks to our material and moral strength and confidence and faith in Almighty God. The Americans have opened a door which will under no circumstances be shut.

"I address Muslim youths, men, and women and urge them to shoulder their responsibility. They should know that the land of Afghanistan and the mujahidin there are really facing an all-out Crusader war which is aimed at eliminating this group which believes in God and fights on the basis of a creed and religion. Thus, the nation must shoulder its responsibility. It would be a disgrace if the Islamic nation fails to do so.

"Finally, I thank Almighty God who enabled us to engage in this jihad and fight this battle, which is a decisive one between infidelity and faith. I ask Almighty God to grant us victory on our enemy, make their machinations backfire on them, and defeat them.

"May God's peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you."