When our Protestant brothers bring up Catholic crimes, they always forget the Protestant crimes against their Catholic brothers.
To this day, many Irish refuse to call the great tragedy of their island the Irish Potato “Famine.” Instead they call it “the Great Hunger.” Why?
Because the Irish Potato Famine really was engineered by the Protestant majority in Parliament in London.
The Catholics of Ireland, driven off their ancestral lands at gunpoint, were regard as useless farm animals by their Protestant English overlords. The Protestant overlords realized that they could maximize profits by forcing the Irish to engage in mass cultivation of a non-native plant, the potato.
The Irish complied, rather than revolt.
So, about two-thirds of the Irish Catholics lived in dirty little mud huts next to their dirty little potato “lazy beds,” while they lived lives of extraordinary Catholic virtue. Several European writers at the time remarked on the almost shocking virtue of the Irish Catholics in this period.
Then, in 1845, a sailor from a boat from America, biting into a potato from America, tasted it, realized it was rotten, and threw it in disgust onto the Isle of Wight. The potato was infested with potato blight spores. The spores infested and quickly wiped out the crop on the Isle of Wight. Either the wind, or exported potatoes, carried the disease to England, where either the wind, or exports, carried the disease to Ireland.
In 1845, only a substantial percentage of the potato crop failed in Ireland.
In 1846, 1847 and 1848, the Irish potato crop failed totally.
In 1846, when the potato blight had caused only about one-third of Ireland’s “lazy bed” farmers to behind in the rents they paid to the English Preotestants to use the lands stolen from them at gunpoint, Parliament in London passed the Four Pound Clause. The * ostensible* concept was to impose an annual tax of what would be about $2,500 today on every single potato “lazy bed,” to force Protestant landlords to stop cultivation of potatoes, and at the same to to raise money for famine relief.
The records of Parliament, still in existence today, record the pleas of Irish Catholic representatives in Parliament to refrain from imposing the tax, because the law at the time permitted landlords to evict for no reaqson at all, if they wanted to. “The Catholics will all be evicted!” they screamed. “They’ll be homeless! They’ll starve! They’ll die! PLEASE don’t do this!”
Parliament ignored the pleas. The law passed. Within 6 months, 4 million Irish Catholics had been evicted from their little mud huts.
1.5 million died of starvation, walking the roads of Ireland.
500,000 more died from sickness on boats bound for America.
As Irish Catholic families walked the roads to their death, *Protestant-ruled Ireland remained a net exporter of food during the Potato Famine. *When starving Catholic fathers watched their wives and children collapse into the gutters and die, and then looked at the wharves packed with non-potato foods for export *from * Ireland by the Protestant overlords, they began to charge the docks with sticks and rocks and rakes, to seize the food and feed it to their families.
Protestant soldiers were rushed to Ireland from England. They would lie in wait behind the crates of food, and when mobs of starving Catholic fathers would storm the docks with sticks to grab food for their starving children, the soldiers would stand up and mow down the charging Catholic fathers with volley after volley of gunfire, covering the wharves with great piles of starved Catholic cadavers.
Notice that in scale the Irish Potato Famine was in the same category as the Holocaust. We’re all disgusting, Catholics AND Protestants, aren’t we?