Eccentric 18th-century American businessman Timothy Dexter authored a book complaining about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. The book contained no punctuation, so in the second edition, he added a page with 11 lines of punctuation marks, for the readers to distribute them as they pleased en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
, the first president of Mongolia, Peljidiin Genden allegedly slapped and broke Stalin's pipe after Stalin pressured him to destroy Mongolia's buddhist clergies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
In the 18th century, the King of Denmark-Norway ordered clergy to walk the lands as "potato priests" to promote the cultivation of potatoes by the peasants. The campaign was a success and the potato became "more important than the constitution". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
An 18th century American businessman published a book in which he ranted about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. It had no punctuation and had random capitalization. In the 2nd edition, he added an extra page with 13 lines of punctuation marks, stating that readers could put them anywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Dreamworks consulted over 300 religious’ experts for The Prince of Egypt. This included biblical scholars, theologians, archeologists, Egyptologists, clergy and different religious leaders. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The expression grüß Gott ( 'may God greet you') is used in Southern Germany and Austria. It was promoted in the 19th century by the Catholic clergy over the standard German greeting guten Tag ('good day') en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%…
One in six clergy in the Dutch Protestant Church are either agnostic or atheist. bbc.com/news/av/world-eur…
Bethlem Royal Hospital was originally a shelter for the poor and accommodation for visiting clergy, before becoming the madhouse nicknamed "Bedlam", and is still a functioning NHS psychiatric hospital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Today I learned of the Order of Brothelyngham, a mock Catholic order that satirized corrupt medieval clergy by electing a lunatic as abbot and kidnapping local citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
John Newton was the captain of a slave ship. In 1748 he encountered a severe storm and, although being non-religious, prayed out to God for safety. This event changed his life. He later became a clergy member, an abolitionist, and wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace" about his experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Actuaries and scientists have lower divorce rates than clergy monster.com/career-advice…
Today I learned of Richard Rich, a Catholic who supported, under Henry VIII, the destruction of monasteries and execution of monks. He gave testimony obtained through promises of friendship to execute clergy and personally tortured a Protestant woman. He is seen as one of the worst people in English history. british-history.ac.uk/st-…
Doctors, nurses and Catholic clergy were involved in stealing ~ 300,000 babies during the Franco era in Spain. Children were moved from parents deemed "undesirable" and placed them with "approved" families. Birth mothers were told their baby had died. bbc.com/news/magazine-153…
French Canadian swears are mostly insults about the Catholic Church. Known as sacres they originated in the early 19th century when the social control exerted by the Catholic clergy was increasingly a source of frustration to them. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The "Cardinal King" Henry the Chaste of Portugal never expected the throne, as he was an elderly man vowed to celibacy, doomed without successors. He attempted to resign the clergy to produce an heir, but Spain pressured the pope to deny him. When Henry died, Spain annexed Portugal for 60 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The Spanish Inquisition charged many people with sodomy. Of the accused, 19% were clergy, 18% soldiers and sailors, 6% nobles, 37% workers, and 19% servants. Almost all 500 cases were between an older man and an adolescent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned of the Smolensk Air Disaster in which Poland's President, his wife, Former President, Military staff, Parliament members and officials, members of clergy and relatives of victims of Katyn massacre- whose 70th anniversary commemoration event they were attending were killed in an Air crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
At the coronation of William the Conqueror the crowds cheered so loudly the guards thought it was an assassination on the new king and started killing and burning homes around Westminister Abbey. The clergy finished the coronation despite the fighting. westminster-abbey.org/abb…
Today I learned of the clergy letter project. Over 13,000 Christian clergy have signed an open letter affirming that evolution and god can coexist. theclergyletterproject.or…
When Manfred von Richtofen (the Red Baron) was shot down and killed in 1918, the British Army gave him a full military funeral, complete with clergy, a gun salute and a wreath inscribed with, "To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Genghis Khan exempted the poor and clergy from taxes, encouraged literacy, and established free religion, leading many peoples to join his empire before they were even conquered.

You can read about it here. Link was already submitted for something else but I figured people might want to read about it. Some pretty innovative stuff for that time.

During the middle ages the catholic clergy openly kept concubines with whom they had families - despite their vow of celibacy. The practice was so common that at least two popes are suspected to be the son of a pope. academia.edu/196612/_Prie…
Martin Luther disagreed that clergy should be celibate, writing: β€œ... To say it crudely but honestly, if it doesn't go into a woman, it goes into your shirt." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
The derivation of the term 'fourth estate', referring to the press, arises from the traditional European concept of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
With some 17,000 Puritans migrating to New England by 1636, Harvard was founded in anticipation of the need for training clergy for the new commonwealth, a "church in the wilderness" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Agriculutral Engineeres and Optimetrists have lower divorce rates than members of the Clergy divorcedebbie.com/divorce…
The Council of Nicea declared that if you castrated yourself you could not be a clergy member, but if barbarians castrated you it was still okay. newadvent.org/fathers/380…
That, unlike other professions in the USA, members of the Clergy can opt-out from Social Security, and 30% do. Many who opt-out from paying into the system have been let back in to collect benefits when they retire. nytimes.com/2006/10/11/bu…
A friendship building football match between Christian and Muslim clergy was cancelled after disagreements due to female participation. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
There is a book whose premise is that evolution is liberal's religion, and that public school teachers are its clergy, abortion its virgin sacrifice, and schools its churches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Celibacy of the Catholic clergy began as a means protect the church from having to support the heirs of a deceased priest and prevent them from inheriting church property. uscatholic.org/glad-you-a…
Cocaine was first powdered by Spanish clergy in the Peruvian settlement of Potosi as a remedy to the effects of Mercury poisoning (6:55) youtu.be/k7LIcBifaSQ
During the Reign of terror in the French Revolution, suspected royal sympathizers were rounded up in groups of 300-400 people. The people were hog tied and placed on ships which were sunk at sea. Known as Republican Baptisms. 9000 people, mostly clergy, were estimated to have met this fate. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
Charles-Alexandre de Calonne: Took office of finance during the period of huge debt that would lead to the French Revolution. He proposed taxing the property of the rich and clergy. His proposal was rejected, he was then blamed for the debt entirely, nicknamed "Monsier Deficit", and exiled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
There has actually been militant atheists in the past that went round helping to kill clergy. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L…
The folding chess board was invented by a priest because the clergy forbade chess. The board was designed to fold and look like two books. chess.com/article/view/or…
1 in 6 clergy of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, are agnostic or atheist. One minister described God as "a word for experience, or human experience" and thinks that Jesus may not have been a real person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
When forks were first introduced in 11 century Tuscany they were condemned by the clergy, arguing that human fingers were created by god and only they were worthy to touch god’s bounty. 100 yrs later introduced to England by Sir Thomas Becket. The Spork was of course the work of Witches deadliestblogpage.wordpre…
The 4 suits in a deck of playing cards -- spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs, derive from French decks and represent the four classes: Spades represent nobility, hearts stand for the clergy, diamonds represent merchants, and clubs are peasants. poker.about.com/od/pollsq…
In Canada using threats or violence to prevent clergy from performing their religious duties is a separate offense, punishable by up to two years in jail. laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/e…
"at the close of the 18th and in the early part of the 19th century the London Times actually printed the details of gruesome murders and more salacious sex crimes in Latin so that only the clergy and other educated citizens could read them" speeches.empireclub.org/6…
Clergy were banned from voting or holding office in Mexico from 1917 to 1992. trincoll.edu/depts/csrpl/…
In the midst if the sexual abuse scandal involving the church, the pope was granted immunity from everything to do with a coverup and anything to do with the rape or molestation of children involving the clergy. He was granted this immunity by President George W Bush. 15:00 into the video youtube.com/watch?v=CuSHR…
The anti-theist Soviet government exterminated over 100,000 clergy in 2 years, in line with its objective to eliminate religion and establish an atheist state books.google.com/books?id…
The branches of the United States Military each have a Chaplain Corps, where its members are made up of clergy from different religious groups. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned of the League of Militant Atheists. An antitheist organization in the USSR. By 1941 it had reduced the number of religious communities in the USSR from 50.000 to 8.000 and over 100 bishops, tens of thousands of clergy, and thousands of monks had been killed or had died in prisons and the Gulag en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, 1 in 6 clergy are either agnostic or atheist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
ONLY 5% of the catholic clergy are involved in child sex abuse

and that Vatican says raping a 11 year old boy isn't really pedophilia, its just homosexuals attracted to sex adolescent males. Only 20% of the clergy involved in child sex abuse are pedophiles.

WTF How the fuck can they try an defend this shit.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/28/sex-abuse-religion-vatican

From 1930-1968, there was a Motion Picture Production Code that outlawed, among other things, interracial relationships, ridicule of the clergy, and profanity, from appearing in a movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
The US at one time had six gay ambassadors one of which was assigned to the Dominican Republic where his appointment was opposed by clergy washingtonpost.com/blogs/…

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