February 17, 1600

On February 17, 1600, Italian philosopher, Giordano Bruno, was on his way to be burned at the stake for heresy, when his handlers put a stake through his tongue to shut him the hell up. Why was Bruno sentenced to die? Because he proposed that the distance stars were in fact suns with planets of their own and that these planets might have life on them. He also stated that the universe was infinite and had no center. He even stated that he did not believe in eternal damnation, the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the virginity of Mary, and that the wine and wafers used in Holy Communion did not ‘actually’ become the body and blood of Christ. Giordano Bruno did not go quietly to his barbequing. The truth of his arguments and words so frightened the Catholic Church, they had to put a stake in his tongue to keep the bystanders from listening to him. Unfortunately for the Catholic Church, Bruno is now considered one of the first martyrs for science and free thought. By murdering him for his beliefs and independent thought, the Church spread his ideas much further and in a more lasting manner than he could have by himself.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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