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DEDICATED TO GOD, DEMOCRACY .... AND .... ENDING HATE
HATE ONCE TAUGHT IS NEVER FORGOTTEN. HATE IS EVIL.
313 AD Beginning of the Roman Catholic Church and their Hatred of all else
In 313, the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and made his new religion the official religion of the Roman Empire. Overnight, Christianity went from a persecuted religious minority to the state religion of the greatest empire on earth.
The Roman Catholics now had a vast state apparatus and powerful army at their command. This marriage of Christian theology with state power would prove disastrous for the Jews. Replacement theology (Christans now replace Jews as the 'Chosen People') and the degradation that flowed from it were gradually transformed from abstract theological concepts into the law of the land.
In the words of Jules Isaac, "The fate of Israel did not take on a truly inhuman character until the fourth century A.D. with the coming of the Roman Catholic Empire."
Constantine himself initiated the transformation of anti-Semitic doctrine into anti-Semitic law. In 315, the new emperor issued an edict making it a crime for Jews to proselytize. At the Council of Nicaea held in 325, Constantine ordained that the date of the Christian Easter should no longer be linked to that of the Jewish Passover, declaring, "It is unbecoming that on the holiest of festivals we should no longer be linked to that of the Jewish Passover, declaring, "It is unbecoming that on the holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews; henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people."
Building on what Constantine had started, Christian synods and councils continued to translate replacement theology and related doctrine into the law of the realm. From the Council of Nicaea in 325 up until the Council of Basel in 1434, the church gradually built a legal regime that removed the Jews from Christian society and locked them behind ghetto walls.
The following are merely the highlights:
• Synod of Clermont (535): Jews are prohibited from holding public office.
• Synod of Orleans (538): Jews are barred from owning Christian slaves or employing Christian servants.
• Synod of Gerona (1078): Jews are obligated to pay taxes for support of the church to the same extent as Christians.
• Third Lateran Council (1179): Jews are prohibited from suing or being witnesses against Christians in the courts.
• Fourth Lateran Council (1215): Jews are required to wear distinctive dress (eventually implemented by means of a yellow badge).
• Council of Oxford (1222): Construction of new synagogues is prohibited.
• Synod of Breslau, (1267): Jews are forced to reside in ghettos.
• Synod of Ofen (1279): Christians are prohibited from selling or renting real estate to Jews.
• Council of Basel (1434): Jews are barred from obtaining academic degrees.
As early as the fourth century John Chrysostom demonstrated that anti-Jewish pronouncements lead inexorably to anti-Jewish violence. Throughout the centuries of these anti-Jewish edicts and legislation, the truth of this tragic law of human nature was proven time and time again. The long history of anti-Semitic violence in Christendom is well known and has been well documented.
A few anti-Semitic measures actually predated Constantine. In 306, most notably, Christian leaders meeting at the Synod of Elvira prohibited intermarriage, sexual intercourse, and the sharing of meals between Christians and Jews.
Source: Standing with Israel David Brog 2006