- 25 Apr 2011 09:58
I'm living in Spain, and I've been reading history books to get up to speed. It seems to me they were keen on controlling the country under a central power, the Church was the backbone of the control structure. But Jews and Muslims were a factor they couldn't control via the Church. Don't forget they had conquered the muslim controlled south using religion as a driving force, and they saw Jews as the Muslims' allies. So it was pretty straightforward for them to order everybody to convert or else.
Yesterday I went to a catholic church to see how it works (I'm not Christian), and it was evident, listening to the sermon, the church is still fighting to keep as much control as possible, while secular forces are slowly making it increasingly irrelevant. The church was packed, but it was a very holy day for them, it was the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus.
marx was wrong