Sunday, April 27, 2014


If Sarah Palin were in charge, I hear, our enemies
would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.
Just a few random thoughts on the combination of torture with the Sacraments:


Ice baptism at Epiphany, apparently a problem.

Emperor Charlemagne helping out with the forced baptism of Arian heretic Saxons. From François Guizot, L'histoire de France depuis les temps le plus reculés, 1870-75.

Via PoliticusUSA.


Via SlopPress.

Sandro Botticelli, The last communion of St. Jerome (1494-95, with a subject probably influenced by the preaching of Savonarola), detail, via Vultus.

Marriage (Shotgun Included)

Via US4Palin.

Extreme Unction

Via Liberal Effects.

John the Apostle being boiled in oil (miraculously unharmed), from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493).

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