The great spectacle known as the sermo generalis, were public rituals of punishment and humiliation designed to shame the convicted (Murphy, 2012). Punishments like the wearing of a Scarlet Letter (“A” for adultery) as written in the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne or being locked up in a public stockade with a display telling the public what wrongs you had committed. For Unlawful Cardinal Knowledge. Progroms of conversions had begun long before any centralized, official inquisition was put into place. Although this behavior has been an ever-present theme for humanity, it has thereby transformed itself from one mode to the next. We see one of the most visible harbingers for change during the rise of Inquisitions during the 15th century.
The Inquisition would last some 350 years, and would not begin to wane until the early part of the 1820s. It would survive in Spain until 1834 where a royal decree would abolish them forever (Murphy, 2012). Yet, following the end of the Inquisitions, humanity would experience various extermination campaigns of targeted populations during the slavery era of antebellum in the United States, whereupon winning freedom for black slaves many slave owners exacted their authority to punish their possession by executing their slaves rather than granting them their freedom. Then, early in the 20th century, various medical doctors were allowed to conduct human experimentation on populations of people deemed “non-valuable”; prison inmates (Cina & Perper, 2010). Following all this, one of the grandest on a global scale, the German Jewish Holocaust of World War II in which German Jewish were systematically executed in gas chambers and used as human science experiments (Santner, 1990).
The last notable action of the Holy Roman Inquisition occurred in 1858 in Bologna, Papal States, when agents of the Inquisition removed a 6-year-old Jewish boy, Edgardo Mortara, from his family. When the Roman Catholic authorities learned the young boy was secretly baptized by his nursemaid who feared the young boy’s fate upon the boy’s falling ill and possibly dying from disease. Church law made it illegal for a Catholic to be raised by Jews. So, Pope Pius IX took the boy in and raised him as a Roman Catholic. The boy would go on to become a priest (Murphy, 2012).
Far from an actual execution, one might surmise the removal of the child was more of an act geared toward the extermination of the young boy’s DNA. For who’s to say if the young boy, if allowed to live with his Jewish family, might not have gone on to marry and produce children of his own. Thereby, propagating the seed of his own family lineage.
It was not only those who were accused of “Judaizing”, converting back to their former Jewish faith, a variety of specific transgressions were punishable by Inquisition including solicitations of sex by clergy in the confessional. The connection here I would like to make to my specific targeting as a woman and the delusion belief held by some men of my being (identity) as “nothing more than a whore” or in other words, “prostitute” and the reason behind my electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture would be to target me with illness and harassment because of some expressed mal behavior (Van Brunt, Murphy, Pescara-Kovach, Crance, 2019). This plays into rape myths and the notion “that somehow the woman was asking to be raped” (Kosloski, Diamond-Welch & Mann, 2018).
Once we consider the purpose of Inquisitions as a program of persecution and forcible conversion to undermined a community’s identity, as is the case with the Targeted Individual population, and that despite “converting to the wishes of their persecutors,” like many new Jews who had accepted Christianity were regarded by many Old Christians with suspicion as “Judaizers” or “Crypto-Jews” who secretly held fast to their former beliefs, we can come to an understanding that Inquisitions have never really left us. That it has, in fact, only transformed themselves a new.
And if we consider that the purpose of programs of persecution and forcible conversion undermined the right of the individual to their possessed identity, just as the Jews who had been forced to accepted Christianity, despite the turning of their will to the wishes of their persecutors — New Christians — were regarded by many Old Christians with suspicion as “Judaizers” or “crypto-Jews” who secretly held fast to their faith.”
“Does this not sound eerily similar to the plight of the Targeted Individual suffering electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture? That perhaps some type of “betrayal had in fact occurred” in the Targeted Individual’s life and that this “breach of contract” was in fact some informal, social, unspoken, unbreakable bond?
The phenomenon of programs of persecution and forcible conversion to undermine individual and community identity was built on former practices, policies, and protocols that targeted various outcast populations. It depends on the same old mechanisms; established cultural myths that exact punishment through law. Albeit, governed by a quasi-militarized, philanthropic law. Its protege of the Spanish Inquisition, censors wielding inkpots to blot out entire identities in campaigns targeting vulnerable and powerless populations (Mayer, 2016). It’s the extermination of the “undesirables” in a campaign by those who espouse a form of superior supremacy over “Other”. It’s the racially coded rhetoric wielded by the far-right radical liberal Republican during the Obama administration in what would appear as a manifestation of a mass crisis of white Republican masculinity (Mayer, 2016). It’s the usurpation of someone’s financial rights through criminal grand theft or similar to the denial of expressive sexual identity by rendering the libido of the individual; silento. (Walker, 1998; Barna, 2021). Or the silencing by Betty Broderick of her ex-husband and new wife through homicide. An absolute and altogether denial of civil rights. The only difference is that adultery is no longer considered a criminal offense. If sexual deviance still had been considered a crime, we would require more houses to pen in immoral sexual behaviors than there would be actual places to build homes. Yes, Bill Clinton was impeached but was he ever incarcerated for “not having sex with that girl”?
“Because I am a woman, it’s hard for me to believe that my Group (Gang) Stalking with electronic targeted physical assault and psychotronic torture isn’t about my sex.”
We need to consider the connection of an outside influence (by-proxy) operating in the context of the abuse in cases of Targeted Individual populations suffering electronic physical assaults and psychotronic torture in tandem with domestic violence (Mendoza, Diaz & Carbajal, 2021).
As a victim of domestic violence, it’s hard for me to believe that my family is solely responsible for my individual targeting. And this provides the actual perpetrator of the targeted assaults and torture a convenient place to hide because this is a repeated vocal perspective on the part of many victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence. This leads me to believe that the perpetrator of the actual orchestrator of my targeting maybe someone well versed in criminal investigations and police procedures. If he/she is, this fact would be well known to them and it would give them an excellent opportunity to manipulate and exploit a domestic violence/intimate partner case as well as hide his role in the crime.
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