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The harem of French King Louis XV

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Louis XV, the eminently Christian king of France had harem cost more than 100,000,000 francs, and was composed of little girls.

1. “The French government, about the middle of the eighteenth century, seems to have reached the maturity of its wickedness, allowing if not instigating religious persecutions of so infamous a nature that they would not be believed if they were not attested by documents of the courts in which the sentences were passed.”—Buckle.

2. Of Louis XV., the eminently Christian king of France, Buckle says: “His harem cost more than 100,000,000 francs, and was composed of little girls. He was constantly drunk,” and “turned out his own illegitimate children to prostitute themselves.”

3. “It will hardly be believed that, when sulphuric ether was first used to lessen the pains of childbirth, it was objected to as ‘a profane attempt to abrogate the primeval curse pronounced upon woman….’ The injury which the theological principle has done to the world is immense. It has prevented men from studying the laws of nature.”—Buckle.

4- Fenelon, a celebrated French clergyman and writer of the seventeenth century, discouraged the acquisition of knowledge by women.—See Hallam’s “Lit. of Europe.”

5- “Perhaps it is to the spirit of Puritanism that we owe the little influence of women, and the consequent inferiority of their education.”—Buckle.

6- “In England (1840) a distrust and contempt for reason prevails amongst religious circles to a wide extent; many Christians think it almost a matter of duty to decry the human faculties as poor, mean, and almost worthless; and thus seek to exalt piety at the expense of intelligence.”—Morell’s “Hist. of Speculative Phil.”

7-“That women are more deductive than men, because they think quicker than men, is a proposition which some people will not relish, and yet it may be proved in a variety of ways. Indeed nothing could prevent its being universally admitted except the fact that the remarkable rapidity with which women think is obscured by that miserable, that contemptible, that preposterous system, called their education, in which valuable things are carefully kept from them, and trifling things carefully taught to them, until their fine and nimble minds are too often irretrievably injured.”—Buckle.

8- “The Roman [Pagan] religion was essentially domestic, and it was a main object of the legislator to surround marriage with every circumstance of dignity and solemnity. Monogamy was, from the earliest times, strictly enjoined, and it was one of the great benefits that have resulted from the expansion of Roman power, that it made this type dominant in Europe. In the legends of early Rome we have ample evidence both of the high moral estimate of women, and of their prominence in Roman life. The tragedies of Lucretia and of Virginia display a delicacy of honor, a sense of the supreme excellence of unsullied purity, which no Christian nation could surpass.”—Lecky, “European Morals,” Vol. 1, p. 316.

9- “Marriage [under Christian rule] was viewed in its coarsest and most degraded form. The notion of its impurity took many forms, and exercised for some centuries an extremely wide influence over the Church.”—Ibid., p. 343.

10. “St. Gregory the Great describes the virtue of a priest, who through motives of piety had discarded his wife… Their wives, in immense numbers, were driven forth with hatred and with scorn… Pope Urban II. gave license to the nobles to reduce to slavery the wives of priests who refused to abandon them.”—Lecky.