Uncomfortable Historical Facts That we are Never Taught at School in the Theocracy of England

By Michael Roll
1997. Revised 2001, 2014
The original article was published in The Rosicrucian Beacon (September, 1997)

Please note that the author has used the terms BCE (Before Christian Era) and CE (Christian Era) rather than the conventional BC & AD to avoid any association with religious beliefs.
A theocracy is a country where the Church and the State are established - a form of government directed through a priestly order.

Unelected Christian bishops and their allies in the House of Lords make our laws. As we do not have a written constitution in England, the law of the land is our constitution. It is against the law to tell the truth! The common law offence of blasphemous libel is still in place, even though the Law Commission in 1982 strongly recommended that it should be abolished. There are sinister clauses in this law that stop certain historical facts from even being presented to the public on the grounds that they upset believers in priestcraft — Christians. No obscurant would be stupid enough to sue anybody under this antiquated law, but it is a perfect tool for censorship. Editors say: "We can’t publish your articles because they are against the law."
And they are absolutely correct in our "free" country!

History Revisited

In 1936 George Orwell, the renowned author of the book "1984", said to his fellow writer, and chronicler of the Spanish Civil War, Arthur Koestler:
"I know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway, but what is peculiar to our own age is the abandonment of the idea that history could be truthfully written."

It must have been about this date that Arthur Findlay set about the task of writing the true history of mankind from 3,500 BCE to the end of the Second World War, which he appropriately called The Curse of Ignorance. This history is written without allegiance to any country or religion and should be in every educational establishment in the world.

We Have not Been Told the Truth

The greatest historical lie of all has now been laid bare, our Western civilisation is not thanks to Christianity, the very opposite it true, our civilisation is in spite of Christianity. This fact was made very clear when the BBC showed the thirteen-part television series "Cosmos" in the early 1980's.

This series was written and presented by the American astronomer Carl Sagan, and was seen by millions of people throughout the world. Many were astounded to find that they had been deliberately deceived by their history teachers: that the truth is completely opposite to what they had been taught from birth. Carl Sagan told the shocking but true story of how in the year CE 415, a Christian mob, acting on the orders of Archbishop Cyril, murdered Hypatia, the female principal of the great library in Alexandria. This remarkable woman was a mathematician, astronomer, physicist and a philosopher. On her way to work she was dragged from her chariot and the mob, armed with abalone shells, flayed the flesh from her bones. Her library, along with its priceless manuscripts, was burnt to the ground. Cyril was made a saint! Unfortunately this was not an isolated incident but one small part of a carefully organised plan to eliminate paganism from the Roman Empire.

If we look up the history of education in the Encyclopedia Britannica it reads rather like a Western movie: the good guys (Christians) slowly but surely overcoming the bad guys (pagans). The same encyclopedia gives the definition of pagans as "unenlightened, idol worshipping, raw rustic heathens". Hypatia, along with all the brilliant Greek and Roman scientists, philosophers, engineers, architects and educationalists are always described as pagans in all our history books that are written by Christians.

An Explanation of the Universe

This includes Thales, the founder of geometry, astronomy and philosophy, the first to attempt an explanation of the universe apart from theology (religious mythology), and Pythagoras who was the father of mathematics and the first to say the world was round. This round earth theory was actually proved by Eratosthenes, he even measured its circumference in the 3rd century BCE. Hippocrates, the first person we would call by the name doctor, he approached the cure of disease in a truly scientific manner. He discarded the idea that illness was a punishment for sin or caused by devils. By the 3rd century BCE anatomy had revealed something of the internal workings of the human body. However, the Christian belief in the resurrection of the physical body brought investigation to an end until the 17th century. In the 4th century CE Pergamon and all the other Greek and Roman hospitals and sanatoria were destroyed by Christian fanatics, their doctors being massacred or exiled.

The Plagiarism of Copernicus

Aristarchus in the 3rd century BCE said that the Earth was not the centre of the universe, but revolved round the sun. The Roman Catholic priest Copernicus discovered this man's work in the 16th century and claimed it for his own. The reason why these ancient achievements have been censored is because our Christian masters do not want us to find out that anything important happened before the birth of their baby god!

Theodoras invented the key, ruler, carpenter's square, level, lathe and bronze casting. Carl Sagan asks, "Why are there no statues to this man?" Maybe it's because he did not kill anybody! Epicurus and Zeno, 3rd century BCE, two most illustrious moral philosophers, emphasised the need of improved ethical conduct and taught that only through right living could happiness be obtained. Anaximander 6th century BCE, the father of modern physics, also anticipated Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. He was followed by Anaxogaras who said that the moon was a place like the Earth and not a god.

The Discovery That Reality Also Exists in the Invisible

Empedocles discovered that reality also existed in the invisible part of the universe - beyond our five physical senses. Democritus propounded the theory that matter is composed of invisible stuff called atoms. He thought religions were divisive and evil. Archimedes' inventions led to practical scientific discoveries. Euclid taught people to think, calculate and reason. Ictinus was the great architect of the Parthenon. Socrates (470-399 BCE), this outstanding philosopher taught the unity of mankind and survival after death without any connection with priestcraft. Just before the priests forced him to take poison his friends asked him where he wanted to be buried, to which he answered, "Catch me if you can." Plato, who was taught by Socrates, passed on his great wisdom and codes of conduct to Aristotle, whom many declare to be the greatest early scientist of them all.

Quintillian (CE 35-96), a Roman citizen who led the known world in education on the lines laid down by Plato. He was the equivalent of our Secretary of State for Education, a government office that was not created until 1868 in Christian Britain. All the education bills had been kicked out by the House of Lords that had power over the elected House of Commons. This outstanding of all Roman schoolmasters loved liberty, justice and mercy besides abhorring all forms of cruelty and oppression. To him ethics took the place of religion as the only safe guide in correct conduct.

The World Plunged into the Christian Dark Ages

This then is the "pagan" civilisation that was destroyed by Christendom after the Council of Nicaea in CE 325. It was here at Nicaea that an all-embracing (Catholic) religion was formulated and adopted as the official religion of the Roman Empire. Jesus, an unhistorical Jewish teacher, was officially made into the god called Christ (the anointed one). The 17th saviour-god known to historians and the second person in a trinity of gods. Arthur Findlay says, "To confuse Jesus with Christ the saviour-god is a gross historical blunder." All who did not conform to these supernatural doctrines and dogmas were murdered or exiled. The known world was plunged into the Christian Dark Ages, not to really emerge again until the invention of printing which coincided with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Unlike the Christians, the Muslims had not destroyed their records of the Greek and Roman civilisations. From this date the human race has slowly but surely freed itself from the curse of priestcraft and ignorance. Even though the Holy Inquisitors of the Faith tried with all their might, these Christian fanatics could not murder fast enough to keep up with the printing presses. The smell of printers' ink was indeed the incense of the Renaissance.

The Council of Nicaea CE 325

CE 325 is arguably the most important date in the history of mankind because the decisions that were taken then by appallingly ignorant priests shaped the future of humankind for the next sixteen hundred years. Yet only a handful of academics are aware of this fact. It is not difficult to understand why Christian teachers and historians avoid this date like the plague. Before the Council of Nicaea historians estimate that there were over 150 different Christian sects all insisting that their own particular tenets were the correct ones. These fanatics were ripping the Roman Empire apart. We can now understand why the Roman Emperor Constantine the "Great" called this Council to formulate a Catholic (all-embracing) religion that everybody must adhere to or face death. Constantine was a cold-blooded murderer, he not only killed his wife, his son and his nephew but was responsible for ordering the death of thousands more. This Christian hero was great all right, a great killer. To check these facts look up Nicene Creed.

Christians Were Responsible for the Nazi Holocaust

The Martin Luther celebrations in 1997 highlighted some very uncomfortable facts that we are never taught at school. In 1524, during the Peasants’ Revolt, in tones indistinguishable from Hitler’s, Luther, the man who started the Protestant movement, incited the ruling princes to massacre the insurgents:
"A Prince can best obtain merit by shedding blood."
He stated:
"One must dash these people in pieces, slaughter them, stick them like pigs both in public and in private, whenever one gets the chance."

The resulting carnage left more than 100,000 dead. In 1543 Luther advised that the synagogues should be set on fire and Jewish homes likewise destroyed. Now we can understand why the Bishop of Birmingham, Dr. Hugh Montefiore, said that the Nazi Holocaust could never have taken place had it not been for the theological thinking of Christendom about Jews, and their ostracism by the Christians of Europe. I know it sounds daft now, but the Christians blamed the Jews for murdering their god. Look up deicide in the dictionary: killing of a god!

At his trial in 1946 the Nazi Jew-baiter, Julius Streicher, actually claimed that Luther ought to be in the dock. The Germans and Austrians are the same as most Irish people, they actually believe in priestcraft. Therefore it was very easy for Hitler to whip up hatred against the Jews.

Keeping the Old-Boy Network Intact

It is at this point that what seems to be ordinary priestly suppressions things suddenly take on a more sinister complexion and turn into an establishment conspiracy of awesome proportions. No doubt many readers are wondering why our country's academics have not seen these simple historical distortions. The sad answer is that every academic in this field of research knows we have been fed a pack of lies, and therefore they are just as guilty as the priests in censoring uncomfortable facts that belong to the people. For example, the headmaster of my grammar school had a first class honours degree in classics from Cambridge University. He made sure he told us nothing about the Greek and Roman scientists, philosophers and educationalists, just some nonsense about a virgin giving birth to the creator of the universe two thousand years ago, and that this god is going to forgive the sins of everybody who believes in him!

Thankfully not all our teachers are selfish bigots, there are many good people who care more about the future of humankind on this planet then merely preserving their jobs and reputations. A few are no longer prepared to live a lie and have decided to tell the truth.

Please help to make England a democracy — disestablish the Church, make the House of Lords an elected chamber, and do away with the Religious Affairs Departments in our schools, in television, radio and the press. The BBC for example takes about £10 million from our licence fee for religious propaganda. Try and name as many people as you can who have not ruthlessly used the Judaic-Christian ladder to get all the top positions. You will not find many in politics, among head teachers, owners of the press, television and radio stations, in the judiciary, armed forces and especially in the unelected House of Lords.


Sagan, Carl. "Cosmos". First published in Great Britain in 1981 by Macdonald & Co. The soft back Futura edition ISBN 0 7088 19996 6

Findlay, Arthur. The Curse of Ignorance 1947.
Available from The Arthur Findlay College.
Tel. 01279 817050.
Volume 1: ISBN 0 947823 33 6
Volume 2: ISBN 0 947823 34 4
The series: ISBN 0 947823 32 8
Findlay says if you must have this big daddy god figure to worship, why not have a whole stack of gods like the Greeks and Romans?

"It's the one-god religions that are easily the greatest disaster ever to be inflicted on the human race."
Gore Vidal

Prosecutions for Blasphemy

The last public prosecution for blasphemy in the UK was in 1921, when John William Gott, a trouser salesman from Bradford, was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London to nine months' imprisonment with hard labour for publishing a pamphlet satirising the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem by comparing him to a circus clown astride two donkeys. Gott died in 1922, soon after his release.

In January 2007, fundamentalist group Christian Voice failed in its attempt to bring a private prosecution against the humorous show Jerry Springer: the Opera, by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee. The High Court found on appeal that the common law blasphemy offences specifically did not apply to stage productions (s. 2(4) of the Theatres Act 1968) or television broadcasts (s. 6 of the Broadcasting Act 1990).

The common law offence of blasphemous libel had fallen into disuse, but in 1977, it was resurrected by Mary Whitehouse in her campaign against Gay News (editor: Denis Lemon) for publishing the poem by James Kirkup: The Love That Dares to Speak Its Name (on June 3, 1976). The case was heard at The Old Bailey on July 4, 1977. Gay News Ltd was fined £1,000 plus costs. Denis Lemon was fined £500 and sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended. The case went to appeal in the House of Lords, but was lost. Lord Scarman was of the opinion that blasphemy laws should cover all religions, not just Christianity, and sought strict liability for those who "cause grave offence to the religious feelings of some of their fellow citizens or are such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely to read them". Scarman was constrained by the principle that only Parliament can create new crimes. On May 7, 1982, The European Commission of Human Rights declared the case inadmissible to be heard by the European Court of Human Rights.


The common law offence of blasphemous libel was abolished in England and Wales on July 8, 2008 by the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, having been replaced with the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006. Today, blasphemous libel is still an offence under the common law of Northern Ireland, and is a statutory offence in Canada and New Zealand. In the Republic of Ireland, §13 of the Defamation Act, 1961 prescribed penalties for blasphemous libel, but did not define the offence.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), approved by the United Nations in 1948, contains articles that militate against the idea that blasphemy is a crime.
- Article 7 says everyone is equal before the law.
- Article 21 supports democracy not theocracy nor ochlocracy.
- Article 18 declares that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.
- Article 19 says everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
By adopting these articles, most nations seemed to accept the idea that a country did not need to protect its gods, its preachers, or its religious majority from hurt feelings.

Although most Islamic states were signatories to the UDHR, those states had apparently not accepted that blasphemy should be abolished because, on August 5, 1990, the member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) adopted The Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI). The CDHRI states that Muslims are the "vicegerent of Allah on Earth" and that Allah made the Islamic community, the Ummah, "the best community." The preamble says the CDHRI is a guide from that community to humanity about "a dignified life" which, it seems, means a life lived in obedience to Shariah. The preamble also states that fundamental rights and freedoms "are an integral part of the Islamic religion" and "are binding divine commands." Articles 24 and 25 of the CDHRI make all the rights and freedoms stipulated in it subject to Shariah and only to Shariah.”

House of Lords to back libel law changes - by Afua Hirsch (The Guardian, October 25, 2009)
(…) the House of Lords is expected to back changes removing "anachronistic" laws which have criminalised libel for more than 700 years.

The changes, which will be debated as part of the controversial coroners and justice bill, repeal laws dating back to 1275 and allow "extremely serious" libel and sedition to be prosecuted in criminal courts. The laws have long been regarded as an impediment to freedom of speech and an anomaly in the UK, which has encouraged countries with repressive regimes not to conduct prosecutions for libel.

TV Joan faces jail for gay poem - by Ben Summerskill (The Observer, March 3, 2002) - Joan Bakewell read on air part of the poem by James Kirkup: The Love That Dares to Speak Its Name.
(…) the Director of Public Prosecutions, David Calvert-Smith QC, will present a charge of blasphemous libel referred to him by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens, who is a leading evangelical Christian. Bakewell's first rebellion against Britain's morality laws, the DPP will remind the court solemnly, was in the early Sixties when she smuggled a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover through Customs in her underwear.


Stevens's officers disclosed this weekend that they may charge Bakewell with blasphemous libel after she recited on TV part of an erotic poem about a Roman centurion's affection for Jesus.


If Bakewell is prosecuted, it will be a major test of Britain's controversial blasphemy laws which protect only Christians. They were introduced in the seventeenth century, when questioning the existence of the state religion was akin to treason. They have remained unamended ever since.

Don't Get Me Started - Stewart Lee's Documentary about Blasphemy (2006)
Don't Get Me Started - Stewart Lee - What's So Wrong About Blasphemy? (Shown in on Channel 5, UK: September 5, 2006)

Stewart Lee voices his concern about religious intolerance and freedom of speech, and the attempts by offended religious groups to ban and censor books, plays or television productions or intimidate.

Lee talks to commentators, including Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, journalist Polly Toynbee, and writer Alan Moore.
Friday Night, Saturday Morning - Debate about The Life of Brian (1979)
Friday Night, Saturday Morning - Monty Python's Life of Brian

Friday Night, Saturday Morning was a television chat show that was broadcast on BBC Two (UK) from 1979 to 1982.

On November 9, 1979, host Tim Rice moderated a discussion about the then recently released film Monty Python's Life of Brian. This film had been banned by many local councils in the UK, and had been the subject of protests throughout the world with accusations that it was blasphemous.
Arguing in favour of this accusation were broadcaster and noted Christian Malcolm Muggeridge, and the then Bishop of Southwark, Mervyn Stockwood. Defending the film were John Cleese and Michael Palin from the Monty Python team.

As the the lyricist of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice had himself been accused of blasphemy a decade earlier.

In his diaries, published in 2006, Michael Palin wrote of Stockwood:
"He began, with notes carefully hidden in his crotch, tucked down well out of camera range, to give a short sermon, addressed not to John or myself but to the audience. In the first three or four minutes he had brought in Nicolae Ceau┼čescu and Mao Tse-tung and not begun to make one point about the film. Then he began to turn to the movie. He accused us of making a mockery of the work of Mother Teresa, of being undergraduate and mentally unstable. He made these remarks with all the smug and patronising paraphernalia of the gallery-player, who believes that the audience will see he is right, because he is a bishop and we're not".

When Muggeridge said that Christianity had been responsible for more good in the world than any other force in history, Cleese asked: "what about the Spanish Inquisition?"

Palin told Bob McCabe, editor of the book The Pythons:
"It turned out, after the show, that they'd missed the first fifteen minutes of the film, they'd been having a nice lunch. John was brilliant in that show. I remember it used to be Douglas Adams's favourite bit of television ... He thought it was such a riveting piece of TV, and it really is".

Palin also said that, after the discussion, both Muggeridge and Stockwood had said
"how pathetic, hopeless and meaningless and juvenile it was. Instead of there being any sort of division between us afterwards, they came up as though we'd all been 'showbiz' together, out doing an entertainment, with the Bishop saying 'That all seemed to go very well'. I hadn't realised they weren't being vindictive, they were just performing to the crowd."
Holy Flying Circus

The events surrounding the debate on Friday Night, Saturday Morning were re-imagined in a humorous film Holy Flying Circus (2011). The film was written by Tony Roche and directed by Owen Harris.