Persecution Expands

This persecution was initially encouraged or conducted by the Inquisition, later by secular authorities alone (in Protestant countries as well as Catholic) but conducted according to what the church had taught them was a religious justification.

This vicious homophobia was even exported by the expanding colonial empires, introducing intolerance to many regions of the world where homoeroticism had previously been tolerated, accepted as entirely natural, or even celebrated as bringing particular spiritual gifts.

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