A not so good Netflix comedian, Eric Andre, said John Calvin was a murderer and would have people killed. True?

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    Jul 05, 2020 4:11 PM GMT
    Did John Calvin Kill People? Did John Calvin Have People Killed?

    A not so good Netflix comedian, Eric Andre
    Legalize Everything (2020)

    The pilgrims were the worst, bummer, buzzkill narcs (federal agents or police officers who enforce the laws regarding illicit sale or use of drugs and narcotics) of Europe.

    They thought western Europe was Sodom and Gomorra, and that God was gonna strike it down with his laser beam eyeballs. So, they all hopped on the Mayflower in 1620, and they moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts to start a Calvinist theocracy.

    And Calvin, John Calvin, their spiritual forefather, their Yoda, the founder of Calvinism, was this uber-Christian, downer, murderous French clergyman.

    1) He would have his critics tortured and murdered. - TRUE

    2) He had his stepson and daughter-in-law killed for premarital sex. - TRUE?

    3) He would drown single pregnant women alive if he found out that they were with child, and they weren’t married. TRUE?

    This guy is the guy that continues to shape all of our morals and all of our politics.

    Any sources for claim #2 and claim #3?

    Thank you.
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    Jul 05, 2020 7:42 PM GMT
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    Like his father, Gérard Cauvin, john Calvin didn’t take kindly to being disagreed with. He routinely referred to his critics as pigs, riffraff, dogs, idiots, stinking beasts, and impudent donkeys (that last one was reserved for the peace-loving Anabaptist, Menno Simons).

    His treatment of his theological opponents is well known. Michael Servetus was executed by being burned at the stake. Calvin rejected any suggestion he was too harsh on Servetus by claiming that he had wanted to behead him instead (it was quicker and therefore more “merciful”).

    Luckily for another critic, Jacques Gruet, he got the “merciful” treatment and was beheaded. Jerome Bolsec was imprisoned, as was Pierre Ameaux, who was also paraded through Geneva on his knees to confess his sin of daring to disagree with Calvin.

    Gérard Cauvin’s son ruled with an iron fist. Between 1542 and Calvin’s death in 1564, there were 76 banishments. In one year, there were 414 prosecutions for moral offences (which included wearing the wrong color clothing or banned hairstyles or not naming your sons after Old Testament characters).

    When a plague swept through Geneva, 14 women were executed as witches for apparently persuading Satan to send the disease.

    Calvin’s own step-daughter and son-in-law were condemned for adultery and executed.