The French Revolution began with a Reign of Terror during which Maximilien Robespierre led the “Committee of Public Safety,” France’s version of Department of Homeland Security. He said in a speech to the National Assembly, Feb. 5, 1794, entitled “The Terror Justified”: “Lead … the enemies of the people by terror. … Terror is nothing else than swift, severe, indomitable justice.”
Robespierre began accusing, arresting, and beheading:
- first all the royalty
- then the wealthy
- then the farmers and businessmen
- then those hoarding food
- then the clergy
- then the former revolutionaries
During the French Revolution, over 40,000 were beheaded in Paris. It was an intentional campaign to de-christianize French society and replace it with a civic religion of state worship. Not wanting a constitution “Done in the year of the Lord,” as the U.S. Constitution was, the new French government made 1791 the new “Year One.” They did not want a seven-day week with a Sabbath day rest, as this was derived from the Bible, so they devised a ten day “decade” week, and ten month year.
French Revolutionary time divided the day into 10 decimal hours, with each hour consisting of 100 decimal minutes, and each minute made up of 100 decimal seconds. Every measurement was to be divisible by ten, as ten was considered the number of man with ten fingers and ten toes.
The new system of measurement was called “the metric system.”
The new secular government proceeded to:
- Forbid crosses as being offensive
- Religious monuments were destroyed
- Public and private worship and education outlawed
- Priests and ministers, along with those who harbored them, were executed on sight
- Christian graves were desecrated, including that of Ste. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris who called the city to pray when Attila the Hun was attacking in 451 A.D.
- Churches were closed or used for “immoral,” “lurid,” “licentious,” “scandalous” “depravities”
While secular history nobly ascribes the development of the metric system to an era of revolution, in which "the ways of the old world were increasingly coming into question, and the atmosphere was perfect for new ideas to develop and flourish" ....... it was in simple fact birthed from a hatred of Christianity and a bloody determination to dechristianize France.