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If we must have a tyrant, a robber baron is far better than an Inquisitor. The baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity at some point may be sated; and since he dimly knows he is doing wrong he may possibly repent. But the Inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely more because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations.

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Terrestrial biology does produce phosphine at a rate adequate to make the feature seen in the millimeter spectra.  Other known photochemical and geochemical processes don't.  That's as strong a statement in favor of life as can be made from these data, IMO.  OTOH, I am not convinced that the identification of this single spectral line as being due to phosphine is bulletproof; and even if it is, while a particularly implausible assumption about a biosphere producing PH3 can produce the observed feature, that's a really bad reason to think of this as evidence for life there.

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Yes, and it will no doubt continue to be a common myth, as people seem to rather like the idea. As far as can be shown, however, it has no basis in fact. It's even crazier because the Cleric Class is in both 1e and 2e AD&D PHBs said to be related to the Military Orders, who most certainly had no such prohibition.
The actual PHBs make no claim about the prohibition against shedding blood being related to Christianity or any other religion, so that in the books it is a restriction that is actually independent of any historical reality.
Indeed, a careful reading of the 1e PHB, 2e PHB, Complete Priest's Handbook, Legends and Lore and Monstrous Mythology should have quickly disabused you of the notion that the prohibition against shedding blood is anything other than a game construct (especially since individual Deities were expected to have their own weapon requirements). Of course, you can find the assertion endlessly repeated on the internet, but it always comes back to one source.

Sorry to kick up a fuss about it, but it drives me crazy that this factoid has become so widespread, but has nothing to recommend it (not even the AD&D Rulebooks themselves).

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