482 years ago on March 10, 1528 Balthasar Hubmaier was martyred by burning in Vienna. His crime? Advocating against the baptism of infants. His executors likewise martyred his wife Elisabeth by tying a stone around her neck and tossing her from a bridge three days later, an incredibly cowardly act. Balthasar Hubmaier, like so many of the Anabaptists, was killed by the unholy union of the church and the state for a practice that we take for granted in America. We still read about our brothers and sisters being martyred today in far off lands but what makes this event and others like it so tragic is that Hubmaier was killed by people who claimed to be Christians over a doctrinal disagreement.
(Thanks for the reminder to Tom Ascol)