Whatever the nature of their admission, we’ll kill’em for sheer stubbornness!
For the moment this is the line I have taken with all persons brought before me on the charge of being Christians. I have asked them in person if they are Christians, and if they admit it, I repeat the question a second and a third time, with a warning of the punishment awaiting them. If they persist, I order them to be led away for execution; for whatever the nature of their admission, I am convinced that their stubbornness and unshakable obstinacy ought not to go unpunished.
– Pliny the Younger in a letter to Emperor Trajan,
as cited in Letters of Note: "A degenerative sort of cult".