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* This post actually began as a comment to Patrick’s post ‘Yet another reminder’, but as I am so passionate about the topic and started rambling I decided to turn it into a post of my own *

I was lucky enough to attend a public lecture at the start of this year given by Dr Carol Rittner, not only a Catholic nun but also a distinguished professor in Holocaust studies, author and former director of the Elie Wiesel foundation. The topic she presented was “The Holocaust and the Christian World” and I must say it was as tragic as it was educational and refreshing.

It cannot have been easy for her to address the issue of the centuries of Catholic, and wider Christian, anti-Semitism and how that was one of the major contributing factors to the Holocaust, but she did so with truly sincere Christian repentance and compassion – combined with mind blowing academic zeal.
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Christian anti-Semitism was most definitely not the cause of the Holocaust, but in Rittner’s words, the Holocaust could not have happened without it. There were exceptions, but the centuries of concerted Christian bigotry without doubt incited countless numbers of pogroms, the perpetuation of false blood libels and a plethora of other unfounded accusations which aided in the pursuit of a Holocaust against Jews and other “intolerable” groups such as Gypsies, homosexuals and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Martin Luther wrote the profoundly vicious anti-Semitic tract “Von den Juden und ihren Lügen” which influenced countless generations of post reformation Protestants (especially in Germany) and the accusation that the Jews killed Christ remained in the Latin liturgy until as late as the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65. It cannot be denied that these attitudes contributed to the Holocaust. People were consistently making biased conclusions about what they believed to be dangerous non-Christian behaviours, attitudes and beliefs at the expense of humanity. These “ancient” forms of religious anti-semitism helped create an atmosphere which made legitimate the pseudo-scientific works of Wilhelm Marr, and the pseudo-academic forgery “Protocols of the Elders of Zion“.

How-ev-er, the majority of Christians now reject anti-Semitism and interfaith dialogue and acceptance of the once feared “other” are now strongly encouraged. There is still a significant Christian minority who hold true the accusation that Jews killed Jesus because “it’s in the scripture” but the majority of reasonable Christians have accepted that Scripture is meant to be taken allegorically, not literally, and that Scripture is not infallible. Nevertheless, this minority who still holds such views is exactly that, a minority not accepted by the wider Christian community, and rightfully so. After the Holocaust most Christians have recognised that the smallest bias can blow out into unrelenting hatred and that discrimination and bias must be fought on every front to ensure that it never happens again.

Dr Rittner was sincere in her regret and repentance, and it could not have been easy for her to confront the complicity and inaction of her Catholic “family”and Christian “relatives”. It therefore disgusts, sickens and horrifies me that even with the discovery of graves reported in Patrick’s post Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism still abounds.

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7
Mar

The ‘Moral Compass’

   Posted by: Patrick   in General, History, Moonbats, Politics, Scott

Is this talisman something so undefined that is sits alongside the ‘Arc of the Covenant’ as one of life’s most valued but rarest treasures, and if the thing truly exists, is it ever used!

It seems today that morality has become a dirty word unless used as a political yardstick to beat your opponent with. No longer are ideals of integrity, morality, honesty or decency something to value or even aspire to, instead they are pigeonholed as oppressive strictures imposed by some ‘conservative old biddy’ or backward rednecks who can’t accept change.

We have lost all our innocence and encourage anyone who still has some, to lose that as well! We have no inhibitions, no desire for respect and even less time for responsibility. Read the rest of this entry »

19
Feb

The Truth

   Posted by: Bozwell   in Bozwell, History, Islam

You’ll see with a benefit of a quick search, that this is all over the internet and that’s a good thing…

This brilliant piece was composed by Paul E. Marek over at “Celestial Junk”

The Peaceful Majority by Paul E. Marek

I used to know a man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.

“Very few people were true Nazis “he said,” but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”

We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.

Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history…

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11
Oct

What a film!

   Posted by: Patrick   in Entertainment, Freedom, History, Islam, Movie reviews, Politics, Religion

I’m sorry to those for whom this subject leaves them cold, but I have just seen a trailer (it comes out next March 2007) for the most amazing film!

Here’s the synopsis from the website:

Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

I always felt that the version made in the 1960s could have done with some improvement, and here it is!

The 300

If your PC can handle it, go for the High Definition trailer. And if this film doesn’t inspire you then I don’t know what will. (My Darth Vadar helmet will have to do for now though, but I’m sure I can dig up a shield and some spears from somewhere…)

For those who might want a bit of info about that particular battle, here is a good link -> The Battle of Thermopylae

Now, if I could just get someone to make a film about another unsung hero and his famous last stand, King Harold II…

Update:
Before I forget, 10th October is/was the anniversary of the Battle of Tours, one very influential battle in the long-term. I say ‘is/was’ as it’s still 10th to me but it’s now 11th October in Australia.

This from an Indian newspaper:

At the height of the war in Lebanon two months ago, an assortment of Arabs, British Muslims, radical socialists and bleeding heart liberals marched through the streets of London with placards proclaiming “we are all Hezbollah.” Since Pope Benedict XVI delivered his scholarly but contentious lecture in Regensburg last Wednesday, an equally unlikely assortment of individuals bound by a common distaste for Islamist terrorism have been whispering the counter-proclamation: “We are all Papists now.”

Before rushing to take rival positions in the trench warfare of civilisations, it is prudent to remember that the contemporary Islamist assault on the “decadent” West, epitomised by “American imperialism”, has long enjoyed the backing of influential Muslim theologians. This is, perhaps, the first time that the philosophical gulf between Islam and Western civilisation has been delineated by someone who wields authority in the Christian world.

Pope Benedict, unlike many of his colleagues in Rome, has not succumbed to either the pretensions of Christian universalism or the mumbo jumbo of inter-faith dialogue. He has rightly viewed both Christianity and the Catholic Church as load-bearing pillars of Western civilisation. He has disavowed the growing secularisation of national cultures and, by implication, called into question the moral relativism which accompanies the practice of multiculturalism in the EU.

Go and read the rest of this article at -> The Pioneer: The Pope is right on Islam

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