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Friday, September 17, 2010

Pope Rewrites History to Attack Atheism

I was going to write about this at length, but events conspired against me and now I'm running behind. But I can still post a shorty on the subject.

The Guardian:

Benedict XVIBenedict XVI used the first papal state visit to Britain to launch a blistering attack on "atheist extremism" and "aggressive secularism", and to rue the damage that "the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life" had done in the last century.

The leader of the Roman Catholic church concluded a speech, made before the Queen and assembled dignitaries at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, with the argument that the Nazi desire to eradicate God had led to the Holocaust and a plea for 21st-century Britain to respect its Christian foundations.

"Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society," he said. "In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate.

"Let it not obscure the Christian foundation that underpins its freedoms; and may that patrimony, which has always served the nation well, constantly inform the example your government and people set before the two billion members of the Commonwealth and the great family of English-speaking nations throughout the world."

Yeah, the "Nazi atheism" crap again. Needless to say, this is completely wrong. For one thing, Hitler wouldn't shut up about religion. For example:

We are determined, as leaders of the nation, to fulfill as a national government the task which has been given to us, swearing fidelity only to God, our conscience, and our Volk.... This the national government will regard its first and foremost duty to restore the unity of spirit and purpose of our Volk. It will preserve and defend the foundations upon which the power of our nation rests. It will take Christianity, as the basis of our collective morality, and the family as the nucleus of our Volk and state, under its firm protection....May God Almighty take our work into his grace, give true form to our will, bless our insight, and endow us with the trust of our Volk.

I don't know about you, but that looks to me like someone doing a really lousy job of eradicating God. "Pope Benedict seems to have forgotten Germany and Europe’s long, sordid tradition of Christian antisemitism," wrote Charles Johnson, "a tradition that was one of the dark roots of the Holocaust, and a tradition in which the Catholic Church was arguably one of the worst offenders."

If the crazy old wizard's plan was to replace church-sanctioned antisemitism with church-sanctioned anti-atheism, this would be a fine first step. Here's a crazy idea Wiz, next time you need to scare people with a dark enemy in their midst, try using child molesters. I understand there was a big child molester conspiracy at one time. That sounds pretty scary.

Maybe you ought to do something about that, rather than create boogeymen by rewriting history.

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