RE: All European Life Died In Auschwitz

Someone forwarded me an article today. I’m excerpting it below:

All European Life Died In Auschwitz

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.

In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naïve hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

The following was my reply, which I publish here for all to see.

This is one of the most blatant and incendiary pieces of anti-Muslim propaganda I’ve ever read. I started reading it just after showering for the evening, and now I think I’ll need to get back in and scrub myself clean again. Let me dissect this piece of trash for you.

This is a piece of propaganda, originally published on the extremist website Gentiuno.com, and thereafter turned into one of these insidious email chain letters. It was never published in a European newspaper. Ever. Its author is not a journalist, may not even be European, and hasn’t had the guts to publish his real name on any other work of fiction editorial anywhere on the web.

Let’s get into the analysis of this garbage, shall we? I give you the words of our courageous, prosaic and entirely truthful author:

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

Now I give you a similar piece of work, published by another talented author from a few years back:

[They are] the product of the inbreeding of asocial, criminal, sick, degenerate and rejected elements of every possible race in the ancient world. [They are] neither a race nor a people nor a religion in our sense of those words. [They] possesses no homeland, but [lead] a rootless, parasitic life at the expense of the host peoples. [Their] current homeland is largely the criminal neighborhoods of the great cities of the world, [their] god is money, [their] policy is revolution and the destruction of the cultural treasures of mankind.

If you come to visit me in Washington, DC for a few days, I will take you to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (I regard it as a one of the most important things to see in DC). The first section of the museum tour takes you through the rise of Hitler and the birth of the Nazi propaganda machine. This article carries the same tone as piece after piece of Nazi propaganda you will read on the walls of that memorial. Reading them side-by-side, it is almost impossible to tell which of these quotes came from Nazi Alfred Rosenburg’s propaganda pamphlet “The Jew as a World Parasite,” and which is the more contemporary anti-Muslim propaganda so blithely poisoning the dark corners of the web.

This contemporary propaganda uses a favorite Nazi tactic, the wedge strategy. Simply put, the author focuses on an issue or imagery that is so emotionally charged that his readers will have difficulty thinking rationally about it, and then demands a resolution at whatever cost. The emotional stress of the issue allows you, the reader, to easily accept arguments, tactics and measures that would normally be considered unethical or immoral. The really nice thing about a wedge strategy is that once the author has used it to move you beyond rationality and reason, it will be easier and easier to do it again. Each time he can take you further and further down that dangerous path were the ends justify the means. It took Hitler about 15 years to turn Germany into a nation of murderers; in the current age of social media, anti-literacy and 140 character communication, I suspect the masses can be turned rather more quickly.

Yes, millions of beautiful, talented, decent people (Jews, Roma, Gays and others) died in the Holocaust. The reality is that they were murdered after their friends and neighbors were slowly and surely seduced into hating them through language and tactics just like those used in this “editorial”. Just in case you haven’t yet fully realized the scope of how you’ve been manipulated, let me use a bit of comparison and contrast to show just how deep down the rabbit hole you’ve gone. By the same logic (and math!) the author has used:

  1. Every Christian clergyman is a pedophile.
  2. Every citizen of Cambodia is an up-and-coming Pol Pot.
  3. Every child under the age of 5 is autistic.
  4. Every citizen of New York State is just as guilty as Timothy McVeigh.
  5. Every citizen of Mexico is a drug lord.
  6. The occupants of every Right-To-Life float should be regarded as potential clinic-bombers.
  7. Every black male should be put on probation peremptorily.

On the flip side of the coin, let’s look at the accomplishments of the Arab world that the author so conveniently forgot to mention – or maybe he just found it difficult to accept that so many of the victories of modern science are based on centuries-old discoveries by Arabs..

  1. Zero (the number, invented by Muhammad Bin Ahmad in 967 AD).
  2. Early Algebra – specifically fractions, the principle of errors and the geometrical method of solving quadratic equations.
  3. Trigonometry, separated from Astronomy by Nassereddine al-Tusi, and thus by extension –
  4. Non-Euclidian geometry.
  5. Early versions of the Scientific Method, and the concept of Peer Review.
  6. Crop rotation, cash cropping, and large-scale sugar refining.
  7. Early free-market economy and concepts of proto-capitalism that broadly influenced medieval Europe.
  8. Medicine – much of modern medical theory evolved from early Arabic study.
  9. Coffee, Soap Bars, Tooth Paste, Shampoo, Distilled Alcohol, Waterclocks, Windmills, Stained Glass, etc.

I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of Arab achievements – major topics I didn’t even touch on include Architecture, Music and Literature. You could spend a lifetime studying their contributions and achievements in a single one of those areas. The author of this article mentions almost none of these achievements.

The reality is, this article has a single purpose: to instill in its readers a deep-seated fear and hatred of anything “Muslim”, thus making it easier to manipulate them into whatever atrocity the author deems necessary to control the Muslim menace. Don’t be a victim of someone else’s misguided fear and ignorance. End the cycle now – send this garbage to your deleted items, where it can mingle with the rest of the worthless digital refuse of human idiocy.

Credo, Part II: Why I’m not religious.

I believe in God the Father, Maker of Heaven and Earth,
And in Jesus, his only son, born of the virgin birth.
I believe he was crucified and descended into Hell,
And on the third day Jesus rose again, He’s alive and all is well.

I can’t tell you how many times I heard, sang and whistled that song as a child. Sometimes it still reappears in my brain, and I’ll hum a few bars before I realize it. That doesn’t really bother me as much as it used to; the latent guilt is gone. Now I just feel a bit of cognitive dissonance over singing the creed of something I don’t believe.

My unbelief – my rejection of Christianity – seems to give people more pause than what I do believe now. I’m going to try to address my rejection of Christianity up front, in order to get that out of the way so that we can focus on what I do believe. Let’s start where I started, when I first gave this question consideration.

A while back I told a friend from my Christian College that I was an Agnostic, and that furthermore, I believed Evolution best explained the origins of life on earth. My friend’s immediate response was that I’d decided to believe in Evolution instead of Creation because I wanted to believe that it was OK to be gay. I responded defensively, assuring him that he was incorrect, but afterward I spent a great deal of time pondering why I’d become an Agnostic.

Continue reading “Credo, Part II: Why I’m not religious.”

Keith Olbermann on the “Ground Zero Mosque”

“What better way could we honor the dead of the World Trade Center than to do the Terrorists heavy lifting for them?”

 
“The Terrorists who destroyed the buildings from which you could only see 45 Park Place as a dot on the ground wanted to force us to change our country to be more like the ones they knew. What better way could we honor the dead of the World Trade Center than to do the Terrorists heavy lifting for them?” – Keith Olbermann

“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.” – Pastor Martin Niemöller, former prisoner in Sachsenhausen and Dachau Concentration Camp.

Rekers’ Rentboy

If you’ve watched Leno, Colbert or some of the other late-night shows, you might have heard about the George Rekers scandal. As is true of all too many anti-gay religious bigots, George Rekers is a homosexual.

If you’ve watched Leno, Colbert or some of the other late-night shows, you might have heard about the George Rekers scandal. I’ve got a few thoughts of my own that I decided to “put down on paper”, as it were. First, though, I’ll give my readers a bit of a Rekers tutorial.

As is true of all too many anti-gay religious bigots, George Rekers is a homosexual.

George Rekers is a Professor of Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Science, and a Baptist Minister. He co-founded the Family Research Council with Dr. James Dobson, and is on the Board of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). In other words, Rekers is pretty high up on the list of backward, homophobic nut jobs that constantly oppress and vilify innocent gays.

Of course, he’s also a lying, cowardly hypocrite. As is true of all too many anti-gay religious bigots, George Rekers is a homosexual. He was discovered returning from a week-long trip to Europe in the company of a rent boy (male sex worker catering to men). Of course he’s lying and denying, but when the gay blogosphere smells bigot blood in the water, their capacity for getting to the bottom of a scandal is unparalleled.

The Kid.
Therein lies my first concern. Unzipped, the magazine who started really digging into this story, apparently spared no thought for the safety of the story’s ultimate victim, the rentboy, Jo-Vanni Roman. I think of him as a victim in the sense that he did nothing dishonest. He plied his trade, as he and Rekers agreed he would; he seems to even have come to trust Rekers at some level. Then – because of the hatred and self-loathing of his client – Jo-Vanni’s life became national news, and his services a national joke.

The only blogger out there who seems to have any sense of this is Joe Jervis, at J.M.G. I don’t think Joe can be commended enough for his efforts to ensure that Jo-Vanni has a support network to help him manage the media and get his life back in order. I only hope that the kid recognizes those efforts for what they are, and avails himself of them.

The Real Story
Here’s the other thing that most of the big bloggers don’t seem to have grasped: Media organizations in Florida don’t spend their time trying to expose bigoted religious conservatives. The fact that the Miami Herald showed up at an airport to photograph Rekers and Roman means that someone pointed them in his direction and spent time convincing them that his hypocrisy was actually newsworthy. That’s the real story here – someone had to have already known about Rekers, and been angry enough to betray him. Perhaps one of his several adopted sons? Only time and a lot of further investigation will tell.

Is There A Cure?
And finally, one last thought – a prediction, really. Unlike Ted Haggard, Rekers has build his reputation, and indeed, his career, on curing homosexuals of their evil urges. He has professed a belief that the Bible is the source of all true morality. His hypocrisy has left him with nothing. I don’t believe we’ll find him repenting, submitting to the “guidance” of other bigoted preachers, and becoming a straight man. I think he will spend the rest of his life digging himself ever deeper into this hole – seeking out the precious few gullible enough to believe he was framed by the “liberal media”, and poisoning minds in some backwater community college psychology program.

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Welcome to the Theocratic Republic of Texas.

This cartoon just makes me want to knock my head on a wall.

Cartoon by Mikhaela B. Reid, published in the Librarian And Information Science News.
Cartoon by Mikhaela B. Reid, published in the Librarian And Information Science News.

If you’re having trouble understanding it, the cartoon is a reference to the Texas textbook controversy. Basically, Texas has mandated that their textbooks include an alarming level of Conservative Christian propaganda. Among the mandated changes:

  • Teaching about “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s.” This will include complimentary refrences to right-wing hack Phylis Schafly, Falwell’s now-defunct Moral Majority and Newt freakin’ Gingrich, among others.
  • Reducing Latino influence by removing or de-emphasizing references to Latino history and culture. Along the same lines, they are removing Hip-Hop music from social studies curriculum, and replacing it with Country Western music.
  • De-emphasizing Thomas Jefferson’s contributions to the nation’s political and legal history, and placing greater emphasis on the more puritanical of the founding fathers. Christian icons like St. Aquinas and Thomas Calvin would also receive increased mention.

Oddly enough, the biggest problem here isn’t just the indoctrination of children in Texas. As it turns out, Texas purchases so many of the textbooks produced in the United States that this conservative revisionism may well be infecting your local public school next fall, as dozens of publishers change textbooks to compete for the Texas dole.

Welcome to the Theocratic Republic of Texas.