Posts Tagged ‘holocaust’

Times are tough these days, namely for newspapers. Advertising dollars are at an all-time low so many papers are trying to think “out-of-the-box” to capture revenue.

You know, going online… and offering editorials for advertising… and marketing in particular business spaces… oh, and denying the Holocaust, as in the case of the Harvard Crimson school newspaper.

Harvard is known for its rigorous scholarly standards and prestigious reputation… however, The Harvard Crimson, in what it said was an error, ran the Holocaust-questioning advertisement, which had been rejected by the paper over the summer.

An error? Ya’ think? Yeah, because giving a middle finger to the Jewish donor base in New England is always a good idea for the benefaction trust, right?

Courtesy: (and Amen to that!)

Courtesy: (and Amen to that!)

This is the most egregious decision at the very least and surreptitious bigotry at the most. And probably a little of both.

The ad, paid for by Holocaust denier Bradley R. Smith and his Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, primarily raises questions about then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s account of World War II and the existence of Nazi gas chambers.

So, what of the Jewish community at Harvard? Meh. Or should I say ‘Bupkes.’

Harvard Hillel’s student president, Rebecca Gillette, circulated a letter saying she thought the situation was being appropriately addressed. “The fact that organizations and individuals like that publicized in this advertisement still exist today is frightening and disturbing, but unfortunately it seems that Holocaust denial will persist for years to come,” she said.

Ooooo-kay? Well, this should be good, because if I represented the Jewish community at this school and read that mess, I would be screaming from my synagogue and begging to kick someone square in the tuches. This “address” should be good. Take it away, Crimson president dude:

In response to the commotion created by the ad, Crimson President Maxwell L. Child released a statement Wednesday citing three weeks of summer vacation between the submission of the advertisement and the publication of the paper as the explanation for why the ad “fell through the cracks.”

That’s it?! Is it just me or does that explanation to the students… and the alums… just a skosh short? I think the only “crack” this guy should be worried about is the one he was sitting on when this advertisement was approved.

With that kind of complacency, it’s amazing prejudice and bigotry hasn’t been flourishing more in this country. What’s next?

The KKK takes out a front-page article in this esteemed publication looking for the “next generation of overweight, bull-headed segregationists.”

Maybe the Black Panthers can do a cover shoot, and with fists clutching AR-15s like back-in-the-day can exclaim, “Beat the crap out of Yale… by any means necessary!”

Whatever the case for bawdiness and indecorum, I’m sure the mighty Crimson will continue publishing the standards of excellence and applying additional schmutz to those ubiquitous cracks.

Who knows, maybe one of those will be in the president’s blessed assurance.

Oy vey!

As a Zionist, a child of God and – oh, I don’t know – someone with a pulse, I have been fuming on this one for a while. Buckle up, Wall Watchers. Here’s the lede, thanks to HuffPo.

Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops, including that of a Holocaust denier whose rehabilitation sparked outrage among Jewish groups.

Um, I’m sorry?! These four tools… er, bishops are well known in Catholic and seminarian circles as the “Lefebvrite Bishopric.”

Basically, this title is Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre – a legalist, an orthodox, a traditionalist and founder of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). All of that essentially means dude wasn’t a fan of Vatican II, and if you remember all the stories of the “Passion of the Christ,” that makes he and Mel Gibson’s dad BFFs.

Back to the story: So Lefebvre had some clout back in the 60s and sent these four bishops packing, largely because of the mouth on this big mouth bass. All, meet Bishop Richard Williamson.

This is a tool who believes historical evidence is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed. Yeah, I would find something a bit more intimidating than those Birkenstocks folk wear around the Vatican and stick my size 12s directly in his blessed assurance. Anyone feel me?

A picture is worth 1000 words. So why am I still speechless?

A picture is worth 1000 words. So why am I still speechless?

In review, let me get this right:

  • We have a German kid who hung out in the Hitler youth rally for kicks
  • He grew up loving Jesus and all, and ultimately joined a monastery
  • He’s now Pope and knows there is this whole schism that exists between the Papacy and these highfalutent Bishops back in half-baked 60s
  • And then, he lifts the excommunication of a complete waste of clerics who denied the holocaust
  • Which is something Germans back in the 40s were rumored to not have been big fans

Don’t you love it when life deduces logic for you? So, where’s the spin control from the Vatican to make it look like this was just a president issuing harmless pardons:

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Williamson’s views were “absolutely indefensible.” But he denied that rehabilitating Williamson implied that the Vatican shared them… They are his personal ideas … that we certainly don’t share but they have nothing to do with the issue of the excommunication and the removal of the excommunication,” Lombardi told AP Television News.

Sure they don’t. The holocaust was real. His erroneous statements about it were real. Priests have been shunned from the friendly Papal confines for less. I understand God forgives, but his people just don’t forget. Funny how it seems the Pope did.

obama-pope1What do lawyers and priests have in common? No, seriously. This isn’t a joke. What do they have in common? They both are equipped to take secrets to the grave. Lawyers get disbarred. Priests get excommunicated. Both never get it back.

Well, all those secrets told in the confessional booth have inspired pontiffs for centuries to actually rate sins.

Technically, they have categorized sins – mortal, or those causing spiritual death, and venial, those that can be forgiven but may cause a soul to detour into purgatory.Not good.

This organizational system has been cloaked in utmost secrecy through the “Apostolic Penitentiary” since 1179.

But, since the Roman Catholic Church has been in a PR scare given cleric tendencies to get handsy, Pope Benedict has decided to be like our president and have a more “transparent” administration.

However, it seems revealing this reticent list may do more harm than good.

While priests and bishops can deal with confessions of sins as grave as murder or even genocide, the tribunal is reserved for crimes which are viewed by the Church as even more serious.

More serious than say, the holocaust? Can you imagine what is worse than that?

Defiling the Eucharist, which Catholics believe is the body and blood of Christ, is also considered a sin of extreme gravity and one which is on the increase, the high-ranking members of the tribunal said.

OK, look. We can get into a charged debate over transubstantiation later. Are you telling me a wafer, blessed by a man – any cleric will do – has more value to God than say, six million Jews?! Seriously?!

For the record, Il Papa listed other heinous acts like assassinating the Pope or a priest abusing the confidentiality of the confessional. But this is inane theology. There’s another – a man who pays for an abortion, and then has the unmitigated gall to want to become a priest. That too, is worse than genocide.

MEMO to most Catholics: That strange sensation someone gets to live for God when they haven’t previously done so is called getting your life right for Jesus. You know, redemption and deliverance. But if you belong to the Catholic Church, this isn’t allowed?!

What Bible is that in? Some holy writ from Wal-Mart that was printed on a used copy machine, and um, every word the Apostle Paul wrote has smeared, and therefore didn’t make the trip to Montessori school? You know, theologians have words for religions that make up rules for dogma that completely contradict God… weird.

You know, Rick Warren?

Megachurch pastor. Created the first legitimate “debate” between presidential candidates Obama and McCain. And fairly well-liked cat.

Now, we can add to that list of luminaries, avenging angel of terrorism?! Evidently, he’s got a serious weed for folk like lunatic leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmandinejad, who incidentally hates Americans with a passion and Jews even more than that by dening the holocaust and wants to “wipe Israel off the map.”

Favor? Take some Pepto Bismol, keep a barf bucket nearby in case of queasiness and watch this clip from Hannity to see what I mean. It’s interesting. Go Rick “Captain Zionist” Warren Go. Maybe you aren’t so “seeker sensitive” as we thought.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, good for you. [And if you haven’t, please visit here and let us know].

That said, there is only one way to heaven – through the arms of the Father. He is God in the flesh, physically risen from the dead and came to earth to sacrifice his life for us all. That includes God’s chosen people, the Jews. Seriously, that last point takes reminders from time to time.

For instance, if you are a pastor – in let’s say, Australia – and have biblical knowledge God really wants orthodox Jews to become Messianic, you may want to tone down the rhetoric and evangelical whooping when shunning them all to hell.

jewish-puppiesWord to the wise, next time this guy is preaching fire and brimstone to God’s Chosen People, he may want to think of flowers, tweety-birds or cute puppy dogs (note the Orthodox picture).

A Baptist pastor has admitted telling Jewish leaders that Jews were “going to hell” and faced a fate “worse than the Holocaust” because they had not accepted Jesus as their saviour.

Now even though Pastor Kevin Harris (said pastor with an ADL target on his back) says he was conveniently “misunderstood and misquoted,” dude needs a prophecy, and HiScrivener is always up for that. So, eh-hem: “SHUT UP!”

Listen, I abhor being “PC” more than most, but please take that prophecy, Pastor. Anyone – regardless of creed or culture – will receive a horrendous fate if they refuse Jesus as Savior, but to compare anything to an international genocide is never a good Homiletical point of reference, you dolt.

Now, this guy has the Austrailian Jewish Board of Deputies on his case. Moreover, young Pastor Harris has to rock the olive branch and claim his Zionism by wearing a Yamika, Shammos robe, find some handy Umim and Thummim and play some Dreidel.

“It was a chilling experience,” he said. “While one is only too aware that there are fundamentalist beliefs and extremist preachers out there, his brazen approach and the fact that he is influencing others on a daily basis are the issues of real concern.”

Ya’ think? Whether it was anti-semitic or just anti-smart, I don’t think this pastor will be preaching the Romans Road with quite so much vigor next time. Just an observation.