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Monday, 11 February 2008

Guess who?

But from another viewpoint also it would be wrong to make religion, or the Church as such, responsible for the misdeeds of individuals. If one compares the magnitude of the organization, as it stands visible to every eye, with the average weakness of human nature we shall have to admit that the proportion of good to bad is more favourable here than anywhere else. Among the priests there may, of course, be some who use their sacred calling to further their political ambitions. There are clergy who unfortunately forget that in the political mêlée they ought to be the paladins of the more sublime truths and not the abettors of falsehood and slander. But for each one of these unworthy specimens we can find a thousand or more who fulfil their mission nobly as the trustworthy guardians of souls and who tower above the level of our corrupt epoch, as little islands above the seaswamp.

I cannot condemn the Church as such, and I should feel quite as little justified in doing so if some depraved person in the robe of a priest commits some offence against the moral law. Nor should I for a moment think of blaming the Church if one of its innumerable members betrays and besmirches his compatriots, especially not in epochs when such conduct is quite common. We must not forget, particularly in our day, that for one such Ephialtes,  there are a thousand whose hearts bleed in sympathy with their people during these years of misfortune and who, together with the best of our nation, yearn for the hour when fortune will smile on us again.

(Hint:  the same person also said this):

To a political leader the religious teachings and practices of his people should be sacred and inviolable. Otherwise he should not be a statesman but a reformer, if he has the necessary qualities for such a mission.

Monday, 11 February 2008 18:50:16 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  | #
Tuesday, 12 February 2008 14:26:47 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
People seem to be a little gun-shy at taking a stab to figure out who this quote is from. Can you blame them?

Did these quotes come from Jerry Falwell? James Dobson? Rush Limbaugh?

Nah, close, though...they came from Adolph Hitler in his infamous work: Mein Kampf.

Which I am re-reading.

A professor in college once recommended that people read a list of books that most people would not want to read...but he said it was important to read them because so much was said about them that it would be good to know what they ACTUALLY said...to seperate fact from fiction and put ideas in the proper context.

...I thought that he was just being pedantic...but in light of the recent rhetoric flying about, I thought that I should read them again.

Now, if you want to put these quotes in the proper context....I suggest you go read Mein Kampf. Because the meaning of these quotes goes far beyond either proving Hitler was a Christian or Hitler was an atheist.

These quotes are part of a specific, time-worn strategy for the purpose of religion in governing a country a certain way. They fit together with certain attitudes toward liberalism, nationalism, multiculturalism, and individualism/"collectivism" that create a very unmistakable map of the current political landscape.

Landmarks on this map include the words "personal responsibility", "culture war" and "media" (substitute "Jewish media" with "Liberal media"), among others. You will find the places they mark have a most familiar ring.

I'm just sayin' is all.

And I don't want to hear one little peep about Godwin's law. Just go read the danged book. you don't even have to buy it. It is free online in several places. Just search Google.

Teresa
Tuesday, 12 February 2008 15:27:53 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I was thinking Hitler, but then thought "Nah; too obvious..."

I actually HAVE read Mein Kampf (for exactly the reasons you explained above), but it's been a while.
Tuesday, 12 February 2008 17:23:36 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Happy Darwin Day, BTW :-)
Tuesday, 12 February 2008 21:49:33 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Rick,

I actually DID expect that you would know it...with your vocarious reading habits and razor-sharp memory.

And a happy Darwin Day to you...although it probably would have been more appropriate to do this post in Martin Luther's birthday rather than Darwin Day... :-)




Teresa
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