From: John Hudson (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Dec 21 2007 - 15:59:45 CST
David Starner wrote:
> This thread was clearly identified as a technical discussion about the
> CLDR, which is not horribly off topic.
> If we really want to discuss this, I could point that dismissing
> Satanism because some Satanists are Nazis is a little unfair,
Did anyone 'dismiss Satanism' on that basis? I was careful to point out that I was
presenting one particular phenomenon of Satanism, as a foil to the relativism of the
Religious Tolerance website.
> considering the fact that Nazism is fundamentally a Christian
Nazism was identified and condemned as anti-Christian by many religious leaders including
both the contemporary popes (Pius XI and Pius XII). Nazi racial and nationalist theory was
specifically identified as contrary to Christian teaching, notably in the papal encyclical
_Mit Brennender Sorge_ of 1937. The Nazi leadership themselves were very frank about their
goal of destroying Christian culture in Europe and replacing it with a neopagan state
religion. That they were able to leverage the ugly heritage of Christian anti-semitism as
part of their programme to eradicate the Jews does not make Nazism 'fundamentally a
Christian movement'. There were Christian fascist movements, notably in Spain and France,
which felt sympathy for the totalitarian regime in Germany, but their religion is what
distinguishes them from Nazism, not what makes them similar.
-- Tiro Typeworks www.tiro.com Gulf Islands, BC firstname.lastname@example.org At the sunset of our days on earth, at the moment of death, we will be evaluated on the basis of our similarity or otherwise with the Baby who is to be born in the poor grotto of Bethlehem, since it is He who is the standard of measurement which God has given to humanity. -- Benedict XVI
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