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The Pope in Jerusalem

Would Pope Benedict accept an invitation to edit the next speech given by Israeli former chief rabbi Israel Meir Lau? No, I don’t think he would. It would be beneath his dignity. 

Yet when Benedict comes to Israel and speaks at Yad Vashem in memory of victims of the Holocaust, Rabbi Lau, who is chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, and other Israeli big shots jump into the fray, taking issue with the Pope’s failure to allude directly to the Nazis, his use of the word “killed” instead of “murdered,” that he spoke of “millions” killed rather than 6 million, etc.

Meanwhile the JPost reports that the Knesset’s Speaker, Reuven Rivlin, complained about the speech that “everything that we feared came to fruition.”

“I came to the memorial not only to hear historical descriptions or about the established fact of the Holocaust. I came as a Jew, hoping to hear an apology and a request for forgiveness from those who caused our tragedy, and among them, the Germans and the church. But to my sadness, I did not hear any such thing,” he said.


Given the extent to which Nazi thought and rhetoric drew on Darwinian theory, it would make as much sense — that is, not much — to ask the biology department at your local university to apologize for the Holocaust.
But more to the point, one wishes that Jewish leaders had the dignity to allow the representative of another faith to visit Israel and express his feelings about the Holocaust in his own way, without being sniped at afterward for trivial defects in his remarks.
Are we not bigger, greater than this?
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Glen Davidson

posted May 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Given the extent to which Nazi thought and rhetoric drew on Darwinian theory, it would make as much sense — that is, not much — to ask the biology department at your local university to apologize for the Holocaust.

Are we not bigger, greater than this?

Doesn’t look like you are.
Like one of your sources, Joachim Fest, notes:

Yet he [Hitler] went on extracting the elements of his world view from pseudoscientific secondary works: tracts on race theory, anti-Semitic pamphlets, treatises on the Teutons, on racial mysticism and eugenics, as well as popular treatments of Darwinism and the philosophy of history. Joachim Fest, Hitler, Harcourt 2002, p. 201

Do “popular treatments of Darwinism” give any reason for one to write “drew on Darwinian theory”? Or does anything else give David the right to say such a thing? At best it’s misdirection.
He’s never provided any evidence that anything gives him the right to make the same one-sided claims. It’s the same old, same old, for IDists, make the same evidence-free claims again and again, complain that you’re not being treated “fairly,” while, of course, never treating their opponents fairly. How could they? How can one be so very wrong, and still be treating others properly?
And so, the theistic attempts to politically manipulate science continue, with moral demands that scientific freedom must give way to pious pronouncements regarding “god-like” designers (not god, understand, just a being with god’s capabilities).
I wonder why David takes time in so many of his blogposts to totally undermine his points by appealing to pseudoscience and to faulty histories. Clearly he isn’t always wrong about things (I haven’t read the Pope’s speech, so have no business judging on that matter), and yet how could anyone credit the supposed “consequent,” when the premise is unsound, even where he makes a good point?
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