Thursday, February 12, 2009

The evils of anti-Semitism and the death of European free speech

These photos tell an amazing and connected story between the rising tide of anti-Semitism and the death of freedom of speech in Europe. America beware! The top photo is of the Pope and my distant cousin, Arthur Schneier. ( by Voice of America) Can you believe the head of such a large Christian denomination reinstates a Bishop who denies the Holocaust? After such a world wide outcry, the Bishop now has to recant (nothing yet) or he'll be handling the diocese in Antarctica. The Pope met with a Jewish delegation at the Vatican and my cousin was there as one who addressed him. How this will end is anyone's guess right now but it seems impossible that anyone who knows anything about the Nazi records and photos could doubt the existence of the Holocaust, It's really about undermining the existence of Israel anyway. By the way, it's a crime in Germany to publicly air such doubts.

The middle photo (by Marcel Antonisse/EPA) is of a Dutch parliamentarian who was denied entry into the UK because he spoke out against Islam. When Muslims worldwide speak out daily against Jews, no one seems to care and no one is being charged with a crime for doing it. Double standard award goes to the UK. I strongly encourage all to read Londonistan by Melanie Philips and pray we don't slide into the death of free speech like in the UK.

Finally, up to the plate in the bottom photo is that easy target for satire, President Chavez. (Photo AP) He says he doesn't hate Jews but now the government is saying that the attack on the synagogue in the free country of Venezula was really the fault of the Jews. Here's what was written in the Washington Post (2/12/09) about the climate of hate that fostered this attack,

"After Israel's offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip last month, the caudillo expelled Israel's ambassador and described Israel's actions in Gaza as "genocide." Then Mr. Chávez turned on Venezuela's Jews. "Let's hope that the Venezuelan Jewish community will declare itself against this barbarity," Mr. Chávez bellowed on a government-controlled television channel. "Don't Jews repudiate the Holocaust? And this is precisely what we're witnessing." Government media quickly took up the chorus. One television host close to Mr. Chávez blamed opposition demonstrations on two students he said had Jewish last names. On a pro-government Web site, another commentator demanded that citizens "publicly challenge every Jew that you find in the street, shopping center or park" and called for a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses, seizures of Jewish-owned property and a demonstration at Caracas's largest synagogue.

So hold on to your hats as this world loses its mind with hateful words and deeds against the Jews while on the other side trying to jail those who speak the truth about the violent agenda of radical Islam.

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