Easter messages

I’m back from family visiting during the easter egg break, which seems to be associated with a weird death cult originating in the Middle East a couple of millennia ago.  Bizarrely, during this festival the high priests (and slightly less elevated but no less deluded individuals) of said death cults are prone to releasing peculiar and illogical sermons.  Since these sermons aren’t restricted to their places of worship, but are thrust in my direction via several media, they do cross my radar.

Over in Germany, they are practised in dissecting bizarre claims about their 20th century history.  Death cult bishop Walter Mixa, the Catholic Bishop of Augsburg, is reported in Der Speigel Online (German Bishop Links Nazi Crimes to Atheism) as saying in connection with a “rising tide of atheism” that:

“Wherever God is denied or fought against, there people and their dignity will soon be denied and held in disregard,” he said in the sermon. He also said that “a society without God is hell on earth” and quoted the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.”

He then went on to claim that the Nazi crimes against humanity were due to the perpetrators; atheism:

“In the last century, the godless regimes of Nazism and Communism, with their penal camps, their secret police and their mass murder, proved in a terrible way the inhumanity of atheism in practice.” Christians and the Church were always the subject of “special persecution” under these systems, he said.

Fortunately Der Spiegel has the experts on tap to disabuse the reader of this canard.  You can also read my take on the origins of the Holocaust on this blog (Did Darwinism lead inevitably to the Holocaust? – part 2).  I’ll leave the reader to refer to the rebuttals on the Der Speigel site (but recall the less than exemplary behaviour of Mixa’s particular death cult sect before and during WW2).  Apparently it’s not the first time Mixa’s said dubious things about the past:

The Easter sermon was not the first time that Mixa has made comparisons to Nazism for rhetorical purposes. In February, the bishop compared the number of Jews murdered during the Holocaust with the number of abortions performed over the past decades, according to a newspaper report. The bishop’s spokesman also responded to criticism of Mixa from Germany’s leading Green Party politician, Claudia Roth, who called the bishop a “crazy über-fundamentalist,” by comparing her words to Nazi propaganda.

Closer to home the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu,  leading spokesman for England’s very own death cult, pronounced on a varity of illogically linked topics in the news media.  He has this to say on the subject of football on Easter Sunday (BBC News: Football-free Easter Sunday urged):

Dr Sentamu, the former bishop of Birmingham, said there was a “time and a place” for football which was not on Easter Sunday.

He added:”Do not think…22 people chasing a ball around is all life is about.”

He’s fond of his history – adding that Aston Villa Church Bible Class formed a football team in 1874 and the members of St Domingo’s Bible Class began playing football at Stanley Park in Liverpool in 1884.

Anyway, onwards…Sentamu also complained that the bankers responsible for the current credit crunch ought to have heeded two century old advice (for which I cannot find a web link).  I suppose that’s recent stuff compared to the creed he peddles, so it seems up to date.

Finally, Easter Monday’s “Thought for the Day, as long as it’s not humanist” slot on Radio 4 was the usual nonsense (Platitude of the Day: Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney).

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  1. barriejohn’s avatar

    I`m afraid Bishop Mixa is a bit Mixa-ed up here!! It was the Catholic Church that was directly responsible for modern Anti-Semitism, as any fule know. If he read a bit more about the history of his own organization`s treatment of Jews down through the years he would soon learn a bit about "people and their dignity" being "denied and held in disregard". The brazen nerve of these lying creeps knows no bounds!!!

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  2. GrumpyBob’s avatar

    Also among the easter articles I read over the weekend was an interview with Michael Howard's son (who's name escapes me), who appears to have become a fundie christian. Can't find this one online, though I think it was in The Sunday Times' Ecosse supplement (was in Scotland for easter break).
    There was more drivel from A. N. Wilson (I think I emailed you about that one, but I've lost the link).

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    1. Danny boy’s avatar

      All you can do is attack. Is Wilson a worse person for a revived faith? I thnk thou do protest too much.

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      1. barriejohn’s avatar

        "Is Wilson a worse person for a revived faith"? – DEFINITELY: he`s a pain in the arse!!!

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      2. barriejohn’s avatar

        I don`t remember an email about A.N.Wilson, but don`t bother. Did you migrate with the rest of us from Graham Nunn`s "My Creative Year" to his new blog "Absolutely Nunn" @ http://www.grahamnunn.blogspot.com ? If so you will know that both he and I have the inestimable benefit of access to our mothers` copies of the Daily Mail. There were two whole pages of drivel from this poor wretch (A. N. Wilson, of course – not Graham Nunn!!) in Saturday`s edition, telling us all again of his wondrous conversion to "the truth that is in Jesus" etc, etc. The headings give you a good idea of the sort of nonsense you are about to be subjected to: "The chattering classes who really rule Britain" (can you believe it?) " become ever more shrill in their sneering at Christianity. Here, a one-time doubter who returned to the fold says we should no longer be cowed by these secular zealots." I was almost immediately sick over the carpet!!!

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        1. GrumpyBob’s avatar

          Hmmm…well having looked Wilson up on Wikipedia, I came to the conclusion he'd never actually been an atheist.

          Graham's blog is a bit hard on the eyes – is it always bright yellow?

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        2. barriejohn’s avatar

          Tut! Tut! You must NEVER refer to Wikipedia. Didn`t you know that, according to those wise people at the Daily Mail, you just can`t believe a word you read on it? They are forever inveighing against it. Nevertheless, I did read the entry for Andrew Norman Wilson (I know – he sounds like a character from "Porridge"!!), and he seems to have believed just about everything during his short existence. Talk about "religious ambivalence" – whatever will it be next for thingy`s sake?

          As regards Graham`s blog – I do think the colour scheme took everyone by surprise!! You should have a look at My Creative Year though (which only lasted for six months unfortunately) @ http://creativeyear.wordpress.com before it all disappears into the ether, never to be seen again!!!

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        3. barriejohn’s avatar

          Tut! Tut! You must NEVER refer to Wikipedia. Didn`t you know that, according to those wise people at the Daily Mail, you just can`t believe a word you read on it? They are forever inveighing against it. Nevertheless, I did read the entry for Andrew Norman Wilson (I know – he sounds like a character from "Porridge"!!), and he seems to have believed just about everything during his short existence. Talk about "religious ambivalence" – whatever will it be next for thingy`s sake?

          As regards Graham`s blog – I do think the colour scheme took everyone by surprise!! You should have a look at My Creative Year though (which only lasted for six months unfortunately) @ http://creativeyear.wordpress.com before it all disappears into the ether, never to be seen again!!!

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