Double standards for holocaust deniers/revisionists
Despite the revelation that Lutheran pastor Johannes Lerle is a vicious antisemite sentenced to jail in Germany for the crime of incitement by denying or minimizing the Holocaust, the American religious right and pro-life movement continues to cast him as a martyr imprisoned for opposing abortion.
Notwithstanding the fact that translations of Lerle's antisemitic writings have been posted on the website Free Republic, a new thread has appeared, yet again casting him as a martyr. At this point, having been fully informed of the kind of man he is, one must assume the moderators of the site approve of what he stands for; posts of an anti-conservative nature get taken down in minutes.
Bill Dembski also has been informed of the facts, and even though RWP has placed comments on uncommondescent.com alerting them to Lerle's views, a post by Dembski claiming Lerle was being persecuted either for creationist or anti-abortion views still remains up, with no disavowal from site management. Again, uncommondescent removes other objectionable material rapidly. RWP has emailed lifesitenews about their story, . . . . . and to their credit, it was retracted within 24 hours.
Now fringe wingnut site Stop the ACLU has gotten in on the act.
At what point does the Religious Right's continued support of Lerle, now the truth about him is widely available on the internet, become a tacit endorsement of his antisemitism?
BTW, I feel that Lerle is being unfairly persecuted because I have seen no evidence that any of his statements -- though anti-Semitic -- are incitements to violence.
Also, in the above article, we see arbitrary censorship of comments rear its ugly head again. So far as I can see, I am the only Internet user who has consistently campaigned against arbitrary censorship of comments (no, ViW, censorship of gossip about the private affairs of the blogger is not arbitrary).
A person's views on one controversy and his/her views on another controversy should be regarded as strictly separate, except where there is a direct link between the two controversies. My views about evolution have nothing to do with my views about the holocaust, except for my view that the establishment's views on both controversies are dogmas.
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