Friday, January 13, 2006

Holy Hate?

It is very curious that a layman who is a member of the Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire should speak of "holy hate." Why is this so? Well, considering the blatant anti-Semitism which is in evidence at the SBC, and the fact that Mr. Douglas Bersaw has engaged in Holocaust denial, the use of the term "holy hate" may be very significant.

In an editorial entitled "The Holy Hate" by Ernst Hiemer and taken from Der Sturmer, Julius Streicher's anti-Semitic weekly (Hiemer was Streicher's second in command- it being remembered that Julius Streicher was found guilty of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. His last words before execution on 16th October, 1946, were "Heil Hitler"), Hiemer makes the claim that hatred against the Jews is a holy obligation for Germans:

"Now there is war! The Jews forced us into a struggle for life and death. The war has forced us to give up much we formerly thought was necessary. It has also forced us to give up the "politeness" that in reality is a weakness. A boxer in the ring must use his fists to defend himself against his opponent. A fencer can only win when he uses his sword. We as a people will survive this war only if we eliminate weakness and "politeness" and respond to the Jews with an equal hatred. We must always keep in mind what the Jew wants today, and what he plans to do with us. If we do not oppose the Jews with the entire energy of our people, we are lost. But if we can use the full force of our soul that has been released by the National Socialist revolution, we need not fear the future. The devilish hatred of the Jews plunged the world into war, need and misery. Our holy hate will bring us victory and save all of mankind."

I don't know about you folks, but I find this all to be deeply disturbing.

2 comments:

Marie said...

Hatred has no place in the life of a Christian. Hatred is incompatible with the Christian life. Anyone who says he loves God but who hates his brother is a liar. We have God's Word on that!

Lisa said...

I've heard of holy anger (e.g., Jesus getting angry and cleansing the Temple of the merchants), but holy hate? Obviously this is an attempt to justify anti-semitism and prejudice in general.

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