Pope asks God why he 'tolerated' Holocaust

There's no reportage on the answer ... but what what really struck me about this was the continued backhanded smear on pagan paths:

"By destroying Israel with the Shoah, they ultimately wanted to tear up the taproot of the Christian faith and to replace it with a faith of their own invention." he said.

Maybe the pontiff could use a little review of history. Maybe he'd find that the biggest enemies of the Jewish people aren't the pagans after all.

AP - Pope Benedict XVI visited the Auschwitz concentration camp as "a son of the German people" Sunday and asked God why he remained silent during the "unprecedented mass crimes" of the Holocaust.

(link) [Yahoo! News: Top Stories]

07:28 /Asatru | 4 comments | permanent link

Gingrich revolutionaries turn into arrogant elite

Remember the 1994 "Contract with America" that swept Republicans into power in the House? Remember the corruption and cronyism that pervaded the that august body after decades of Democratic dominance? Remember the part in the Republican's campaign about "all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply equally to the Congress."

What a difference 12 years make.

The Hastert-McCain Congress is now the complete inversion of what it's meant to be: They won't exercise their right to brave honest debate but they will claim the right for congressmen to keep evidence of crime and corruption in their offices without having to be bound by footling piffle like court-ordered search warrants.

(link) [Chicago Sun Times]

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07:10 /Politics | 0 comments | permanent link

Cigs and Cows

A fine essay on why we North Americans go mad banning cigarettes as a precaution, yet continue to ignore (and evade) many more sensible precautionary steps we could take on the food chain or in the environment. And why Europe seems to take the exact opposite tack.

When we North Americans find out that smoking is bad for us, our inner Puritans rise to the challenge with a self-righteousness and commitment that we would never apply to heavy metals in the environment.

(link) [Toranto Star]

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07:01 /Agriculture | 3 comments | permanent link