Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially to the Jews, who were thought unfit to live.Full text and video at BBC News.
I also recall the regime's attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives.
As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a 'reductive vision of the person and his destiny.
Response by Richard Dawkins at the Protest the Pope rally on Saturday:
Hitler, Adolf Hitler, was a Roman Catholic. He was baptised, he never renounced his baptism. The figure of five million British Catholics is presumably obtained from baptismal figures. I don’t believe a word of it, I don’t believe there are five or six million British Catholics; there may have been five or six million who were baptised, but if the church wants to claim them as Catholics, then they have to claim Hitler as a Catholic.And it gets worse, or better depending on your point of view. Full speech in this video:
More on Hitler the declared anti-atheist, his grounding in a ‘real Christianity’, and his support for faith schools, from Johnny Guitar.
Two posts at Shiraz Socialist, Letters to the ‘Graun’: the Catholic Church and Nazism, and Betrayal, Conspiracies, Sacrilege, Heresies.
Rosie Bell writes More Vatican PR.
Ophelia Benson at Butterflies & Wheels has several short posts on the Pope’s botheration of Britain, but I recommend this one in particular: Siding with the already strong.
The drawing at the top is one of a set for an article on Italian food from In Dublin magazine, issue No. 296, 18 February 1988. The rest are below.