“You know the Age of Enlightenment and Reason gave way to moral relativism. And moral relativism is what led us all the way down the dark path to the Holocaust.” – Faux News
Can anyone tell me a reasonable reason to commit genocide of a group of people who had no effective power in Europe for pretty much it’s entire existence? Can anyone give me a reason to kill millions of Jews, Gypsies, Poles and other Slavs?
Because try as I might I cannot think of how reason caused the holocaust. In fact the very problem was that people were so “unreasonable”.
The roots of anti-Jewish feeling lie within the strong arm tactics of the Catholic Church and the rampant anti-semitism of Europe is bathed in catholic theology. While we may remember the Spanish Inquisition for it’s destruction of the last vestiges of the Moorish Golden Age we must remember it’s primary goal was to Deal With Jews ™. It’s kicking over of Galileo’s work was just a side business in a long history of anti-Jewish activities ranging from torture to wide scale pogroms. Even as late as the 1780s Holy Roman Emperors such as Josef II were regarded as weirdoes for not persecuting the Jews like a good christian would. After all they are dirty dirty Jews who killed Christ! I mean it was Church Canon and the crux of anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe until nearly 1965.
Godwinning things seems to be a Fox News staple though. I am pretty sure Fox News would call George Soros a Nazi if they had the chance. I wonder what else we can blame through Nazis. Well? Nazis were snappy dressers. Fashion Industry? Nazis Bastards. Luftwaffe had airplanes. Wright Bros? Nazis. I will be flying on Thursday via an airplane… Avicenna? Nazi!
So why this unreasonable stance against “Reason”?
Well the National Day of Prayer is a thing in the USA and so the American Humanist Association started pushing for a day of reason as they felt that the National Day of Prayer (Christian Prayer Mind You!) violates the establishment clause by setting aside tax money, time and space to engage in religious ceremonies which is pretty unconstitutional in my book.
The fact that someone is willing to recognise it and the principles of reason probably strike fear in the heart of Fox News who still to this day hire Bill O’Reilley. Maybe it genuinely fears for America if it embraced evidence, logic, reason and science.
After all? If America embraced those things, then who else would wave flags blindly while right wing conservatives gave themselves pay rises and tax cuts.