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Who Wrote This About the Jews? Atheism and the Holocaust: Part 1

First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians, and do not condone or knowingly tolerate such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of his Son and of his Christians. For whatever we tolerated in the past unknowingly_and I myself was unaware of it_will be pardoned by God. But if we, now that we are informed, were to protect and shield such a house for the Jews, existing right before our very nose, in which they lie about, blaspheme, curse, vilify, and defame Christ and us (as was heard above), it would be the same as if we were doing all this and even worse ourselves, as we very well know…

…Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues. Instead they might be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies. This will bring home to them the fact that they are not masters in our country, as they boast, but that they are living in exile and in captivity, as they incessantly wail and lament about us before God.

Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them…

…Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb. For they have justly forfeited the right to such an office by holding the poor Jews captive with the saying of Moses (Deuteronomy 17:10) in which he commands them to obey their teachers on penalty of death, although Moses clearly adds: “what they teach you in accord with the law of the Lord.” Those villains ignore that. They wantonly employ the poor people’s obedience contrary to the law of the Lord and infuse them with this poison, cursing, and blasphemy. In the same way the pope also held us captive with the declaration in Matthew 16:18, “You are Peter,” etc., inducing us to believe all the lies and deceptions that issued from his devilish mind. He did not teach in accord with the word of God, and therefore he forfeited the right to teach.

Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside, since they are not lords, officials, tradesmen, or the like. Let them stay at home. I have heard it said that a rich Jew is now traveling across the country with twelve horses his ambition is to become a Kokhba devouring princes, lords, lands, and people with his usury, so that the great lords view it with jealous eyes. If you great lords and princes will not forbid such usurers the highway legally, some day a troop may gather against them, having learned from this booklet the true nature of the Jews and how one should deal with them and not protect their activities. For you, too, must not and cannot protect them unless you wish to become participants in an their abominations in the sight of God. Consider carefully what good could come from this, and prevent it.

Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping. The reason for such a measure is that, as said above, they have no other means of earning a livelihood than usury, and by it they have stolen and robbed from us an they possess. Such money should now be used in no other way than the following: Whenever a Jew is sincerely converted, he should be handed one hundred, two hundred, or three hundred florins, as personal circumstances may suggest. With this he could set himself up in some occupation for the support of his poor wife and children, and the maintenance of the old or feeble. For such evil gains are cursed if they are not put to use with God’s blessing in a good and worthy cause…

…Seventh, I recommend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow, as was imposed on the children of Adam (Gen. 3 [:19]). For it is not fitting that they should let us accursed Goyim toil in the sweat of our faces while they, the holy people, idle away their time behind the stove, feasting and farting., and on top of all, boasting blasphemously of their lordship over the Christians by means of our sweat. No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants.

It was none other than that god fearing reformer, Martin Luther.  Read the rest of his anti-semitic rantings here.  A favorite argument of religionists against atheism/agnosticism/freethought and primarily evolution is that kind of godless worldview led to the holocaust, Stalinism and Maoism and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of people.  It is a ridiculous argument on many levels.  It almost always is an argument about whose fanatics killed more people.  Secondly, the argument isn’t even valid, particularly for Nazism.  I’m going to post more on this in future posts.  Here is something to think about next time though.  Did Darwin ever write anything as anti-semitic in either On the Origin of Species or The Descent of Man as did Martin Luther?


Humanist Musings

From the introduction to the Portable Atheist by Christopher Hitchens:

Religion was the race’s first ( and worst) attempt to make sense of reality.  It was the best the species could do at a time when we had no concept of physics, chemistry, biology or medicine.  We did not know that we lived on a round planet, let alone that the said planet was in orbit in a minor and obscure solar system, which was also on the edge of an unimaginably vast cosmos that was exploding away from its original source of energy.  We did not know that micro-organisms were so powerful and lived in our digestive systems in order to enable us to live, as well as mounting lethal attacks on us as parasites.  We did not know of our close kinship with other animals.  We believed that sprites, imps, demons, and djinns were hovering in the air about us.  We imagined that thunder and lightning were portentous.  It has taken us a long time to shrug off this heavy coat of ignorance and fear, and every time we do there are self-interested forces who want to compel us to put it back on again.

Humanist Musings

Can You Be Good Without God?

From good without God:  What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe page 1, by Greg M. Epstein.

…that question does not need to be answered–it needs to be rejected outright.  To suggest that one can’t be good without belief in God is not just an opinion, a mere serious musing–it is a prejudice.  It may even be discrimination.  After all, would you ever ask:  Is it possible to be a good person if you’re a Muslim? Or Buddhist? Or Jewish? or Christian?  Would you feel comfortable working for an employer who implied that all gays and lesbians were immoral?  Or all Democrats?  Or all Republicans?  How would you feel if your daughter were planning to marry someone who claimed that all Catholics were lousy, unethical human beings?  Or all Protestants?  This is the sort of all-or-nothing condemnation of a huge population one is making if one suggests that goodness and morality require belief in a deity.