Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Einstein and The Church

Does anyone honestly think that today, in 2006, the universities or the newspapers are going to among the defenders of our way of life if Islamofacism continues its march? If you do, you obviously haven't been paying attention. It's happened before after all, and in light of the rage and fury over a few 700 year old lines in a lengthy lecture given in Germany by Pope Benedict XVI...well...you decide.

In The Church's Confession under Hitler, author Arthur Cochrane presents the not sufficiently well-known statement of exiled Albert Einstein, the great physicist, cited by Wilhelm Niemoller in Kampi und Zeugnis der bekennenden Kirche - Struggle and Testimony of the Confessing Church, p.526.

''Being a lover of freedom, when the (Nazi) revolution came, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced.

Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks...

Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.''


At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking that the Islamofascism that you refer to.. which was a non-issue before Bush, Jr. and may still be if the media can find something else to diddle in, is a direct result of the Bush war machine. We did not elect that fool to start 3 wars, nor WWIII.

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

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At 8:47 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

Are you seriously suggesting with a straight face and a clear mind that Islamofascism was a "non issue" before President Bush was elected in 2000? The staggering ignorance of that comment is such that I don't even know where to begin dissecting it. Do you have any knowledge of history? Of the past 1400 years? More recently, of the 18th century off the Barbary Coast? Or in the 20th century, especially the last decade?

Seek treatment for your Bush Derangement Syndrome as quickly as you can before it's too late and before the head you've chosen to stick in the sand out of ignorance is cut off by one of the jihadists. I don't care that you don't like the president...I myself have several differences with the man. But if your hatred is such that you allow your judgement to be muddied into making baseless and incredibly stupid comments such as the one you made, you need some serious counseling. I'll pray for you.


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