Conversations: Genocide and Dogma


Helena
Consider the Holocaust: centuries before the mid 20th century, Christian Europeans had viewed the Jews as the worst species of heretics and attributed every societal ill to their continued presence among the faithful. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, while the hatred of Jews in Germany expressed itself in a predominately secular way, its roots were religious, and the explicitly religious demonization of the Jews of Europe continued. The anti-Semitism that built the Nazi death camps was a direct inheritance from medieval Christianity.

Sappho
Examples aplenty, the Vatican itself perpetuated the blood libel in its newspapers as late as 1914. And both Catholic and Protestant churches have a shameful record of complicity with the Nazi genocide.

Galene
Hang on, what is this so-called blood libel? Continue reading

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Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism found enlightenment – as it is known in Buddhism – by sitting facing a wall for nine years.

Only 2% of our genes are specifically human.

If people stay in Japan for a long time, they tend to get used to the native way of thinking. For instance, they start to find it normal that books are always wrapped in plastic covers; they start nodding on the phone saying “te, te” when listening to someone; they start to use shoulder compressors for stiffness; and, they start to think that fried gyoza is normal food. This process of foreigners turning native is so real, the Japanese actually have a word for it: tatami. Curiously, tatami also means a type of rice straw mat which is often used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms.

The Swiss have gone over five centuries without a war.

American porn actress Lisa Sparks (also spelled Sparxxx) holds the world record for the largest gangbang (a sexual act in which one person has sexual intercourse with a large number of people from the opposite sex) – on October 16, 2004 she had sex with 919 men in Warsaw, Poland.

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The Oxford English Dictionary takes 9,000 words to describe the 45 different meanings of the word ‘at’.

English: Painting : The Last Stand of the 44th...

The last stand at Jalalabad

During the First Anglo-Afghan War, 4500 British troops left Kabul for Jalalabad. On the way they were killed by the Afghans except for one British officer, William Brydon. When he finally arrived and was asked about the army, he famously replied “I am the army”.

In 1627, Barbary pirates from the Ottoman Empire – also called corsairs – kidnapped 400-800 Icelanders and took them back to Africa to sell as slaves.

One of Switzerland’s cantons, Appenzell Inner-Rhoden, did not allow women to vote until 1991 when the federal tribunal imposed women’s vote. Switzerland was created in 1291, over 700 years ago.

Northern Michigan has such a large Finnish population because firstly, the climate is similar to Finland and secondly, the copper mines provided plenty work for Finnish mineworkers emigrating to the United States in the late 1800s.