The Bishop by Ingrid Rimland - responses
We have published Ingrid Rimland's article about Bishop Williamson – just before the German court decision to reject his appellation.
The story reminded me the great witticism of Jeff Blankfort:
"What would Voltaire, were he alive to today, have said? Possibly, "I may disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it, unless, of course, it pertains to the Holocaust, at which point you better count me out."
Here what you wrote in response:
With all due respect to Frau Zundel, it was not Pius X, but Pius XII who was demonized by the Chosen for supposedly not doing enough to prevent the "Holocaust."
From Jim Dean:
"You have smeared me in absentia. You have charged me in absentia. You have sentenced me in absentia. You might as well shoot me in absentia."
Good gosh. Don't give them any ideas. If they misread a word or two and we might find ourselves tied to the pole at dawn. And those folks are big on collective guilt.
Ingrid has kept up the good fight, and we are making some inroads with veterans here who have been sheep dipped in only one barrel of the story.
She was unknown to most VT readers, as was much of her material...consider 'old stuff' by many.Her Germany: Still Under Control of Foreign Powers is at 8500 reads not counting the mirror sites and still pulling...and 173 Facebook referrals.
We must be doing something right. Facebook has banned posting her Williamson piece as it has my duet with Uri Avnery on "Instilled Memory".
One of these days we may have Zundel and Vanunu in a free land, and we can all have a big party.
Heritage TV, Atlanta
From Atilla Levay, Hungary
"I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist and philosopher known for his defence of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform.
Many of Voltaire's works and ideas would influence both the important thinkers of the American Revolution and the French Revolution, an honour he would share alongside other political theorists.
He is famous for the following quotation: "I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." [See above Jeff Blankfort's correction – Shamir]
The relentless hounding and vilification of Bishop Richard Williamson all over the World is yet another proof, as if one was still needed that the instruments of mass communication are in the hands of people, who cry blue murder whenever anybody questions the veracity of their version of certain historical events.
It would be interesting to know, how poor old Voltaire would see our World today. If what is happening to Bishop Richard Williamson and many others, some of whom were put in prison in different countries, merely for holding controversial opinions, which the powers that be dislike, is compatible with the ideals of "Civil Liberties", "Freedom of Speech" and "Democracy", he must be turning in his grave. The e-mail below originally sent to the Independent newspaper on London in 2005 deals with the same subject. Needless to say that neither Tony Patterson, nor the Independent replied to my letter.
From Ian Buckley
It's Pius XII who was given the sensationalist and inaccurate title of 'Hitler's Pope' by John Cornwell - Pius X was a completely different Pope.
While Pius XII was sympathetic towards Catholic authoritarians such as Salazar and Franco, he certainly was opposed to the neo-paganism of the Third Reich.
From Edgar Suter
The papacy of Pope St. Pius X was from 1903-1914. He was the first canonized Pope in 5 centuries. He was canonized only after the most stringent investigation and following verification of 3 miracles.
It was Pius XII whose papacy spanned World War II that is calumniated as "Hitler's Pope."
It is Rome, not the SSPX, that is renegade from the perennial unchangeable dogma of Catholicism.