Holocaust Memorial Day. …
At the beginning of the 1930’s the moral relativists still stood on firm ground. The purity of socialist morality, in its highest form unshackled from capitalism, atheism as a code of innate goodness. Who would have imagined that in the twentieth century in the heart of civilized Europe, a nation of philosophers and scientists would transform the ideals of the Enlightenment, of Kant and Hegel and Goethe into the montrosity of SS Guards capable of murdering almost a million children?
Even now, decades after the fact and with so much research being published on the subject, a veritable industry in itself, there are still a great many who believe that Auschwitz ever existed. The logical conclusion of moral relativism may have been inevitable as a discussion, but that generation, in its blithe naivete, saw them as nothing more than an impossible nightmare. No matter what its origin, the dictum “thou shalt not kill” would be an eternal declaration of human sentiment. Today, however, we know that man is indeed capable of pursuing the logic of moral relativism to its most horrifying conclusion….
Moral relativity at its finest…
(see link at end)…Appendix 3: Quotations on German anti-Semitism
Martin Luther (1483-1546): “The Jews deserve to hang on gallows, seven times higher than ordinary thieves.” And: “We ought to take revenge on the Jews and kill them.”
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804): The Jews are by nature “sharp dealers” who are “bound together by superstition.” Their “immoral and vile” behavior in commerce shows that they “do not aspire to civic virtue,” for “the spirit of usury holds sway amongst them.” They are “a nation of swindlers” who benefit only “from deceiving their h��s culture.”
Kant: “The euthanasia of Judaism is the pure moral religion.”
Johann Herder (1744-1803) quoting Kant from his lectures on practical philosophy: “Every coward is a liar; Jews, for example, not only in business, but also in common life.”
Johann Fichte (1762-1814): “A mighty state stretches across almost all the nations of Europe, hostile in intent and in constant strife with all others … this is Jewry.” Also: “As for giving them [the Jews] civil rights, I for one see no remedy but that their heads should be all cut off in one night and replaced with others in which there would not be one single Jewish idea.”
Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769-1860, professor at University of Bonn). Arndt was a poet, a historian, a deeply-religious Lutheran, and post-Kantian philosophical idealist whose hero was Arminius, who defeated the Romans in 9 C.E., thus saving the pure German soul from “contamination” by Latin races. According to Arndt, the Jews were “a rotten and degenerate race” that had “evil and worthless drives and desires.”
G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831): Germany cannot assimilate the Jews because the Jews live an “animal existence that can only be secured at someone else’s expense.” Also: “Spirit alone recognizes spirit. They [the Jews] saw in Jesus only the man … for He was only one like themselves, and they felt themselves to be nothing. The Jewish multitude was bound to wreck His attempt to give them the consciousness of something divine, for faith in something divine, something great, cannot make its home in a dunghill.”Read More:http://www.stephenhicks.org/tag/immanuel-kant-on-the-jews/