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May 14 10 8:11 AM
Even babies seem to know that. "Some sense of good and evil seems to be bred in the bone," says Paul Bloom, a Yale psychologist who discerns moral judgments in infants as young as 5 months. "With the help of well-designed experiments," he writes in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, "you can see glimmers of moral thought, moral judgment and moral feeling even in the first year of life."
Such fine distinctions are harder to find in certain adults. Terry Eagleton, a British Marxist intellectual who defends the existence of God, goes so far as to question whether evil can exist in the absence of God. In his book "On Evil," he writes that Satan had to understand God's transcendence "in order to turn it down." Without God as an antagonist, how can evil be measured? Satan shrinks when secularized.
If these arguments stretch moral insights, the Topography of Terror in Berlin, which this week opened its new museum on the site of the Nazi Gestapo, brings us back to a picture of hell on earth. Visitors can see where layers of evil emanated from the heart of the German capital. Here, 7,000 little Eichmanns and Himmlers, many of them ambitious university graduates eager to climb the career ladder, scurried about doing their evil business. There was nothing banal about it.
The opening of the Topography of Terror coincides with the publication in English of Peter Longerich's book, "Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews." He draws on primary sources and archives in Eastern Europe dating from the 1930s, sources inaccessible to historians before the Soviet Union collapsed. These documents show how anti-Jewish attitudes were a central tenet of Nazi rule, shaping policy in all directions -- official and informal, political and cultural, ideological and pragmatic, personally and collectively. The Nazis, he reasons, carved out political territory for persecuting the Jews "comparable with that of foreign policy, economic policy and social policy."
While the subject of good and evil is always with us, seen in both purity and complexity, the way in which Jews remain protagonists in this philosophical/philological drama is relevant to contemporary discussions of morality. While we can be sure that babies, with or without a moral compass, are not born anti-Semites, it's obvious that anti-Semitism continues to stalk the public conscience. The most provocative of the new wave of moral discussions over good and evil starts with the Jews drawing links from medieval anti-Semitism to contemporary anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism.
"In the modern world, the Jew has perpetually been on trial; still today the Jew is on trial in the person of the Israeli," writes Anthony Julius in "Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England." He shows how academics in England who organize boycotts of Israeli goods are the latest in a long line of English intellectuals who relish sneering at Jews. What's different today is that left-wing intellectuals have formed an alliance with militant Islamists in repeating historical anti-Semitic slurs, this time as anti-Israeli insults.
The connection of intellectuals to anti-Semitism has been revived as well in a new book about Martin Heidegger, the philosopher who flourished between the world wars. Although Hannah Arendt forgave her onetime lover's Nazism, qualifying it as an "escapade" -- a brief error of judgment for a rarefied thinker who should have known better than to get mixed up in politics -- Emmanuel Faye, in "Heidegger," characterizes him as a Nazi philosopher who thought deeply and looked favorably on the fused forces of the will of the people and the will of the Fuhrer. That's surely what Leni Reifenstahl meant when she called her 1934 Nazi propaganda movie "Triumph of the Will."
In the exploration of morality in babies, psychologists say babies cry when they hear other babies cry. They argue that a baby is empathetic to another baby's pain, that there's an evolutionary purpose to feeling empathy for another. Given our social history, that's a hard sell. But it does seem promising that in our latest debates over good and evil we accept the reality of measuring ourselves against absolutes of right and wrong. This demonstrates the potential to make things better. "Certain compassionate feelings and impulses," they argue, "emerge early and apparently universally in human development."
The trick is how to keep them as we grow older. That's some trick.
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ARNOLD MURRAY ANNOUNCED THROUGH HIS SYCOPHANT PERSONAL ATTACK DOG, SHOE SHINE BOY AND CULT DEFENDER, SMYRNA, THAT AMERICANS AND THE REST OF THE WORLD SHOULD NOT BOYCOTT THE MURDEROUS, ENSLAVING, COMMUNIST, ATHEIST CULT CALLED CHINA BECAUSE IT'S A: "WASTE OF TIME!"
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27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.The above says nothing that you imply/lie. Says nothing about God creating the human race sub races and ethnic groups separately. It says plainly that God created A man and A woman. Adam and Eve. And all humanity descended from just those two. Another lame propaganda tactic, repeated over and over and yet it is hollow and meaningless. God does love all of His creation. But God only created Adam and Eve and everyone else is descended from Adam and Eve. God did not create a white race, a black race, an oriental race. God did not create a separate man and woman for each of the ethnic groups within all races. You are a Racist for believing that fool Arnold Murray teaching that garbage. The Christian Bible, the Jewish Torah and the Islamic Koran clearly teaches that God made Adam and Eve only. All humans descended from those two only. The lie you spew that God created separately all the races and ethnic groups is a lie fabricated by racists, Nazis, Klansmen because you and they are repulsed at the thought of your lily white asses being related to anyone except other German / Gaelics. Get over it! You are related to every other human on this planet because we all come from the same two parents! Adam and Eve! Because the thought of your being related to black and oriental people and that you are not a separate pure white race chosen by God to lead and dominate the world makes your skin crawl means YOU ARE RACISTS!!
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The poo poo propaganda this bunch of wacko racists spews out is just incredible. It is typical of their own brainwashing and if anyone believes any of their lies then they are brainwashed. They falsely claim that they are being lied about and persecuted...
Duh! Wake up! Stop sipping their Kool Aid. Murray their Cult Leader accuses the Jews (real Jews, not the fake Jews they pretend to be) of being the children of Satan and they have the gall to claim that they, the false accusers of the Jews, are being lied about and persecuted???
What kind of messed up illogical propaganda is that? That is so stupid and transparent it stinks to high heaven!
Then this other clown uses the incredulous defense that if we don't like Arnold Murray and his broadcasts on TV then ...
Look Bozo! We are Christians! Obviously YOU are not! We are not going to stand idly by when this sicko racist thug spews hatred and lies against the Jews and say nothing! We are going to speak out loud and clear against Murray and his Cult followers that that is anti semitic hate speech. And if you had an ounce of compassion or humanity in you, you would too! But your love for your Cult Leader is greater than your love for God and His creation, so you are an accessory to a crime of the ages. Nazi hatred and persecution of the Jews, Blacks and Orientals.
This twisted perversion of Genesis that Murray preaches about Adam and Eve are only the father and mother of the Germanic ethnic group and that Genesis as written by Moses was about the Germanic race only is pure, evil racism,. All the other races and ethnic groups that according to Murray were created separately by God were bastards for their fathers' and mothers' names are not mentioned. According to Murray as opposed to Christianity, the Bible is a Germanic Bible only. The Germans, Dutch, Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, Scots, English, Welsh and Irish are God's chosen people according to this Nazi trash and everyone else is to be subjugated by this self styled "Master Race!
That is Murray's real teachings, same as his mentors, Swift, Butler and Robb. KKK and Aryan Nation. Murray just takes the David Duke approach wearing the three piece suit instead of the brown shirt or the white sheet. That is the only way he is on TV and they are not. But they are all the same. All Nazi Racists!
And there is no way I could ever believe that Murray's hatred of the Jews is not inciting radical Islamists in their Jihad against America that defends Israel. I hold Arnold Murray also personally responsible for what happened on 9/11 for he has the same hatred of Jews that Al Qaeda does. You echo Al Qaeda, you might as well be Al Qaeda!
Shepherds Chapel is one of the most deceptive yet vicious Cults out there. The sooner this Cult is busted and his Nazi rubbish is off the air the sooner a little more peace can be restored to this planet.
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