Thursday, August 25, 2005

It's all about context 

Q: Who said this today?

The brilliant Protestant theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who lived under the hellish conditions of Nazi Germany, is reported to have said:

“If I see a madman driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.”

On the strength of this reasoning, Bonhoeffer decided to lend his support to those in Germany who had joined together in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was imprisoned and killed by the Nazis, but his example deserves our respect and consideration today.

A: Pat Robertson, rationalizing his call for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

I've heard a lot of sick things from the Christofascists, but Robertson invoking Bonhoeffer to justify his own murderous insanity just about tops the list.


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