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Month: November, 2012

THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY by Norman Finkelstein

Finkelstein is an American university professor on the East Coast whose mother survived being a prisoner of the Nazi deathcamps in WWII. She was awarded a little over three thousand dollars as recompense for her suffering.

Regarding these much-reported recompenses for former Nazi Holocaust victims, there is much political broadcasting and posturing in the last couple of decades, and Finkelstein documents media manipulation and outright extortion committed by ostensible “Jewish rights organizations” like the World Council of Jews, the ADL, and the Simon Weisenthal Center who, according to Finkelstein’s facts, go around in a concerted effort, singling out one European nation at a time, and then launching an all-out international propaganda campaign designed to extort moneys from that nation, ostensibly to help the surviving victims of that holocaust, but in reality, as Finkelstein documents, these “Jewish defense organizations” then hoard most of these moneys for themselves and only give paltry trickle-down sums to the actual holocaust survivor, as evidenced by the token change that was allotted to Finkelstein’s mother. So it is a vast, international shakedown racket that these “Jewish defense organizations” have going on.

Finkelstein also shows how these crooked, self-serving organizations are inflating the numbers of the surviving victims to a point of ironic absurdity. Additionally, in another irony, Finkelstein shows how these rapacious “Jewish defense organizations” are actually themselves fomenting another great wave of “anti-semitism” throughout modern Europe.

This is a most revealing book, very incisive and iconoclastic.
About the only drawback to this book is that it can easily be, and indeed already has been, used by modern-day brownshirt-types, like the ones all across America these days, to fuel their hatred for innocent people.

A couple of other revelatory points that Finkelstein makes:
1) These “Jewish defense/rights organizations,” while actively promoting the “Jewish Holocaust,” are shamefully also engaged in the active suppression of disclosure concerning other genocidal holocausts, such as the one done to the Armenians by the Turks in WWI.
2) There are now seven museums in the United States dedicated to the “Jewish Holocaust.” Much of the their operating costs, numbering in the millions of dollars annually, is covered by American taxpayers. Finkelstein juxtaposes that real scenario against this theoretical one: What if the Germans erected a museum in their country dedicted to the remembrance of the holocaust of Native Americans committed by the United States? How would Americans feel about that? After all, Hitler unflinchingly used that earlier North American holocaust as a precedent to justify his European one.

These are the kinds of provocative, iconoclastic, penetrating questions that Finkelstein asks. This book of his, which came out around the year 2000, makes a profound impact, and this despite its relative brevity (only 120 pages or so).

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11/2012

EVOLUTION: FACT, FRAUD, OR FAITH by Don Boys, PhD.

Only a few slight flaws mar this otherwise sound and rather thorough refutation of the religion of Darwinism. Author Don Boys had a breviloquent career as a republican politician and then started making the rounds as a talk show guest back in the early 1990s. One of those flaws is that his writing tends to utilize ad-hominem rhetorical sarcasm a little too much (and then he indecorously points out near the end of his book that this is a common tactic of Darwinists). In addition to that, Boys buys into the whole “conservative vs. liberal” thing a little too much, and he also believes in the bogus Apollo “moon landings.” That’s too bad.

Nevertheless, most of this book is quite useful and effective, loaded with damning, embarrassing quotations from many of the world’s leading Darwinists themselves. There is also plenty of factual and scientific evidence provided in favor of Creation, and a roughly equal amount of same which goes a long way toward disproving Darwinian Evolutionary Theory. In short, Boys covers much of the same material as can be found in most any other Creationist book, and he is well organized and fairly exhaustive in doing so.

This book is recommendable. Boys efficiently accomplishes what he set out to do.

Addendum: Very soon after having read this book, this reader happened to come across a much more recent online essay by Dr. Boys in which he jingoistically calls for a massive escalation of the current crusade against “Muslim extremists.” So that tells me that Boys is still around today. Unfortunately, it also tells me that Boys has been completely duped by the bogus official 911 government story, and the whole Osama-Bin-Goldstein-boogeyman propaganda. Stuff like this is so common now, and so frightfully lamentable. Why are so many evangelical Christians–even those who see right through the scam of Darwinism–so utterly gullible when it comes to the Vatican-driven modern Crusades into the Holy Land? This is so vexing–what can you do with stuff like this? I mean, where do you even begin to educate ill-informed jingoists-for-Christ like this who have had their factual protestant history and eschatology stolen from them and replaced with jesuitical futurism (or jesuitical preterism)? It’s distressing almost to the point of being beyond belief. So the lesson is this: This guy Boys is to be trusted on the subject of Darwinism, but for everything else, no, stay away from the guy. He doesn’t know the true history of those who have been persecuted for Christ and why. I’m sure he would say and insist that he does; he does not.

Pretty good book he did here, though.

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11/2012

THE NATURAL SCIENCES KNOW NOTHING OF EVOLUTION by A.E. Wilder-Smith

One of the few scientists in the world to have earned three-doctorates, A.E. Wilder-Smith had superlative white-coated credentials. The guy was a brainiac. He was one of the giants upon whose shoulders the modern “Intelligent Design Movement” is now standing. He wrote this in 1981. It is surprisingly thin in number of pages, but the pages are often dense with scientific principles and scientific language. And yet somehow this is quite readable for the layman like myself.

Early on, he only cursorily addresses the fallacy of “theistic evolution,” devoting the rest of the book to breaking apart and basically scientifically deconstructing and dismantling naturalistic evolution, i.e., modern neodarwinism. He exposes neodarwinism as–sure enough–a philosophy posing as a science. He relies much on the same arguments that the modern “ID Movement” pundits now use, but some of his arguments and scientific facts are unique to him even to this day, so far as this reader can tell. If I were to elaborate on his scientific reasoning, I would be at this book review for a very long time, and I am not about to do that. Go read it. I will say this: He has much to say in scientific detail about enzymes and enzymatic actions and interactions.

Oh, there are also a few tantalizing paragraphs about the human-along-with-dinosaur footprints in Glen Rose, Texas. Apparently, Dr. Wilder-Smith suspected that those were authentic. Given the dismal track record of evolutionary paleontologists’ veracity, they probably were/are.

I bought this book after I was in a sort of debate with a theistic (and theosophical) darwinist. I have long since seen the stupidity of purely naturalistic “evolution.” But this theosophist I encountered, his panspermaic views definitely put a different twist on darwinian philosophy. So that topic, theistic evolution, was fresh with me when I obtained this book. Not that creationists avoid the topic of theistic “evolution” in general–quite the contrary. However, Dr. Wilder-Smith does not address it much; one could still manage to believe in a form of theistic evolution after reading this book, should one prefer such a faith system. But one simply cannot retain a belief in a purely naturalistic, neodarwinian explanation of the Origin of Life, not unless one is insane, terribly ignorant, or flat-out hopelessly wicked and in wanton rebellion against his Creator. For everybody else, Wilder-Smith rationally and scientifically removes the naturalistic option from the discussion of possibilites for why we are here.

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10/2012

BETRAYAL: GERMAN CHURCHES AND THE HOLOCAUST edited by Robert P. Ericksen and Susannah Heschel

In terms of fidelity to academic scholarship, this book is impeccable. It is actually a compilation of essays by various professorial scholars, all of which concern the words and deeds of the various leaders of the institutional churches in Germany during the Nazi regime, both Protestant and Catholic. Awhile back this reader had read a book by a Christian scholar which examined this same history and topic; that book was called HITLER’S CROSS by Erwin Lutzer, and while this reader appreciated Lutzer’s Biblical interpretation of those events, nevertheless the level of scholarship evinced by Lutzer was disappointing: HITLER’S CROSS was a superficial book.

This book BETRAYAL is not superficial at all. However, where Lutzer’s book falls down in its level of scholarship, this book was disappointing in that all of the essayists emanate from a decidedly modernist worldview. That is to say, it is obvious that none of them believe the Bible is divinely inspired or inerrant; if any of these essayists are professing believers in Jesus Christ, they are the all-inclusive, institutionalized, lukewarm kind that would find the globalist, Rockefeller-funded World Council of Churches to their liking. Yeah, that kind. But it’s not even clear that their faith is even at that level; some of these writers may be avowed non-believers, I don’t know. What I do know is that often they make valid points, but often they pass judgment on things that they don’t understand biblically simply because they discount the Bible as the Word of God, or at least they discount the New Testament.

There is some interesting history about Dietrich Boenhoffer in one or two of these essays. Of course one could read much more about this history of Boenhoffer in plenty of other and more direct sources. We also learn much about the horrible brownshirted thugs calling themselves the “German Christian” movement, and how they were countered, albeit too timidly, by the then-newly formed “Confessing Church.” We learn a bit about Martin Niemoller; he was rather too timid himself, though. We see why Boenhoffer broke with even the Confessing Church for its timidity. I suppose the most valuable thing this book has to offer in one or two of its essays is its interesting and somewhat thorough history of the brownshirted “German Christian” movement, because an easy and scary comparison can be made with the modern movements in the USA of a bunch of similar Jew-hating thugs generally calling themselves “American patriots” and “anti-zionists” or a few other similar-sounding names not worth going into right now. Truly, Ernst Rohm was the spiritual forefather of these red, white, and blue contemporary American brownshirts.

Alas, and expectedly, the couple of essays that specifically deal with the Roman Catholic Church’s reaction and behavior towards the Nazi regime are especially ill-informed and naive. Are they scholarly? Sure they are. Oh boy are they well-footnoted and all that. But if you are citing other scholarly people who also are brainwashed and uninformed about real history, then what good is that? As usual, the essayists who deal with Rome here both scratch their heads and wonder how and why so many Catholic priests could have been so rabid about Nazism, and then why was there so much enigmatic “silence” on the part of the Roman hierarchy, and then again why didn’t Pope Pius XII try to speak out and do more to stop Hitler, stop the Holocaust, etc, etc. This is historically naive, but it is to be expected. Rome has written our history. It has conquered, and conquerors write the history books, and the conquered, even (and perhaps especially) the scholarly conquered are the last ones to be able to discern reality and real history anymore. It’s too surreal for them at this late date. It doesn’t fit their programming. So all we get is head-scratching and perpetual shrugs of mystification from these professor-people. They don’t want answers; they couldn’t handle the truth even if it was presented to them.

The real lesson to be learned here is that INSTITUTIONAL Christianity is not the Christianity of the Bible. This is inevitably over-the-heads of the professorial contributors to this book, but this is the lesson to be gleaned from all this. The lukewarm, timid response of even the best of the INSTITUTIONAL Protestant churches in Germany should speak loudly to us today in the U.S., what with our modern, equally useless, equally lukewarm and timid 501c3/state incorporated American “churches.” Acts of real Christianhood, true acts of emulation of our Lord and Saviour can and will only ever come from individuals, not institutions, and especially not state-subordinated institutions such as are 99% of “churches” in the US today, as were the vast majority of “churches” in Germany back in that horrific era.

Thus, this book should only be recommended to a very discerning Christian reader, someone who’s been around the block a few times and has also done their history and Bible homework. It has a few valuable things that can be gleaned from it, a few things that were only incidental by-products of the authors’ invariably humanistic main points. That is all. It’s also not a terribly scintillating read on the whole–these are professors writing these essays, after all.

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11/2012