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Old February 19th, 2008 #1
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Last week, a German court sentenced a 55-year old Lutheran pastor to one year in jail for “Volksverhetzung” (incitement of the people) because he compared the killing of the unborn in contemporary Germany to the holocaust. Next week, the Council of Europe is going to vote on a resolution imposing Darwinism as Europe’s official ideology. The European governments are asked to fight the expression of creationist opinions, such as young earth and intelligent design theories. According to the Council of Europe these theories are “undemocratic” and “a threat to human rights.”

Without legalized abortion the number of German children would increase annually by at least 150,000 – which is the number of legal abortions in birth dearth Germany. Pastor Johannes Lerle compared the killing of the unborn to the killing of the Jews in Auschwitz during the Second World War. On 14 June, a court in Erlangen ruled that, in doing so, the pastor had “incited the people” because his statement was a denial of the holocaust of the Jews in Nazi-Germany. Hence, Herr Lerle was sentenced to one year in jail. Earlier, he had already spent eight months in jail for calling abortionists “professional killers” – an allegation which the court ruled to be slanderous because, according to the court, the unborn are not humans.

Other German courts convicted pro-lifers for saying that “in abortion clinics, life unworthy of living is being killed,” because this terminology evoked Hitler’s euthanasia program, which used the same language. In 2005, a German pro-lifer, Günter Annen, was sentenced to 50 days in jail for saying “Stop unjust [rechtswidrige] abortions in [medical] practice,” because, according to the court, the expression “unjust” is understood by laymen as meaning illegal, which abortions are not.

Volksverhetzung is a crime which the Nazis often invoked against their enemies and which contemporary Germany also uses to intimidate homeschoolers. Soon, the German authorities will be able to use the same charge against people who question Darwin’s evolution theory.

Indeed, next Tuesday, the Council of Europe (CoE), Europe’s main human-rights body, will vote on a proposal which advocates the fight against creationism, “young earth” and “intelligent design” in its 47 member states.

According to a report of the CoE’s Parliamentary Assembly, creationists are dangerous “religious fundamentalists” who propagate “forms of religious extremism” and “could become a threat to human rights.” The report adds that the acceptance of the science of evolutionism “is crucial to the future of our societies and our democracies.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1856051/posts

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Old February 19th, 2008 #2
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Christians and the lunatic fringe

Elements of the American right seem happy to adopt anti-semitic priests in Europe as heroes and martyrs.
Andrew Brown

June 29, 2007 9:00 AM

There are some crazy Lutheran priests in Germany. Last autumn, Pastor Roland Weisselberg burned himself to death outside Martin Luther's old monastery in Erfurt as a protest against the Islamicisation of Europe.

It's not completely clear that this is what he meant: he left no note, and as the flames consumed him only cried two words - "Jesus!" and "Oskar" (a reference to another Lutheran priest who burned himself to death as a protest against Communism). But his last sermon had been a rant against the Islamic hordes, and he was known to be obsessed by them, even though Erfurt, in the former East Germany, has hardly any Muslim immigrants.

The case was not noticed in Germany much, and not at all in Britain, but it did excite American interest. Right-wing websites promoted Weisselberg as a martyr. After all, he was saying with his grotesque funeral pyre no more than influential right-wing commentators like Mark Steyn say every week in print

Last week, an even stranger martyr was offered for the adoration of the faithful. Dr Johannes Lerle was jailed for a year by a court in Erlangen.

You might think this was unremarkable. Dr Lerle is an unabashed and deeply anti-semitic holocaust denier. He takes the view that the only good Jew is a Christian convert. All others are children of the devil: "Jews" with scare quotes round them, to distinguish them from Christians. Those "Jews", his website explains, control the world's press, and the American government, are murderers, hypocrites, liars and bent on world domination for religious reasons. All this and more is on his website but it's in German - a language few Americans read.

And so this rabid nutcase has been taken up by elements of the American right as a hero and a martyr. William Dembski, the leading proponent of "intelligent design", has argued on his blog that the jailing of Lerle proves that advocating intelligent design would soon also be classed as a hate-crime in Europe, and punishable by jail.

This is because he has been told -- by a far-right website in Brussels - that Dr Lerle was jailed because he compared abortion to the holocaust. He did that, too, and published on his website the names of women who had had abortions, and of doctors who had performed them. But that was not illegal. He was not jailed for being "pro-life" but for being anti-semitic.

There is a pleasant irony in seeing such a man taken up as a hero by people who believe that the Germans are all Nazis under the skin. But the phenomenon is more than funny, in a hideously twisted way. It is also a deeply worrying example of a rising tide of Christianism - the belief that Europe is menaced equally by Muslims and by secularisation, which is so widespread as to be self-evident in parts of the American right.

Christianism isn't nearly so urgent nor so violent a problem as Islamism. But it is a real problem, and one that will grow. Very few Americans know or care anything much about Europe anyway. But it does, I think, matter that a minority of the minority who know anything are so actively misinformed and malevolent. They are no more typical of Americans as a whole than the lunatic pastors are typical of their church; some of the bravest and most genuinely noble women I have ever met were Lutherans hunger striking in a church in East Berlin towards the end of the Communist regime.

But when that kind of selflessness is offered in the service of an evil cause or of a lunatic idea, we all have a problem. The Christianist belief that Europe is about to be overwhelmed by wildly breeding Muslims and that the decadent secular elite will stand by and let this happen is wrong but it is not entirely implausible. It feeds into atavistic fears that everyone shares.

What's frightening about the way that the stories of the lunatic pastors have spread is that it shows there are people deliberately stoking these fears, among Christians as among Muslims, and in an age when more and more people learn about the world from the Internet, huge hideous myths can spread beneath the notice of the respectable media; and now these myths are gaining fraudulent martyrs.

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/...ic_fringe.html
 
Old February 19th, 2008 #3
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[Lerle's site, in German]

Johannes Lerle

Christliche Schriften gegen den Zeitgeist

[christly writings against the spirit of the times]

War Jesus Christus ein Volksverhetzer?

[was jesus an inciter?]

Anscheinend hält unsere Justiz sowohl Jesus Christus als auch seine Jünger in der Tat für Volksverhetzer. Denn in einem “Beschluss” des Amtsgerichts Gera vom 28.02.05 mit dem Aktenzeichen 100 Js 4789/05 verfügte Richter Winfried Streitberg eine Wohnungsdurchsuchung und die Beschlagnahme der PC-Technik sowie der Speichermedien bei Christian Bärthel1. Gemäß diesem Beschluß bestehe der Verdacht, daß Bärthel “am 02.11.2004 an alle Abgeordneten des Deutschen Bundestages eine E-mail versandt hat, in der die Menschenwürde der Gruppe der Juden durch mehrere Zitate und eigene Aussagen dadurch angegriffen wurde, daß er sie beschimpfte und verleumdete”.

Bei den angeblich beschimpfenden und verleumderischen Zitaten handelt es sich ausschließlich um die nachfolgend aufgeführten Bibelstellen. In Joh. 8,44 sagt Jesus zu den Obersten der “Juden”: “Ihr habt den Teufel zum Vater, und nach eures Vaters Gelüsten wollt ihr tun. Der ist ein Mörder von Anfang an und steht nicht in der Wahrheit; denn die Wahrheit ist nicht in ihm. Wenn er die Lüge redet, so spricht er aus dem Eigenen; denn er ist ein Lügner und der Vater der Lüge”. Außerdem zitierte Bärthel den Apostel Paulus: “Denn es gibt viele Freche, unnütze Schwätzer und Verführer, besonders die aus den Juden, denen man das Maul stopfen muß, weil sie ganze Häuser verwirren und lehren, was nicht sein darf, um schändlichen Gewinns willen” (Titus 1,10f). Sein drittes und letztes Bibelzitat war aus der Offenbarung des Apostels Johannes (2,9f): “Ich
kenne deine Bedrängnis und deine Armut - du bist aber reich - und die Lästerung von denen, die sagen, sie seien Juden, und sind´s nicht, sondern sind die Synagoge des Satans. Fürchte dich nicht vor dem, was du leiden wirst! Siehe, der Teufel wird einige von euch ins Gefängnis werfen, damit ihr versucht werdet, und ihr werdet in Bedrängnis sein zehn Tage. Sei getreu bis an den Tod, so will ich dir die Krone des Lebens geben”.

Wird Christian Bärthel nun wegen mißliebiger Bibelzitate ins Gefängnis geworfen? Sind in der angeblich freiheitlichen BRD inzwischen sogar schon Worte Jesu und seiner Apostel als Volksverhetzung strafbar? Für wen hält sich Richter Streitberg eigentlich, daß er sich anmaßt, sich über Jesus Christus zu erheben, indem er seine Worte und die seiner Apostel als “Volksverhetzung” kriminalisiert?

Jesus wurde ins jüdische Volk hineingeboren, und seine Zwölf Apostel waren Juden. Haben sie sich somit selbst “angegriffen”, “beschimpft” und “verleumdet”? Daß es ausgerechnet das jüdische Volk war, in das Jesus hineingeboren wurde, ist keineswegs belanglos. Denn Christus sagt: “Das Heil kommt aus den Juden” (Joh. 4,22). Damit meint der HERR Jesus Christus sich selbst. In seiner Person liegt das Heil für die ganze Welt, und nicht in einem ethnisch abgegrenzten Volkstum. Jesus zeigte den Menschen ihre Sünden und rief sie zur Umkehr und zum Glauben an ihn auf. Nach den Erfahrungen mit unserer heutigen “Recht”sprechung wäre so manche Predigt Jesu strafbar. So nennt Jesus die Pharisäer und Schriftgelehrten “Schlangen” und “Otternbrut” (Matth. 23,33). Wenn Jesus auffordert, das Heilige nicht den Hunden zu geben und die Perlen nicht vor die Säue zu werfen (Matth. 7,6), so zeigt der Zusammenhang, daß mit Hunden und Säuen Menschen gemeint sind.

http://www.johannes-lerle.de/Sunde/V...Volksverhetzer
 
Old February 19th, 2008 #4
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Well-known German environmentalist and anti-abortionist Lutheran Pastor Dr. Johannes Lerle, 55, has been sentenced by an Erlangen court to one year in prison for alleged "racial incitement."

The charge stems from his "public denial or minimizing of National Socialist atrocities in a manner designed to disturb the peace."

Asked in an interview with the Roman Catholic publication Kreuz(Cross) if he was a "Holocaust denier," Lerle said that such a question belongs in the realm of religion. He pointed out that while one could deny the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection of Christ, the so-called Holocaust had become a state-mandated article of faith in which questioning of the manufacture of bars of soap and lampshades out of human tissue by the National Socialists had become a punishable offense.

“I did not live during the Hitler time,” he said. “But I learned the lie in the school that during the National Socialist regime, soap from people’s bones and lamp shades from people skin were manufactured. I am a witness that we were deceived over Hitler’s crimes. And as the proverb goes: “Who lies once, one does not believe, even if he speaks then the truth.”

http://www.vnnforum.com/showthread.php?t=53300
 
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His "denial" of "the" "'Holocaust'"

[in German]
http://kirchenlehre.com/abtrei13.htm
 
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Germany Jails Lutheran Pastor Johannes Lerle For Anti - Abortion Sermon

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/2211

Another view here:
http://rantburg.com/poparticle.php?I...007-06-24&HC=5

Last week, a German court sentenced a 55-year old Lutheran pastor to one year in jail for “Volksverhetzung” (incitement of the people) because he compared the killing of the unborn in contemporary Germany to the holocaust. Next week, the Council of Europe is going to vote on a resolution imposing Darwinism as Europe’s official ideology. The European governments are asked to fight the expression of creationist opinions, such as young earth and intelligent design theories. According to the Council of Europe these theories are “undemocratic” and “a threat to human rights.”

Without legalized abortion the number of German children would increase annually by at least 150,000 – which is the number of legal abortions in birth dearth Germany. Pastor Johannes Lerle compared the killing of the unborn to the killing of the Jews in Auschwitz during the Second World War. On 14 June, a court in Erlangen ruled that, in doing so, the pastor had “incited the people” because his statement was a denial of the holocaust of the Jews in Nazi-Germany. Hence, Herr Lerle was sentenced to one year in jail. Earlier, he had already spent eight months in jail for calling abortionists “professional killers” – an allegation which the court ruled to be slanderous because, according to the court, the unborn are not humans.

Other German courts convicted pro-lifers for saying that “in abortion clinics, life unworthy of living is being killed,” because this terminology evoked Hitler’s euthanasia program, which used the same language. In 2005, a German pro-lifer, Günter Annen, was sentenced to 50 days in jail for saying “Stop unjust [rechtswidrige] abortions in [medical] practice,” because, according to the court, the expression “unjust” is understood by laymen as meaning illegal, which abortions are not.

Volksverhetzung is a crime which the Nazis often invoked against their enemies and which contemporary Germany also uses to intimidate homeschoolers. Soon, the German authorities will be able to use the same charge against people who question Darwin’s evolution theory.

Indeed, next Tuesday, the Council of Europe (CoE), Europe’s main human-rights body, will vote on a proposal which advocates the fight against creationism, “young earth” and “intelligent design” in its 47 member states.

According to a report of the CoE’s Parliamentary Assembly, creationists are dangerous “religious fundamentalists” who propagate “forms of religious extremism” and “could become a threat to human rights.” The report adds that the acceptance of the science of evolutionism “is crucial to the future of our societies and our democracies.”

“Creationism, born of the denial of the evolution of species through natural selection, was for a long time an almost exclusively American phenomenon,” the report says.

http://healtheland.wordpress.com/200...ortion-sermon/
 
Old February 19th, 2008 #7
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Well, Mr. Linder, one more proof to the notion that the jews do not regard non-jews as human beings. Only under such perverse thinking such use of the Volksverhetzung law they imposed on a conquered Germany can be imagined.

As for the Pastor Lerle's fate - sad, very sad. Yet this must be helpful for the good pastor in the end, perhaps awakening him to the joys of modern democracy his church is so fond of praising these days.
 
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