Saturday, April 25, 2009
David Duke Arrested
David Duke was arrested in the Czech Republic for suspicion of denying the Holocaust. It is illegal in many countries (such as Germany and Israel) to question the official Holocaust story. If you should express any doubt, you risk jail time.
Of course, throwing people in jail for their beliefs is nothing new. In many Islamic countries, expressing doubts about Islam can result in imprisonment or even death. However, this intolerance is not excusive to Islam. For example, it is quite dangerous for Jews in Israel to believe in Christianity. Christians have been persecuted and Bibles have been burned. (see link below).
Christianity has also not been a stranger to intolerance. Many people were put to death based on their opposition to official Church doctrine.
The question is should we tolerate dissenting and even heretical beliefs? The arrest of David Duke shows that we have not really progressed much from the Dark Ages. Heresy can still result in imprisonment or death.