Not a page supporting the Taliban; the fundamentalist or evangelistic Christian; the blinkered Ian Paisley; nor Mr Townend.

This page is about the effects of social evils and some attendant symbolism, here's a curvy one. The Germans want to ban the swastika from Europe. Knee jerk reaction, in my opinion. Others wish to ban the hammer and sickle. Much better would be a movement to reassess the symbolism. Place in damnation the idiots who misuse the Nazi era's hijacking of the symbol, and remind ourselves of what it had meant for other cultures for countless centuries prior to the middle of the 20thC. For a really poor example, a link to a dunderhead. Here is a thumbnail of a book cover. What the ignorant rant about. The book itself is concerned with the travails of Red Cross personnel trying to improve the lot of, or even save, those in the concentration camps. It includes some harrowing stories, and some that are elevating, along with photographs symptomatic of what was going on at that time in the Reich.
These horrors began in the early thirties. A large proportion of the infected countries, as well as England, the USA and others, were made aware of the camps. Most, if not all, of the organisation and of the affected groups was well known to authorities.
Blindness, or culpability or whatever, resulted in general ignorance evinced by the average soldier. Hence their disbelief when the camps were liberated.


On another tack, for those holding fundamentalist Christian beliefs, purely for your astonishment, is this:
Exodus 35:2 "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death."
Quoted verbatim from the King James Bible, the only one in English written with grace, even if its texts are considered outmoded. What? Perfidious English scholars of the early 17thC could actually read, translate and fully understand Greek?
Too true, because James I and VI (that's one person, O member of the ill-informed) formed a committee of excellence, with no bias as to creed or belief (find and read a copy of God's Secretaries, written by Adam Nicolson). Try that these days. Note the Two Faces of Islam referred to below: more quotes than you really need.

Dawn in Petrovac: At the end of the 20th Century a European soldier trying to prevent inter-racial murder, based on fear of everyone else, even if it has been perpetrated for uncountable centuries. Find and read Barbara Tuchman's book on the 14th Century (A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Alfred A. Knopf, 1978).