Christian news sources are reporting the courageous death of Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a Muslim lawyer and professor, who apparently died in Mosul recently at the hands of ISIS extremists for defending the rights of Christians who were being driven from the city.
Civilized society depends on just men like Professor Al ‘Asali. May he be remembered whenever history considers the just.
The pillar of our era is the principle of moral equivalency, applied to governments, politics, lifestyles, and religion. It is only when one seeks the truth that one abandons moral equivalency, which provides a comfortable excuse for not seeking.
A dialogue demanding the acceptance of moral equivalency is no dialogue, but a mutual evasion.
Some dictatorships and rogue states are kept alive by larger states to serve as disruptor states, to undermine and divert the resources of the rivals to the larger states. Several of the world’s dictatorships would not exist but for the fact that they served another state’s disrupting purpose. In this way, human misery is prolonged, human rights are eroded, and progress toward human freedom is delayed.
States that feed disruption in smaller states for the purpose of geopolitical strategy thus commit crimes against humanity.
For example, both the Nazis and the Soviets fueled anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and the Middle East for geopolitical reasons. While both the Nazis and the Soviets are gone, their legacy of strategic hatred endures, and may endure for centuries.
A photo of two weeping, bare-chested men bonding with a newborn baby deeply moves those who identify with the men. But those who identify with the baby, who has been gifted by God and nature with neonate reflexes to crawl and to root for the mother’s breast, are instead moved at the baby’s loss of the chance to nurse and to be nourished at the mother’s soft and smooth breast, and are also moved by the baby’s futile search on the hairy chests of males for these natural gifts. From the very first moment of his or her life, this child may have been denied a human benefit of natural nourishment and comfort. When the welfare of the baby comes first, this loss does not happen.
Dr. Klausener was the leader of Catholic Action in Germany, shot at his desk, whose crime against Hitler was to co-author the Marburg Speech by German Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen, which criticized the violence and mob rule of the Nazis. Dr. Klausener also gave an anti-Nazi address just a few days prior to his death.
Erich Klausener is considered one of the first Catholic martyrs against Hitler, and is memorialized as such in a Berlin church, Maria Regina Martyrum.
To my knowledge, while there is a biography of Dr. Klausener in German –
– one is still lacking in English. Quite a pity! When critics write about the “silence” of German Catholics against Hitler, they conveniently leave out Dr. Klausener, the head of German Catholic Action, who publicly witnessed, and quickly died a martyr’s death.