27 Nov 2015
Cory Bernardi, infamous homophobe, xenophobe and vocally 'Christian' member of Parliament, has reportedly attributed to Voltaire something actually said by Kevin Strom - a US white nationalist Holocaust denier who was busted for child porn.
The suspected source of the quote is Strom’s 1993 essay, All America Must Know the Terror that is Upon Us: “To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: who is it that I am not permitted to criticise? We all know who it is that we are not permitted to criticise. We all know who it is that it is a sin to criticise. Sodomy is no longer a sin in America. Treason, and burning and spitting and urinating on the American flag is no longer a sin in America. Gross desecration of Catholic or Protestant religious symbols is no longer a sin in America. Cop-killing is no longer a sin in America – it is celebrated in rap ‘music’.”
Going a wee bit easy on Bernardi... he is apparently not the first to make this mistake. Other things have been attributed to Voltaire for which there is no evidence that the attribution is genuine. But it does illustrate the easy seduction of ideologues like Bernardi into accepting bullshit as principle.
And while Bernardi is mulling that one he might want to ponder one of Voltaire's comments about Christianity - one that I understand the old fella to have actually written:
"....the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world”
Now I'm not sure that I would say it was the MOST absurd... but I think Bernardi might disagree a bit more than me.