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     Claims that the Holocaust is a unique phenomenon leads to a distortion of history. Rick Geddes asks "Why are there Holocaust memorials in many cities (as there ought to be), but not a single memorial, that I am aware of, to the victims of Stalin, Mao, and all the other Communist regimes?"
     Unfortunately, holocausts have been common in history. In World War II, many groups suffered, not to mention the millions of Allied soldiers who gave their lives in the fight against Nazism. All should be remembered.
     As for religions, required reading and viewing should be the books and films about myths of Joseph Campbell. With vast scholarship, he shows how all religions are intertwined. He thus makes a great contribution to inter-faith understanding. Yet he has been called anti-Semitic because he does not recognize the uniqueness of the Jewish religion. This is a stupid and even vicious charge.

Ronald Hilton - 1/21/00


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