Notes from a dead skunk
As the fella says, “The only things in the middle of the road are yellow stripes and dead skunks.”Which, apparently, includes me.Last week, I wrote about the screaming match over whether GrassRoots TV should show a Holocaust denial program (charmingly titled, “Judea Declares War on Germany” – those darn Jews, they started it all).I expressed my deep distaste for Holocaust denial, but concluded – somewhat grudgingly, I admit – that GrassRoots should probably go ahead and show the damn program on the theory that sunlight is the best disinfectant.That put me in the middle of that dangerous road – and left me marked with either the yellow stripes of a coward or the tire marks of a dead skunk.I got a fair amount of abusive e-mail from both sides.There were those who berated me for suggesting that the program ought to be shown.Most of those gentle correspondents betrayed their own political slant by pointing out that, just like the rest of the “left-wing media,” I was slavishly following the lead of Columbia University, which had allowed Iran’s President Ahmadinejad to speak (those darn lefties and their “free speech” and “academic freedom” nonsense).Attacking from the other side were the Holocaust deniers themselves.Some of them managed to be both Holocaust deniers and Holocaust fans.I got one note from someone who said he, personally, likes Jews, and (follow along carefully now) that’s why he thinks it’s dangerous to insist that the Holocaust really did happen. As he explained, and I quote here, “If most whites knew the truth about the Holocaust and how they have been snookered by the Jewish establishment, there would be Jews hanging from lampposts all over the Western world by tomorrow morning.”Nice.Some of the deniers/fans claimed to be offended by my harsh opinions of Holocaust denial.Gee, they were upset because I called them “dishonest, lying scum” and referred to their TV show as a “vile pustule of hatred”? Hey, guys, why so sensitive all of a sudden?One letter writer suggested that I “came off as arrogant, angry, and frankly unhinged.” In a follow-up note, he accused me of “frothing at the keyboard.”That’s me all right – an unhinged bucket of froth.Meanwhile, I’ve been getting messages with Internet links to some lovely neo-Nazi websites, including one that declares (really) that Adolph Hitler was the true incarnation of God and that he died for our sins and will be resurrected to lead the world to racial purity.They proudly quoted from Hitler’s writings, including these gems (warning: Vile material follows):”Existence impels the Jew to lie, and to lie perpetually, just as it compels the inhabitants of northern lands to wear warm clothing. …”Was there any form of filth or shamelessness, particularly in cultural life, without at least one Jew involved in it? If you cut even cautiously into such an abscess, you found – like a maggot in a rotting body often dazzled by the sudden light – a little Jew. …”No one need be surprised if among our people the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.”There can be no making pacts with the Jew, but only the hard: either/or.”Nope. That doesn’t sound like the writing of someone who would try to exterminate the Jews, does it? Boy, talk about frothing at the keyboard!But, having shared that, let me stay in the middle of the road a little longer.Some people who said that GrassRoots had to show the Holocaust denial program argued that “that’s the reason that GrassRoots was created – to provide a forum for programs that couldn’t be shown elsewhere.”Well, no. GrassRoots was created for “community access.” That meant programs from and for the Aspen community. This vile pustule of hatred (there I go again) certainly did not fit that definition.On the other hand (yellow-striped dead skunk that I am), I’m sorry that the Grass Roots board finally did vote to keep the program off the air.As I suspected, that just led some people to point out the “Jewish names” of several board members and proclaim that the “powerful Jews” have won again.Next week – I promise – I’ll write about the beauty of the new-fallen snow. Or something.Andy Stone is former editor of The Aspen Times. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
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