Tag Archives: holocaust

Power and purity

Taboos are a major part of religious practice, across a very wide range of religious traditions. Taboos about what people can eat, wear, act, associate with, believe; the entire range of human behaviour.  Religious taboos are nicely defined as: a vehement prohibition of an action based on the belief that such behavior is either too […]

Denialism and moral equivalence

Clive Hamilton wrote a piece for Crikey earlier this week in which he likened those who deny climate change to those who deny the Holocaust. He said: We think of Holocaust deniers as being immoral because we suspect them of being motivated by anti-Semitism or a desire for political advancement through stirring up racial hatred. […]

‘Don’t touch that, it’s concentrated evil!’

There’s a fascinating post (and comments) over at Pavlov’s Cat’s place on the unease she feels at an ‘exhibit’ (it is difficult, as PC acknowledges, to know exactly what to call it) organised by Médecins Sans Frontières. The exhibit (if you want to call it that) involves replicating, with a great deal of attention to […]