Bob Nix (boomerang@MINDSPRING.COM)
Thu, 9 Jul 1998 07:51:50 -0400
I have enjoyed the ongoing thread about chaplains and training. However,
there was a reference in yesterday's mailing to "Camp Nazis". I could not
identify from the structure of the sentence whether this is the name if an
actual camp, or a reference to a group within camp.
I know that I may be starting a new thread here; it is not my intention, but
this is very important to me. The Nazis taught the concept of "superior
race". The Nazis murdered six million Jews; but their evil did not stop
there The Nazis murdered anyone who did not fit the "superior race" image:
gypsies, Indians, the mentally handicapped, others, and many who helped
these groups. The Nazis contributed to the death of over 15 million
Russians, as well as a half million American casualties.
This was an evil group. There is no way that a positive connotation can be
made which includes any reference to the Nazi Party. Had I lived in an
occupied country, as a Christian, I like to believe that I would have been
one who helped. Had I been there as a Jew, or ANY other minority, I
probably would have been robbed of all my worldly goods, and then murdered
along with most of the people I considered friends.
As an American, I am proud that our leadership chose to fight that evil
empire. I am also proud that a member of any minority in America has a
better opportunity for a good life in MY country than any minority has in
almost any country in on Earth. Life is not easy when one is in a minority.
We, as Americans, pledge allegiance to Constitution, which promises
protections to all people. Sometimes, that means we must speak up, and step
up, when "someone I don't like" is threatened.
Be very careful when using the label "Nazi", even when being funny. There
is nothing humorous in being associated with that group, or that set of
political / moral values.
Bob Nix, Chaplain, ASM, Troop 316, Greensboro, NC
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