Another Lutheran cleric in Sweden has decided that remembering the Holocaust this year is inappropriate, given the recent actions of the IDF in Gaza. Our Swedish correspondent CB sends this report:
This is an article from the newspaper Dagen about a former archbishop who backed out of a Holocaust commemoration speech. One could call it an update to the sad state of affairs in the Lutheran Church of Sweden and its relations to anti-Semitism. Hammar’s actions don’t surprise me, I’m sad to say, but there are some noteworthy parts of this besides his backing out.
Apparently it is wrong in his view to come to the conclusion as a people that you don’t want to be oppressed again and that you need an army strong enough to deter neighbours planning your utter destruction.
One would think Israel’s response would be a most reasonable stance. When did it become the pinnacle of wisdom to be weaker than an enemy bent on your destruction? But not so in the leftist world of appeasement and irresponsible arms reduction. His way is the surest path to war, destruction and loss of lives. A militarily weak Israel will invite an attack on its soil with subsequent loss in life on all sides involved.
So, the former archbishop was, is, and will be unfit as a speaker about important subjects such as the memory of the Holocaust, as long as he clings to that set of values. But it is a sad state of the Lutheran church that he once was their archbishop.
And now CB’s translation of the article from yesterday’s Dagen:
K G Hammar backs out of Holocaust speech
Former archbishop KG Hammar receives criticism from Jewish spokespersons after refraining from speaking on Holocaust remembrance day, referring to the war in Gaza as the reason.
As Dagen related earlier, a similar decision in Luleå diocese evoked strong reactions. First the diocese cancelled a planed commemoration service for the victims of the Holocaust, but changed its decision after strong criticism.
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K G Hammar also referred to the Gaza war when he refrained from speaking at the Holocaust commemoration at Kulturen [Culture] in Lund. He is presently a guest professor at the University of Lund.
He tells Ekot [radio news] the task was to speak about the conclusions to be drawn from the memory of the Holocaust. In his opinion the state of Israel had come to the conclusion that Israel never wants to be oppressed again and therefore the Israelis always want to be stronger then their enemies. To Ekot he says:
“I don’t see that it’s possible for that historical connection to lead to any kind of peace. And precisely in that moment with the war going on I felt I was the wrong person, and at a planning stage I didn’t think that was especially strange. One should choose a speaker according to who is fit for the occasion, and that was not me.”
Anders Carlberg, who is the chairman of the Jewish congregation in Gothenburg, calls Hammar’s reasoning “stupendous”. In his view one must be able to relate to the historical event of the Holocaust regardless of the state of Israel.