“I believe that the historical evidence is strongly against, is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler”
Most historians believe 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust. Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson doesn’t. He thinks – or at least he did- that “just” 300 thousand died, and there were no gas chambers.
As a result, he’s been kicked out of Argentina , where he ran a seminary, for having” “deeply shocked Argentine society, the Jewish people and all of humanity”.
Here’s what Lord Janner , the President of the Holocaust Educational Trust said today when Bishop Williamson arrived back here in Britain :
” “It would be much better if Williamson was not here as his views are anti-Semitic, extremely offensive, and insulting to the millions who witnessed and suffered the horrors of the Holocaust. Sadly, as a British citizen, he cannot be prevented.”
“”He is not a Holocaust denier. Like me, he does not buy the whole package.”
Irving himself has served a prison sentence in Austria for his views.
He was also a guest on WHYS at the end of 2007. We were doing a “freedom of speech” programme to mark the World Service’s 75th anniversary – it involved a group of guests who had all been “banned” for their views.
His views were the ones you objected to the most.
So, tonight, as then, we are not debating whether the Holocaust happened or how many people died.
What we are debating is why holding these views- however odious most people find them – lead to imprisonment and losing your job, whereas denying any other historical event doesn’t seem to.
Surely denying something that in the vast majority of people’s eyes happened – is at worse just harmless at best, stupid ?.
As some of you pointed out during the atheist debate, there isn’t in some people’s eyes , any evidence for God, but believing that there is doesn’t get you into trouble.
A debate’s under way here – and of course, below.