World Jewish leaders told Vatican officials that denying the Holocaust was "not an opinion but a crime" when they met on Monday to discuss a bishop they accuse of being anti-Semitic.Yes, and we know what sort of crime, too. It's thoughtcrime. To Room 101 with those recalcitrants!
The meetings, the first since the controversy over Bishop Richard Williamson, who denies the extent of the Holocaust, began last month, took place three days before Pope Benedict is due to address a group of American Jewish leaders.
Williamson told Swedish television in an interview broadcast in January: "I believe there were no gas chambers." He said no more than 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, rather than the 6 million accepted by most historians.
"Today we strongly reaffirmed that the denial of the Shoah is not an opinion, but a crime," said Richard Prasquier, president of the French Jewish umbrella organisation CRIF, using the Hebrew word for Holocaust.
It occurs to me that the only way this you-can't-say-that fascism stops is when the Thought Policeman who throws out the Deadly Accusation is greeted with loud, rude horselaughs from all sides. Consider my horselaugh emitted: haw, haw, haw!