I’ve been silently stewing for the past few days about Meridian Magazine’s endorsement of Holocaust denial. (I know, there are ways to read it that make it look marginally less ugly — it’s still problematic, I think).
And then, today, a family member forwarded me a Meridian article (“look at this cool article!” — not the same one, I should add) and I finally flipped, and decided to act.
I get a _lot_ of forwarded e-mail protest letters from friends and family. Protest this, protest that, write a senator, write CNN. I usually ignore them. But I’ve become quite familiar with the form. And I put that familiarity to use.
Here’s what I wrote. I know that it’s a little over-the-top; I think that’s the convention with such letters, but please let me know if I overdid it:
Dear Culture Clips,
Shame on you for endorsing the idea of Holocaust denial! (See http://meridianmagazine.com/cultureclips/040406.html ). Shame on you for running an article by John Kekes that lists, among allegedly positive ideas, the idea “that the Holocaust is a fiction”! What exactly are you trying to do — bolster your neo-Nazi readership?
This is not the kind of writing that I want to be associated with as a church member. Holocaust denial has no place in our religion. Indeed, church leaders have made clear their views that the Holocaust was “among the bloodiest crimes ever committed against humanity.” (See http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1990.htm/ensign%20may%201990.htm/world%20peace.htm ). This idea of Holocaust denial should be especially repugnant to us as church members, since we are members of a religion that has also been severely persecuted.
I sincerely hope that you will, in no uncertain terms, distance yourself from any statements encouraging Holocaust denial, including those that you have printed. I also hope that you will review articles from outside contributors carefully, to ensure that they do not endorse wrongful ideas, including Holocaust denial.
I would like to invite T & S readers, to the extent that they agree with these sentiments, to join with me in urging Meridian to rethink its ideas in this area. (Feel free to use my template, steal my links, etc). I’ve sent this to three e-mail addresses:
I think it’s important to establish that ideas like Holocaust denial have no place in our religion. However, I really don’t know if these kinds of letters are the best way to convey this idea. I’m not all that much of an active activist (sending an angry e-mail is perfect for an armchair activist like me). I remain open to other suggestions. In the mean time, I’m forwarding this information to some family members and friends.