In 1989 Mike Godwin humourously stated that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” This is now known as “Godwin’s Law” and is often invoked whenever any internet discussion turns to Hitler and the Nazis.
It is rarely invoked in real life.
In a speech today (Thursday September 16th 2010)Joe “The Rat” Ratzinger compared atheists with Nazis. Not only is this insulting, it is grossly inaccurate. Adolf Hitler, whatever his religious beliefs were on any given day, was certainly no atheist. He was raised as a Roman Catholic, had an excellent relationship with the Vatican in the lead up to World War II and during the conflict, and based much of his hatred of the Jews on Christian theology.
Joe himself hasn’t a great record when it comes to sensitive handling of matters pertaining to the war. Only last year he lifted the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, who had been thrown out of the church after repeatedly denying the holocaust.
One can’t help wondering where Joe’s sympathies lie.