Holocaust Remembrance Day And Earth Day *Weekend Open Thread*


Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on April 24th. It is good, and right, that we remember those millions and millions persecuted and massacred during WWII, though an atrocity of that magnitude, one that killed 6 million Jews and 5 million others, from homosexuals to Romani Gypsies, is something that should never be far from our thoughts.

That such heinous, unspeakable acts were allowed to be carried out at all, much less for years and at the hands of so-called civilized people, is beyond mind boggling. How so many people could be a part of this barbarity, this level of torture, of targeting specific groups for genocide, while so many stood by and allowed it is precisely the kind of thing for which we must always be on the watch. If it could happen before, it can happen again. Thus the importance of this Remembrance.

But there is more to be done than remembering those whose lives were impacted directly by the Holocaust, those who were in the camps, who lost their families, their homes, often their lives, by such treacherous methods.

And it is to that point that Rabbi Eckstein often speaks. You may have seen Rabbi Ecktein on television, as the Director of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (of which we are proud members).  He speaks of the plight of Holocaust Survivors in terms of the poverty in which too many remaining survivors live. From Arutz Sheva:

Some 400,000 Holocaust survivors remain alive today around the world, but many are living their final years in abject poverty. One in three Holocaust survivors in the United States, and one-third of Holocaust survivors in Israel live below the poverty line. And at least one fourth of Holocaust survivors in the former Soviet Union (FSU) – about 200,000 people – are subsisting without enough food, medicine, or heat in the winter. These elderly Jews and Holocaust survivors are among the poorest of all, many living in wretched conditions and having to choose daily whether to use their meager pension for electricity or water, medicine or food.

With the approach of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on April 24, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has launched a campaign urging Jews and Christians everywhere to radically change how they view and mark the day, pivoting from memorializing the Holocaust’s victims, to also acting by providing the living survivors with their basic needs in their final days.

“We must move quickly from memory to action to provide a measure of dignity to these Holocaust victims who are living their last days in crippling poverty,” said The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. “We must remember the past. But we also must act now.”

Given what these survivors have already endured, it is troubling indeed to consider how far too many are living out their last days, here in the United States most definitely, but in Israel, Russia, and elsewhere.

Rabbi Eckstein added:

“Of course it’s profoundly important that we remember and memorialize the past. But we must also fulfill our moral obligation to the dwindling number of survivors who are living in the most unspeakable poverty,” Eckstein said.

“We must do whatever we can, while we still can, to bring compassion to those who endured one of the most horrific periods in our history. Sadly we are not. Instead of giving tens of millions of dollars for Shoah museums, testimonial libraries and the like, we ought to also focus on helping provide for these desperately poor Jews in the few years they are still alive.” (Click here to read the rest.)

Amen to that. These people suffered through, and survived, one of the greatest atrocities of our times. Their last years should not be filled with such struggles.

As for the Holocaust itself, I never cease to be amazed that there are people who deny it ever happened. I recently saw an excellent movie, “Denial,” with Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson. It depicts the true story of a professor at Emory University (Atlanta), a scholar on the Holocaust, charged with libel by a Holocaust denier.

It is a powerful movie, and disturbing, too, that someone could become so convinced the Holocaust never happened. As if the camps themselves were not indictment enough, I had a Philosophy professor at UNCC who was a survivor and who had her concentration camp numbers etched in her arm. I am sure she would have loved for someone to tell her her experience there was just a “myth,” that it didn’t happen.

There are more like her, over 400,000 left, as noted above. And if the living reminders of the Holocaust are not enough for these deniers, the Holocaust Museum, one of the most powerful places I have ever been, should shut them up. The horrifying realities of what these people endured are exposed for all the world to see.

And yet, in the end, their spirits prevailed. This is the focus of the last room at the Holocaust Museum:

Amen, and amen. May we never forget what happened, and strive to ensure it never  happens again.

Saturday is Earth Day, another event we should remember on a daily basis. The Earth is our home, after all, and we should care for her on a daily basis, not just once a year when people come out and comb the beaches picking up trash. Newsflash – you can go out to the beach any day (or the roadside or woods or wherever) and pick up trash. If you see trash while out walking around, pick it up. That’s my suggestion for the day. You’re welcome!

Of course, it is also a celebration of our wonderful planet, and if you are so inclined to join in the festivities, I’d love to hear what you are doing in your neck of the woods.

0403170707As for me, I will be enjoying this beautiful slice of Heaven on Earth where I live, with birds large and small flying back and forth across my yard, from red-tail hawks to bald eagles to our beautiful  Cardinals. No doubt I’ll see some fish a’jumping when we take a walk down the dock (and maybe take out the new boat).

Best of all, every morning, I get to watch the sun come up over the marsh and creek. That is my daily Earth Day celebration, and I am exceedingly grateful for it.

And so that’s it – Earth Day is every day. What a gift it is to live on such an amazing, incredible planet. We are charged to be good stewards of our home (Gen. 2:15), and so we should be.

That’s it for me. I hope you have a good weekend, and that your Earth Day is full of sunshine, flowers, and wildlife. And may we never forget what happened during the Holocaust lest we fail and repeat it.

This is the Weekend Open Thread.


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40 Responses to “Holocaust Remembrance Day And Earth Day *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thank you for this post Rev Amy. The holocaust must never be forgotten because it can without constant vigilance all too easily happen again.

    If an urbane, civilized people like the Germans of the 20s could be drawn into the Nazi hell who cannot”? This is one reason I find the worship of politicians so repulsive and frightening.

    Does anyone doubt that if they could do it that many Muslims would not overrun Israel and kill every man, woman and child? They have been taught, conditioned, trained, to hate the Jews for over 60 years.

    As for Earth Day, like you I celebrate it every day. I don’t have such a lovely setting but my little corner of the world provides me with much to be grateful for and to enjoy

    The sights and sounds of the birds and squirrels as well as the burgeoning greenery are treasured. The flowers of spring come to us in the north after a bleak and cold winter and thus are treasured as an awakening and a prelude to getting our gardening season on.

    We had a mild winter this year and so we didn’t see sights like the one below – our brave little daffodils and tulips fighting through the snow.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you, Marge. And what a powerful, beautifully-written comment, both about the Holocaust and abt how Spring has Sprung in your neck of the woods. LOVE the photo!

      And you are so right – if the Germans could be so twisted into that kind of thinking, the possibility of it happening again is great. Hence the need to be ever vigilant lest it happen again.

      Wonderful comment. Thank you!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hey Piper, Got you bike warmed up and ready to go? It looks like a great day.

    • piper Says:

      First things first, need to wade to the shed for lawnmower then mow parts of lawn then are above water. Looking forward to Sunday’s ride with a friend.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        We got ours mowed yesterday. Fortunately the front was not underwater. Back was not submerged but quite wet. Lou mowed a little while ago.

        Still the sun is shining and that’s always a good thing. And it’s not so darn windy today.

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    There was a great article at the Federalist abt Earth Day and one of the main Chicken Littles of the Eco-crowd from back in the day, still crowing, and still getting it wrong: http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/22/earth-day-remember-often-environmental-alarmists-wrong

    I am all for Science, and it would be awesome if more of the “Climate Change” people utilized it. You know, instead of talking points and ideology. Like, if they would actually put two and two together that Erhlich was as wrong as he could possibly be, and that Al Gore has been as wrong as he could possibly be, yet BOTH are still giving the benefit of the doubt no matter how wrong they have been.

    The climate may be changing – it has done so for EONS. That is why in Grand Cayman, for instance, they found remnants of a “beach” over 100 ft down. Because that’s where the beach used to be.

    But why scientific opinions like these aren’t given more credence than the Gore type mystifies me: http://www.dailywire.com/news/13817/scientists-we-know-what-really-causes-climate-james-barrett#

    I guess because it doesn’t fit their political and ideological bent. So much for science, huh?

    Anyway, enjoy your Earth Day! 🙂

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ever since Al Gore began his money making “Global Warming” nonsesne we have been subjected to lies, more lies and just plain b.s..

    As you say, the climate always changes – just like the weather does. And the scientists, try though they may, still cannot get “weather” right 100% of the time. So we should change our whole way of life on something that is NOT science. It is the opinion of a few scientists, not 97% or whatever that latest claim is, and has yet to be proved.

    Gravity is proven. The fact that the climate does change is not up for debate. Global warming? Silliness posing as science.

    Thanks to Al Gore who got rich pushing this crap.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, Gore sure has gotten rich pushing his false memes abt Climate Change, hasn’t he? And a Nobel Prize, to boot. You’d think the Nobel Prizes would lose some of their luster considering some of the people to whom they have given them (I mean, really – Bob Dylan for Literature? Seriously?).

      But as we know, Climate Change is big business and has proven to be a great political hammer. All you have to do to silence someone is call them a “climate denier.” It has abt the same impact as calling them a racist. They are immediately depicted as ignorant stupud cave dwellers.

      Thanks, Al!

  5. piper Says:

    TY for sharing your insights of the Holocaust and why we must never forget.

    I have a problem with Earth Day due to its association with Ira Einhorn, an activist who not only murdered his girlfriend but walled her up in his closet.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I’m sorry, WHAT?? I have never in all my born days heard abt that, piper! It sounds like a plot I read in a JD Robb mystery – seriously!

      Wow. I had NO idea. WOW. That sure colors my perspective on the whole celebration thing. Thank you so much for telling me/us abt that!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I remembered seeing a story about him on “60 Minutes” I think – a long time ago. Yeah, he was a real piece of work. Anyway here’s a little about him:


        Here’s another story about who founded “Earth Day”.

        Today is Earth Day, which means it’s time once again for an old story to make the rounds. Multiple news sources today have reported that Ira Einhorn founded Earth Day. Einhorn, convicted twice (once in absentia) for the 1977 murder of Holly Maddux, is serving a life sentence for his horrific crime. But he was not the founder of Earth Day.

        Time, in 1970, cited Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson as the founder of the event1. He “casually suggested that all Americans set aside April 22nd as a day for serious discussion of environmental problems” in 1969, and the idea went viral. (Or however ideas spread in the late ’60s and early ’70s.) Large observations were held around the country — 1,500 college campuses and 10,000 schools planned events, per Time — 45 years ago, with notable rallies in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and in New York City.


        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Thanks for this, Marge. I looked it up and saw that he claimed to be the orignator, but while it was disputed in Philly (where the first one took place, according to Wikipedia – FWIW), he did MC it.

          Thank you for more info on how it got started. Amazing how that can happen, huh?

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    Harvard: Gender changes daily. Disagreement is violence
    Harvard University is using tuition dollars to tell students that “there are more than two sexes” and that “gender is fluid and changing.” The school is also telling students gender can change daily —sometimes depending on what people choose to wear. If you disagree with those statements, you are promoting “systemic violence.”

    The office of BGLTQ Student Life has released a guide promoting delusions instructing students to “fight transphobia” and “get the facts about gender diversity,” Peter Van Voorhis reports for Campus Reform.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No! Gender does NOT change daily! There are TWO genders! TWO!!!! You would think people smart enough to go to Harvard would understand basic biology.

      I am so, so sick of Progressives/Liberals being able to force their ideologies on everyone, courtesy of the Media pushing their memes relentlessly. There is no reason on God’s green earth for this to be such a constant topic in the news, none.

      That schools are now pushing this on parents, that doctors/counselors who try to speak up abt the dangers inherent in pushing hormones on children, is truly disturbing. What in the hell is going on in this country?

      But yeah – back to my original question – how is it that Progressives are able to force their opinions and ideologies on the rest of us?

      Hollywood helps, too. Last night, we saw “Fate of the Furious,” and the first 10 minutes or so were basically abt how AWESOME Cuba is. You know, as long as you don’t mind murderous Communist Dictators and all. WTH?!?!

      Thanks for this – wow.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Here’s the thing – are these not the same people who are participating in the “March for Science”?? (Sparked by the Women’s March though allegedly “non-partisan – ahahaaha.) Here’s a link: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/22/health/global-march-for-science/index.html

        If THAT is the case, then they are Science Deniers if they do not accept there are TWO genders. And they are Anti-Life if they deny that life does indeed begin at conception as Science has proven.

        The hypocrisy is stunning – as is the way the media is lapping this all up and spewing it all over us. You cannot have it both ways – you just cannot.

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    ‘Can’t fix stupid’: Tucker Carlson BLASTS Rachel Maddow, MSNBC for linking Venezuela protests to Trump

    Socialist Venezuelans can’t get hold of meat or toilet paper… but MSNBC​ blames protests on Trump.


    I don’t understand how any rational person, any even 1/2 rational person can listen to such tripe. Venezuela has been falling apart for at least a decade. Now with Trump in office for less than 6 months it’s his fault?

    Rachel Maddow is a smart woman. An educated woman. Therefore she knows this isn’t true. Therefore she is lying and knows she’s lying. That makes her repulsive to me. Not because I’m “homophobic” but because I don’t like liars. Of any kind.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I read the Daily Wire article on this a few minutes ago. Good LORD, what is wrong with this woman? She has zero ability to apply logic and reason to situations, never mind reality and history.

      Venezuela is where it is because of Socialism. PERIOD. That is the reason they are where they are. There is no other justification for it and that she mentioned Socialism NOT AT ALL, as the Daily Wire article indicated, speaks volumes about how disingenuous and dangerous people like Maddow are.

      This highlights some of the problems with where we are thanks to our media and “educational” system. We are pushing nothing but ideologies and emotions, it seems. Good grief!

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Maybe I’m being nitpicky but I don’t think the teacher has it so bad. With the cost of living in Oklahoma, $31,000.00 a year, actually for 9 months of the year would be a decent living.

    However, they rank 49th in the country for pay and therefore Oklahoma is losing teachers at an alarming rate.

    Other states are “poaching” Oklahoma teachers. Perhaps the problem isn’t so much that Oklahoma teachers are underpaid, but that many teachers in other states are overpaid thanks to teacher’s unions. I’m sorry but the days when I am concerned about the fate of the poor teacher is long gone.

    There are, as always, good and bad in the profession. But the profession is ruled by the unions and they are, IMO, bad, very bad.

    If the teachers are worthy of higher pay, why are our children ignorant? Stupid isn’t something even the best teacher can cure. Ignorant is what they are paid to cure. And they are failing miserably.

    The legislator on the other hand is definitely overpaid.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I don’t think you are being picky. For a starting salary, that is pretty good, especially since it is only 3/4 of a year. And it generally has LOTS of benefits.

      I agree completely. They are failing to “cure” ignorance, and too often are the major contributors of same. It is astonishing o me to see what education has become in this country. No, make that APPALLING. We are raising a bunch of pampered, entitled children who think they can throw temper tantrums and get their way. Sadly, they are being allowed to do so. Even at the college level where the professors need to step in and be the ADULTS, they allow these kids to run roughshod over them with any half-baked idea they concoct. It is shocking.

      So yeah – maybe when they get back to being EDUCATORS, they will have a reason to complain. For now, they seem to be Community Organizers, and are being paid pretty well for that.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump’s Artful Egyptian Deal

    With the release of an American charity worker Aya Hijazi, who was unjustly imprisoned in an Egyptian prison for three years, President Trump’s innovative approach to the Middle East has been vindicated. For weeks, Trump administration officials had been working behind the scenes to secure the release of Ms. Hijazi, her husband and four other humanitarian aid workers. The administration was working to fulfill President Trump’s directive to bring the group back home to the United States.

    The negotiations paid off on Thursday when all criminal charges were dropped and the Americans were given permission to leave Egypt and return home to the United States. The President sent his military aide, Air Force Major Wes Spurlock, to personally oversee the transfer of the former prisoners to American custody. On Friday, the President welcomed Ms. Hijazi to the White House and praised her “great strength” during her time in prison.


    You can bet the bankroll that the MSM will focus on something Trump “tweeted” instead of something he accomplished. Don’t like the man and never will – but I do like some of what he’s done and is doing. And I don’t like the whiners that focus always on the silly and the negative.

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    The Real O’Reilly Factor

    by Andrew Klavan

    This is a reflection of greater family and company interests and conflicts. For 86-year-old Rupert, Fox News is a key part of his legacy, as well as the family company’s health: the most profitable news outlet ever ($1.5 billion in profits this year) and among the most influential.

    For James, 44, and Lachlan, 45, the hope is to reshape this legacy, to move Fox away from what they see as its retro, Trump-style views toward, well, something nicer (and to do this profitably, they hope, somehow).

    The way I hear it, the young Murdochs don’t like getting razzed for the O’Reilly-Of-It-All when they go to fancy cocktail parties in New York, London and L.A. They want to be part of the cool crowd and you can’t do that with the smell of conservative cordite on you. They care less about profits than about making Fox presentable to the liberal set.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Sounds to me like once Daddy is gone the two liberal fools will destroy the goose that laid so many golden eggs. All to be cool for their liberal friends.

      That doesn’t excuse O’Reilly. It does however attempt to tell the “whole” story not just the sex and the dirty old man story people like to hear.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Holy smokes. You know I am not O’Reilly fan, either, but this is a bigger picture issue for Fox, it sounds like.

        What continues to amaze me is the level of pandering people want to do to liberals. Have they not checked the make-up of the House, Senate, and White House? I continue to be amazed at the amt of hatred being dumped on Conservatives when CLEARLY half the country (at least) IS Conservative. It just seems stupid and short-sighted to me.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          This is why I found myself in the strange position of defending the old blowhard. People who only read the headlines lack a lot of information. And even the NYT, a former newspaper, and WaPo have some truth in their worst articles if you dig deep enough. In fact, they often contradict themselves.

          EXCLUSIVE: Ex-wife of Bill O’Reilly puts on a brave face as friends lash out at Fox News host for his ‘bitter attempt to wreck her happiness’ after he sues her for tricking him into financing ‘an existing extra-marital relationship’


          Sounds like a whole lot of “he/said – she/said” so common in nasty divorces. Probably worse than usual since an ego like O’Reilly’s would erupt when his children prefer to stay with their mother. That has got to sting.

          And note the headline that is blatantly biased in trying to portray her in a favorable way – As a victim. I tend to be suspicious of that. If he did indeed hit his wife he is beneath contempt. I just don’t know.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, boy. I know how you feel abt having to defend someone like O’Reilly. I just did the same on Facebook when an old friend posted a story from OccupyDemocrats (already suspect) with a headline abt Trump’s Campaign Chairman being arrested for child sex trafficking. Well the man in question was arrested in Aug., and was the campaign chair for one county in KY. The headline made it seem like he was THE Campaign Chair.

        I had to look it up since I had not heard abt this. And when I did, I came across THIS stunning article abt the vast number of arrests under Trump in a VERY short time of traffickers: https://townhall.com/columnists/lizcrokin/2017/02/25/why-the-msm-is-ignoring-trumps-sex-trafficking-busts-n2290379

        All in how it is framed, isn’t it?

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Framing is everything. And if you get your news from “headlines” you are as ignorant, or worse, than those that don’t pay attention at all.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Nurse Replaces Surgeon General After Obama Appointee Resigns

    The NYT, a former newspaper, seems uncertain why Dr. Murthy is being repalced. Then imparts the following information:

    Dr. Murthy has for years made headlines for calling gun violence a public health threat. In 2014, the National Rifle Association urged the Senate not to confirm him.

    In a Facebook post late Friday night, Dr. Murthy said, “While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served.” Employees at the Department of Health and Human Services privately expressed surprise at his sudden departure.

    Surprised? Knowing that Republicans do not consider “gun deaths a public health issue.”

    There were 2,596,993 deaths in the United States in 2013. These deaths consisted of 11,208 homicides, 21,175 suicides, 505 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, and 281 deaths due to firearms use with “undetermined intent”. Of the 2,596,993 total deaths in the US in 2013, 1.3% were related to firearms.

    According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity and overweight together are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, close behind tobacco use. An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, that is a stunning statistic abt firearm deaths compared to the other causes of death.

      And I am sure that, even though the new Surgeon General is a black woman, the Liberals will find fault with her and continue to call Trump a racist.

      Funny how all those years he was hanging with Dems he was never considered racist, huh?

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    This Earth Day, Remember How Often Environmental Alarmists Are Wrong

    Yesterday was the 47th annual Earth Day. On this day, it is worth reflecting on how completely, totally wrong environmental alarmists often are. Few things tell us more about the environmental movement—where it’s been and, more importantly, where it is now—than its dismal track record in the predictive department.


    We can all contribute to making the Earth, the only planet we have, a more beautiful place. We don’t have to be fussbudgets to pick up our trash.

    I pick up other people’s trash on a daily basis. I have the misfortune to live midway between a 7-11 and a bunch of neighbors who lacked the proper up-bringing that would have prevented them from simply tossing the wrappings on their junk food wherever they happened to be. Usually in front of my house.

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  17. piper Says:

    After searching for info on the infamous Ira Einhorn, need to acknowledge my inaccurate data about him and Earth Day. 1st one, he was not the founder although he hosted one of their first events in Philadelphia. 2nd gross error – he stuffed Holly Maddux into a trunk not walled up in closet.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you for this, though you were right that he claimed to be the founder (or one of) Earth Day, so there is that. He is a liar AND a murderer, apparently!

      And the trunk was in the closet, wasn’t it? Stuffed with air fresheners, newspapers, and styrofoam pieces or something like that. So yeah, you were pretty darn close for an event that happened 46 – 47 yrs ago, piper! 🙂

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        And pretty dang close for remembering off the top of your head.

        He tried his best to take credit for earth day. But whoever else thought it up – it’s God’s day because he created it and I think he’s been pretty angry with us if we didn’t respect it and take proper care of it.

        I don’t mean “care” like the crazy tree-huggers do, but decent care like you give your home. Because it is the only planet we’ve got.

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Rachel Maddow is at it again. Now she is implying that SOS Tillerson is some kind of Russian plant who serves at the pleasure of Putin. Sad thing is, the media will run with this and the leftest and #NeverTrumpumpkins will promote it.


  19. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Thank heavens there are still students like this. Admittedly, the President of the Free Speech Club at Harvard is from Canada, but still: http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/04/new-harvard-club-seeks-to-foster-free-speech-on-campus/

  20. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here is a piece on Israel’s commemoration of the Holocaust: https://worldisraelnews.com/israel-commemorates-6-million-jewish-holocaust-victims

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