Reverend Dr Giles Fraser - Vicar of Putney 
Wednesday, 19 November, 2008, 08:40 AM
Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

My grandparents were Jews. They fled the Nazi persecution before the war. Based on their experience they smothered their Jewish identity in order to blend in. Me becoming a Christian priest was the ultimate smothering. There's a naive tendency to assume that if all these different religions didn't exist, we'd somehow, magically, have one less tribal label to persecute each other with, but the opposite is the case. The more I become convinced that my own religion is completely right, and everyone else's is completely wrong, the more united I become with them. You see they think the same. They rather quaintly assume that their holy book is true and that the New Testament is a load of old tosh. As if!

So we are in fact in complete agreement with one another that the other one is totally deluded. As a Rev. Dr. let me just assure you that this is what unites all religions in the perfect peace and harmony that we see today. Anyone can see that it's the most religious people on the planet who really reach out to form bonds across cultural divides. And the fact that the Nazi regime murdered 6 million Jews? Well obviously the Christian majority just weren't religious enough.

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