Loony control freak Brigitte Zypries actually
considering arrest warrant for Bishop Williamson, George Orwell was egregiously
wrong it is not Big Brother but Big Sister we have to worry
HE QUESTIONED HOLY DOGMA
Germany weighs arrest
Germany may arrest Holocaust® bishop
Vatican and Jewish groups reject apology from Richard
By JEROME TAYLOR
The Independent, London
Saturday, 28 February 2009
Germany is considering issuing an arrest warrant for
Williamson over his controversial claim that no Jews
died in the
[alleged] gas chambers during the Second World War.
British-born bishop made the comments during an
interview with Swedish
television last year at a seminary for the
ultra-orthodox Society of Saint
Pius X in the Bavarian village of
Zaitzkoven, near Munich.
German law denial of the Holocaust® is illegal and an
launched by prosecutors after the interview was
broadcast last month.
Germany's Justice Minister, Brigitte Zypries, confirmed yesterday
that officials were considering issuing a European Union-wide arrest
warrant for Dr. Williamson, who flew into Britain earlier this week
after being expelled from the Argentine seminary where he had been
living for much of the past five years.
Could face extradition
Mrs. Zypries said that if an arrest
warrant is issued, Britain would be
obligated to arrest the renegade cleric
and extradite him to Germany
under a European set of guidelines introduced
last year to toughen
up anti-racism and hate crime laws.
Britain has no specific laws against denying genocides,
Holocaust® denial is punishable with up to three years
in prison and because
the comments were made in Germany,
Dr. Williamson may be liable for
The news of the arrest warrant came as the controversial
attempted rehabilitation into the Catholic Church took a tumble
when the Vatican rejected an apology he made earlier this week.
After weeks of refusing an order from Rome to repent his Holocaust®
denial views "in an absolutely unequivocal and public way", he made
carefully worded apology on Thursday evening on the SSPX website.
Vatican unsatisfied with
the statement, the bishop said his views on the Holocaust® were
that of a
"non-historian ... formed 20 years ago on the basis of
available, and rarely expressed in public since."
He added: "To all
souls that took honest scandal from what I said,
before God I apologize."
The Vatican's chief spokesperson, Father Frederico Lombardi, said
Dr. Williamson's apology "does not seem to respect the conditions"
his re-admission to the church.
Jewish and Holocaust®-remembrance groups
also rejected the
apology saying Dr Williamson had failed to fully renounce
that the Holocaust® has been exaggerated by historians.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal
Center in Los Angeles, said: "The one thing he doesn't say, and
thing, is that the Holocaust® occurred ... You want to
make an apology, you
have to affirm the Holocaust®."
Karen Pollack, the chief executive of The
Trust, also criticized the apology: "You don't need
to be a historian
to recognize one of the most defining episodes of the 20th
where millions of Jews and others were brutally murdered by the
"Williamson may have acknowledged the offense he has caused
but the fact remains that he denied the Holocaust® — even
questioning the existence of gas chambers only a month ago.
denial is anti-Semitism under whatever guise."
Although the bishop
belongs to a breakaway Catholic sect that is
not in full communion with the
Catholic Church, the Vatican has
been deeply embarrassed by Williamson's
views because it lifted
an excommunication order on the SSPX just days after
Holocaust® denial interview was broadcast.
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