Angry Little Tank

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Friday Wiki - What's an auto da fe?

Its what you oughtn't to do but you do anyway!

Oh the genius of Mel Brooks. I particularly liked contrasting his most Jewish method of laughing in the face of persecution against the other Mel earlier this week. The crazy ass Jew hating Mel. Part of doing that was linking to this great segment from History of the World part 1. But what does "auto da fe" mean? What are its origins?

An auto da fe was a ritual of public punishment for convicted heretics (read Muslims and Jews) that occurred during the Middle Ages. The term in Spanish means "act of faith". Jews and Muslims were herded into the public square (after a Catholic mass naturally) and tortured for public amusement. Executions often followed.

If the Mel Gibsons and Osama bin Ladens of the world get their way the Jews and gays will be subject to this and far worse. Never forget that or dismiss this just as crazy people doing crazy things.

But feel free to laugh at such injustice as often as you can. You just gotta.


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