The Holocaust History Project (THHP) terrorized
If you've gone anywhere on my blogroll, you'll have learned already that the San Antonio office of the The Holocaust History Project (THHP) was damaged extensively by arson this past Sunday, along with several businesses in a warehouse complex near the San Antonio International Airport.
The complete THHP press release details the incident as well as past criminal efforts to try and silence this important group of dedicated individuals.
Bora/Coturnix and Orac have written extensively about the incident, with links to their posts on their personal interests in combating Holocaust deniers.
In particular, Orac really spearheaded this blog campaign to turn another silencing attempt into greater publicity for THHP because of his longstanding interest in and support of Holocaust historians. I've come to know the good Doctor a fair bit due to our overlapping professional interests and I'm pretty sure he's not even Jewish, but rather a recovering Catholic. What Orac has taught me is that pseudoscience and pseudohistory make use of many of the same manipulative tools. Hence, rational thought, logic, and skepticism can go a long way in combatting all kinds of offensive, dangerous, and downright criminal practices.
His own narrative provides great insight on how he became interested in combatting Holocaust revisionism, at first using his medical knowledge to respond to the offensiveness of those who would minimize or dismiss the deaths of 6,000,000 Jews and millions of others around the world.
It makes the intellectual battle against dietary supplement hucksters pale in comparison.
So, this is why you'll often see the scientific discussion here interspersed with my support for those who fight injustice, as with my admiration for Stetson Kennedy, or Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Sitting in my comfy little house with my happy little family and working in my buzzing little government-supported laboratory leaves me awestruck by those who choose to dedicate their lives to standing up for the rights of others, to prevent past injustices from being revisited.