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  1. Trotsky racist wrong

    Recently Dixie nationalist Hunter Wallace, a Lutheran, blamed Trotsky for the word racism. But a Wikipedia’s article „Phyletism“ says:

    On 10 August 1872 the Synod issued an official condemnation of ecclesiastical racism, or “ethno-phyletism,” as well as its theological argumentation:

    We renounce, censure and condemn racism [my boldtype], that is racial discrimination, ethnic feuds, hatreds and dissensions within the Church of Christ, as contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the holy canons of our blessed fathers which “support the holy Church and the entire Christian world, embellish it and lead it to divine godliness.”

    In condemning „phyletism,“ the Synod in Constantinople had, in fact, defined a basic problem of modern Orthodoxy.

    1872! If the quotation is genuine it was the Orthodox Church that used first this word under a negative light. How silly the two Matts look under this light…

    1. I assume the ‚condemnation‘ would have been issued in Greek. I wonder how this „racism“ translates.

      Reminded me of this: link

      1. Yes. I actually reproduced Hadding’s article in my blog (linked on the sidebar at the right). Thanks for linking it again. It’s an important article.

  2. The wiki page you linked says „racial discrimination“ and not „racism.“ My understanding is that the Jewish sex researcher Magnus Hirschfeld *popularized* „racism“ as a term of abuse or pathology first.

    1. Actually, it did say „racism“ when I quoted it (& when I copied and pasted Hadding’s article in this blog). The proof is in this Wiki diff.

      Hirschfeld published Racism in 1938, when the Nazis were in power. Richard Pratt, a “Baptist religious zealot” was the first use of the word in English in 1902. As Jack Frost responded to Hadding at The Occidental Observer, „Christianity and anti-racism are conjoined“.