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  •  Are you suggesting it doesn't make me angry, too? (2+ / 0-)

    He's clearly very sick. He wants to offend; I try not to give him even that.

    Did you read the links, above? E.g., just to take the first two:
    During the Holocaust, Nazis referred to Jews as rats. Hutus involved in the Rwanda genocide called Tutsis cockroaches. Slave owners throughout history considered slaves subhuman animals. In [his book] 'Less Than Human': The Psychology Of Cruelty, David Livingstone Smith argues that it's important to define and describe dehumanization, because it's what opens the door for cruelty and genocide.
    Insect Language and Genocide
    Question:  How did the Nazis and the Hutus use language about insects to achieve their violent goals?
    Hugh Raffles: what they did was try to turn those people into objects that you could do things to.  So, really what they did was they turned Tutsis into cockroaches and they turned Jews into lice, both of which are animals that we basically exterminate.
    So, in Rwanda it was through this campaign through Hutu Power radio which has repeatedly called Tutsis cockroaches in the period leading up to the genocide.  In Nazi Germany ... not only were Jews called lice ... They were also called cockroaches and they were also called rats... So, Jews actually really were not just sort of eliminated as vermin, but they were eliminated specifically as lice. ... Zyklon-B which was the gas that was used in Auschwitz and generally widely anyway for extermination gas chambers, was an insecticide.
    I know this was not your intention. There are other ways of expressing anger and of dealing with sick individuals like this guy and Phelps, that do not lower our own humanity.

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