Letter to The Editor - Christians are indeed wise to heed biblical injunctions to remember God and his commandments and also to remember their own shortcomings
To The Melbourne Anglican I was disappointed to learn that the beautiful chapel of my old school, Melbourne Grammar, has been used or, as I believe, misused for a 'Shoah Memorial Service' (TMA May). 'Holocaust remembrance' can be characterized as a secular propaganda movement whose core tenets are strongly disputed by a significant number of intelligent and responsible historical revisionists, some of whom are currently persecuted in a most disgraceful manner. That such a commemoration is 'Christian' can be reasonably disputed. This concern that a holy place is being utilized wrongly for partisan political purposes is strengthened by the report that a student spoke at the event about 'the dispossession Indigenous people in Australia experienced when white people came here'. Such a speech can readily be viewed as part of an ongoing campaign to unjustifiably de-authorize our nation. Christians are indeed wise to heed biblical injunctions to remember God and his commandments and also to remember their own shortcomings. However, they cannot ethically claim to atone for the alleged sins of others. In the present case 'remembrance' appears to be, really, the promotion of 'politically correct' and worldly ideology.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic