Pope compares politicians who are enraged against homosexuals with Hitler
VATICAN CITY: He said Friday that politicians who are enraged against homosexuals, gypsies and Jews remind Hitler.
It is no accident that sometimes there is a resurgence of typical Nazi symbols, Francis said in a speech to the participants of an international conference on criminal law.
And I must confess that when I hear a speech (from) someone responsible for order or a government, I think of Hitler's speeches in 1934, 1936, he said, leaving his prepared address.
With the persecution of Jews, gypsies and people with homosexual tendencies, today these actions are typical (and) represent 'par excellence' a culture of waste and hate. That is what was done in those days and today is happening again.
During the Nazi regime of 1933-45 in Germany, six million Jews were killed and homosexuals and gypsies were among those sent to death camps.
Pope Francis did not name any politician or country as the target of his criticism.
In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro had a history of homophobic, racist and sexist public comments before taking office on January 1. He told an interviewer that he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.
In May, the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation banning gay sex, seeking to moderate a global reaction led by celebrities such as George Clooney and Elton John.
The United Nations warned Brunei that it would violate human rights by implementing Islamic laws that would allow death by stoning for adultery and.
In recent weeks, Pope Francis has also denounced the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe.
On Wednesday, in impromptu comments at his general audience, he said: Today the habit of persecuting Jews begins to be reborn. Brothers and sisters: this is neither human nor Christian; the Jews are our brothers and sisters and should not be persecuted. ! It is understood?
Last week, a Vatican cardinal said he was disgusted by the anti-Semitic abuse directed at an 89-year-old Italian senator and Holocaust survivor, who received police protection after receiving death threats.
In July, a European Union The study says that young Jewish European Jews experience more anti-Semitism than their parents, with an increase in abuse in emails, text messages and social media posts.
More than 80% of Jews of all ages said they felt that anti-Semitism had increased on the Internet in the past five years and about 70% said they faced more hostility in public, according to the study.