They aren't letting their namesake's vile views about Jews get in the way of demanding justice for the Palestinians.
Zionism and the never-ending crimes against Palestinians are among the greatest challenges of our times.
Yes, the Holocaust was a very real and very horrific crime against humanity.
But the Palestinians had absolutely nothing to do with it.
That's worth repeating as Zionists attempt to confuse the issue, even to the point that Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu once partially excused Hitler, saying that it was a Palestinian Muslim who first suggested the repugnant final solution.
If anybody should "pay" for the crimes of the Holocaust, it should be European Christians, who fostered antisemitism with their anger about the reluctance of Jews to accept the beliefs of the early followers of Jesus.
And it was that antisemitism that eventually led to the Holocaust.
Again, nothing to do with Palestinians, and certainly no justification for Israel to continue its illegal and immoral ethnic cleansing of the entire land of Palestine
Moreover, given Israel's collective punishment, including widespread bombing of civilians in Gaza, for every attempt by Palestinians to engage in resistance to the occupation -- a right recognized under international law -- I have no problem with considering most Israelis and their supporters guilty of collective genocide.
A complete right of return for every Palestinian family to their former home in a secular state should form the minimal basis for any negotiations. And support for such negotiations should be the requirement for every person, group or nation to engage in any way whatsoever with Israel
That being said, I confess to cringing and wincing when I read about a group of Lutherans calling for an end to all aid to Israel.
That is just and necessary.
As in Martin Luther, one of the most virulent antisemites in Western civilization and whose beliefs were often cited by the Nazis?
Fortunately, guilt -- and innocence -- is not something one inherits.
There should be no doubt that the motivating force behind the Lutheran group's support for Palestinians is a desire for justice and has nothing to do with their namesake's prejudice and ignorance.
Their passion for the Palestinians' plight reflects truly Christian values -- values sadly ignored by many supposed Christians. And make no mistake: Lutherans, essentially the first Protestants, had no monopoly on antisemitism among Christians.
I suspect these Lutherans, their founder's legacy notwithstanding, have more in common with the Holocaust victims than Zionists or even Israel.
Wrong is wrong.
And crimes are crimes.
If the Holocaust dead could speak, I suspect they would tell these Lutherans one word.