[Just a side note, not intended to comment upon the current discussion of historical comparisons]

Picking up on Gunnar's reference to "Mein Kampf," Hitler pays a rather interesting compliment to the Jews in his book, perhaps unintentionally:  Hitler writes that the Jews cannot be separated from their God.  Since first reading that sentence, I have always thought that is the standard all religions' faithful strive for.

Happy Holidays to all the readers and writers of the world!

Eugene Schlanger