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Will casting out swine see the world become a pearl?

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Will casting out swine see the world become a pearl?

A German man wants an anti-Semitic relief removed from a church, but what about using such artefacts to educate?

Andreas Kluth

However enlightened or bigoted you may think we are nowadays, we ought to be able to agree that our forebears really were God-awful prejudiced in the past. The reminders are all around. 

Statues, monuments and other bits of public architecture teem with images of people who held views or committed acts we consider vile. Some fought to preserve slavery or became rich trading slaves. Others did, said or wrote things that were racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic or chauvinistic. 

The question is what to do about all those relics today. Can we remove them and scrub our past clean? Should we even try? Or is there a better way to confront the vestiges of the bad old times in the here and now? ..

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