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WAWIBF: the other Hutton

6 February 2004

One way or another, the word 'Hutton' and the word 'whitewash' are destined to go down in history together. One fellating the other for the rest of time. (A little perhaps, like the word 'Butler' and the word 'whitewash'). The Hutton Report was obviously more than enough to ensure this, but just to make absolutely certain, here comes Mel Gibson's dad, Hutton Gibson, who has apparently had a bash at whitewashing the Holocaust.

Mel's dad, as you may or may not be aware, considers the Catholic church to be staffed entirely by 'blasphemous, wicked men'. He has even written books on the subject. One of them is called 'Is The Pope Catholic?' Hutton thinks not.

But before you go agreeing with him that yes, the Pope really is a blasphemous and wicked piece of trash, don't. Hutton's problem with Catholics is that they're just not Catholic enough. The books he has written are zealous tirades against the liberalisation of Catholicism. What Hutton would rather see is a reversion to the days when we all lived in monasteries, ran around flagellating ourselves on pilgrimmages, and speaking Aramaic and Latin with no subtitles.

So, barking mad as he clearly is, should we really be surprised that Hutton Gibson suggested to The New York Times that the Holocaust never really happened? 'Go and ask an undertaker or the guy who operates the crematorium what it takes to get rid of a dead body,' he said. 'It takes one litre of petrol and 20 minutes. Now, six million?' Seeing that this interview took place last March however, it is not exactly news. It is only the fact that Mel's Christ-film and the anti-Semitic hysteria surrounding it that the story - much like the embarrassing remnants of a badly-tortured corpse - has been disinterred, and Mel was this week forced to comment on his father's Holocaust-denial:

"My dad taught me my faith and I believe what he taught me. The man never lied to me in his life."

Well, that's that sorted then. Hutton does not lie. God exists. The Pope is a Nazi. Six million Jews my arse.

Someone should get him to head an inquiry.

Read Hutton.

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