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September 14, 2010

A Whiff of Anti-Semitism

I debated whether or not I should write this post. But after corresponding with some friends, and realizing that the blogger in question is unlikely to allow any response that calls him out on the matter, I think I must.

On a local Democrat blog, I commented on the issue of Quran burning, taking the same pro-liberty side that I have on this blog. Indeed, here is what I wrote.

Rhymes With Right said... I find it interesting that you are not taken aback by military leaders (and political leaders) trying to suppress the free speech rights of American citizens.

It was the response that surprised me.

9:51 PM, September 11, 2010 Hal said... Again Greg, we find ourselves at opposite ends of a social justice debate. You as a Jew find it interesting that our military takes sides when it comes to the lives of our soldiers in harm's way. Allowed to burn Qur'ans these nitwits invite others to attempt to kill our people.

This is not a free speech issue, Greg. It is all about doing something that assures the death of others. Your state, the state of Israel, explicitly forbids the burning of the holy scriptures of Islam, the Qur'an. They do that for a reason, Greg. They do that because they realize that people who lack good judgment should not be allowed to cravenly bring on the death of their fellow man. Just as a supreme court justice, so long ago, decided that someone did not have the right, under Free Speech, to yell "Fire" in a crowded theater.

I was stunned. “You as a Jew…”? I may be circumcised, but I’m not Jewish. And while I consider it to be a compliment to be presumed to be one of God’s Chosen People, please understand that I am most adamantly Christian and have been my entire life. But what would my religion have to do with my position on whether or not someone is allowed to engage in freedom of speech and free exercise of religion by destroying a copy of books he owns in order to express his contempt for the violence and false teachings promoted by that book? I was confused – until I got to the second paragraph.

“Your state, the state of Israel….” Whoa! Apparently this blogger believes that a Jew cannot be an American – that his religion makes him loyal to another country more than to the United States. This blogger knows I live here in the Houston area just like him, has apparently decided that Jews are not real Americans, but are instead aliens among us who must be governed by and submissive to the laws of Israel. That, my friends, is the very essence of the old dual-loyalty slur that has been directed against Jews from time immemorial. It is profoundly anti-Semitic. And I am shocked to see it trotted out by a guy who is mouthing platitudes about “social justice” while perpetuating one of the oldest social injustices – and one of the most deadly – known to mankind. Nice going, Hal – you’ve officially classed yourself with the neo-Nazis, skin-heads, and Pat Buchanan.





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fuck him hes a dooshbag.

I find the most irony in the fact that weasils like him will say something like this on the net.

but dollars for donuts no one in his face to face encounters gets that treatment.

becuase he'd get a few broken teeth.

typically the real anti semites are on the left.

with the exception people like pukeannon.

|| Posted by rumcrook¾, September 14, 2010 07:50 PM ||

I that as a compliment. Ever since Daniel Pearl said it before he was murdered, I view it as an act of defiance.

But yes, Hal is a Meshugener.

|| Posted by Scott Kirwin, September 23, 2010 12:29 PM ||

I often get the same accusations thrown at me. I have always been an avid supporter of God's Chosen People. I grew up in a Baptist Church and was taught that Jews were God's people. I am a strong supporter of my Congressman, Eric Cantor - not because he is Jewish, but because he is a good leader (but not perfect).

My support of Cantor has often been ridiculed because he is Jewish. I have had a number of people ask me not to mention "that Jew". I have been accused of being a Jew Puppet!

Israel is our only friend in the Middle East and have done things under the radar we will never know that has kept America safe.

I have just learned to write it off as ignorant people. But it really bothers me.

|| Posted by Tom White, September 23, 2010 05:17 PM ||

The Jewish people should be the most admired people in the world, not one of the most vilified.

|| Posted by Hube, September 25, 2010 06:41 AM ||

That's not a whiff; that's a full frontal nasal assault. But I agree with Scott: Now is the time for all to stand and say "I am Spartacus-berg."

By the way, before Northern Europe turned antisemitic, I believe that is what the Danes did, totally destroying Hitler's efforts to deport and murder Denmark's Jewish population.

|| Posted by Bookworm, September 25, 2010 05:17 PM ||

I was a Jew, in a past life. Since it's been something like 1800 years since my last incarnation as a Jew, I think by now calling me a Jew would be a tad inaccurate.

That said, should anyone decide to call me a Jew I would have to thank them. While I don't agree with Rabbinical Judaism much, I have found Jews to be forthright, honest, intelligent, hard working people, and fun to talk with. So I must consider the charge of Judaism, however inaccurate, to be a compliment.

|| Posted by Alan Kellogg, September 25, 2010 07:08 PM ||

Stunned, I am not. The level of antisemitism has grown steadily. What shocks me (kinda) are the comments made to Tom White. There is anonymity on the internet. One can react, behave and comment like the fool he or she is, but ... to be identified as bigot and still call oneself a Christian is a lie. Next time, Tom, remind the bigot that Jesus was Jewish.

|| Posted by Sadie, September 25, 2010 07:39 PM ||
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