Friday, June 30, 2006

American Protestant Pogroms

Dymphna has an impressive post at Gates of Vienna, in which she examines anti-Semitism on the Left, concealed behind `anti-Zionism' and so-called `liberation theology.

Here's an excerpt:

"...Don’t kid yourself: rabid anti-Semitism is alive and well in the higher reaches of American society. It has always been there, but only lately has it learned to cloak itself as something else.

One of the most appalling features of our cultural disaster is this anti-Semitism as it is currently practiced in mainline Christian churches in this country. The edicts, committee reports, and resolutions pouring out in the name of the poorpalestinians — for that is now one word among these leaders — all have the same goal. Their stated purpose is to alleviate the suffering of the poorpals, and their committees all seem to have anachronistically Marxist-sounding names with words like “Justice” and “Peace” and “Concern” in the titles. Just like the good old fronted Communist groups in the fifties, the ones aimed at labor groups and later at civil rights organizations. Let’s face it, the Communists stole all the good titles and now the churches must steal them in turn. They might as well, given that their goals are often similar, and equally malign.

Let’s call this posturing by the churches at least one of the things it is: willful blindness to the reality on the ground. A visiting Martian would ask what these Methodists and Lutherans and Presbyterians have been smoking to bring on this stone-blind demonstration of Jew-hatred disguised as Palestinian love. And the alien’s question might explain it all. That is, all the drugs ingested by these people in their youth (and now risen to positions of power) have left a residual brain damage. Instead of the cognitive deficits some substance abusers exhibit, church leaders seem to suffer from a sort of drug-induced cortical inability to parse moral differences. This deficit leaves them with an overweening need to find victims to whom they can show tolerance, while also searching for villains on whom to project the world’s problems. Enter the Jews, those eternal scapegoats that all the righteous Christians love to loathe.

Done with the iron fist in the velvet glove, as only Dymphna it all here.


Jeff Bargholz said...

"When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews, You are talking anti-Semitism."

Martin Luther King JR.

Not all righteous Christians are anti-Semites--far from it. Most Christians, especially the baptists, support Israel. The majority of so called fundamentalist Christians consider themselves to be Christian Zionists. They donate tens of millions of dollars to israel every year.

The new age presbytarians are the worst anti-Semites in Christianity, but they represent the fringe minority.

I was raised a Methodist and I don't hate Jews. The leaders of the Presbytarian, Lutheran, and to a lesser extent, Methodist Churches have a lot to answer for, but Dymphna needs to avoid lumping all "righteous" Christians in with those assholes.

Freedom Fighter said...

You are 110% correct, Jeff.

Most Christians stand with Israel and the Jewish people,and theones that don't have forgotten the bits in Ezekial that are the messianic foundations of both faiths.

I'm sure Dymphna would be the first to agree with me on this..frankly, many Christian Zionists are more pro-Israelthan a number of Left wing Jews,