Controversial title, right? Why? If the title was “The Conundrum of American Catholics”, would many even question it? If it was “the problem with muslims”, most in the Conservative community would praise it. But The Conundrum of American Jews, must be anti-Semitic, right?
Why don’t we, in the Conservative community, focus on the ludicrous aspects of Judaism like we focus on the ludicrous aspects of so much else? For Trump, after a hard campaign, after a comparatively narrow election win based on the electoral college (a good win, an honest win, consistent with the laws of this country. I’m sorry folks, dead people voting, double and more voting, illegal immigrants and non-citizens voting, gives the democrats the numerical wins, indeed, hillary was popular with dead voters and non-citizens), some-to-many Jews seem heII bent to undermine the Trump presidency.
From “The Federalist”:
This high holiday season, which starts the night of Sept. 20, a group of conservative, reform, and reconstructionist rabbis will neither forgive nor forget when it comes to President Trump……..
Staying away and rebuking is what leaders of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, The Rabbinical Assembly, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism decided to do after thoughtful and prayerful consideration, they wrote, when they canceled an annual call with the president that began under President Obama.
“We have concluded that President Trump’s statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville are so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred that we cannot organize such a call this year,” they wrote in a statement.
These rabbis began an annual call, under obama, likely a muslim president, and cancelled it, this year at least, under a Christian president, because of intentionally misconstrued statement made by President Trump. How absolutely ludicrous.
I’ve recently written about the terms Nationalism (a very good thing, belief in the interests and well being of your own country) compared to white nationalism, white separatism, white supremacism, black supremacism, and black separatism.
Jews are both separatists and supremacists. If they are the “chosen people”, of course they are supremacists, some have no issue pointing this out. As a Christian, I understand this. But the majority of the world’s population is neither Christian or Jewish, so the supremacist aspect has little appeal to most. And they tend to stay in communities, they separate from others, therefore are separatists. I see no trouble with either. It should no more matter if they do this, or non-Jewish whites do it.
The trouble with any supremacist is radicalism. And, drum roll please, there are Jewish radicals, seldom discussed by Conservatives, for fear of the capriciously used “anti-Semite” allegation. In America, the Jewish Protection League (JPL) had members that planned terror acts.
For example, from the Washington Times:
In Israel, radical Jews have vandalized Christian churches and cemeteries and have committed arson on Christian churches.
The leader of a far-Right Israeli group has risked arrest by apparently voicing support for arson attacks on Christian churches amid an official crackdown on Jewish extremism.
Benzi Gopstein, the outspoken head of Lehava – which has drawn notoriety for its violent assaults on Jewish-Arab assimilation – made the remarks at a panel discussion for Jewish yeshiva students when asked by a fellow panelist if he believed burning down churches in Israel was justified.
He later tried to evade accusations of inciting his followers to fire-raise, saying it was the government’s responsibility to carry out what he presented as a religious teaching of the 12th century Jewish philosopher, Maimonides.
“Did the Rambam [Maimonides] rule to destroy [idol worship] or not? Idol worship must be destroyed. It’s simply yes – what’s the question?” Mr Gopstein told the panel.
The “price tag” vandalism this week of the monastery at Latrun, in which the culprits sprayed the building’s facade with the words “Jesus is a monkey” and set the front door alight, prompted a fierce statement of condemnation signed by Catholic church leaders here
But I think the problem may be deeper than that. Just as these rabbis conveniently misinterpreted Trump’s statements, Judaism appears to have misinterpreted Christianty, look at this assessment by a rabbi on the after hours use by Christians of Synagogue facilities:
Use of Synagogues by Christian Groups RABBI ELLIOT DORFF This paper was adopted by the CJLS on March 21, 1990 with eighteen votes in favor, none opposed, and one abstaining (18-0-1).
All of these arguments would hold even more strongly if Jews were thinking of renting synagogue facilities to Muslims, for Islam’s commitment to monotheism is even less questionable than Christianity’s is. This responsum specifically does not, however, address the rental of facilities to Hindus and others who may be more plausibly considered idolaters.
So, some Jewish extremists think Christians worship Idols, and a more mainstream rabbi believes Christians engage in polytheism. You can learn something new everyday. Denial of Christians being able to use synagogue facilities despite the author saying that Christian churches have been very accommodating to upstart Jewish endeavors, absolutely incredible. And the article suggests it’s safer to identify with muslims, as they clearly are monotheists?
Looking deeper, was the call mentioned at the beginning of the article, begun under obama (muslim?) and discontinued under a Christian President Trump, just a coincidence? Possibly not!
Is this “cancelled call” the first thing against Trump associated with Judaism since he took office? Nope, see the following:
The real object of Jewish fears
First of all, as crazy as it may sound, there is something that many American Jews fear in their heart of hearts even more than they fear Moslem anti-Semitism, and that is white Christian anti-Semitism. Steinlight himself pointed to this phenomenon at a recent panel discussion hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies:
“Every high profile Jewish institution, whether it’s a national organization or a major synagogue, is surrounded by concrete barriers to prevent car bombs exploding too close to the buildings. If you go through the lobbies into those buildings you have to pass metal detectors and double-doors of bulletproof glass. You are then frisked by security guards, mostly retired New York City police or Israeli agents, and then are scanned again with metal detectors.
“What is truly comic about this—were it not an instance in the theatre of the absurd, and were it not so appalling an indication of the kind of mass denial that is still governing major American Jewish organizations, including the one I used to work for that’s currently meeting across the street—is that the staffs of these organizations pass the car bomb barriers, go through the double bulletproof glass lobbies, get frisked, then go upstairs into their offices and spend their days talking about the threats posed by evangelical Christians….”
So, is shovelling muslims into America by Jewish agencies (and yes, yes, by Catholic and other agencies, but which of these other agencies appears to be trying to undermine the President, I’m open to links, to articles) the extent of their opposition to Trump. Tragically, no.
The original article I viewed online is below, but has become premium content since then.
Jews Across America Are Rising Up Against Trump’s Refugee Ban: ‘We Haven’t Forgotten Our History’
But in related content:
Our rejection of refugees is an inextricable part of the American story, and Trump’s ban hews to that narrative more than we’d prefer to recall. Even during the Obama years, we let in only a tiny trickle of the more than 65 million refugees in the world now—admissions in 2016 were capped at 110,000. (Trump’s order slashes that number by more than half, down to 50,000.)
One such black spot on our history mirrors the present moment particularly closely. In the late 1930s, the United States had a chance to save 20,000 Jewish children fleeing Nazi persecution, by means of a program that would have mirrored the British Kindertransport. The rhetoric used by opponents of that program—which most likely doomed the vast majority of those young refugees to brutal fates in concentration camps—is eerily similar to language we’re hearing today.
Yet, as they wax superior, condemning Trump for banning muslims from terrorist nations (but allowing muslims from many more than he banned) by comparing the muslims to the Jewish refugees that were wrongfully turned away from America before WWII, they neglected to mention that Obama banned Christian refugees from Syria. Again, this infatuation with muslims and complete disregard for Christians. Where was the Jewish outcry at the Christians being massacred in Syria and Obama’s refusal to let them into the U.S., do I hear crickets?
….The rapes of Christian women and the butchery of Christian children do not count. No matter how moved Americans were this Christmas season by the plight of their fellow Christ followers in Syria and Iraq, no matter how horrific the visuals of beheadings, enslavement, and mass murder, the Christians fleeing death do not engender the compassion of this president.
The Christians are being raped, tortured, and murdered by militias, not by the Syrian government. This technicality condemns them to continue to be victims without hope. And this technicality is being adhered to with all the tenacity with which President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State Department manipulated quotas and created subterfuges to keep out the Jews fleeing the oppression of Nazi Germany. Obama no more wants the Middle East’s Christian refugees than Roosevelt wanted Europe’s Jewish refugees.
Conservative Jews, blacks, homosexuals, etc., are valuable and essential to the Conservative movement. But be careful of liberalized anything as representing the whole of any group.
Kudos to this Jewish gentleman for his efforts, he realizes the extent and seriousness of the problem against Syrian Christians.
Jewish peer George Weidenfeld, who was able to escapee Nazi-occupied Austria with the assistance of British Christians, is funding a charity known as the Barnabas Fund in an effort to save the Syrian Christians.
“I have a debt to repay,” Lord Weidenfeld, who was rescued by Quakers at the age of five, told Daily Express.
ISIS “is unprecedented in its primitive savagery compared with the more sophisticated Nazis. When it comes to pure lust for horror and sadism, they are unprecedented. There never was such scum as these people,” later added Weidenfeld.