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Saturday, June 25, 2005
"The New New Anti-Semitism"
Ezra Levant blogged, here, about anti-Christian bias and wrote a piece, here, about my friends at Martime Christian College and their attempt to place a radio ad about a politically innocuous lecture (see here and here) they were hosting on the problems families face.
Joe Carter of Evangelical Outpost blogged, here, about "The New New Anti-Semitism: Confronting Anti-Christian Bigotry." He describes how "the new anti-Semitism" as anti-Catholic bias "has broadened to include all conservative, orthodox Christians. This is the “new” new-anti-Semitism." Carter thinks "enough is enough," but calls for a measured response:
But protecting the right to spew such vicious slander does not require that it be tolerated. We must confront such rhetoric in a manner befitting our beliefs. No decent Christian allows racially insensitive or anti-Semitic remarks to be made in their presence without letting their disdain for such sentiments being made known. The same standard should be applied to those who make anti-Christian slurs. If the comments are made out of a simple-minded ignorance, then correct them gently so that they might learn to think like an adult. But if the insult is made from sheer bigotry, then openly express your disgust as you would when subjected to similar forms of flatulence. We may have to suffer fools, but we don't necessarily have to do so gladly.
UPDATE: From Britain's Daily Telegraph, this (xml).
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The Anti-Semitic Disease
The intensification of anti-Semitism in the Arab world over the last years and its reappearance in parts of Europe have occasioned a number of thoughtful reflections on the nature and consequences of this phenomenon, but also some misleading analyses based on doubtful premises. It is widely assumed, for example, that anti-Semitism is a form of racism or ethnic xenophobia. This is a legacy of the post-World War II period, when revelations about the horrifying scope of Hitler’s “final solution” caused widespread revulsion against all manifestations of group hatred. Since then, racism, in whatever guise it appears, has been identified as the evil to be fought.
But if anti-Semitism is a variety of racism, it is a most peculiar variety, with many unique characteristics. In my view as a historian, it is so peculiar that it deserves to be placed in a quite different category. I would call it an intellectual disease, a disease of the mind, extremely infectious and massively destructive. It is a disease to which both human individuals and entire human societies are prone.
Geneticists and experts in related fields may object that my observation is not scientifically valid. My rejoinder is simple: how can one make scientific judgments in this area? Scientists cannot even agree on how to define race itself, or whether the category exists in any meaningful sense. The immense advances in genetics over the last half-century, far from simplifying the problem, have made it appear more complex and mysterious.1 All that scientists appear able to do is to present the evidence, often conflicting, of studies they have undertaken. And this, essentially, is what a historian does as well. He shows how human beings have behaved, over long periods and in many different places, when confronted with the apparent fact of marked racial differences.
The historical evidence suggests that racism, in varying degrees, is ubiquitous in human societies, so much so that it might even be termed natural and inevitable (though not irremediable: its behavioral consequences can be mitigated by education, political arrangements, and intermarriage). It often takes the form of national hostility, especially when two countries are placed by geography in postures of antagonism. Such has been the case with France and England, Poland and Russia, and Germany and Denmark, to give only three obvious examples...
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-06-25 2:12:26 PM
Here’s a photo sequence of the would-be female suicide bomber who tried to pass through an Israeli checkpoint this week, on a mission to blow herself up and commit mass murder in an Israeli hospital, as she disrobes, searches for the detonation button, then realizes she’s not going to explode:
Follow the images from right to left. (Hat tip: Allyson Taylor.)
UPDATE at 6/24/05 7:09:50 pm:
The IDF site has video of the incident at this page.
UPDATE at 6/24/05 7:47:55 pm:
Meanwhile, World powers urge Israel to ease checkpoints.
Same old, same old anti-semitism.
The power of the Internet in action.
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-06-25 3:12:45 PM
Anti-Semitism is alive and well.
This is a photo exhibit from San Francisco in January. The remains of Jerusalem Bus #19 destroyed by a homicide bomber were part of an exhibit about terrorism. It brought out the pro-Israel side and the Palestinian side. The difference in opinion between the two is startling.
Posted by: Scott | 2005-06-25 4:34:01 PM
Interestingly, Peter Hitchens, London Mail on Sunday, 19 June 2005 writes, "Many Communists realized long ago that a bloody, Russian-style revolution was not the way to impose their ideas on advanced Western countries. They rightly feared that Europeans and Americans, Christian and conservative by upbringing, would never make such a revolution. So they resolved to change the people, (mass immigration)leaving the issue of who controlled the state until later.
They believed that an attack on morality, religion, the family and traditional education would transform society much more effectively than a seizure of power.
Many of these men gathered in Frankfurt in 1923 in what they called the Institute for Social Research but which became known as the "Frankfurt School"."
According to Prof. Kevin MacDonald, "The first generation of the Frankfurt School were all Jews by ethnic background and the Institute of Social Research itself was funded by a Jewish millionaire, Felix Weil."
Pat Buchanan, in Death of the West, asserts that the school's main theme focused on repeating "that Western societies are history’s greatest repositories of racism, sexism, nativism, xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism fascism, and Nazism." A particular aspect of the Frankfurt School’s destructive criticism especially concerns him. The Authoritarian Personality, which Buchanan terms "by far the most influential book the Frankfurt School ever published," subjected traditional families to withering attack. “If a family is deeply Christian and capitalist, ruled by an authoritarian father, you may expect the children to grow up racist and fascist. . . .
Hitchens writes, "Almost all the ideas of radical antifamily feminists, sex-education fanatics, homosexual equality campaigners and radical school reformers can be traced to this origin (Frankfurt School)."
MacDonald writes that "Such a world is safe for Judaism, the prototypical other, and provides no warrant for the universalizing tendencies of Western civilization (Caputo 1997, 335)-what one might term deconstruction as de-Hellenization or de-Westernization."
Posted by: DJ | 2005-06-25 10:20:47 PM
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