Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Jewish Left
Hates Christians
While Ignoring

The Rise Of
The New Anti-Semitism

From Front Page Magazine:

One thing must be noted at the outset – Not only is there nothing authentically Jewish about the agenda of the Jewish Left – It is, in fact, anti-Jewish in every detail. It rejects Torah-based morality, sanctions Muslim and left-wing anti-Semitism and champions causes that would lead to the extinction of the Jewish people – not to mention the end of civilization.

OK, now I’ll tell you what I really think.

Though they occasionally try to justify themselves with vague references to what they call "Jewish tradition" – and often include in their ranks those to whom the title "rabbi" is misapplied – there is nothing remotely Jewish about their worldview.

By Jewish left, I mean those occupying the modest territory to the left of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center.

Which brings me to an article in the influential Jewish Forward by E. J. Kessler, published on March 17th ("Activists Prepare for New Church-State Battle").

The Forward quotes me on the upcoming War On Christians Conference (March 27-28), where I’ll be speaking on a panel called – "Jews Confront The War On Christians," along with Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Michael Horowitz (a Hudson Institute scholar), and Joseph Ben Ami of the Institute for Canadian Values.

For an opposing point of view, the Forward presented a website called Jews on First! – whose self-proclaimed mission is to "expose the intimidation" tactics of "right-wing Christian fundamentalists." (As opposed to middle-of-the-road Christian fundamentalists? But then Jewish leftists have always been big on verbal overkill.)

The Forward says Jews on First! (love that exclamation point) was formed to "expose and counter the people at the March 27-28 conference." The site is the joint project of Jane Hunter ("a one-time Pacifica Radio journalist and longtime leftist organizer") and Rabbi Chaim Dov Beliak.

Point of information: California-based Pacifica Radio makes the rest of Public Radio look like the Rush Limbaugh Show. In June of 2003, Pacifica’s KPFK-FM in Los Angeles hosted a 32-hour marathon by one Dr. Kwanku Person-Lynn (could I make up something like this?) called "African Mental Liberation Weekend."

Among other liberating factoids, Person-Lynn claimed Jews ran the slave trade and that Jews and white gentiles were "the pale horse (of Revelation) with Death as its rider and Hell close behind" – probably not intended as a compliment. These reflections were interspersed with pre-recorded ravings of the always informative Louis ("Judaism is a gutter religion") Farrakhan.

How proud Ms. Hunter must be of her association with Pacifica. And what excellent credentials for putting oneself forward as a defender of the Jewish people.

Jews on First! and its allies – Tikkun Magazine, Michael Lerner, Noam Chomsky, Barbra Streisand, Ed Asner, etc. – might be called the Left’s kvetching amen corner.

The site warns of the "intimidation of judges by Christian fundamentalists." By "intimidation" it means – criticism, analysis, reform proposals – really, anything other then acting like a puppy that wants its belly rubbed, in the face of judicial assaults on representative government.

Among other smears, Jews On First! accuses Focus on the Family of "an anti-Semitic attack on (a) federal appeals judge."

Focus is headed by Dr. James Dobson (who would bleed for Israel, if it came to it). The anti-Semitic outrage in question? The February issue of the organization’s Citizen magazine contains a cover story on Appeals Court Judge Stephen Reinhardt (think Ruth Bader Ginsburg on crack cocaine), who, in a recent ruling, said parental rights stop at the school house door. Reinhardt also wants to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to Jews On First!, the Focus publication "unnecessarily called attention to the fact that Judge Reinhardt is Jewish in a way we find offensively anti-Semitic." (To wit: It interviewed his ex-wife, who observed that Reinhardt "thinks about his Jewish heritage a lot.")

Oh, no, say it ain’t so!

How I wish all of the long, bloody, history of Jew-hatred amounted to no more than this. Imagine the stereotypical Nazi from central casting in a bad B-movie, telling his victim: "Ve haf vays of unnecessarily calling attention to the fact that you are Jewish." Not exactly "Schindler’s List" stuff.

The site also denounces another stalwart friend of Israel, Pat Robertson, for calling Islam "satanic."

Now, let’s see:

The imam who’s paid $76,600 a year to serve as a chaplain for New York City’s correctional system rails against Zionist control of the media;

French Muslims fire-bomb synagogues, and Jewish day schools;

a French Jew named Ilan Halimi is kidnapped and tortured to death by a Muslim street gang;
the president of Iran says Israel "should be wiped off the map;"

Saudi clerics preach the annihilation of Jews (calling us "the descendants of pigs and apes");
Egyptian television serializes a dramatization of "The Protocols of The Elders of Zion";

Syrian President Basher al-Assad told Pope John Paul II that Jews "try to kill all principles of divine faiths with the same mentality of betraying Jesus Christ and torturing Him";


the party that constitutes the new government of the Palestinian Authority boasts that its minions drink the blood of Jews.

...And Jewish leftists run around denouncing Pat Robertson for saying mean things about the religion that introduced "jihad" into our political vocabulary?

At least the Nazis hated Jews for the right reason: because they perceived authentic Judaism as the principal moral force opposed to their values. The Jewish Left hates Christian conservatives for upholding Jewish values. It’s almost funny – in a sick sort of way.