Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This is real, pt 303

I wonder if Michael Medved is an idiot, or just loves him some anti-semitism.
"For most American Jews, the core of their Jewish identity isn't solidarity with Israel; it's rejection of Christianity."
He might as well have written, given the conservative audience he's writing for "Man, we Jews are still all jazzed about killing Christ." I mean, it can't be that Jewish tradition tends to lend itself to progressive causes, or the unique place that civic duty and good citizenship holds with Jews as a result of their unique history in the United States, the only reason for a Jew to be liberal is either as a substitute for real Judaism or antipathy towards Christians.

When I read RW and fascist publications, one of their favorite tactics is to call someone a "sabbath goy," a gentile who works for the Jews. I wonder if one might not apply a mirror term to Jews who work with the far right.

As an aside, I'd also like to take issue with McCain's statement that "evangelical Christians are overwhelmingly pro-Israel and philo-Semitic." This is only true to an extent. The types of evangelicals who really love Israel and the Jewish people are not in it for the best interests of the Jews, or because they respect the most stable of the Middle East's few secular democracies, but because Israel has a role to play in bringing about the end of the world. I think philo-Semitic might be a stretch, there.


Becky said...

I know someone like Michael Medved. He accuses liberal Jews of forsaking Judaism for their causes, but is guilty of the very same thing. Many conservative Jews use up all their time complaining about other Jews like this - my family calls this "being a self-hating fuckwit".

Becky said...

Also, to be religiously Jewish, you do need to reject Christianity. Medved plays to his Evangelical readers' fantasy about the coming end of the world and the idea that Jews can be made "right" (both politically and religiously).