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Friday December 24, 2004

Preach it, Shmuley!

There is nothing more appropriate on the eve of a Christian holy day than to examine whether the example of Christ is being followed this day in age. An observation from Rabbi Boteach:

There are far too many religious Christians who are undermining Christian aims with appalling public statements that deeply discredit the wholesomeness of the Christian message. Those fraudulent TV evangelists who are more interested in money than souls are obvious culprits, but so are abominable mutterings like that of Jerry Falwell, who said two days after 9/11 that the United States was being punished for its sins.

Religious Americans have a propensity for blaming the secularism of American society on atheists, but seem blind to how their own bad example can contribute to the public's rejection of a spiritual message.

In recent weeks, fundamentalist leaders and pundits have been shouting some horribly anti-Jew sentiments, many reminiscent of pre-Holocaust slander. On the day many Christians celebrate the birth of the Jewish messiah, why not ask ourselves what we can do to halt the growing hatred of Jewish people in America?


I don't know the answer; I wish that I did.

"Go ahead and hate your neighbor/Go ahead and cheat a friend/Do it in the name of heaven/You can justify it in the end/There won't be any trumpets blowing/Come the Judgement Day/On the bloody morning after/One tin soldier rides away"---"One Tin Soldier", Coven (At "twentysomething", you might be too young to remember that song )

Unfortunately, tribalism seems to be hard-wired into the brains of primates, Homo-allegedly-sapiens included. Jesus tried to teach us to turn our backs on this primordial trait, welcoming the poor and the lepers, the harlots and the publicans--even the Roman conquerors, using clever rather than violent means of resistance to deal with the last group. Merry Christmas and God bless us every one!

Trying to evolve, Monster from the Id

Monster from the Id on December 25, 2004 02:54 AM

Fear is at the bottom of it, and the antidote to fear is faith.

Joan on December 27, 2004 06:59 AM