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The Jew Thing

August 19, 2008

For months now I've had a fan just filling my e-mail box with loads of political crap. I agreed with most of it that I bothered to read at all, so I just let it slide even though every day I spend a big chunk of my time cleaning out my e-mail box from the loads of crap.

But today she sent this piece about how the Jews are a bunch of racists who want to make sure their population never has Jews in a minority and oh the poor Palestinians.

I told her to take me off her lists and in short terms why.

Now here's the thing. I'm a Reform Jew and not a Zionist, but I have friends—living and dead—who lived through the Holocaust and have first-hand accounts of what happens when A) the Jews are demonized and B) there is no Jewish home land.

I am sick to death of hearing about the plight of the poor Palestinians and how their home land was stolen from them and... They were a nomadic people! What homeland? People seem to forget all the attacks that prompted the Israelis to seize the West Bank.

Mostly a bunch of bleeding-heart doves who you'd think would know better have decided that the Palestinians are the underdogs and so they're going to pick on the Jews... Yes that's right, let's all pick on the Jews, because no matter who or what you are, no matter how liberal and broad minded, it's all right to pick on the Jews.

And who are these left wingers defending? Muslim extremists who go on suicide bombing missions to kill not military personal but civilian targets, that’s who. These people treat their women like cattle... Excuse me they treat their livestock better than they treat their women. Now you're all saying most Palestinians are peace-loving people just trying to live their lives and... Are they? Are they really? They condone—even worship and praise—suicide bombers. They deny Israel and therefore its people the basic right to exist. They allow terrorism to grow in their midst and do nothing to stop it.

Have good people been caught up in the midst of what only a few have done? No doubt. Do those "good people" know who the real bad guys are? Probably not—and neither do we on any given day.

For a bunch of American activists who have—in most cases—never felt the very real sting of prejudice to brand Jews racist because they don't want to become a minority in Israel shows just how out of touch with reality these activists really are. Take it from a big Jewish Dyke living in the big middle of the Christian Bible Belt. As a Jew I've had my car vandalized—not once but twice—while it was parked at the temple. The Temple has been vandalized numerous times including the time they spray painted five-foot swastikas with red paint on all the windows. My son was threatened by KKK members in his junior high class so that we had to move him from that school because the administration didn’t think the KKK was any danger. As a dyke, the clubs we go to are often picketed and we are harassed by bible-thumping morons. We got to spend months finding out just exactly who hated us and why when they were trying to pass their ban on homosexual marriage because everywhere you looked there were signs to pass the bill—which passed with 75 percent of the vote in our state.

So... I know from experience what it's like to be in a real minority surrounded by people that hate me, but none of them have nuclear war heads and so far none of them have driven a car full of bombs through the front of my house.

I don't consider myself to be a religious person. Spiritual maybe, religious no. I'm a reform Jew because it allows me to think and I don't like anything that tells me I'm not allowed to think certain things or explore what I believe on a daily basis.

I'm tired of everyone pussy footing around afraid to say the truth. Religion is a huge problem and the root of all the problems in the world. It doesn't save people it stifles and kills them in masses like nothing else ever has. I'm just going to tell the absolute truth and if anyone doesn't like it they can kiss my ass because it's a sure bet I won't like what they have to say, either. Fundamentalist religions of all kinds—mine, yours, and everyone else's—are vessels of evil.

And I mean evil, too. Before you have a complete little religious meltdown, check out history. Human sacrifice... for religion. Wars... for religion. Persecution of entire races of people... for religion. Can there be anything more wicked than molesting a child? When's the last time a month went by that you didn't hear of some religious official molesting a kid?

Blaise Pascal said, "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."

Flip Wilson used to scream out, "The devil made me do it!" But let's just face it, the truth is that most of the time when someone is doing something truly wicked it's because they think God wants them to do it.

Religious leaders get up there and tell their sheep—so called because they have no minds of their own—that this, that, and the other thing are all sins. Stupid shit like masturbation, drinking, sex, thinking bad things—all sins in someone's belief and you're going to go to hell and burn and burn. Bull shit! All bullshit! Homosexuality is a sin, so is feminism, and questioning religious leaders is a sin and not spending most of your life praying to something you never see, or hear, or feel is a sin. Really?

Oh and here's my favorite one. Believing what anyone who isn't in our particular branch of our religion—that's a sin, too.

And once you have convinced yourself that everyone but the people you go to church with are sinners and therefore all going to hell, then don't try to tell me that you have love for your fellow. To me thinking that someone deserves to go to hell and burn forever because they don't believe a man came to earth and was tortured to death for their sins means you hate that person.

One of the reasons I'm a Reform Jew... We don't believe in hell. We don't believe everyone who isn't Jewish is a sinner. But the truth is I'd be happy to be nothing at all. I don't need a religious affiliation to feel complete. This one works for me. I understand agnostics, I understand atheists, in fact some of the most ethical and certainly the least hung-up people I've ever known have been atheists. I respect their conviction not to believe and have to admit that they can prove what they believe and that I can't. I understand moderates of all religions and creeds as long as they don't try to tell me what to believe. I don't understand when people blindly follow something that is obviously so flawed.

I don't understand American liberals choosing to band together to go after the Jews to save the Palestinians who would spit on every single other thing they stand for as being blasphemous. For one thing a woman wrote this article and if they had their way women wouldn't even be taught to write. If you're going to fight for a people, maybe you ought to know what they really believe and what you're really fighting for.

It's really not all about what's right is right. Some times, most times, it really is about choosing the lesser of two evils.

Selina

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