Good news . . . We have an honest bit of debate with Kansas City's leading writer for faith & morals.
We admire his work on covering all things related to belief & believing but his latest argument doesn't have much political support. The opposite in fact . . .
First and foremost, he offers some worthwhile reading material and then shares his own conclusion regarding more and more instances of documented and sometimes deadly American antisemitic actions:
"Some of this is simply that antisemitism never died in the U.S. But some of it no doubt due to the rise of white Christian nationalism that sees Jews as "the other," with no place in America."
That's a sketchy connection . . .
Actually, since first term of Prez W. Bush we've noticed that conservatives and the right-wing have, in fact, strengthened their ties with the Jewish community and that love has been returned.
Consider . . .
Ben Shapiro has garnered a massive audience of rabid, young conservatives and, for the most part, his orthodox views on Judaism aren't a big part of the conversation.
A video we stumbled upon a few years ago offers an even better example of tense & often awkward relations betwixt the right wing and the Jewish community:
We'll take it a step further . . .
The BDS movement which targets Israel and has been deemed antisemitic by many pundits is a product of radical progressive politics.
The point here is that well-meaning people of faith seek to confront hatred of any kind and for that we believe faith blogger Bill has his heart in the right place . . . But his politics are just a bit behind the times and might be missing the point . . . Intolerance, prejudice and contempt don't really have a viable political viewpoint -- Hatred will use any argument to justify its own destructive aims. Ascribing "hate" only to a singular political outlook simply offers limitless options for intolerance to expand.
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Antisemitism has been called -- with much justification -- the oldest hatred. A book to read about the history of this systemic bigotry is Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, by David Nirenberg. I tend to draw a distinction between antisemitism and...