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Thursday, March 11, 2004
WWJK: Who Would Jesus Kill?
I know, two posts in one day, I must be off my rocker, but you guys gotta read this. Ann Coulter is a political goddess who hits the nail on the head with every swing
William Safire, the New York Times' in-house "conservative" – who endorsed Bill Clinton in 1992, like so many conservatives – was sure Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" would incite anti-Semitic violence. Thus far, the pogroms have failed to materialize.
With all the subtlety of a Mack truck, Safire called Gibson's movie a version of "the medieval 'passion play,' preserved in pre-Hitler Germany at Oberammergau, a source of the hatred of all Jews as 'Christ killers.'" (Certainly every Aryan Nation skinhead murderer I've ever met was also a devoted theater buff and "passion play" aficionado.)
The "passion play" has been put on in Germany since at least 1633. I guess 1633 would be "pre-Hitler." In addition, Moses walked the Earth "pre-Hitler." The wheel was invented "pre-Hitler." People ate soup "pre-Hitler." Referring to the passion play as "pre-Hitler" is a slightly fancier version of every adolescent's favorite argument: You're like Hitler!
Despite repeated suggestions from liberals – including the in-house "conservative" and Clinton-supporter at the Times – Hitler is not what happens when you gin up Christians. Like Timothy McVeigh, the Columbine killers and the editorial board of the New York Times, Hitler detested Christians.
Indeed, Hitler denounced Christianity as an "invention of the Jew" and vowed that the "organized lie (of Christianity) must be smashed" so that the state would "remain the absolute master." Interestingly, this was the approach of all the great mass murderers of the last century – all of whom were atheists: Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot.
In the United States, more than 30 million babies have been killed by abortion since Roe v. Wade, vs. seven abortion providers killed. Yeah – keep your eye on those Christians!
But according to liberals, it's Christianity that causes murder. (And don't get them started on Zionism.) Like their Muslim friends still harping about the Crusades, liberals won't "move on" from the Spanish Inquisition. In the entire 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition, about 30,000 people were killed. That's an average of less than 100 a year. Stalin knocked off that many kulaks before breakfast.
But Safire argues that viewers of "The Passion" will see the Jewish mob and think: "Who was responsible for this cruel humiliation? What villain deserves to be punished?"
Let's see: It was a Roman who ordered Christ's execution, and Romans who did all the flaying, taunting and crucifying. Perhaps Safire is indulging in his own negative stereotyping about Jews by assuming they simply viewed Romans as "the help."
But again I ask: Does anyone at the Times have the vaguest notion what Christianity is? (Besides people who go around putting up nativity scenes that have to be taken down by court order?) The religion that toppled the Roman Empire – anyone?
Jesus' suffering and death is not a Hatfields-and-McCoys story demanding retaliation. The gist of the religion that transformed the world is: God's only son came to Earth to take the punishment we deserved.
If the Jews had somehow managed to block Jesus' crucifixion and He had died in old age of natural causes, there would be no salvation through Christ and no Christianity. Whatever possible responses there may be to that story, this is not one of them: Damn those Jews for being a part of God's plan to save my eternal soul!
Gibson didn't insert Jews into the story for some Machiavellian, racist reason. Christ was a Jew crucified by Romans at the request of other Jews in Jerusalem. I suppose if Gibson had moved the story to suburban Cleveland and portrayed Republican logging executives crucifying Christ, the left would calm down. But it simply didn't happen that way.
Of course, the original text is no excuse in Hollywood. The villains of Tom Clancy's book "The Sum of All Fears" were recently transformed from Muslim terrorists to neo-Nazis for the movie version. You wouldn't want to upset the little darlings. They might do something rash like slaughter 3,000 innocent American civilians in a single day. The only religion that can be constantly defamed and insulted is the one liberals pretend to be terrified of.
That "Muslim" question
When I was younger, I had a friend named Mishelle who was Muslim. Her parents moved here from Lebanon, to have more oppertunities for their children to learn and grow. Mishelle was very religious, and kept her head covered, but held tall. She was a very proud girl, very intelligent. Last I heard from her, she was going to school in Maine to study brain surgery. She had the cutest little brother, Mikal, who was probably also the most hyperactive little runt to ever roam the Earth, and an older sister named Nikka with Downs Syndrome. When I met her was years before any American would even ponder the question of whether Islam was linked to terrorism; when no American's regular vocabulary even included the word terrorism. I just thought, and still think, she's just a normal girl who happens to believe differently from myself. Which is still what I think of the majority of Western Muslims, because that's what many of them are.
But today is a different world from the one many of my generation knew before Sep. 11th. Islamic terrorism is nothing new to the Middle-East; Islamic jihad goes back to the beginning of the religion itself. America's reaction to it was much the same as a reaction to getting cancer: denial. No, it can't possibly be that a religion we're told by those in our county is one of peace has followers who will do such a thing. After all, look at all the peaceful Muslims in America who've never even considered violence! What fools we would be to take that logic to heart. It's equal to saying, "Well, there's no way the German Army can be executing Jews by the thousands. Look at all the peaceful Germans!" But by the time we, or anyone else for that matter, learned of the German holocaust, it was too late to save the thousands of Jews, Gypsies, Christians, mentally disabled, children and elderly who were already gone. This time, we've been shaken awake. We can't just shrug it off this time. There's no time to sit down and say, "Let's all try to understand each other before taking action." Here's what's to be understood: These are people who train their toddlers that killing unbelievers is good. These are people who don't understand the basics of physical hygene but know how to build bombs strong enough to whipe out city blocks - and they like it just fine that way, thank you very much. How loudly to I have to scream this to get it through peoples' heads: THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WANT YOU AND EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE IN DEAD, and are capable of making that a reality unless we stand up and DO something, and continue to do what's already being done. Whether they're "true" Muslims or not is no longer the debate. They're murderers who are happy when Americans die. They are children who are tired of the way things are, but who will not accept change.
I love Mishelle, and I miss her. I hope the events of the last few years have not discouraged her, because she is a bright, and beautiful young woman. She is not an animal and doesn't deserve to be treated as one for her faith. No one does. But those who do wrong, even in the name of their religion, DO deserve punishment. And if we don't step up to the plate, who will?
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.
And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.