Sunday, November 06, 2005

More Jewish Hi-Jinks

After the Jewish debacle of a month or so ago on this blog, I've pretty much remained silent on political issues for a while. But now I feel the need to take another stab at it. I'll post the story from a Jewish news service here first. Second, for those of you who like a good bloodletting, I'll hook you up with Vox Day's commentary on the issue here. Further showing how out of touch Abraham Foxman and the ADF are, the most disturbing thing about this rant isn't the subject matter, but the fact that it is "the first all-out media assault by an ADL head on the U.S. Christian establishment." Mr. Foxman and the ADL have been content to sit by and hurl insults and vitriol at Christians--especially Southern Baptists--in the past, but now they've gone out and fired cannon. As Vox shows, we can fire cannon, too. Okay, folks, we've heard these silly, baseless charges of "theocracy" before. Even sillier is his assertion--obviously made in an attempt at ridicule--that we want to "Christianize" SpongeBob. Okay, I can ridicule too. I despise SpongeBob, as do many others, but not on theological grounds. I despise SpongeBob because he makes me feel like I lose IQ points. It's a moronic character on a moronic show that does nothing to improve the intelligence of our children. I expect better of children's programming, and I'm not even a parent yet. Foxman's words sound more like the ravings of a bitter man. We Christians have bigger fish to fry (no pun intended) than SpongeBob and his cohort of crustaceans. Near the end of the article, however, Mr. Foxman does venture into the realm of reality:
"No effort is made to hide their goals or their ambitions, and their vision of America is far different from ours." Foxman traced the growing spread of Christian extremism to a crisis in values among large segments of the American population and a corresponding yearning for religious content, along with the presence of President George Bush as an encouraging ally. However, Foxman identified the central cause as a sense of persecution and the perception that religion, in general, and Christianity, in particular, are under attack from the liberals in the U.S.
Well, no wonder, Sherlock. When you stand up and foam at the mouth about Christianity and Christians, maybe we feel a smidgen of persecution. When you go to court to tell us that things we've done since the foundation of this country are illegal, maybe we feel a smidgen of persecution. When we defend ourselves and you call us racist, intolerant, bigoted, homophobic, or what have you; maybe we feel a smidgen of persecution. The "goals and ambitions" of Christians are certainly different from Mr. Foxman and his ilk (can he be said to have "ilk?"), and nothing more glaringly illustrates this concept that the words of Jesus in Mark 12:28-34:
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
Oh, how I wish Mr. Foxman would get it through his head that this is what drives Christians to operate. Oh, how I wish he would dare not ask any more questions. But he shows himself to be the real extremist here. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Extremists give the faith they adhere to a bad name.


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