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  • The fact is that all those responsible for the death of Jesus are dead. -- certainly one of the most sensible things one can say about anti-semitism (which is one of my favourite rant subjects.) Blaming Jews for the death of Jesus is just like blaming Americans for the death of Abraham Lincoln.

    Anti-semitism is not different, at its core, from other forms of racism : it files a bunch of very different individuals, who lived at different times and in different countries, under a same totem, which is then pr

    • Anti-semitism is not different, at its core, from other forms of racism : it files a bunch of very different individuals, who lived at different times and in different countries, under a same totem, which is then proposed as an object of hate to the crowds. And like most forms of racisms, (as we have seen recently during the ethnic wars in eastern Europe and in Africa, or as we see with the raise of anti-semitism in fundamentalist Muslim circles), it's actually pushed forward by people with an agenda: distract people from their own oppression and misery while they seek personal and dictatorial power for themselves. As George Orwell nicely summarized it in 1984, War is Peace, made up enemies to maintain internal peace. I imagine that your religion could consider anti-semitism as a form of idolatry.

      Forgot to respond to this paragraph. I very much appreciate you pointing this out, because I hear it very commonly expressed that Hitler was just following the teachings of Christianity and/or Martin Luther or whatever, when the truth is he would have said or done anything for his power.

      I imagine that your religion could consider anti-semitism as a form of idolatry.

      I think we would. Much of it is based in covetousness, and the Bible specifically says covetousness is idolatry.

      --
      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers