Saturday, July 31, 2010

Palin: "Close the Churches"

Today is Saturday, 31 July 2010.

In a surprising turn of events, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich today issued a joint statement demanding the closure of all churches and other Christian places of worship, located within a ten mile radius of Jewish homes, businesses, and places of worship.

“Anti-Semitism is the creation of Christianity, and led to two thousand years of murderous persecution, culminating in the extermination of more than 6,000,000 Jews. We find it intolerable, an attack, and a provocation that Christian churches shove themselves into the faces and lives of Jewish Americans”.

Perhaps when hell freezes over.

Certain Americans, who just happen to be Muslim, just as some Americans happen to be Christian, and some Americans happen to be Jewish, and … you get the idea.

These particular Americans, who just happen to be Muslims, and not, for example, Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit-Predestinarian Baptists (Kurt Vonnegut and I aren’t making that up; please google) want to build a multi-use cultural center a few blocks from the World Trade Center site, to include a restaurant, a pool, a performing arts space, educational facilities, and prayer space.

This is being called a “mosque”, since it includes prayer space. By the same criterion, every hospital owned by the Roman Catholic Church, containing a chapel, is Notre Dame.

The whole point of Palin, Gingrich, and other bigots who oppose the building of a Muslim cultural center in Lower Manhattan, is that they equate the fact that the 9-11 hijackers were Muslim, with the bigot fantasy that all Muslims who ever lived, live, or will live are blood-responsible for 9-11. Cf. the classic anti-Semitic blood libel that all Jews are responsible for killing God, in the person of Jesus.

The evil error here is the creation of the Monolithic Other: there are no Jews, but only The Jew. There are no Muslims, but only The Muslim. There are no Christians, only The Christian, There are no ….

As if every adherent of each religion were exactly the same and subsumed into one. Purpose?

As the Roman emperor Caligula said, “If only all humanity had but one head, that one cut of the sword might suffice.”

Just another way for the white right to scream: "N----r! N----r! N----r!"

All those coloreds do look alike, don't they?


Anonymous Anonymous said... assumption that one associates with "minds of their caliber."

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, for one, think that the Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit-Predestinarian Baptists deserve AT LEAST First Runner-Up in the "Craziest, Funkiest Religion Names" Contest. (I don't know the name of every weirdo religion/cult out there, but this name HAS to be near the top for crazy!) AND I loved the movie ("The Bad Seed"). William Hopper (Perry Mason's "Paul") is excellent as the Colonel, and just a great cast all round. (Extra points for the TSITSPB folks based solely on Patty McCormack's performance alone.) So, well done there.

Your post has inspired me - so now I'm off with the rest of the guys to prepare Shakshuka. Seems fitting somehow...

5:54 PM  
Anonymous HH said...

I learned about the TSITSPB some forty years ago, when I was given a box of books which had belonged to a deceased minister. "The Small Sects in America" by Elmer T. Clark (1937) is still an awesome scholarly study, managing to portray the craziness without being insulting or condescending. I notice Amazon has copies.

"MMMMMM: Shakshuka!"

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Anti-Defamation League opposes the Ground Zero mosque.

9:14 AM  

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