Some seem to believe that concerns about conservatives making fools of themselves by publishing ludicrously alarmist statements about “creeping sharia,” or by letting themselves be duped by Islamophobic activists, are exaggerated. This post demonstrates, I think, the contrary.
If y’all would stop characterizing those things we find revolting (honor killings, “female circumcision,” terrorism?) as “Muslim practices,” maybe people would stop rightly accusing you of “defamation of religion.”
Did you ever hear anyone declare that the fate of Kyrgyzstan, say, touched on “something perduring and eternal”?
No, the support for Israel that is offered by me and like-minded people is based not on headline-devouring apocalypticism but on something perduring and eternal: a sense that the fate of the Jews implicates humanity, that a world that refuses to find a place for the Jews is engaged in a rejection of even more fundamental truths. This State of Israel is, yes, a state like all other states; that should go without saying. But how strange that, of all the 200 or so states-just-like-other-states in the world today, this one alone is treated increasingly as a pariah that’s on a deserved path to being wiped out.
Well, which is it? Can a state be “just like other states” and at the same time a heartstring-plucking symbol of “more fundamental truths” that “implicate humanity”?
Forget the plucked strings: Even the famous bell-tower striking the hours of high noon right next door may never penetrate the ears of Israel’s would-be best friends: You shouldn’t declare Israel of “perduring and eternal” importance on the one hand, then be surprised when others, your enemies especially, fail to treat it “just like all other states.” There is a perduring and near-eternal resonance here with a whole holy unholy heckuva lot of historical baggage, something about the downside of being “chosen.”
With unique and supreme importance comes unique and supreme scrutiny. Sometimes unique and supreme myopia, too.
The far-right third party that Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle called home in the 1990s supported abolishing “the debt money system” and ran a vitriolic anti-gay insert in state newspapers that portrays LGBT people — or, as Angle’s party called them, “sodomites” — as child-molesting, HIV-carrying, Hell-bound freaks, according to documents obtained by TPM.
Hey, lefty, child-molesting, HIV-carrying, Hell-bound freaks are people, too! Stop with the judgmental negativity, haters.