Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Why Judaism is Important – the Sequel
by: Schvach Yid

According to Yahoo News, Islamic extremists in Thailand, ie. Moslems, crucified a fellow Moslem suspected of disloyalty, and beheaded 2 Buddhists. Here’s the link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071128/wl_asia_afp/thailandsouthunrest_071128161250

I’d rather be Jewish (and I am – thank Gd) and living in a free, civilized society (which I do – thank Gd).

Way back, when Cat Stevens transformed into a Moslem and took the name Yusuf Islam, he pronounced that Islam is ‘the pure religion’. He should have stuck with Peace Train and should now teach that to his coreligionists (co-Islamists?).

Judaism doesn’t permit vigilantism. We can’t commit murder in the name of any contrived justification (despite the merit of Pinchas in Parshas Balak), nor may we rape or immolate women accused of dishonoring family or community.

The political correctness scam of differentiating between ‘Moslem’ and ‘Islamic’ is just that, a scam; it doesn’t work. This ruse of assigning significance in meaning to synonymic designations for members of a group just doesn’t convince. In a disparaging spirit I’ve been called ‘Jew’, ‘Jew boy’, a ‘real Jew’, ‘Heeb’, and ‘kike’. ‘But that’s not the same’, one might protest. Baloney! Moslem is not Islamist minus politics, as in ‘on the street they’re Islamists, but in a mosque they’re Moslem’.

Judaism comes to the rescue, not as Superman (invented by two Jews, I’ll have you know – Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster) able to intercede and obviate the disasters intended by bad doers. No, no, no, that’s not it. One of Judaism’s great attributes is it’s insistence on, and obligation to, personal accountability.

That means no murder – ever! No rape – ever! No cholyerische (plague-like) behaviors – ever! By Judaism, people are not behemoth (beasts), and no beast-like behaviors are supported. Zealotry is not vigilantism, and violence is never condoned as devotion.

And Judaism doesn’t distinguish between the rich and the poor, or between the ‘high’ and the ‘low’; in other words, in Judaism, everyone is accountable to the same extent, and that’s the way it should be.

Those who insist on drawing an equivalence between Judaism and Islam as two ‘Abrahamic faiths’ are out of luck – that scam doesn’t work either. Torah tells us of the significance in difference between the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph – the Nation of Israel, and the descendents of Ishmael – whom the Chumash labels that ‘wild ass of a man’.

It’s true!


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