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A Rabbi speaks

Bookworm turns us on to a sermon that needs to get wide play.  I'll do my part:

I have no pathology of hate, nor am I a manic Paul Revere, galloping through the countryside. I am not a pessimist, nor prone to panic attacks. I am a lover of humanity, all humanity. Whether they worship in a synagogue, a church, a mosque, a temple or don't worship at all. I have no bone of bigotry in my body, but what I do have is hatred for those who hate, intolerance for those who are intolerant, and a guiltless, unstoppable obsession to see evil eradicated.

Today the enemy is radical Islam but it must be said sadly and reluctantly that there are unwitting, co-conspirators who strengthen the hands of the evil doers. Let me state that the overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims, fine human beings who want nothing more than a Jeep Cherokee in their driveway, a flat screen TV on their wall and a good education for their children, but these good Muslims have an obligation to destiny, to decency that thus far for the most part they have avoided. The Kulturkampf is not only external but internal as well. The good Muslims must sponsor rallies in Times Square, in Trafalgar Square, in the UN Plaza, on the Champs Elysee, in Mecca condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent. Thus far, they have not. The good Muslims must place ads in the NY Times. They must buy time on network TV, on cable stations, in the Jerusalem Post, in Le Monde, in Al Watan, on Al Jazeena condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent - thus far, they have not. Their silence allows the vicious to tarnish Islam and define it.

Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.

Who amongst you are yawning?

Read the whole thing then pass it on.

Stop the yawning.


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A difficult sermon to read,... (Below threshold)

A difficult sermon to read, as I imagine it was to listen to.

This rabbi isn't letting any of us off the hook on our moral responsibilities to stand up and speak out about radical islamic threats and the cultural incursion taking place.

We do get pooh-poohed when we do it - just as we were pooh-poohed about speaking out against the AGW farce.

However, the tea party has given us the means to know that we are not alone. I for one lean on that security at times as I speak against what my friends and relatives think.

While this message is compl... (Below threshold)

While this message is completely on point with regards to the threat to Western Civilization by Islamic Radicalism, this Rabbi abdicates on his role in so many other areas of his teachings. Unfortunately, he is typical of many Jewish leaders, even Jewish citizens, who are only conservative or "hawkish" when it comes to the defense of Israel.

There are many teachings in the Torah against his "liberal" theology, yet he is not condemning them. Indeed, his support of gay rights, for example, is a perfect example of how he implores people to recognize an existent threat, but doesn't see how this acceptance is a point of contention to those of other cultures. It could be fairly said that the Islamic nations surrounding Israel would see such a nation as evil in accordance with the Qu'ran, worthy only of destruction. Obviously, this would be an extreme response in a civilized world, yet it is only a single drop in a shower of offensive policies to those who disagree.

As a Christian, I don't really have a dog in this particular fight. And as a conservative, I have an admittedly biased view of his positions. I am just pointing out that his sermon, while well-intended and inspired, is a little bit hypocritical by extension.

"Their silence allows the v... (Below threshold)

"Their silence allows the vicious to tarnish Islam and define it"

And by extension, them.

I'd like to know where all ... (Below threshold)

I'd like to know where all these good muslims are... I used to feel like the Rabbi here, but I have yet to meet ANY practicing muslim who doesn't start ranting like a lunatic when they think that only sympathetic ears are listening. Not a single one, regardless of age, class, or national origin.

I don't doubt they exist, but I most certainly doubt they exist in any large numbers anywhere around here.

goodluckwiththat....you... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

goodluckwiththat....you've hit the nail on the head!
I did once meet a clearly good muslim...a perfect person in fact...and I used to pull over my jeep, reach into the ammo box beside my Browning 30 Calibre machine gun and on my once weekly trip through his village I would give him a chocolate bar.
My christian character would not resist the heart melting smile behind his black eyes, his twisted smile and crooked teeth, his uncontrolled excitement. Ali, a Turk Cypriot, was about 20 years old. I have never forgotten him.......he was the village idiot. And I think he... loved unselfishly...which seems totally unislamic since islam seems to love only itself.

Yes, I know......the Browning dates me!






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