Monday, August 11th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 60 Comments

My hometown makes the national papers, as they say:

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Saturday by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb came after a struggle for the officer’s gun, police officials said Sunday, in an explanation that met with outrage and skepticism in the largely African-American community.

The killing of the youth, Michael Brown, 18, ignited protests on Saturday and Sunday in Ferguson, Mo., a working-class suburb of about 20,000 residents. Hundreds of people gathered at the scene of the shooting to question the police and to light candles for Mr. Brown, who was planning to begin college classes on Monday.

At a candlelight vigil on Sunday evening, the heightened tensions between the police and the African-American community were on display. A crowd estimated in the thousands flooded the streets near the scene of the shooting, some of them chanting “No justice, no peace.” They were met by hundreds of police officers in riot gear, carrying rifles and shields, as well as K-9 units.

Witnesses described a peaceful protest that later turned volatile, and there were scattered reports of violence. Images and videos captured on cellphones and posted on social media sites appeared to show people spray-painting and looting a QuikTrip gas station and other stores. Rioters shattered the windows of the gas station and damaged several police cars, said Brian Lewis, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department.

As expected, TV stations here covered the riot extensively.  If any of you are worried, Ferguson is nowhere near Webster Groves.  Ferguson is in the northern part of St. Louis County while Webster’s in the south, 20 to 25 miles away, give or take.

Details are still sketchy although I’ve seen several reports suggesting that the poor kid had multiple rounds in him.  If that’s true, County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch will have no choice but to bring at least manslaughter charges against the cop in question.

Racial ambulance-chaser Al Sharpton is due in town soon so this story will be on the front burner for a while.


Sunday, August 10th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 32 Comments

There’s never an easy way to do this.  I guess it’s true that the best way to remove a bandage is to just grab it and give it a fast yank.  So here goes.  Annie?  This is just not working out and I think that you and I should start seeing other people:

I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered.

It’s not you, it’s me.

Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America’s premier hospitals. (This trip may be the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.)

Actually, it is you.  Samaritan’s Purse cares for and takes care of the people who work for them.  And since none of their money comes from the government, why should it concern you how much money they spend?

There’s little danger of an Ebola plague breaking loose from the treatment of these two Americans at the Emory University Hospital. But why do we have to deal with this at all?

Because we’re…concerned about the lives of two people?

Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?

You and I are just in different places right now.  I’m a Christian and, to be perfectly blunt about it, you’re kind of a cold, heartless skank.

About 15,000 people are murdered in the U.S. every year. More than 38,000 die of drug overdoses, half of them from prescription drugs. More than 40 percent of babies are born out of wedlock. Despite the runaway success of “midnight basketball,” a healthy chunk of those children go on to murder other children, rape grandmothers, bury little girls alive — and then eat a sandwich. A power-mad president has thrown approximately 10 percent of all Americans off their health insurance — the rest of you to come! All our elite cultural institutions laugh at virginity and celebrate promiscuity. 

So no, there’s nothing for a Christian to do here.

Face?  Why don’t you and Palm get a room, for crying out loud?

Annie, you seem to suggest that there aren’t any Christians in the United States fighting the very battles you describe.  None whatsoever.  Since that’s patently idiotic, why should you object to two Christian medical professionals traveling to a place where people are sick and trying to help them?  After all, the Lord said that we should do things like that and stuff.

You wrote that there is next-to no danger of an Ebola outbreak occurring as a result of this.  So I’m at a loss to see your problem here.  Unless it’s the place to which those two missionaries traveled that bothers you.  Or you think “Go ye into all the world” means “Go ye to the end of the block.”

If Dr. Brantly had practiced at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and turned one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ, he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia. Ebola kills only the body; the virus of spiritual bankruptcy and moral decadence spread by so many Hollywood movies infects the world.

If he had provided health care for the uninsured editors, writers, videographers and pundits in Gotham and managed to open one set of eyes, he would have done more good than marinating himself in medieval diseases of the Third World.

Right on both counts.  But Annie figures that she’d better start justifying her screed with a Bible quote or two.

Not only that, but it’s our country. Your country is like your family. We’re supposed to take care of our own first. The same Bible that commands us to “go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel” also says: “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”

As long as your Bible’s open, Annie, try this one on:

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Know what that means, Annie?  Lots of people stop in and comment here from time to time.  Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox.  The theological discussions get a little intense here now and then but they’re mostly civil.  I generally stay out since I’m not educated enough in the theologies of these churches to make a worthwhile contribution to any of these debates.

And these folks come from all over.  I’ve got regulars from Canada, Europe and other places.  So here’s the deal, Annie.  There isn’t going to be a United States of America in Heaven.  And just because you call yourself a Christian doesn’t mean that I’m going to cut you any slack if you screw up as badly as you do here.

ANYBODY anywhere of any denomination who calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is “my own.”  And I don’t give a crap where they live.  Here we have no continuing city, Annie.

Wake the hell up.


Saturday, August 9th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 29 Comments

A potentially-lucrative new revenue stream for the Episcopalians has just opened up.  Consulting work:

China will construct a “Chinese Christian theology” suitable for the country, state media reported on Thursday, as both the number of believers and tensions with the authorities are on the rise.

China has between 23 million and 40 million Protestants, accounting for 1.7 to 2.9 per cent of the total population, the state-run China Daily said, citing figures given at a seminar in Shanghai.

About 500,000 people are baptised as Protestants every year, it added.

“Over the past decades, the Protestant churches in China have developed very quickly with the implementation of the country’s religious policy,” the paper quoted Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, as saying.

“The construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China’s national condition and integrate with Chinese culture.”

I realize that it might be a bit strange for a government to order a church to tailor its theology to the national culture since you guys did the exact same thing decades ago and did it entirely voluntarily.  But I’m certain that you’ll find ways to adjust.

UPDATE: On a related note, Professor Tighe directs the Editorial attention to this blog post from one W. Gordon Reid who sees genuine possibilities for the Anglicans by kissing the Chinese narthex.

And, on another front altogether, if only we had an Archbishop of Canterbury with a spine, he would be off to China to have top-level talks with the Catholic Church leaders there, inviting them to become part of the Anglican Communion. It seems to me that the Chinese Catholic church is at the very stage where the English Catholic Church was in the 16th century, thoroughly fed up with interference in its life by the Bishop of Rome. The Chinese Church leaders are ignoring Rome and choosing Bishops of their own (and being encouraged in this by the Chinese Government), while remaining Catholic Christians. That would have sounded familiar to Archbishop Cranmer!

Head?  I believe you’ve met Keyboard.  Yeah, Gordo, you particularly egregious dolt, that’s exactly why “official” Chinese Catholics are doing that.  See, they’re only “official” because they…oh, never mind.

With the vast majority of RC’s despising their Church’s laws on artificial contraception, and  - in some countries – a majority  against their Church’s laws on remarriage after divorce, clerical celibacy, a male-only priesthood, even conservative RC’s are beginning to say that their Church would be better smaller but purer in belief. This must surely leave a lot of impure Catholics around to be welcomed into the Anglican Church!

Okey-dokey.  The “vast majority” of Catholics “despise” Catholic doctrine yet they keep showing up every week.  What’s up with that?  For the love of God, Gordo, man up, say “Whore of Babylon” and get it over with.  You know you want to.


Friday, August 8th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 20 Comments

All kids embarrass their parents at some point in their lives but this little guy just retired that trophy.


Friday, August 8th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 34 Comments

You can still have a bright future in network television.


Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 38 Comments

From the dawn of time, parents everywhere have dreaded having to face that terrible moment when one of their children rejects the family religious tradition:

Oh, the kids.

They don’t know the history. They don’t know how hard it was in the old days. And many ditch their spiritual upbringing for the next new thing.

It happens to Catholics, evangelicals, Jews, and yes, pagans, too.

Second-generation pagans — those whose parents were converts to pagan spirituality — are a lot like their peers in other faiths. They often do spirituality their own way. Or not at all.

Yeah, that had to have been one awkward dinnertime conversation.

“Remember that Samhain begins this Friday night so sure to be at the Sacred Maple Tree of Fuinseoig no later than…”

“Mom?  I’m going to skip that this year. NWA Central States Wrestling is promoting a wrestling card in town this weekend, the Missouri State Heavyweight Title is on the line, Mike and I bought four tickets, we’re going to take our girlfriends and both of us have looking forward to it since it was announced last June.”

“But Samhain is the holiest day of our… you’d actually skip Samhain for something as base and common as…professional wrestling?”

“About that.  Look, there’s no easy way to say this but lately, I’ve been kind of rethinking the whole ‘pagan’ idea.”

“What?  Why?”

“I’ve been dating this Pentecostal chick named Ashlee.  She’s smokin’ hot, she’s way into non-WWE wrestling promotions like Ring of Honor and she totally kicks ass at World of Warcraft and stuff.

“But your father has already bought you a sacrificial goat.”

“I’m really not comfortable with the whole animal sacrifice idea any more.  If you let me keep it as a pet, I’ll be happy to take care of it but I’ve got no interest in killing it.  Seems really stupid, if you ask me.”


“Anyway, we’ve talked a lot about all this and, quite frankly, Ashlee’s basically convinced me that my religion is, well, complete crap.”

“Crap?  CRAP??  It…it…OUR FAMILY’S RELIGION certainly makes a lot more sense that that Christian old-man-in-the-sky garbage.”

“Ma?  We worship trees.”

We do not worship trees.  We worship the force that gives life to all living…”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the drill, mom. When I was a kid, you and Dad made sure that I spent many a dreary summer at Vacation Pagan School.”

“Ours is the oldest religion in the world and predates Christianity by…”

“Pop?  Please.  You’re just embarrassing yourself.  Our “religion” was invented in the early 20th century by some British pseudo-academic whack job with too much time on his hands.  Anyway, would you like to know how I spent the last Belt Sander?”


“Whatever.  I spent it texting Ashlee or playing Angry Birds on my tablet.  For crying out loud, dad, wake the hell up.”

“Well, I hope you’re happy.  Your mother’s crying.  See what happens when you repudiate your family’s religious tradition?”

“Dad?  Our family’s ‘religious tradition’ began the year I was born when you and Mom both repudiated your own familial religious traditions.  So boo freaking hoo.”

Sad, really.


Monday, August 4th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 62 Comments

I hate you with the white-hot heat of a thousand suns.


Monday, August 4th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 47 Comments

Dana Beyer, FTW:

Since much homophobia and transphobia is rooted in misogyny, it’s clear to me that in order to cleanse our faith-based institution of anti-LGBT bigotry, we’re going to have to do a much better job of dealing with the pervasive sexism.

Touch ‘em all, D.  I haven’t seen that many brain-dead leftist clichés crammed into one sentence so beautifully and so effortlessly in a very long time.  Outstanding job.

I guess that along with “homophobia,” which is the fear of looking into a mirror, having an identical twin or people who agree with you, we’re all going to have to get used to “transphobia” now, which seems to mean the fear of crossing the street or something.

UPDATE:  Great writing inspires great writing.  Here’s a Dana Beyer haiku.

Transphobia, you bigot
Misogyny too


Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 | Uncategorized | 57 Comments

Manhattan real estate is an incredibly valuable commodity. So whenever this country wakes the hell up and withdraws from the United Nations (or, at the very least, pushes through the idea of moving the world headquarters of that ridiculous institution to Geneva, Switzerland and permanently off American soil), what should be done with the Rockefeller family’s former Turtle Bay property?

The United Nations’ senior human rights official said on Thursday she believed Israel was deliberately defying international law in its military offensive in Gaza and that world powers should hold it accountable for possible war crimes.

Oh right, right, right, Hamas is bad too.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also said that Hamas militants in Gaza have also violated international humanitarian law by firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel, sometimes from densely-populated areas.

Except that we don’t really believe that.

Israel has attacked homes, schools, hospitals, and UN premises in apparent violation of the Geneva Conventions, Pillay said, a week after her Human Rights Council resolved to open a commission of inquiry into Israel’s alleged crimes against humanity.

“Therefore I would say that they appear to be defying… deliberate defiance of obligations that international law imposes on Israel,” Pillay told a news briefing. “This is why again and again I say we cannot allow impunity, we cannot allow this lack of accountability to go on.”

We all know the real criminal here.

She also criticized the United States, Israel’s main ally, for failing to use its influence with the Jewish state to halt the carnage.

“Many of my remarks have been directed to the United States since they are a party with influence over Israel to do much more to stop the killing, to bring the parties to the negotiating table. I’ve called also for an end to the blockade and an end to the occupation.”

Pillay said that she was appalled at Washington consistently voting against resolutions on Israel in the Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Security Council.

Here’s one blatantly obvious war crime for you. Israel refuses to share its self-defense technology with people who wish to exterminate it.

“They have not only provided the heavy weaponry which is now being used by Israel in Gaza but they’ve also provided almost $1 billion in providing the ‘Iron Domes’ to protect the Israelis from rocket attacks,” she said. “But no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling.”

Seriously. I’m open to suggestions. Turn the UN into office space and/or a branch of the New York Public Library? Make the UN complex into an Orthodox synagogue and a particularly traditionalist Christian megachurch? Or should we just plow the place under and give it back to the Lenapes with our profuse and abject apologies.


Thursday, July 31st, 2014 | Uncategorized | 106 Comments

File this story under “Who saw this one coming, nudge, nudge, wink, wink?”  Seems that His Incompetency is apparently considering a royal decree that will immediately legitimize millions of illegal immigrants:

Ubiquitous media reports indicate [that] the president is preparing to declare [that] he in essence will not faithfully executive certain immigration laws for certain groups of people — millions in total, perhaps — because Congress won’t do what he wants. This from a former constitutional law instructor. One would hope that elected officials of both parties and public figure and media of all political stripes would denounce the notion that congressional intransigence permits executive imperialism.

Make no mistake, says Jennifer Rubin.  Barack Obama doesn’t give a crap about the United States Constitution.

This brazen and unilateral transformation of duly passed statutes will not easily be forgotten by future presidents. Republican chief executives may decide not to enforce Obamacare, environmental regulations or tax provisions while liberal presidents in the future may choose not to enforce other immigration provisions or, for example, labor laws and regulations against unions. Obama’s arrogant overreach and effort to stir up trouble in advance of the midterm elections for pure partisan gain (saving the Senate, trying to goad Republicans into overreaction) will, along with the disastrous Obamacare and foreign policy debacles, place Obama in a unique category of presidents who deliberately seek to wreck our system of checks and balances and separations of power.

So how should Republicans react?  Easy.  Bring a gun to a knife fight.

Republicans should prepare a game plan, not merely rule out impeachment (which is the president’s fondest desire). For starters, they and the GOP candidates for 2016 should make clear that any executive order will disappear at the end of Obama’s term and any who step forward for exemptions now may be subject to deportation in 2 1 /2 years. Harsh? No; it’s a sensible deterrent to prevent widespread lawlessness. (The Democratic presidential nominee should be challenged on his or her own plans to rule by executive edict. Let Hillary Clinton try to win an electoral majority on a platform of executive imperialism.)

There are many other tactics at the legislative branch’s disposal. The House — and the Senate if it changes hands — can censure the president and pass legislation to countermand the presidential edicts, let him veto it and then try to override it. Congress can contain whatever enforcement provisions it sees fit that go beyond the president’s edict. Congress can defund parts of the bureaucracy engaged in this lawless action (again, the Senate would join the House if Republicans take over). Congress has the power of the purse and should begin using it strategically to counteract executive overreach and assert its own priorities. Depending on the outcome of the fall election, the Senate could choose to decline to confirm nominees for the remainder of his term if the president is bent on rewriting our laws. In essence, the Obama presidency apart from national security/foreign policy should be declared effectively over. No consideration of his agenda, no cooperation on any legislative initiative. Congress can attend to oversight and pass its own legislation, forcing Democrats to vote on passage and on veto overrides.

Sounds great but I don’t see the GOP responding that well.  I hope I’m wrong.


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 56 Comments

…criminals start ordering you around:

Illegal immigrants picketed the White House Monday afternoon, calling on fellow immigrant-rights advocacy groups to refuse to meet with the Obama administration until President Obama specifically includes illegal immigrants in any future meetings.

“We are among the millions of people who will either benefit or be harmed by the decisions the President makes, and we are here to represent ourselves in any future negotiations,” said Rosi Carrasco, one of organizers, in a statement announcing the action.


Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 35 Comments

These days, Lambeth Palace is like some particularly pathetic guy who refuses to accept the fact that his girlfriend has broken up with him and gotten on with her life:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to Pope Francis in a plea to prevent the ordination of women bishops from derailing plans for the eventual reunification between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.

In his letter sent to the Pope and other churches, Archbishop Welby wrote: “We are aware that our other ecumenical partners may find this a further difficulty on the journey towards full communion. “There is, however, much that unites us, and I pray that the bonds of friendship will continue to be strengthened and that our understanding of each other’s traditions will grow.”

Every one of the 28 phone calls he made to her last week went straight to voice mail

He added: “It is clear to me that whilst our theological dialogue will face new challenges, there is nonetheless so much troubling our world today that our common witness to the Gospel is of more importance than ever.

“There is conflict in many regions of our world, acute poverty, unemployment and an influx of oppressed people driven away from their own countries and seeking refuge elsewhere.

And that guy she was passionately kissing yesterday?  Could have been anything.

“We need each other, as we, as churches empowered by the Holy Spirit, rise to the challenge and proclaim the good news of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and strive for closer fellowship and greater unity.”

Catholics?  I don’t want to tell you how to run your church or anything but if I’m Francis and this thing requires some kind of answer, I route it straight to the coach of the official Vatican City slow-pitch softball team and move on.


Monday, July 28th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 77 Comments

Although I’ve been writing about her for eight years, I’m still taken aback at how incredibly limited Katharine Jefferts Schori’s intellect is.  The Presiding Bishop literally thinks in bumper stickers.

Mrs. Schori’s latest piece for the Huffington Post admirably demonstrates this.  Essentially, the Peeb takes almost every current idea that the left desperately needs to be true whether it actually is or not, tosses them in a blender and hits Puree.

So instead of wasting my time and yours arguing with her vapidity yet again, I decided to take a different, fun approach and created the Katharine Jefferts Schori Game.

How do you play?  It’s challenging.  Several examples follow.  All you have to do is to guess which ones that I have picked as the top three dumbest and enter your guess, IN ORDER (first to third), into the comments.  First person to do so wins:

(1) High praise from me.
(2) Bragging rights until the next Katharine Jefferts Schori Game.
(3) The right to design and print out on your own printer a piece of paper declaring the fact that you won the Katharine Jefferts Schori Game on this date.  If you want to frame the thing, that’s also entirely on you.

Are you ready to play?  Let’s begin:

(A) We have observed the passage of time and noted that the work is still far from complete. We have made progress, yet discrimination continues.

(B) Women were first recognized to have access to these rights when they were granted the vote in 1920. Today, they still earn less than men in the same occupations.

(C) They still lack guaranteed access to the full spectrum of health care, and that access is denied by political leaders who deem women’s reproductive health less significant than that of men.

(D) Viagra is a covered drug under most insurance plans, yet we don’t see the same move to limit its availability based on religious principles. No one is asking for a conscience clause so corporations don’t have to pay for it.

(E) Women have served with great integrity as leaders in government, academia, business, the nonprofit world, and their communities, yet we still see inordinate attention paid to their hairstyles and modes of dress — attention of a kind that is almost never directed toward men.

(F) Violence against women is hidden, ignored, and rampant, whether we speak of rape on college campuses or the subtle violence that ignores and discounts the contributions of women in public discourse.

(G) We watch as esteemed professions and occupations once dominated by men begin to be integrated and see average wages and social recognition plummet — as if they were now contaminated.

Good luck.

UPDATE:  High praise to Gregg the obscure for being the first to get the answers in the correct order.  They are:

(D) Viagra is a covered drug under most insurance plans, yet we don’t see the same move to limit its availability based on religious principles. No one is asking for a conscience clause so corporations don’t have to pay for it.

Two things, Presiding Bishop.  You might want to, you know, actually back up that claim about Viagra being covered under “most insurance plans” because it certainly wasn’t covered under mine.  After my 2007 prostate cancer surgery, the one time I got a prescription for it ended up costing me $68.00.  For four pills.

The Viagra “conscience clause” business might stem from the fact no one wants one since, while your employer owes you many things, a great sex life isn’t one of them.  That and the fact that “Thou shalt not consume any potion that enhances thy chances to attain wood” appears nowhere in the Bible or any other sacred text of which I am aware.

(C) They still lack guaranteed access to the full spectrum of health care, and that access is denied by political leaders who deem women’s reproductive health less significant than that of men.

Men can have babies?  Apparently, her theology classes weren’t the only ones that the Presiding Bishop slept through.

(G) We watch as esteemed professions and occupations once dominated by men begin to be integrated and see average wages and social recognition plummet — as if they were now contaminated.

I have absolutely no clue what Mrs. Schori means here.  Have doctors and lawyers lost salary and respect merely because some of them are women?  Would it mean less to you if the paramedic who saved the life of your child was female?

I think what the Presiding Bishop is referring to are the low salaries and lack of respect shown to Christian ministers.  Mainline Protestant ministers in general and Episcopal ministers in particular.

Which stems from two factors.  There are far too many of them in relation to the actual number of Episcopalians out there.  And too many Episcopal ministers are, indeed, “contaminated.”  With heresy.

So Mrs. Schori got something right.


Friday, July 25th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 64 Comments

Ordered the new lapper today.  It’s going to be one of these (suck it, Gates), non-retinal, with as much candy as I could possibly cram in to the thing without breaking my bank.  Why non-retinal?  Since this thing is going to be a work tool and nothing more and since I know that when I look at an image on a computer, I’m looking at something that isn’t actually there, I don’t need what I see to look lifelike.

I also opted for the rust-proofing, fabric protection and extended warranty options.  I agreed with the salesman; you never know what might happen.  Why are all of you rolling your eyes at me like that?

Once the thing gets here and once I get up to speed on it (which may be quite a while; I intend to take my time), I’m probably going to add more contributors.  The Bill (not IB) experiment has been a tremendous success and I think that several more of you would make this site even better than it is.

I’ve got four of you in mind already.

Don’t worry if your contribution isn’t long and insightful.  Quick-hitters like this one and this one are just as good.  Or something along these lines. Whatever gets people talking; just make sure that you sign your actual name or your MCJ handle.

Bill?  What would you think about some kind of live event here at the MCJ?  It’ll be a ways off and I don’t know exactly what it would involve.  I don’t know when I’ll be proficient on the Mac and I don’t know when any new folks I bring on board will be proficient with WordPress software.

But it would run no more than an hour or so because it might involve a good bit of work on both our parts.  While there is free chat software out there, this might be nothing more than you and I going back and forth, editing and reediting one post while one or the other of us checked out from time to time to search the comments and post any particularly insightful ones we ran across.


Friday, July 25th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 33 Comments

Do you know why the rhetoric of Hamas and other Muslim radicals is, as far as the Jews are concerned, so exterminationist?  It’s quite simple, really. To a great many modern Middle Eastern Muslims, a famous German is still very much alive:

Why do so many Arabs sound like Nazis when they talk about Jews?  The answer lay buried for decades in the archives of the Third Reich.  Then a generation of younger German scholars expanded their attention beyond the death camps of Europe to Hitler’s activities in the Middle East.  What they discovered: it was Hitler who financed the modern jihadi movement. 

Nazi-Arab collaboration was crucial to the Final Solution.  The Third Reich financed and trained the Muslim Brothers of Palestine and Egypt in terrorism and focused their anti-modernity rage on Jews.  One of the first people Hitler told about his plans to kill Europe’s Jews was the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine, the infamous mufti of Jerusalem, Yasser Arafat’s cousin.  Hitler and the mufti shook hands on a plan to exterminate all the Jews of the Middle East.  The Reich preserved the memo, the minutes, and a photo of their famous handshake. 

Husseini was passed along to Goebbels, who established him as the Nazi voice to the Middle East.  It was the most popular radio program of the long war years, broadcast daily into every café.  This Nazi station was listened to by the entire male population, Arab and Persian, including most famously Ayatollah Khomeini.  It was an intoxicating mix of militant Islam, Nazism, and war propaganda.

Hitler has never left the Middle East.  For almost 70 years, the Arab world has been pickled in Nazi Jew-hatred.  In the words of Matthias Kuntzel, author of Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11, “[i]f there is one theme … which unites Islamists, Liberals, Nasserites and Marxists, it is the collective fantasy of the common enemy in the shape of Israel and the Jews, which almost always correlates with the wish to destroy Israel.”  Jew-hatred is indispensible to Arab leaders, from Egypt to Saudi Arabia to Iran to the Palestinian Authority, in their fight against democratic Western values.

Nazi jihadism didn’t win without a fight from the modernizing forces in Egypt.  Many signs indicate that Israel would have been a welcome neighbor.  Religious leaders fought the Brotherhood’s attempts to politicize Friday prayers with false claims that Jews were attacking Al Aqsa and the Koran.  The rector of Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most important university, forbade anti-Jewish propaganda.  Ali Mahir, Egyptian King Farouk’s top adviser, called for a united Palestinian state based on mutual tolerance and regulated immigration for both Jew and Arab.

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