Monday, September 17, 2007


If what goes on in the synagogue doesn't stay in the synagogue than it can not be expected to be treated as though it were still there. In other words, if you're going to ask American taxpayers to subsidize Israel and back its policies, the matter should be handled no differently than building a B2 bomber or putting a federal agency's office in some congress member's district. If you want to play by religion's rules act like a religion. Otherwise, the rules of politics govern. And anyone who calls that anti-Semitic is either a cry baby or a scoundrel. - Sam Smith


At September 17, 2007 8:31 PM, Anonymous m said...

Thank you.

At September 20, 2007 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It becomes anti-semitic when remarks like the above are aimed specifically at Jews and the Jewish religion, Sam. Christian fundamentalists are guilty of exactly the same sort of rhetoric in their pulpits, and in much greater (and more influential numbers). And it's scoundrelly to suggest otherwise. Shame on you.

At September 21, 2007 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

453 has a legit point; the fundies for Jesus are just as much into Middle Eastern warmongering in hopes to accelerate the advent of their so-called "Rapture". This fact tends to be ignored in the Left blogoshere, and unfortunately it can tend to give an appearance in some cases of skewing toward genuine anti-Semitism. The Left, too often, instead of giving some thoughtful analysis to this, tends to turn instantly self-defensive, and refuse to acknowledge the justice of honest criticism. This makes them appear sometimes to be uncomfortably similar to their Rightist cousins. It seems to me that this is an issue that could be explored in a bit more depth here, Sam, without anybody feeling as though they were being asked to compromise their principles.


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