Whoo! Excellent post, this one. (Yoda speak.)
ASIDE: I'm ending here tonight. It's amazing how tiring being in a hospital can be. It's always surreal. It's always enervating. Before I launch, here's the update--Ellen is stable for now. The doctors are trying to wean her from oxygen and blood pressure medication. So far, it's not going great, but she's not crashing, either. Steve's cousin Brittney is doing better--coming out of the ether. Exploratory surgery yesterday revealed no internal bleeding. As she wakes, she's in horrible pain. No decision yet on the shattered legs. Amputation still a possibility.Back to the nasty business of anti-semitism. Here is what Mama starts with:
Jeff (who sparked the original post) replies:I'll share where she ends, but you must promise to go read the middle. I think this may be one of her best posts ever.If there truly is a god, he’s a total asshole for letting billions of people suffer throughout history due to conflicting beliefs. All-knowing and all-powerful…but for the last 2,006 years he’s been stuck in a Verizon commercial, i.e., “Can you hear me now?” Waiting for his only cellphone (Jesus) to fall from Heaven so that He has someone to talk to who can send all non-Christians to an eternity in hell fire while whisking believers up to a magical fairyland hidden in the sky. Nothing could be more violent, BTW.That's religious atheism in a nutshell. It's less a matter of a determined disbelief in God than a deep inability to envision a loving God who would allow people to behave badly. Beth had already responded quite logically to this argument in her post:HUMANS are divisive, not religion. You know the line, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”–it’s the same thing, amplified. It’s not religion that causes wars or discord, it’s fallible humans that do it. The Soviet Union, to use them as just one example once again, was officially atheist and they certainly had no shortage of violence, discord, or war.So much for the logic of religious atheism. Their problem is really that they don't accept the doctrine of original sin or free will; they want to blame God for our sorrows. It really comes down to that. If there is a God, they think God should force us all to behave correctly, and if God won't, then God must be evil, therefore they won't believe in God under the rubric of plausible deniability.
Leftists seem to want the outcomes of good behavior to appear miraculously without humans having to behave well, and that is not going to happen. The code of moral law contained in the Judaic tradition is the most direct threat to this fantasy, and so I think they find themselves constrained unwillingly and even unconsciously to anti-Semitism.This is the most rational explanation for Leftist Anti-Semitism I've read yet. It is disturbing. More people are casting all religion in doubt. I think one of the biggest legacies of 9/11 will be the spiritual and religious abandonment by those who see religion and not men as the problem.
Multiculturalism simply will not allow a Leftist to hold an individual responsible, therefore, some institution is to blame. Blaming religion is just a substitution for blaming God. And why not? The only thing between most mis-behavior and happiness is God and his oppressive rules, except the result of breaking the rules isn't usually happiness--it's usually death, destruction and a whole lot of pain.