In which circle of hell do the anti-Semites reside?
Since I posted my critique of the anti-Semite “Tanstaafl” the other day, I’ve been receiving a steady stream of e-mail from anti-Semites, all of them with suspiciously bland and generic names, giving me the low-down on how the Jews are indeed the source of all evil and must be destroyed. Imagine going through life having that one obsessive thought, and believing that this one thought is the truth, the great truth that explains everything, the great truth that will save the world, the great truth that the world is forever suppressing. Having given over their whole being to the idee fixe that the Jews are the source of all evil, the anti-Semites are souls in hell, and, as in Dante’s Hell, they don’t know that they’re in hell, but keep repeating for eternity the same sin that consigned them to hell.
Mark K. writes:
Like you I am a Jew who became a Christian, not because of any self-loathing but because I saw that this was indeed the way God has prepared eternity for us—through his son Jesus.LA replies:
I had not intended to post any of the anti-Semitic e-mails but by chance one came in just before Mark K.’s e-mail which exactly fits Mark’s description. So here it is:Mark K. replies:
There is some humor in this; he is actually quoting from a Jew! Ah, they’ve got him coming and going… Must be a conspiracy.Ken H. writes:
I enjoy your site immensely. It’s one of the rare ones that I read regularly despite significant disagreement. Even at my age, change might be possible. After all, Mr. Buckley and company changed my mind 30+ years ago, causing me to engage the brain to go with the heart, as the old quote goes. I thought of Buckley, in particular, because his one great truth that he avowed on many occasions was that “I know that my redeemer liveth.”LA replies:
I’m glad you like VFR, but I must say that you are missing the point, and to a disastrous degree. I obviously wasn’t speaking of “true believers” generally, I was speaking of anti-Semites. Further, the behavior of anti-Semites is not like that of the “true believers” you mention. Christians and paleocons do not go through life obsessively telling everyone they encounter that one small population group of human beings is the source of all evil in the world and must be eliminated. Nor do Christians and paleocons (leaving aside those Christians and paleocons who are anti-Semites) speak about and to all individuals belonging some small or large group of people as the enemy, as non-human objects.Ken H. writes:
Yes, I saw it. I am not missing your point at all. I am well aware of the monomania of the anti-Semites and do believe your statement certainly applies to them. While other true believers may not have as large an obsession, neither did your fairly mild statement describe for me the sort of obsessive monomania that you, perhaps, thought it did. I saw many other true believers as falling under the same sort of description that I quoted.LA replies:
Ok, your point on “evil” is well taken. While I got fired up by what I thought was an attempt by you to relativize anti-Semitism, that apparently is not what you meant.George R. writes:
Just for the record, I hate anti-Semitism. It is a disease of the mind that causes otherwise intelligent men to embarrass themselves. Furthermore, when it leads to rash suspicion and slanderous accusations, as it usually does, it is a sin.LA replies:
First, I have never said that Christian hostility toward Jews is motivated solely by irrational hatred. I have repeatedly pointed to the real problems involved in Jewish-Christian relations, the challenge presented by a minority that does not share the majority religion and is also very energetic and talented. For you not to know that about my position means that you haven’t read or taken in any of my many articles on this subject, and that seriously annoys me.LA replies:
When I see a statements such as George’s, my heart sinks. One of my major concerns is that Jews must drop their historic hostility to and suspicion of the majority Western culture and become loyal defenders of it, instead of, like Bernard Lewis and so many other Jews, taking the side of Islam against the Christian West on the basis that historic Islam was supposedly more benevolent to the Jews than the Christians. This attitude permanently alienates Jews from the Western majority culture and blinds them to the real threat the Islam presents. In response, I urge Jews to drop this irrational and destructive animus against Christianity. But then come along Christians such as George who tell the Jews that, yes, indeed, the Christians will always hate the Jews as the enemies of Christ. And this persuades the Jews that they can never really be safe among Christians, and that the Jews must therefore look out for themselves and never really support Christian society against the Muslims and other external threats.Dimitri K. writes:
Someone once said that the persistence of atheists proves the existence of God. Similarly, the persistence of anti-Semites proves that God did make a covenant with the Jews, and that anti-Semites believe that such a covenant exists. Otherwise, how else could you explain the fixation on a tiny nation?Paul T. writes:
At the risk of getting way out of my depth:LA replies:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 28, 2007 02:26 PM | Send