Why we have a moral duty to fight anti-Semitism

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Why we have a moral duty to fight anti-Semitism

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:08 pm

A most excellent piece from Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Easter was dominated by two news stories. (He means apart from the ball tampering.) One was the question of what the Holy Father did or did not say to Eugenio Scalfari on the question of Hell; the other was whether Jeremy Corbyn was or was not an anti-Semite. The first story is too tedious to comment on: we have been here before, several times, and there is nothing new to say. The second is really rather important, and has generated a great deal of comment, some of it extremely penetrating, some of it less so.

Why should we care about anti-Semitism re-emerging in modern Britain?

It is perfectly true that if we ignore prejudice against Jews then we will find it very hard to fight prejudice against other minorities. But this “canary in the mineshaft” argument is not the best. We should scorn anti-Semitism because it is wrong of itself, not just because it may have bad consequences.

Anti-Semitism must be fought because it flies in the face of truth and truth is the most important thing of all, and must be defended at all costs. There can be no compromises when it comes to truth, ever. So, when we hear someone saying that “Hitler was a Zionist”, not only do we cringe at the thought of this dangerous manipulation of historical truth, we must be offended by the way the lie assaults the truth, as well as worried by the way such lies, if left unchallenged, can poison all political and social discourse.



http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/comment ... -semitism/

Conspiracy theories, of which the anti-Semitic variety seems to be the most popular at present, particularly among people of certain backgrounds, whether Stalinist or Muslim, are not just an offence against truth but also an offence against God. It is really important to remember some of the foundation stones of Catholic doctrine, among which are the belief that truth is knowable by the human mind, and if something is true, then there will be supporting evidence for that truth. Truth is rational, and that which is untrue is also irrational and is to be rejected. The irrational deforms the human mind and character, and to hold conspiracy theories is to adopt a position that is not in keeping with human dignity.
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Re: Why we have a moral duty to fight anti-Semitism

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:12 pm

Karl Marx’s sinister legacy of anti-Semitism

From Bob Seely, MP for the Isle of Wight

In his 1843 essay, The Jewish Question, Marx, whose father converted from Judaism to Protestantism, equated emancipation from capitalism and Judaism as being one and the same. “Money is the jealous god of Israel” Marx wrote. “The god of the Jews has become secularised and has become the god of the world.” He jumbled together hostility to private property and capitalism, and his personal hatred of Jews as self-interested, rootless and enablers of secret control, updating miserable medieval tropes for the modern world. Once society succeeded in the preconditions of Capital, “the Jew will have become impossible [Marx’s italics],” perhaps the most profound example of bastardised pseudo-science in modern political history…

Marx’s Anti-Semitism in The Jewish Question, in his private letters and in other works such as The Russian Loan, have been largely ignored by supporters.


https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/k ... -semitism/
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Re: Why we have a moral duty to fight anti-Semitism

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:14 pm

On Marx and genocide

Marx was unsure whether his proletarian revolution would begin in England or in Germany. He “knew” it would be one or the other, he just wasn’t sure which. Either way, he reasoned, it didn’t really matter – wherever it started, it would surely spread quickly to the other.

England and Germany were the two most technologically advanced countries in the world at the time. It was for that reason Marx believed his proletarian revolution would begin in one or the other. Just as feudal societies had advanced to industrial, so the industrial would advance to the proletarian paradise. Marx would have found it inconceivable that his revolution might begin in a society that was largely agricultural and feudal. How ironic, then, that his revolution began in, of all places, Russia!

But wait! There’s even more irony to it. Marx was convinced that his international proletarian revolution would of necessity involve a certain amount of mass murder, and probably even genocide. Marx toyed with the idea that perhaps the Russians would need to be exterminated – they were simply “hopelessly backward”.

Marx was firmly convinced, moreover, that the Irish would need to be exterminated – they were simply “hopelessly Catholic”.
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Re: Why we have a moral duty to fight anti-Semitism

Postby inthegobi » Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:03 am

seamas o dalaigh wrote:Marx was firmly convinced, moreover, that the Irish would need to be exterminated – they were simply “hopelessly Catholic”.


(Making a face) Well, it seems he was wrong on their ability to not be Catholic, too.

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