Posts Tagged ‘hate’

I read this morning that nearly half of the American people believe it is acceptable to use torture if it yields actionable information. I find this utterly abhorrent.

For you 50% I pray that you don't know the definition of torture.

Many or you who fall into this category call yourselves "Christian" and I ask you this: Would Jesus – "Mr. turn the other cheek" – ever condone imposing excruciating, unspeakably horrible, unending pain on another human being? Would Jesus ever say there is a proper time to connect a woman's labia to electric current or to deny sleep to a prisoner between sessions of waterboarding? If you answer "yes" then I suggest you find a way to unbaptize yourself because your view of Jesus is clearly different from Jesus' view of Jesus.

Some of you may not call yourself Christian – or even religious – and I want to speak to you also.

Can you not at least consider a moral code that respects the right to exist of every member of our species? Can you not acknowledge each human as worthy of being left without unspeakable pain? Can you not imagine yourself drowning, being slammed against walls repeatedly, having your genitals mutilated, being kept awake for days on end, being stoned to death, having your fingernails pulled out, and realize that such unspeakable acts inflict pain of which you cannot even conceive – and that a worldview that condones such acts in not even human?!?!

I hate terrorists as much as any American. I love America at least as much as most of you. I even waver in my support – and lack thereof – of the death penalty when I hear of the horrors that we humans can inflict in others. I want those who harm others to be punished. But there is a line beyond which nothing can pass – no moral system, no twisted ethics, no religion, no belief system – and that line is the purposeful infliction of excruciating pain – physical, mental, or emotional.

When half of our country is willing to cross that line then we are perhaps a state no better than the Islamic one called ISIL This can't possibly be the case. The greatest experiment in a society of liberty can't possibly have degraded to the level of one that accepts torture and denies the sacredness of the Geneva Conventions.

If you really believe that torture is acceptable then I beg you to reconsider. We have taken steps backward but surely not so far back as barbarism!!!

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I am the grandson of Russian immigrants. My father’s parents came to America in the very early 20th century. They were Jewish and the main reason they came was to escape and Antisemitism. 

Grandma and grandpa came from a place where, as a minority, they were hated – to a place whose founding principles were equality and liberty – well, at least for white folk. All that they, and others like them,  wanted was a chance to make a life not mired in hatred. Grandpa’s first way of earning a living was to own gumball machines.

So, I give a danm about others partly because I am just rwo generations removed from immigrants; immigrants who embraced America’s dream –  and I am proud of that. 

The American dream is eroding now; eroding at an unprecidented rate; leaving in it’s wake both sadness and disdain for anyone who’s not a gun-toting rich white Christian. Most horrific is that this is happening in a part of the world where every gun-toting rich white Christian is an immigrant! 

What has this to do with Passover? Easy. 

On Passover one of the greatest mitzvot is to welcome strangers into your home. This is because, just like the gun-toting rich white Christians were in America, we were once strangers in the land of Egypt. We embrace “strangers” because we WERE strangers. Not only that, if we let liberty continue to erode, we could become them once again. 

It happened in Russia. It happened in Germany. If you think it won’t happen in America the I beg you to open your eyes and polish up your critical thinking skills. Because… it is.

On Passover especially, we don’t build wall; we open doors. We don’t exclude strangers; we embrace them. We don’t detest diversity; we embrace it. 

This must happen for everyone, every day. Only then will we open the door and will Elijah stay for longer than just a swig of bad wine. Only then will Eliahu ha navi hearld the messianic age. Or, for we who do not believe in all the theology, only then will people stop treating each other like shit and embrace dignity and love.
This Passover I urge you to RESIST hate and embrace all humanity. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan “Mr. Trump, tear down (the plans for) this wall”.

Hag Pesach Someach!

One of my 2017 resolutions is to be more positive about things. I am no longer going to be negative and cynical. I am starting now.

I am very positive and enthusiastic about Donald Trump’s national security selections! This is great news! When these guys start World War III we will all finally be able to find out who was right about The Messiah at the end of days. This is exciting news for everyone I am being very positive in my thinking about it. What a great start!!! It feels so good to be thinking positive!

Ok. Sarcastic bullshit aside, just seriously consider this…

Suppose you wanted to build a nationalist state based on the values of racial superiority. misrepresented religious dogma, fear, state power, limited civil rights for selected classes, deportation, torture, and the internment of those deemed untrustworthy. Um… I dunno… maybe like the Third Reich in… oh… 1933, 1935… you know… like that. Hitlerish, perhaps. What would your first step be?

I have a cool idea!!!

How about putting 3 fringe, homophobic, islamophobic, misogynistic, exceptionalistic, racist white men in the positions of intelligence agency director, chief legal council, and national security advisor? Hey!!! That just might work.

Now, I’m not saying that anyone would do such things. I’m not saying that they’d be done with evil intentions. This is the 21st century and we’ve become an advanced, enlightened society. Surely that would be impossible.

We need to work hard on all levels to make sure everything stays perfect and I’m glad our CIA director, for example, will always be above politics. But, who knows what could happen. I don’t know.

What I do know is that there are many open jobs now and I’m torn. I can’t decide if I should apply for propaganda minister since I’m such a good writer or director of the secret CIA prison system in case my blog posts end me up in one of them anyway.

God Bless the Trump security team. I feel safe now.

Dear Mr. Trump,

I just got off the telephone with a Latina friend. Her high school aged daughter has struggled with depression problems that have largely been under control recently. Today she had a very serious breakdown. I asked my friend what happened.

My friend is Mexican but is married to a Caucasian. She lives in a small town who’s population is primarily middle-class whites. Her daughter has never before experienced racism. This is because, as I found out today her friends have “always considered her white”. 

Two days ago you were elected President. Yesterday, on a school field trip, for the first time, her long-time friends began teasing her about being “a Mexican”. Last night, after the field trip, this lovely young lady was overwhelmed by racist text messages. She awoke this morning in dispair having lost all of the positive changes to her emotional condition.

Mr. Trump, you say you are not a racist; you say you want to bring all Americans together; you say that white supremacist support is not indicative of your values. I desperately want to believe that but, less than 2 days after your election I have a friend whose family is experiencing racism that they had never before seen.

Prove to me this isn’t what you want. Speak out to your supporters and tell them to teach their children not to hurt others. If you can’t do at least that then I see no path to decency.

My good friend Donald Trump said that torture is terrible but when people are cutting off heads and drowning people in cages then waterboarding is fine with him and, if we have to go “way beyond waterboarding”, that’s OK.  He said he knows that some things are illegal but that in this case “maybe we need to change the law”.

The first part of Mr. Trump statement was right on: torture is terrible! The problem is that by immediately stating that he condoned it, his moral code is in conflict with his statement. This is something that comes from one of the worst artifacts of postmodernism, moral relativism.

If something is immoral it is immoral. A = A. Something cannot be “terrible” in one context and condoned in another.

Of course, perhaps Mr. Trump does not have a consistent moral compass. After all, he says that he is Christian; supposedly a follower of the teachings of Jesus. Then he says that he wants to punch a protester in the face. To be morally consistent with Jesus he should be “turning the other cheek” should he not. But, Mr. Trump is not a cheek turner.

He is absolutely right that we must stop ISIS as aggressively as possible. But what we consider to be “possible” must conform to the constraints of the Geneva conventions. ISIS may be a violent, immoral, horrific entity but the United States of America is not! Following ISIS in horrific, inhumane, unethical, tortuous violence just because such insane behavior is acceptable in their crazy theology will only make us as inhumane as they are.

Mr. Trump does not care. He simply wants to manipulate crowds. To condone illegal and immoral acts simply because he wants his fill of crowds and power, though, perfectly matches the fascist archetype.

All of us have moral failings of one sort or another. But, to condone the worst of all possible acts in one context and to say they are “terrible” in another is the worst one can display of a twisted moral compass.

The postmodern philosophers teach that morality and ethics are context dependent. But, ethics cannot depend on where you are or what you are doing. It must depend on being true to a consistent value system. When it comes to torture, any value system that does not respect individual human life is fatally flawed.

I hate ISIS. I hate Islamic Extremism. I have no problem killing people who behead, burn, and drown others in a theology of horror. We must do everything possible to eradicate them. But, as soon as we make torture one of the tools we use, we too take ownership for the twisted moral compass – this we must never let happen.

One more reason that Donald Trump is unqualified to be POTUS.

 

I would speak out against any law that allowed someone to refuse service to a woman because their religious belief is that women should stay at home.

I would speak out against any law that allowed someone to refuse service to a black person because their religion taught white supremacy.

I would speak out against any law that allowed someone to refuse service to a Jew because their religion taught that we killed Christ.

I would speak out against any law that allowed someone to refuse service to an atheist because their religion taught the were not “saved”.

Today I speak out against the proposed Indiana law that would allow someone to refuse service to a gay couple on the malicious, homophobic, bigoted premise of “religious freedom”.

How dare you twist the glory of the United States Constitution to meet your bigoted, fundamentalist, misrepresentation of both scripture and original intent. You throw both the holy Bible and the great American testament to human equality onto the bonfire of hatred and we should, none of us, tolerate your wickedness. Long ago our ancestors sacrificed humanity to the notion of compromise  with the blatantly evil “Three-fifths rule”. It took forever to rid our nation of that heresy. There must never again be a 3/5 rule, a 1/5 rule, a 1/10000 rule in American jurisprudence. There must be NO MORE COMPROMISE. Religion, above all else must never stand in the way of love, acceptance, and diversity.

There must only be mutual respect!