Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart

Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Their Whole Religion Is A Denial of Ours

The Catholic Church has been a declining force in the Western world for decades. Clergy accused of pedophilia, school girls in their short kilts lining up at abortion clinics, empty churches across Europe, all these have pointed to a religion in decline.
Under the current pope, Benedict, the Vatican is trying to engage in a comeback of sorts. First Benny irked the Islamic world by pointing out that they have a strong history of savagery. Then he started cracking the whip to bring various dioceses in America in line, and then he decided to reach out to more radical elements of the Church by removing the excommunication decree placed on Biship Richard Williamson, a member of a Catholic sect that makes the Nazis, y"sh, look like girl guides.
It's nice to know that despite being so busy, the Vatican has time to monitor Israeli television and protest programming it finds offensive.
In the program, Shlein sarcastically denied Christian traditions, that Mary was a virgin and that Jesus walked on water, saying he was doing so as a "lesson" to Christians who deny the Holocaust.
It was a reference to the Vatican's recent lifting of the excommunication of a bishop who denied 6 million Jews were killed during World War II. The rehabilitation sparked outrage among Jews.
A statement from the Vatican press office on Friday said its representative in Israel complained to the government about the segment, which was broadcast recently on private Channel 10, one of Israel's three main TV stations, during Shlein's late-night comedy talk show.

The only difficulty is: what's the problem with these assertions? Are Jews now suddenly supposed to believe Mary was a virgin or that her no-good son walked on water? Come on! The core beliefs of Judaism demand we reject every single founding tenet of Chrisianity. Yoshke, if he existed at all, was no more the son of God than anyone else, had no super powers, performed no miracles and was not "the king of the Jews". Mary was a virgin like Bill Clinton was monogamous. It may be offensive for Catholics to hear such things but as a Jew I'm offended by their claims. Every time a Catholic priest somewhere stands up and talks about how Paul annuled "the Law" and that all God wants is for us to believe in some failed messiah figure, I am offended as a Jew.
But then, I don't go into churches so I never really hear that kind of thing. And the libertarian in me says that as long as they don't come into my shul and say them, they're free to say what they want.
So here's my message to the Papal diocese in Israel: don't watch television there. You'll sleep better at night.


Anonymous said...

Jews claiming to be the chosen is pretty offensive too. I think that as long as they never say that in public though, it's maybe ok.

Shalmo said...

Anti-GENTILISM is the problem. There was no such thing as “anti-semitism” until the Old Testament of the Bible, especially the Torah created anti-GENTILISM, and sensible NON-Jews said: “Hey! since you HATE ME for NOT being one of you, I am sure not going to be PRO-semitism!”. They codified hatred of all NON-Jews (GENTILES) in their religion, and now wonder why Gentiles are “anti” them. So-called “antisemitism” is not “hate”, it is the normal reaction of any SANE person to a Group, Society, Organization, that openly preaches IT’s hatred of You. Judaism has been preaching it’s Hatred of NON-jews for thousands of years, and THAT is why any NON-jew with self-esteem, and self-respect, is PRO-Gentile.
Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, leader of Chabad-Lubavitch.
“The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: ‘Let us differentiate.’ Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have case of ‘let us differentiate’ between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of (members) of all nations of the world… A non-Jew’s entire reality is only vanity. The entire creation (of a non-Jew) exists only for the sake of the Jews.”