Reconciliation: Ending Anti-Semitism
Reader comment on: Europe's Anti-Semitism
Submitted by Gary Markle (Canada), Nov 16, 2010 22:24
The best way to combat Anti-Semitism is to abolish the words themselves. Strike them from the lexicon and never use them again. A curse be upon the man who first coined the phrase. Call it what it is: Religious discrimination, a hate crime, plain and simple. To assign hatred for Jews it's own term of reference, the words "Anti-Semitism", presumes that Jews have a different status amongst the many who suffer religious persecution, and that hatred towards Jews is in some way a more serious crime than acts of hatred perpetrated against religious groups who are not Jewish. When it comes to hate crimes there can be no distinction between hatred for Jewish-Semites and hatred for Semites who are not Jewish. Nor can there be any distinction between hatred for Semites and hatred for those who are not Semite. No group or religion can claim special status on the hate list. If you want to get rid of Anti-Semitism, getting rid of the term itself would be a good start. We must deal with all hate crimes equally, without discrimination. The plain truth is; God doesn't have a religion and God doesn't discriminate. Any religion that professes to be the only true religion, or that they're special in the eyes of God preaches false doctrine. If the Spirit of God is truly with you, it will only be known by acts of "unconditional" love and charity. No religion can claim exclusive rights to God. He belongs to all that He has created, and to foster a belief in "us" and "them" is to divide humanity, not unite it. And so it will be in The End, that those who have set themselves apart from their fellow man will find that they have set themselves apart from God. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more, nothing less. ***** Woe to those who have taken the widow's mite and built castles and empires in His name. They have incurred a great accountability. Their suffering will be unending.
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