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Re: Theos-World Problems of Humanity

Jan 11, 2003 10:21 PM
by Bart Lidofsky

Nick Weeks wrote:
> Here you go Bart, have at it.

In the chapter entitled "The Jewish Problem" (where have I heard THAT
phrase before?), she starts out, 

"This problem is so old and so well known that it is difficult to say
anything about it which will not be in the nature of a platitude, that
will not indicate a bias of some kind (from the point of view of the
reader) and that will not arouse in the Jewish reader above all an
undesirable reaction."

Translation: "I'm about to repeat a bunch of ancient slanders, and if
Jews don't like it, it proves that I'm right."

"The Jews have always constituted a nation within a nation, though this
has been less marked in Great Britain, Holland, France and Italy than
elsewhere, and therefore, in none of these countries has there been any
strong anti-Semitic feeling."

This is the first place where she confuses cause and effect. The Jews
in those countries assimilated because they were ALLOWED to do so.

"In every country and down the ages, the Jew has turned to commerce and
has worked with money; they [97] are a strictly commercial and urban
people and have shown little interest in agriculture, except lately
under the Zionist Movement in Palestine."

Once again, confusing caused and efffect. The Jews were involved in
commercial enterprise because those were the only means of making a
living that were ALLOWED to Jews. It's like strapping a person to a
chair, and calling him lame. 

"To their extremely materialistic tendencies"

Pardon the Jews for trying to live. 

"the Jews are, for instance, the product of centuries of tent-dwelling
and hence the untidy effect they have on any community in which they
live and which the more organized Westerner (a cave-dweller) fails to
recognize. They are also the product of their need, down the centuries,
to live off the people among whom they wander, to seize the presented
chance to take what they want, to see to it that their children get the
best of everything available, no matter what the cost to others, to
cling to their own people in the midst of the alien races among whom
they cast their lot, and to preserve inviolate, as far as may be, their
national religion, their national taboos and the ancient landmarks."

Historically, when Jews have been expelled from a country, the
government seized most of their possessions. One of the reasons why many
Jews became jewelers is because they could easily carry their assetts
with them if tossed from their place of living. Once again, she confuses
cause with effect. 

"The Ghetto tendency, as one might call it, can be seen spreading
everywhere, particularly in the larger cities in the different
countries. Down the ages, the Jews for measures of protection and for
communal happiness tended to herd together and to seek each other out,
and the Gentiles among whom they found themselves fostered this

Reality: Jews were forced to live in special enclaves called ghettos;
the penalty for leaving without permission from the government was
death. Not to mention the annual Easter massacres of Jews. 

"Because of the aptitude of the Jew to live off other people and to live
within a nation, benefiting by its customs, culture and civilization but
retaining a separate identity and not [99] becoming a true part of the
national life, the Jew has ever been subjected to persecution; as a
race, he is nowhere liked and people are on guard against him and his

Translation: The Jews deserved to be persecuted because they had the
bad manners to insist on surviving. 

"It is a religion of taboos, built up carefully to protect the wandering
Jew as he drifted from one community to another;"

Except that it was formed largely during a period where the Jews were
living in a stable agricultural community. 

"The Gentile today neither remembers nor cares that the Jews were
instrumental in having Christ put to death (according to The New

Except every Easter, during the ritual massacres of Jews throughout
Eastern Europe.

"He remembers far more acutely Jewish business methods, the fact that
the Jew, if orthodox, regards Gentile food as impure for him and that
the Jew considers his citizenship as secondary to his racial

By Jewish Law, the law of the land takes precedence. 

"He regards the Jew as a follower of an obsolete religion; he [101]
intensely dislikes the cruel and jealous Jehovah of the Jews and looks
upon The Old Testament as the history of a cruel and aggressive people -
apart from the Psalms of David, which all men love."

There is no god called "Jehovah" in the Old Testament; it is an
invention, largely of early Protestants, as is the cruel and aggressive

"The solution, however, will be found only when the Jews themselves seek
to find the way out and cease their present policy of demanding that the
Gentiles and Christians make all the concessions, find the solution of
the problem alone, and, unaided by the Jews, bring the evil situation to
an end."

Translation: "How dare the Jews believe they have the right to live?"

"The Jew needs to recognize his share in bringing about the dislike
which hounds him everywhere;"

i.e. staying alive...

"The undesirable aspects of civilization are present, but the benefits
conferred far outweigh these, and the Negro, in spite of his natural and
understandable antagonism, should recognize them as a debt he owes to
the aggressive and acquisitive white nations. Contact with them has
stimulated his intellectual perception; the white man's way of living
has lifted the Negroes of Africa out of their primitive state into a
more modern one; education and modern ways of thinking and planning are
rapidly fitting the Negroes to take their place in a modern world;
science, transportation [108] and knowledge - brought to them through
the medium of the white races - are tying them closely into the
developing scheme of modern history; the new world with its better ways
of living is as much for the Negro as for the white man."

Translation: "With work, the Black people will be as almost as good as
the White people." 

"The problem facing the white races now in Africa is so to train the
Negroes that they will be fitted for true self-government."

They WERE fitted for self-government. It was at King Leopold's cocktail
party in Belgium that Africa was chopped up into countries with no
regard for the tribal boundaries, creating a situation where groups that
were at war with each other found each other cut off from their brothers
and shoved together with those with whom they warred. When African
countries became largely independent, there was a movement to restore
the old national boundaries; the big money forced it into the
artificial, European-drawn boundaries, and we can all see the results. 

"The Christian era was ushered in by a mere handful of men, the twelve
Apostles, the seventy disciples and the five hundred who recognized the
message of the Christ. The new era in which Christ will "see of the
travail of His soul and be satisfied", is being ushered in by the
hundreds of thousands of the men of goodwill now active in the world and
who can become still more active if recognized, reached and organized."

Showing her belief that Christianity is the One True Religion(tm). 

"The fact of God, the fact of Christ, the fact of men's spiritual
approach to divinity, the fact of the deathlessness of the Spirit, the
fact of spiritual opportunity and the fact of man's relation to God and
to his fellowmen - upon these we can take our stand. We should emphasize
[123] also the evolutionary presentation of truth and its constant
adaptation to the need of humanity at any given period in history."

Confusion of religion with fact.

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