Hard Look at Jewish Religious Leftism
April 25, 2006 Dennis Prager was asked, "Why are so many Jews liberal?" Dennis Prager is a real Jew that believes in G-d. While Jews can argue among themselves, an atheist or agnostic is not a Jew in my book and their values as he notes have little to do with Judaism. Their values are leftist and their religion is Leftism as he capitalizes it. In my view "religious fervor" on anything is bad news.
The real problem is that religious Jews or conservative Jews seldom openly denounce and distance themselves from these often destructive leftist' "non-Jewish Jews". So all Jews end up getting labeled for destructive leftist' causes. Leftism has an endemic hatred of Christians, religious Jews, and American culture in general. The exact same thing is true of many Gentiles such as Howard Dean or Bill and Hillary Clinton whose religion is also Leftism and/or Progressivism.
Because Leftism has taken on a number of racist' overtones, they can easy be perceived as anti-white racists in addition to their hostility towards Christianity. They promote racist' hate crime laws that protects anything except white people. Yet they are white themselves and there's a lot of anti-Semitism on the very left they promote and among Muslims they apologize for, yet they only focus their hatred on white Christians and white conservatives in general.
It's all signs of a blind fundamentalist' religion out of touch with reality. Let me be clear I'm no Christian and my beliefs tend towards Judaism or at least rational monotheism. But Leftism and the problem of what Mr. Prager calls "non-Jewish Jews" or I/others call self-hating Jews create all kinds of problems. Most followers of Leftism in fact are not Jews but mostly Gentile, but many Leftist' Jews hold a lot of power and control over many institutions far beyond their numbers in the general population. It's difficult for those of us sympathetic to Judaism to ignore this destructive subgroup.
The origins of Leftism is not Judaism but the French Enlightenment that gave us beheadings and the set the stage for secular mass murder of the 20th Century. They embraced Enlightenment Humanism and have rejected Judaism. In no order of importance, Prager gives six reasons why Jews are Leftist, but I think number 5 is most important:
5. Despite their secularism, Jews may be the most religious ethnic group in the world. The problem is that their religion is rarely Judaism; rather it is every "ism" of the Left. These include liberalism, socialism, feminism, Marxism and environmentalism. Jews involved in these movements believe in them with the same ideological fervor and same suspension of critical reason with which many religious people believe in their religion.
It is therefore usually as hard to shake a liberal Jew's belief in the Left and in the Democratic Party as it is to shake an evangelical Christian's belief in Christianity. The big difference, however, is that the Christian believer acknowledges his Christianity is a belief, whereas the believer in liberalism views his belief as entirely the product of rational inquiry.
The Jews' religious fervor emanates from the origins of the Jewish people as a religious people elected by G-d to help guide humanity to a better future. Of course, the original intent was to bring humanity to ethical monotheism, G-d-based universal moral standards, not to secular liberalism or to feminism or to socialism. Leftist Jews have simply secularized their religious calling...
Just as liberal Jews fear a resurgent Christianity despite the fact that contemporary Christians are the Jews' best friends, leftist Jews fear American nationalism despite the fact that Americans who believe in American exceptionalism are far more pro-Jewish and pro-Israel than leftist Americans. But most leftist Jews so abhor nationalism, they don't even like the Jews' nationalism (Zionism).
If you believe that leftist ideas and policies are good for America and for the world, then you are particularly pleased to know how deeply Jews - with their moral passion, intellectual energies and abilities, and financial clout - are involved with the Left. If, on the other hand, you believe that the Left is morally confused and largely a destructive force in America and the world, then the Jews' disproportionate involvement on the Left is nothing less than a tragedy - for the world and especially for the Jews.
Now this from a Jewish website www.keshertalk.com proves Prager's view:
Judaism is the original social justice religion - every Shabbat in shuls all over the world some Bar Mitzvah kid is chanting a selection from the Prophets. Jews stand out as the one ethnic group in America which keeps voting liberal as it grows more prosperous. Jews have made up a large percentage of the labor and socialist movements of the early 20th century, and their children became "Red-diaper babies": Freedom Riders, SDS members, libertarians, feminists, ACLU members, experimental artists and their patrons...
After all, compassionate rules of war, tithing, sharing wealth as an act of justice rather than charity, challenging God ("Yisrael" means "God-wrestler"), respecting other religious paths, intellectual debate, raising children to value study and intellectual exploration, mandating pleasurable sex as a wife's right, speaking truth to power - all these attitudes are hard-wired into our religious practice and mythology.
Even totally secular Jews are very conscious of and proud of the social justice part of our heritage. (For some it is the only thing about their heritage they are proud of and they apply it to fervently working for causes that are not in the best interests of Jews, but again, most of us who disagree with them will concede that the activism itself is "very Jewish.")
Notice the quote "...our religious practice and mythology." This is another secular Jewish website that has remaped socialism as a substitute for religious Judaism. It's simply atheism and secular "isms" as the new religion. In their own words many former Jews declare themselves an ethnic group devoid of their religious traditions which they see as myth.
The whole problem isn't wives deserve pleasurable sex with their husbands or equal rights which I agree with myself, it's the fact without the moderation of G-d and tradition, backed by reason on these issues, this has led to extremism and anything but tolerance of others. Leftism is an intolerant, though secular fundamentalist religion.
While Jewish Leftism rejects G-d and Torah, they don't hesitate to scream "anti-Semitism" whenever anyone criticizes their Leftism political religion they have substituted for Judaism. As for the critic, they must be sure what it is they are criticizing. Leftism is not Judaism anymore than liberal Christianity is Christianity when it reduces Jesus to a Marxist radical, social worker, or Buddhist monk. Sorry the term "social justice" doesn't appear in the Torah and it's just Marxism. The problem isn't limited to America. Self-hating leftist' non-Jewish Jews are also a threat to Israel as well. To quote Mr. Prager,
The third error in attributing support for Israel to the "pro-Israel lobby" and to using that term as a euphemism for American Jews is that many American Jews do not support Israel. Many Jews are leftists -- that is their identity as well the source of their values, not Judaism. Anti-Israel rhetoric from Jews is so common that letters to the editor about the Middle East signed with a Jewish surname are now almost as likely to be anti-Israel as pro-Israel.
For the whole article see Who Supports Israel. Another example is below with the problem of "settlers" being both religious and nationalists draws the hatred of leftist self-hating Jews.
What should one do as a non-Jewish Jew leftist or otherwise? Secular Jews are often ignorant of the faith of their Fathers and my advice is to seek out the Orthodox and return to the values of your Fathers. The secular religion of Leftism and its growing anti-Semitism will accomplish what Hitler failed to do; the eventual extinction of Jews.
Survey: Leftists prefer Palestinians to settlers
While most Israeli Jews rank Palestinians first on their hostility scale, left-wing Israelis hate settlers more, new survey reveals.
12.12.05 Israel News: Israelis who support left-wing parties are more hostile toward Jewish settlers than they are toward the Palestinians, a new survey reported by Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth on Monday revealed. The survey, which was conducted by Prof. Dalia Mor of The College of Management in Rishon Letzion, aimed at examining the attitudes of 500 Jewish respondents toward the different sectors in Israeli society: Ashkenazi Jews, Sepharadic Jews, secular Jews, settlers, ultra-orthodox Jews, rightists, leftists, Israeli-Arabs, Palestinians, new immigrants, settlers and foreign workers.
The survey revealed that the public most hated by the Jewish population are the Palestinians, followed by the settlers. However, with respondents who defined themselves left-wing supporters, hostility toward the settlers ranked higher (67 percent), than hostility toward the Palestinians (55 percent).
Haredi Jews ranked third on the list, while among religious and right-wing respondents, the spot was reserved for Israeli leftists. Sepharadic Jews, however, ranked both Arabs and settlers in third place.
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