Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Anti-semitism in the Islamic community

Religious bigots exist in most faiths. Monotheism in particular encourages bigotry by its very nature: Our God is the only God! Your version is a travesty of the true faith. Persecute!

I dislike religion for many reasons but this inevitable tendency towards intolerance and violence is surely one of the most hateful characteristics of the Abrahamic faiths.
As the wonderful Tom Lehrer in his song, National Brotherhood Week, put it:
Oh the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants
And the Hindus hate the Muslims
And everybody hates the Jews
They certainly seem to over at London Muslim. LM's latest post has produced a particularly worrying outbreak of lies and falsehoods which can only serve to encourage the continuation of the nasty streak of anti-semitism that lies at the heart of Islam.

Following a post on the worrying increase of racial violence against Africans in Jerusalem, LM asks very reasonably why the world's media are not publicising this as they do the violence perpetrated by Muslims. However, someone has then posted in the comments section a list of "Quotes from the Torah - unbelievable!". The quotes (such as When the Messiah comes every Jew will have 2800 slaves.
Simeon Haddarsen, fol. 56-D) are all referenced and appear genuine.

In fact, the "quotes" are from an anti-semitic leaflet published by a Christian fundamentalist called Van Hyning in the early 20th century.
Van Hyning’s leaflet was widely reprinted, excerpted, added to and quoted from or referenced throughout the 1950s and 1960s by such publications as The Cross and the Flag, Common Sense, andThunderbolt. In the early 1970s the Rev. Gerald L.K. Smith continued to distribute a free tract quoting most of these lies. Rarely quoted today, these fabrications continue to be the foundation of many claims that Judaism is anti-Christian.

 That the leaflet is being used today by some Muslims to incite hatred of Jews is worrying... but not, I'm afraid, surprising.


  1. good research - found this blog by accident but shall look in in future

    1. meant to add thanks for the link to the Tom Lehrer song - classic!