GUILT BY ASSOCIATION?
get on an airplane only if all the people on that airplane agree with
your beliefs? Do you buy a house only in a neighborhood where everyone
agrees with your beliefs?
if your next door neighbor speaks against someone because of the color
of their skin or their religious beliefs, and you are seen talking to
that person or helping that person, does that mean you agree 100% with
you guilty of their sins by association?
contributing writer to NewsWithViews.com, I received an e-mail last night
from an individual identifying herself as “Dorothy Margraf.” Whether that
is truly her name or not, I cannot say. This is the first e-mail I’ve
ever received from her.
gist of her correspondence was that, by having a link to the Republic
Broadcasting Network website on the NewsWithViews.com website, NewsWithViews.com
and its writers will be viewed as anti-Semitic. Ms Margraf was sure that
NewsWithViews writers wouldn’t want to be placed in that category and
encouraged writers to contact the NewsWithViews staff and voice our displeasure
at being put in this position.
let me say that I am not familiar with Republic Broadcasting Network,
its writers, its views, or the website for RBN in general. To say I have
an opinion of that particular website from my cursory viewing of it would
be a misnomer.
I selected one of the links provided by Ms Margraf in her e-mail as being
anti-Semetic: Here, in part, is
what I found.
“We would like
to take a few minutes of your time to prevent you from making a terrible
mistake that may have disastrous results for many.
You have always
without a doubt heard and read much about the political crises in the
Middle East in which the State of Israel plays a central role. This
is, in fact, an ongoing series of crises with potential to bring the
greatest misfortune on the entire world. Tragically many believe that
Zionism and Judaism are identical. Thus they conclude that the entire
Jewish people is responsible for the actions of the Zionist government
and the world crises which emanates from it. This is a Grave Error!
The truth is
that the Jewish faith and Zionism are two very different philosophies.
They are as opposite as day and night. The Jewish people have existed
for thousands of years. In their two thousand years of Divinely decreed
exile no Jew ever sought to end this exile and establish independent
political sovereignty anywhere. The people's sole purpose was the study
and fulfillment of the Divine commandments of the Torah.
movement created the Israeli state. The latter is a persuasion less
than one hundred years old. Its essential goal was and is to change
the nature of the Jewish people from that of a religious entity to a
political movement. From Zionism's inception the spiritual leaders of
the Jewish people stood in staunch opposition to it.
To this day
Torah Jewry remains forever loyal to its faith. Zionists want the world
to believe that they are the representatives of the entire Jewish people.
This is false! The Jewish people never chose them as their leaders.
have deceived many well meaning Jewish people via terror, trickery and
false propaganda. They have at their disposal the use of a nearly universally
subservient media. Whoever attempts to criticize them puts his livelihood
and, at times, his very life in danger.
the media blackout and easy resort to terror the simple truth remains
unrefuted and irrefutable: ACCORDING TO THE JEWISH FAITH AND TORAH LAW
THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE FORBIDDEN TO HAVE THEIR OWN STATE WHILE AWAITING
THE MESSIANIC ERA!
gave us the Holy Land thousands of years ago. Yet, when we sinned, He
took it away and sent us into exile. Since that time our task is to
wait for Him to send the Messiah. At that time, the Creator alone, without
any human being lifting a hand or saying a word, will bring us together
and take us out of exile. He will likewise establish universal peace
among all mankind and all will serve Him in good will.
Jews, confused by Zionist propaganda quote Biblical verses that state
that G-d gave the children of Israel the Holy Land. They overlook, unfortunately,
those verses which say that He took it away due to our sins. They further
ignore those prophecies which explicitly describe the last exile's conclusion
as a Divine, not a human process.
has commanded every Jew to follow the ways of peace and to be loyal
to the country where he lives.
Torah true Jewry
waits patiently for the Messianic redemption. They have nothing to do
with any kind of pseudo "Jewish State" and its aggressions against other
peoples. They have a deep sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians
who have suffered the most from Zionism's false teachings and barbaric
actions. The Zionist state is not a Jewish state. The Zionists alone
are the only ones responsible for their actions. Authentic Jewry has
and will continue to oppose the very existence of this blasphemous state.
May all mankind
witness the true redemption.”
the above to Ms Margraf, asking, “Do you have a problem with this explanation
of the difference between the Jewish faith and Zionism?”
response to my query, in part:
“I have no problem
with criticism of Israel, Judaism or Jews as long as it honestly presents
the position of the majority in the Jewish community. Zionism is used
by hardcore antisemites as a way to covertly criticize Jews. The equivalent
is criticizing all Christians on the basis of Rick Warren's or Shuller's
of the problem with the “it’s the Jews stupid” philosophy is that believers
don’t seem to be able to differentiate those of the Jewish faith from
Zionists which is why they continually equate Jews with Zionists.
I responded to Ms Margraf as follows:
“So what you
are saying, basically, is that there is no difference between Jews and
Zionists. I disagree, just as I disagree that the Church Growth Movement
(Rick Warren) and Christianity are the same. If we are not to criticize
Zionists because they might be equated with Jews, then we are not to
criticize Rick Warren because he might be equated with a Christian.
This thinking is how they’ve gotten where they are and it is thinking
that needs to stop. At the same time, the differences need to be consistently
pointed out such that people understand what the differences are. I
would think people of the Jewish faith would not want to be lumped in
with Zionists and would welcome that just as Christians don’t want to
be lumped in with the Church Growth Movement and the New Age Movement
and welcome explanation of what the differences are.
I’ve spent my
share of time fighting the ‘it’s the Jews stupid’ philosophy. On the
other hand, just because NewsWithViews has agreed to exchange links
with RBN for a few months does not necessarily mean NewsWithViews joins
RBN in the views expressed on RBN. Maybe RBN readers will get a fresh
viewpoint at NewsWithViews. Maybe that will help them to realize that
the ‘it’s the Jews stupid’ philosophy is really just that: stupid. And
I seriously doubt that anyone who does much reading on NewsWithViews
will come away with the conviction that the writers there are anti-Semitic.
Thank you for
writing and expressing your views.”
for no other writer at NewsWithViews.com; nor do I speak for those who
run NewsWithViews.com, but does the Bible not teach us to hate the sin
but love the sinner? Was it not Jesus’ mission on earth to walk among
the sinners, to teach them, to lead them to God’s word? Are believers
not commanded to go forth and witness among non-believers?
© 2008 Lynn M. Stuter - All Rights
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Activist and researcher, Stuter has spent the
last fifteen years researching systems theory and systems philosophy with
a particular emphasis on education as it pertains to achieving the sustainable
global environment. She home schooled two daughters. She has worked with
legislators, both state and federal, on issues pertaining to systems governance,
the sustainable global environment and education reform. She networks
nationwide with other researchers and a growing body of citizens concerned
with the transformation of our nation from a Constitutional Republic to
a participatory democracy. She has traveled the United States and lived
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