Hey, am I the only one who noticed that the extremists who made that anti-Islam film burning it up across the Middle East first blamed Jews for this thing?
When news of his movie first broke, the filmmaker identified himself as Sam Bacile and told the Wall Street Journal that he was a 52-year-old Israeli-American real estate developer from California. He said Jewish donors had financed his film.
Turns out none of that is true. Turns out he’s a Coptic Christian who partnered with an extremist Christian named Steve Klein. And yes, we’re still finding out more about the makers of this film and who funded it, but so far news story after news story reveals that none of the principles involved are Jewish or even Israeli.
I feel like it’s this giant elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. Every time some housewife goes off her meds and drowns her kids then blames a scary black guy, African-American leaders hit the TV airwaves to remind everyone that blaming black people is racist and perpetuates negative stereotypes. So how come no one is calling what Steve Klein and “Sam Bacile” are doing for what it is?
I just felt like this had to be said, clearly: the anti-Muslim extremists behind this film tried to blame Jews for their handiwork. Whether it was to provoke an even more violent religious war or they’re so clueless that they think Jewish people would actually approve of this, I have no clue. But Western Civilization has a long, ugly history of blaming Jews for shit and no matter how much Christian extremists claim to love, love, love Jews and Israel, we all know it’s bullshit. We all know that “love” is just a means to an end: the return of Jesus on his white cloud, at which point everyone either becomes a Christian or gets turned to dust.
I grew up in a very multicultural city in a very Jewish neighborhood. All of my friends were Jewish. I went to High Holy Days services with their families, attended Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, even went to Hebrew school a couple of times (don’t ask me why, I think it was just something to do. Also, some of the boys were cute). I myself am half-Jewish and have an entire Jewish family who lives in the South. So let me just give you fringe Christian wackos a little tip: Jewish people are sick of being blamed for shit. So just stop.
When I was in 7th grade my best friend Susan and I were standing in front of our lockers when this girl we didn’t know came up and said, “My mom says I’m supposed to be nice to you because even though the Jews killed Jesus, it’s not your fault. So I’m supposed to pray for you.” And then she walked away.
I think that describes in a nutshell what fundamentalist Christians think of Jewish people. If y’all don’t recognize how offensive and patronizing that attitude is, then you need to pull your heads out of your collective ass.
Recently I was told that Democrats really messed up by not putting the whole Jerusalem question in their party platform. It would alienate Jewish voters, I was told. My response? Bullshit. The only people who really, truly care about that are Neocon activists and fringe wackos like Pam Geller, and she’s not voting for Obama anyway.
I think it’s more offensive to be exploited and blamed for everything wrong with the world, like the banking crisis and the perpetual unrest in the Middle East. I think it’s more insulting to be used as a pawn in Christian extremists’ sinister End Times fantasies.
And also, since we’re talking about this, let me say: I’m so fucking sick of everyone’s religion right now. I really am. All of them, every single one of them. I’m sick of you people. I’m sick of religion being front and center of every debate, from healthcare to foreign policy, education to who can marry whom. It’s really disgusting. When your religion results in death and mayhem in the far corners of the world it’s no longer a religion, it’s a cancer and we’re all better off without it. All of it.