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Evangelical Trump Supporters Hark Back to the ‘Good Old Days’ – Sojourners

I am constantly asked why, in last years presidential election, 81 percent of white conservative Christians voted for Donald Trump, a thrice-married, self-proclaimed womanizer whose personal behavior, religious practices, and lifestyle are far different than the majority of evangelical churchgoers. The answer is not hard to find.

Trumps winning mantra Make America Great Again was congruent with a wishful return to the Protestant hegemony that once existed in the United States, back in the Eden-like good old days.

In the recollections of many evangelicals, America was then a tranquil, moral land deeply rooted in a specific set of traditional Christian values: the shining city on the hill, an idyllic small-town nation dominated by a white male leadership group.

It is a vision that offered Trump voters a fuzzy feel-good moment about a history that never happened. Those who believe such an America actually existed suffer from historical amnesia because the reality was far different.

Cruel child labor and exploited immigrant workers constituted much of the work force required to build and maintain an expanding economy. It was an America that actively engaged in a vicious system of human slavery the countrys original sin only to be followed after a bloody Civil War by legally sanctioned racial segregation, discrimination, and persecution.

During those blissful years when America was great, women could not vote, and factory and railroad workers, miners, and other laborers had no recourse to collective bargaining or economic rights. There was widespread anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Asian bigotry.

In the 19th century, Catholic churches were burned, and in 1913 Leo Frank, a Jew, was lynched near Atlanta, brutally killed for a crime he did not commit. At the same time, there was widespread fear of the Yellow Peril.

American Indians may have unwittingly provided America with a host of geographical place names the Dakotas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and many other appellations but they were denied the right to vote in some states until the 1950s. Many tribes were victims of a U.S. policy that forcibly moved Indians into government-built reservations that were degrading and stifling. One result of the forced confinements of the tribes was a high incidence of unemployment, alcoholism, and other maladies.

It was an America in which millions of its citizens, including many public officials, were members of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan. And there were a host of other social, economic, political, and cultural problems.

But no matter.

In the 2016 election, that mythical time of pristine, American greatness was invoked for millions of voters, many of them evangelical Christians who believed America had been stolen from them. They voted to take back America, and the past ills, inequities, and wretched economic conditions were conveniently erased from their collective memories. In place of historical reality was a hazy image of a lost innocent America, and a desperate craving to make our nation great again.

Many members of Trumps political base have not come to terms with the challenges of the modern world: rapid scientific advances, especially in bioethics; growing religious indifference among millions of fellow Americans; the rapidly changing ethnic, racial, and religious demographics in the U.S.; and, of course, the reality of climate change.

Many evangelical voters suffer a sense of political bereavement, the death of a once great Christian America. When the mourning for a lost America is combined with religious rage and spiritual certitude, it is a potent combination that astute politicians like Donald Trump can harness to their electoral advantage.

That is why many white evangelicals resonate with coded language about the dreaded others in todays America: immigrants, Muslims, Hispanics, LGBTQ, secular humanists, elites out of the American mainstream, globalists, and the privileged media are regularly pilloried to garner evangelical votes.

A warning: Political and religious leaders who fail to recognize that perceived sense of traumatic loss are doomed to suffer electoral failures and the steady decline of mainline Protestant church membership.

The hope for a restoration, while not based on historical reality, cannot be minimized or disregarded because those feelings constitute the linchpin of Trumps conservative Christian base.

As evangelicals feel themselves beleaguered and belittled in what was once their America, shrewd politicians will fine-tune their messages and continue to gain election victories.

The 2016 campaign was not a quirk or a fluke. Fasten your seat belts; Americas bumpy electoral ride is certain to continue.

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Now that’s vision! – The Observer

Recently I heard the story of a retired railway worker who at some point in his career obtained glasses. As the train was going down the tracks he asked his buddy an astounding question: When did they put gravel along the tracks?

The thought struck me that in spiritual matters we would do well to have our inner eyes checked. Our deficiencies at seeing what lies within hinders us from fulfilling the destiny God may have planned for us.

An amazing story is the soul challenging Etty Hillesum diaries of the anti-Jewish persecution that took her life in 1943. Unlike Anne Frank, Etty chose to go to Westerbork, a Nazi concentration camp, to be a balm to all wounds of others.

“Those two months behind barbed wire have been the two richest and most intense months of my life, in which my highest values were so deeply confirmed. I have learnt to love Westerbork”.

Of her time at Westerbork Etty writes, “The sky is full of birds; the purple lupins stand up so regally and peacefully; two little old women have sat down for a chat; the sun is shining on my face – and right before our eyes, mass murder… The whole thing is simply beyond comprehension.” (Wikipedia)

Sr. Jean-Marie Dwyer invites us to a deeper insight into the soul vision of Esther Hillesum. In The Unfolding Journey: The God Within: Etty Hillesum & Meister Eckhart, Dwyer explores how grace helped Etty to a clearer vision of Gods plan.

At the heart of Ettys clear vision is humility: I have to make myself let it go, must have the courage to be alone with my weakness, to be that small bundle of exhausted and not very inspired humanity I happen to be at the moment and nothing more. (Etty, 378)

The light of the Spirit gradually reveals what needs healing. God loves us because we are loveable, though imperfect. A sense of our human fragility is often the starting point of a deeper spiritual awareness, says Dwyer.

In her diary Etty writes of the need to, understand ones various states of mind, to keep a grip on them and to put them in perspective instead of mistaking them for absolutes. (Etty, 374)

Etty goes on to say a sense of shame and her inhibitions keep her from letting go, from allowing things to pour out of her. Inside she feels like a tightly wound ball of twinenothing more or less than a miserable, frightened creature despite the clarity with which I can express myself.

And we have to take everything that comes: the bad with the good, which does not mean we cannot devote our life to curing the bad. But we must know what motives inspire our struggle, and we must begin with ourselves, every day anew. (Etty 463)

Dwyer leads us to a conclusion: we are all sinners, no matter how far we progress. Even the great saints were aware of their sinfulness and imperfection. The closer we come to God, the more this awareness is intensified, but it does not produce despair at our deficiencies rather, grateful humility at Gods great and merciful love.

One customer reviewer writes: If Etty loved and trusted God in circumstances that are so horrible we cannot fathom, then I can develop a long lasting connection with God again and want to talk to Him everyday.

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Do not let Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria be 21st century ghettos – Arutz Sheva

These are the three words and phrases of infamy. Disengagement; Building Freeze; Land for Peace.

They denote shame. They have reinstated ghastlyghetto realities which have shackled Jewish honor and pride in the reconstituted Jewish state since the crime ofOslo.

Disengagement is the stepchild of that odious decision by Ariel Sharon toexpel thousands of Jews from their homes and farms in Gaza, and by Ehud Baraks equally odious choiceto hastily retreatfrom the security zone in southern Lebanon. Both decisions havepredictably broughtexistential peril to the security and even survival of Israel.

Land for Peace and Building Freeze are the stepchildren of Binyamin Netanyahus early and baleful decision to give away Hebron to the hate filled Muslim Arabs.

It was on January 20, 1997, that the reprehensible Hebron Accords, were signed during Netanyahus first term as Prime Minister. The bitter result was that Hebron, one of the four holy Jewish cities, King Davids first capital and the burial site of the Jewish Patriarchs and all but one of the Matriarchs, was mostly abandoned to the arch terrorist, Yasser Arafat.

The Arabs received 97% of the city and it essentially becamejudenreinsave for a tiny and embattled Jewish ghetto.The malevolent and malignant consequence20 years laterhas been the recent resolution by UNESCO to proclaim Hebron to be a Palestinian heritage site.

Building Freezehas echoed remorselessly and tragically down the long years since the Oslo Peace Accords became in realty the OsloWar with hundreds of Israelis killed and thousands maimed.

And all these self-inflicted wounds imposed upon the Jewish state byJewish politiciansthemselves merely reinstates previous calamities that were inflicted respectively by the Church and the Mosque upon the hapless and stateless Jews living in Europe and throughout the world of Islam.

What a hostile world calls settlements, – be they neighborhoods in parts of Jerusalem such as Pisgat Zeev, or towns such as Maaleh Adumim or Ariel throughout Area C in Judea and Samaria – are in danger ofbecoming in realitynothing more than 21stcentury versions of the medieval European Ghettos and North African Mellahs. Why?

Because these were places in which Jews lived, isolated from their gentile neighborsandforbidden, upon pain of death, to live outside of these restricted and walled inghettos.

Similarly, just imagine what horrible fate awaits Israeli Jews who try to live outside their so-called settlements among the hate filled Muslim Arabs,those whocall themselves Palestinians and who occupy large swathes of the Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland!

The internationally imposed building freeze is in reality a return tothe Christianand Islamic prohibitionsupon Jewish life banningJewsfrom living outside of theghettos.

As we know, any limited construction beyond the so-called Green line can take placeandONLYwithin those settlements. Thisis an imposed anti-Jewish crime in the here and now;just as the Jews were treated during those dark days of exile in Europe and Araby.

Thus new Jewish villages or townsthroughout Judea and Samaria are prevented from being builtoutsideof the existing Jewish communities. The only new homes that are allowed can only be constructedwithinthe existing Jewish villages andtowns, known pejoratively as the settlement blocs. This parallels what are in fact 21stcentury versions of those earlier imposed ghettos.

This is not only a grievous indictment of complicity, dishonor and shame by successive Israeli governments against Jewish sovereignty in its land, but is an appalling return to the time of the infamous ghetto itself.

It was in 1555 that Cardinal Giovanni Pietro Caraffa ascended the Papal throne of St. Peter and took the name Paul IV. Soon after, he published a vile and vicious bull whose first words were, Cum nimis absurdum.

This Papal bull forced the Jews to be evicted from their homes and forcibly relocated into walled-in neighborhoods from which they were forbidden to leave at night and must return during the day while remaining isolated from their erstwhile Catholic neighbors.

Certainly Paul IV was aware thatthe Lateran Councils of 1179 and 1215 already had advocated for the segregation of Jews. The Nazis eagerly reinstated the ghetto and the attendant horrors it ushered in.

Confinement and humiliation of the ghetto experience was to become acharacteristic of the life of Jews for centuries in Catholic Europe and indeed proved to be no better for many long years in the Protestant lands. Luthers brutal anti-Jewish invective scarcely tended to bring about a regime of tolerance and humanity towards the Jews.

Successive Israeli governments have foolishly embraced international pressures to restrict Jewish villages and towns throughout the ancestral and Biblical Jewishheartland, known to most of that hostile world as the West Bank. And limited building throughout Judea and Samaria occurs only in those still relatively few Jewishcommunities that do exist.

The internationally imposed freeze is in reality a return to the earlier prohibition upon Jewish life, banning them from living outside of the ghettos.This was then, and is now, animposed anti-Jewish crime.

Thus, any new construction beyond the so-called Green line can take place ONLY within those settlements – and by the way, that pejorative word, settlements,which denotes a foreign or alien presence, is long overdue in being excised from the Jewish and Israeli lexicon. They are villages and towns, not settlements. Jews are not settlers in their own ancestral and Biblical heartland!

Successive Israeli governmentshave permitted these ghastly capitulations.And they havetried tocamouflage this abhorrent shame withthesewords and phrases of infamy:

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Rabbis Dispute ADL’s Alt-Right List, Issue Own List of the Far-Left – Algemeiner

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JNS.org The Anti-Defamation Leagues (ADL) new hate list of top alt-right figures gives a free pass to antisemitism coming from left-wing activists, a rabbinical group is asserting.

The Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents 200 Orthodox rabbis in the US and Canada, also charged that political motives were behind the ADLs inclusion of Corey Stewart, a prominent Virginia conservative who is seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Senator Tim Kaine.

The Coalition countered the ADLs list by releasing a top 10 list of left-wing activists who, it says, are far more guilty of anti-Jewish defamatory speech than those named by the ADL. The Coalitions list includes Linda Sarsour, the feminist activist and BDS promoter; Hatem Bazian, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, arguably the most active anti-Israel group on college campuses; Rachel Gilmer, co-author of the Black Lives Matter platform, which accused Israel of genocide; and Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director the anti-Zionist organization Jewish Voice for Peace.

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New Study: Pupils of Hardline Islamic Background Behind Rise in Antisemitism at Berlin’s Schools – Algemeiner

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The results of a survey released this week in Berlin assertedthat the citys schools haveseen the rise of widespread antisemitism, often instigated by students following an ultra-conservative form of Islam, the German news site Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.

The small-scale study claimed that pupils of Turkish and Arabic migrant background whoadhere toSalafism frequently take to hurling insults at female, homosexual and secular Muslim students, particularly by using the word Jew as an insult.

The study wasconducted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and based on responses to a questionnaire from 27 teachers at 21 Berlin schools collected in fall 2015 and spring 2016.

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Whileresearchers reportedly recognized that the surveywas notcomprehensive, theymaintainedthat it indicated a worrying trend thatschools needed to take notice of.

On Wednesday, GermanysRBB 24broadcast an interview about the report withDeidre Berger, director of the AJCsBerlin office, in which she explained that theschoolyard incidents had to be understood as not just isolatedcases.

Berger added that many teachers have been avoiding having the classroom discussionsnecessary to stop students fromperpetuating antisemitic conspiracy theories and using anti-Jewish language.

According to theDW report, Israeli-Arab psychologistAhmad Mansour theprogram directorat the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy and a specialist in antisemitism prevention called on Germany to take across-the-board measures, especially within schools, to addresssuch topicsand to make it clear to such young people that such opinions have nothing to do with democracy.

How many studies do we still need so that we finally start to address the problem?, Mansour added.

The AJC conducted the study in conjunction with a Berlin project called,Strengthen Democracy Active Against Anti-Semitism and Neo-Salafism.

Earlier this year, reports emerged of a Jewish studentin the German capitalleaving hispublic school because of sustained antisemitic abuse by Muslim classmates.

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Macron indulges his audiences – Jewish Chronicle


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SF Supervisors take up resolution condemning anti-Semitism – Jweekly.com

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote next week on a resolution condemning verbal and violent anti-Semitic assaults, both nationally and in the Bay Area, and vowing to stand in solidarity with Jewish and other communities whenever they are targeted or marginalized.

The resolution, introduced by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen on June 27, cites the hundreds of incidents of anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation in the last few months throughout the county targeting individuals perceived to be of Jewish ethnic and/or religious ancestry.

It links these incidents to a rise in discriminatory acts targeting people of diverse backgrounds, including Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, Latinos, women, immigrants and LBGT people.

The resolution, which will come to a vote on July 25, condemns anti-Jewish rhetoric and acts, such as cemetery desecrations and assaults, but only calls out by name anti-Semites on the right: specifically white nationalists and racist groups.

It lumps together all other anti-Semites, including radical Islamists and anti-Zionists such as the Chicago Dyke March organizers (who kicked out Jewish marchers at the Chicago Pride Parade two weeks ago), as groups across the political spectrum.

The resolution does not mention any steps the Board of Supervisors intends to take to fight anti-Semitism, nor does it make mention of Zionism, anti-Zionism or Israel. Instead, in carefully chosen language, it excoriates anti-Semitic discrimination rooted in efforts to delegitimize Jewish self-determination.

Still, Jewish community leaders praised Ronen and the board for tackling the issue. In a statement, Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Abby Michelson Porth thanked Ronen for introducing the resolution, saying, we must come together and work harder than ever to uphold our cherished values of equality, pluralism and inclusivity.

Rick Zbur, executive director of the LGBT rights group Equality California, said in an open letter to the supervisors that the resolution sends a resounding message of inclusion, engagement and acceptance that San Francisco has long championed, and that includes its Jewish residents as part and parcel of the rainbow of diversity that is San Francisco.

During public comments at a July 18 board meeting, Anti-Defamation League Central Pacific regional director Seth Brysk spoke up in favor of the resolution, saying it represents a good start towards addressing the recent surge of anti-Semitism.

In defining modern anti-Semitism, Brysk went on to tell supervisors that criticism of Israel or Zionism is anti-Semitic when it uses anti-Jewish stereotypes, symbols and images, denies the Jewish right to self-determination, or holds Jews collectively responsible for the actions of the State of Israel.

In a separate statement about her resolution, Ronen said, Alongside anti-Semitism, we have witnessed a radical jump in racial discrimination, misogyny, anti-LGBT bias and Islamophobia. Thats why I was proud to work with our local Jewish Community Relations Council to develop a resolution that would respond to this rise of anti-Semitism and reaffirm the Citys commitment to inclusion.

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Looking for social justice warriors who kick Jews out of their marches? Prominent progressive activists who think … – Tablet Magazine

Yesterday, the ADL issued a guide to help us errant Jews understand who are our true haters. It is titled From Alt Right to Alt Lite: Naming the Hate, and it profiles 36 (double chai!) prominent individuals who are either known for their anti-Semitism or known for cozying up to people known for their anti-Semitism. As long, of course, as theyre on the right.

Looking for social justice warriors who kick Jews out of their marches? Prominent progressive activists who think you cant be both a Zionist and a feminist? Professors who believe Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks? Dont bother the ADL by arguing that Jew hatred is as rampant on the left as it is on the right, if not more.

Why the double standard? Why focus on one end of the political spectrum and ignore the other? Todd Gutnick, the ADLs Senior Director of Communications, said his organization will continue to put out reports on the wide range of extremist threats, as well as those involved in anti-Israel activity. He also added that the organizations CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, a former assistant to Barack Obama, has spoken out before about the lefts growing anti-Semitism problem. But reporting on the right, Gutnick said, felt timely and necessary. These groups have been holding a number of public rallies recently and our Center on Extremism has been tracking their activities. As more of the individuals in these movements attempt to move into the mainstream, we felt it was crucial to understand their ideas and to share their statements.

Its a strange argument. Is Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, more mainstream than Linda Sarsour? Are KKK rallies in Virginia better attended or more prominent than leftist anti-Jewish marches in Chicago? Of course theyre not. Why, then, the systemic focus on the alt-right? I pressed Gutnick for an answer; I never heard back.

Its a shame. As Jews face real hate from left and right alike, we need and deserve an organization that places principles over politics.

Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine.

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Letters to the Editor: July 19, 2017 – St. Louis Jewish Light

Editorial off-base

I am appalled at your June 28 editorial headline, Bibis Biggest Blunder, about the Israeli prime ministers cancellation of plans for a pluralistic prayer site at the Western Wall.

Women in Judaism are far from being considered second-class citizens. The law of separate prayer at the beloved wall is a Torah-Judaic requirement: It is in no way a claim that the female gender is harassed or counted as second-class to men. It is Torah law that prayers be recited in separately furnished facilities in Jewish observance.

Women are an integral part of Jewish life and have a totally reputable position as such, according to Jewish law.

The prime minister made no blunder at all. He is carrying out Jewish-Torah required law, with absolutely no offense of any kind to Jewish women.

Howard Sandler

University City

UNESCO Hebron resolution deserves attention

We are appalled at the travesty and insult to Jewish history and the Jewish people perpetrated by UNESCO in its resolution designating the old city of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs as a Palestinian World Heritage Site. The Hebron resolution, which refers to the city as Islamic, denies thousands of years of Jewish history, as well as Christian ties to the site, where the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Leah, are said to be buried.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said, UNESCO seems intent on spouting anti-Jewish lies, while it remains silent as the regions heritage is destroyed by brutal extremists.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett called the vote a disgrace. Bennett said the Jewish bond to Hebron is stronger than any vote and dates back thousands of years.

A statement by the United States Delegation to the World Heritage Committee said, The decision to inscribe Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town on an emergency basis is divisive, confusing and impossible to justify. The site is not under any real or immediate threat. Indeed, the only urgency here is an urgency to express political anger.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the move was both tragic and an affront to history, and that the U.S. would review its ties with the world body as a result of the decision.

We, the undersigned members of St. Louis Friends of Israel, submit this letter in the absence of any substantial Jewish Light coverage of this crucially important development. We believe that the Jewish community must be fully informed about UNESCOs attempt to destroy Jewish history.

Galit Lev-Harir, Traci Goldstein, David Rubin, Rachel Katzman, Irl Solomon, Laura Goldmeier, Mike Minoff, Richard Senturia, Marcy Cornfeld, Stuart Klamen and Zev Rosenberg

Court ruling and thechurch-state divide

Back in the 1970s, my son attended a secular private school, Rossman, in St. Louis County. Suddenly, books became available to Rossman students at no charge. Of course, almost everyone was delighted. Just as suddenly, the state of Missouri decided that taxpayer-funded books were unconstitutional for religious and private schools. Even back in the 1970s, Missouri got it right.

Barbara K. Geller

Creve Coeur

Celebration of lifefor Holocaust survivor

On Sunday, July 23, we will have the opportunity to celebrate the life and honor the legacy of the late Jerry Koenig, who died on June 11. Mr. Koenig was a Holocaust survivor whose stories of life in Poland, escape from the Warsaw ghetto, and nearly two years when he and his family were bunkered underneath a barn in the countryside, have educated and inspired thousands of St. Louis area residents. A celebration of his life will begin at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Mr. Koenigs life was an inspiration and his memory will always be a blessing.

Barbara Finch

Clayton

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Evangelical Trump Supporters Hark Back to the ‘Good Old Days’ – Sojourners

I am constantly asked why, in last years presidential election, 81 percent of white conservative Christians voted for Donald Trump, a thrice-married, self-proclaimed womanizer whose personal behavior, religious practices, and lifestyle are far different than the majority of evangelical churchgoers. The answer is not hard to find. Trumps winning mantra Make America Great Again was congruent with a wishful return to the Protestant hegemony that once existed in the United States, back in the Eden-like good old days. In the recollections of many evangelicals, America was then a tranquil, moral land deeply rooted in a specific set of traditional Christian values: the shining city on the hill, an idyllic small-town nation dominated by a white male leadership group. It is a vision that offered Trump voters a fuzzy feel-good moment about a history that never happened. Those who believe such an America actually existed suffer from historical amnesia because the reality was far different. Cruel child labor and exploited immigrant workers constituted much of the work force required to build and maintain an expanding economy. It was an America that actively engaged in a vicious system of human slavery the countrys original sin only to be followed after a bloody Civil War by legally sanctioned racial segregation, discrimination, and persecution. During those blissful years when America was great, women could not vote, and factory and railroad workers, miners, and other laborers had no recourse to collective bargaining or economic rights. There was widespread anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Asian bigotry. In the 19th century, Catholic churches were burned, and in 1913 Leo Frank, a Jew, was lynched near Atlanta, brutally killed for a crime he did not commit. At the same time, there was widespread fear of the Yellow Peril. American Indians may have unwittingly provided America with a host of geographical place names the Dakotas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and many other appellations but they were denied the right to vote in some states until the 1950s. Many tribes were victims of a U.S. policy that forcibly moved Indians into government-built reservations that were degrading and stifling. One result of the forced confinements of the tribes was a high incidence of unemployment, alcoholism, and other maladies. It was an America in which millions of its citizens, including many public officials, were members of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan. And there were a host of other social, economic, political, and cultural problems. But no matter. In the 2016 election, that mythical time of pristine, American greatness was invoked for millions of voters, many of them evangelical Christians who believed America had been stolen from them. They voted to take back America, and the past ills, inequities, and wretched economic conditions were conveniently erased from their collective memories. In place of historical reality was a hazy image of a lost innocent America, and a desperate craving to make our nation great again. Many members of Trumps political base have not come to terms with the challenges of the modern world: rapid scientific advances, especially in bioethics; growing religious indifference among millions of fellow Americans; the rapidly changing ethnic, racial, and religious demographics in the U.S.; and, of course, the reality of climate change. Many evangelical voters suffer a sense of political bereavement, the death of a once great Christian America. When the mourning for a lost America is combined with religious rage and spiritual certitude, it is a potent combination that astute politicians like Donald Trump can harness to their electoral advantage. That is why many white evangelicals resonate with coded language about the dreaded others in todays America: immigrants, Muslims, Hispanics, LGBTQ, secular humanists, elites out of the American mainstream, globalists, and the privileged media are regularly pilloried to garner evangelical votes. A warning: Political and religious leaders who fail to recognize that perceived sense of traumatic loss are doomed to suffer electoral failures and the steady decline of mainline Protestant church membership. The hope for a restoration, while not based on historical reality, cannot be minimized or disregarded because those feelings constitute the linchpin of Trumps conservative Christian base. As evangelicals feel themselves beleaguered and belittled in what was once their America, shrewd politicians will fine-tune their messages and continue to gain election victories. The 2016 campaign was not a quirk or a fluke. Fasten your seat belts; Americas bumpy electoral ride is certain to continue. Via Religion News Service.

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Now that’s vision! – The Observer

Recently I heard the story of a retired railway worker who at some point in his career obtained glasses. As the train was going down the tracks he asked his buddy an astounding question: When did they put gravel along the tracks? The thought struck me that in spiritual matters we would do well to have our inner eyes checked. Our deficiencies at seeing what lies within hinders us from fulfilling the destiny God may have planned for us. An amazing story is the soul challenging Etty Hillesum diaries of the anti-Jewish persecution that took her life in 1943. Unlike Anne Frank, Etty chose to go to Westerbork, a Nazi concentration camp, to be a balm to all wounds of others. “Those two months behind barbed wire have been the two richest and most intense months of my life, in which my highest values were so deeply confirmed. I have learnt to love Westerbork”. Of her time at Westerbork Etty writes, “The sky is full of birds; the purple lupins stand up so regally and peacefully; two little old women have sat down for a chat; the sun is shining on my face – and right before our eyes, mass murder… The whole thing is simply beyond comprehension.” (Wikipedia) Sr. Jean-Marie Dwyer invites us to a deeper insight into the soul vision of Esther Hillesum. In The Unfolding Journey: The God Within: Etty Hillesum & Meister Eckhart, Dwyer explores how grace helped Etty to a clearer vision of Gods plan. At the heart of Ettys clear vision is humility: I have to make myself let it go, must have the courage to be alone with my weakness, to be that small bundle of exhausted and not very inspired humanity I happen to be at the moment and nothing more. (Etty, 378) The light of the Spirit gradually reveals what needs healing. God loves us because we are loveable, though imperfect. A sense of our human fragility is often the starting point of a deeper spiritual awareness, says Dwyer. In her diary Etty writes of the need to, understand ones various states of mind, to keep a grip on them and to put them in perspective instead of mistaking them for absolutes. (Etty, 374) Etty goes on to say a sense of shame and her inhibitions keep her from letting go, from allowing things to pour out of her. Inside she feels like a tightly wound ball of twinenothing more or less than a miserable, frightened creature despite the clarity with which I can express myself. And we have to take everything that comes: the bad with the good, which does not mean we cannot devote our life to curing the bad. But we must know what motives inspire our struggle, and we must begin with ourselves, every day anew. (Etty 463) Dwyer leads us to a conclusion: we are all sinners, no matter how far we progress. Even the great saints were aware of their sinfulness and imperfection. The closer we come to God, the more this awareness is intensified, but it does not produce despair at our deficiencies rather, grateful humility at Gods great and merciful love. One customer reviewer writes: If Etty loved and trusted God in circumstances that are so horrible we cannot fathom, then I can develop a long lasting connection with God again and want to talk to Him everyday.

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Do not let Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria be 21st century ghettos – Arutz Sheva

These are the three words and phrases of infamy. Disengagement; Building Freeze; Land for Peace. They denote shame. They have reinstated ghastlyghetto realities which have shackled Jewish honor and pride in the reconstituted Jewish state since the crime ofOslo. Disengagement is the stepchild of that odious decision by Ariel Sharon toexpel thousands of Jews from their homes and farms in Gaza, and by Ehud Baraks equally odious choiceto hastily retreatfrom the security zone in southern Lebanon. Both decisions havepredictably broughtexistential peril to the security and even survival of Israel. Land for Peace and Building Freeze are the stepchildren of Binyamin Netanyahus early and baleful decision to give away Hebron to the hate filled Muslim Arabs. It was on January 20, 1997, that the reprehensible Hebron Accords, were signed during Netanyahus first term as Prime Minister. The bitter result was that Hebron, one of the four holy Jewish cities, King Davids first capital and the burial site of the Jewish Patriarchs and all but one of the Matriarchs, was mostly abandoned to the arch terrorist, Yasser Arafat. The Arabs received 97% of the city and it essentially becamejudenreinsave for a tiny and embattled Jewish ghetto.The malevolent and malignant consequence20 years laterhas been the recent resolution by UNESCO to proclaim Hebron to be a Palestinian heritage site. Building Freezehas echoed remorselessly and tragically down the long years since the Oslo Peace Accords became in realty the OsloWar with hundreds of Israelis killed and thousands maimed. And all these self-inflicted wounds imposed upon the Jewish state byJewish politiciansthemselves merely reinstates previous calamities that were inflicted respectively by the Church and the Mosque upon the hapless and stateless Jews living in Europe and throughout the world of Islam. What a hostile world calls settlements, – be they neighborhoods in parts of Jerusalem such as Pisgat Zeev, or towns such as Maaleh Adumim or Ariel throughout Area C in Judea and Samaria – are in danger ofbecoming in realitynothing more than 21stcentury versions of the medieval European Ghettos and North African Mellahs. Why? Because these were places in which Jews lived, isolated from their gentile neighborsandforbidden, upon pain of death, to live outside of these restricted and walled inghettos. Similarly, just imagine what horrible fate awaits Israeli Jews who try to live outside their so-called settlements among the hate filled Muslim Arabs,those whocall themselves Palestinians and who occupy large swathes of the Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland! The internationally imposed building freeze is in reality a return tothe Christianand Islamic prohibitionsupon Jewish life banningJewsfrom living outside of theghettos. As we know, any limited construction beyond the so-called Green line can take placeandONLYwithin those settlements. Thisis an imposed anti-Jewish crime in the here and now;just as the Jews were treated during those dark days of exile in Europe and Araby. Thus new Jewish villages or townsthroughout Judea and Samaria are prevented from being builtoutsideof the existing Jewish communities. The only new homes that are allowed can only be constructedwithinthe existing Jewish villages andtowns, known pejoratively as the settlement blocs. This parallels what are in fact 21stcentury versions of those earlier imposed ghettos. This is not only a grievous indictment of complicity, dishonor and shame by successive Israeli governments against Jewish sovereignty in its land, but is an appalling return to the time of the infamous ghetto itself. It was in 1555 that Cardinal Giovanni Pietro Caraffa ascended the Papal throne of St. Peter and took the name Paul IV. Soon after, he published a vile and vicious bull whose first words were, Cum nimis absurdum. This Papal bull forced the Jews to be evicted from their homes and forcibly relocated into walled-in neighborhoods from which they were forbidden to leave at night and must return during the day while remaining isolated from their erstwhile Catholic neighbors. Certainly Paul IV was aware thatthe Lateran Councils of 1179 and 1215 already had advocated for the segregation of Jews. The Nazis eagerly reinstated the ghetto and the attendant horrors it ushered in. Confinement and humiliation of the ghetto experience was to become acharacteristic of the life of Jews for centuries in Catholic Europe and indeed proved to be no better for many long years in the Protestant lands. Luthers brutal anti-Jewish invective scarcely tended to bring about a regime of tolerance and humanity towards the Jews. Successive Israeli governments have foolishly embraced international pressures to restrict Jewish villages and towns throughout the ancestral and Biblical Jewishheartland, known to most of that hostile world as the West Bank. And limited building throughout Judea and Samaria occurs only in those still relatively few Jewishcommunities that do exist. The internationally imposed freeze is in reality a return to the earlier prohibition upon Jewish life, banning them from living outside of the ghettos.This was then, and is now, animposed anti-Jewish crime. Thus, any new construction beyond the so-called Green line can take place ONLY within those settlements – and by the way, that pejorative word, settlements,which denotes a foreign or alien presence, is long overdue in being excised from the Jewish and Israeli lexicon. They are villages and towns, not settlements. Jews are not settlers in their own ancestral and Biblical heartland! Successive Israeli governmentshave permitted these ghastly capitulations.And they havetried tocamouflage this abhorrent shame withthesewords and phrases of infamy: Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer and published author, His book of short stories is titledThe Blue Hourand his acclaimed trilogy is called,Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state. He is currently working on two additional volumes. All books are available in print and e-booksfromwww.Amazon.com

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Rabbis Dispute ADL’s Alt-Right List, Issue Own List of the Far-Left – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “Rabbis Dispute ADLs Alt-Right List, Issue Own List of the Far-Left” to a friend Linda Sarsour (right). Photo: Screenshot. JNS.org The Anti-Defamation Leagues (ADL) new hate list of top alt-right figures gives a free pass to antisemitism coming from left-wing activists, a rabbinical group is asserting. The Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents 200 Orthodox rabbis in the US and Canada, also charged that political motives were behind the ADLs inclusion of Corey Stewart, a prominent Virginia conservative who is seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Senator Tim Kaine. The Coalition countered the ADLs list by releasing a top 10 list of left-wing activists who, it says, are far more guilty of anti-Jewish defamatory speech than those named by the ADL. The Coalitions list includes Linda Sarsour, the feminist activist and BDS promoter; Hatem Bazian, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, arguably the most active anti-Israel group on college campuses; Rachel Gilmer, co-author of the Black Lives Matter platform, which accused Israel of genocide; and Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director the anti-Zionist organization Jewish Voice for Peace. July 21, 2017 4:37 pm

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New Study: Pupils of Hardline Islamic Background Behind Rise in Antisemitism at Berlin’s Schools – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “New Study: Pupils of Hardline Islamic Background Behind Rise in Antisemitism at Berlins Schools” to a friend Illustrative. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The results of a survey released this week in Berlin assertedthat the citys schools haveseen the rise of widespread antisemitism, often instigated by students following an ultra-conservative form of Islam, the German news site Deutsche Welle (DW) reported. The small-scale study claimed that pupils of Turkish and Arabic migrant background whoadhere toSalafism frequently take to hurling insults at female, homosexual and secular Muslim students, particularly by using the word Jew as an insult. The study wasconducted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and based on responses to a questionnaire from 27 teachers at 21 Berlin schools collected in fall 2015 and spring 2016. July 21, 2017 4:37 pm Whileresearchers reportedly recognized that the surveywas notcomprehensive, theymaintainedthat it indicated a worrying trend thatschools needed to take notice of. On Wednesday, GermanysRBB 24broadcast an interview about the report withDeidre Berger, director of the AJCsBerlin office, in which she explained that theschoolyard incidents had to be understood as not just isolatedcases. Berger added that many teachers have been avoiding having the classroom discussionsnecessary to stop students fromperpetuating antisemitic conspiracy theories and using anti-Jewish language. According to theDW report, Israeli-Arab psychologistAhmad Mansour theprogram directorat the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy and a specialist in antisemitism prevention called on Germany to take across-the-board measures, especially within schools, to addresssuch topicsand to make it clear to such young people that such opinions have nothing to do with democracy. How many studies do we still need so that we finally start to address the problem?, Mansour added. The AJC conducted the study in conjunction with a Berlin project called,Strengthen Democracy Active Against Anti-Semitism and Neo-Salafism. Earlier this year, reports emerged of a Jewish studentin the German capitalleaving hispublic school because of sustained antisemitic abuse by Muslim classmates.

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Macron indulges his audiences – Jewish Chronicle

Jewish Chronicle Macron indulges his audiences Jewish Chronicle The police, who had failed to respond to the pleas by Halimi's family to do something about Traore because they feared being accused of anti-Muslim prejudice, have refused to acknowledge this was an anti-Jewish crime. So it was good to hear Macron call … 'Anti-Zionism Is New Form of Anti-Semitism,' French Leader Says Jewish Link of Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut Excerpts From The Times's Interview With Trump New York Times all 112 news articles »

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SF Supervisors take up resolution condemning anti-Semitism – Jweekly.com

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote next week on a resolution condemning verbal and violent anti-Semitic assaults, both nationally and in the Bay Area, and vowing to stand in solidarity with Jewish and other communities whenever they are targeted or marginalized. The resolution, introduced by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen on June 27, cites the hundreds of incidents of anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation in the last few months throughout the county targeting individuals perceived to be of Jewish ethnic and/or religious ancestry. It links these incidents to a rise in discriminatory acts targeting people of diverse backgrounds, including Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, Latinos, women, immigrants and LBGT people. The resolution, which will come to a vote on July 25, condemns anti-Jewish rhetoric and acts, such as cemetery desecrations and assaults, but only calls out by name anti-Semites on the right: specifically white nationalists and racist groups. It lumps together all other anti-Semites, including radical Islamists and anti-Zionists such as the Chicago Dyke March organizers (who kicked out Jewish marchers at the Chicago Pride Parade two weeks ago), as groups across the political spectrum. The resolution does not mention any steps the Board of Supervisors intends to take to fight anti-Semitism, nor does it make mention of Zionism, anti-Zionism or Israel. Instead, in carefully chosen language, it excoriates anti-Semitic discrimination rooted in efforts to delegitimize Jewish self-determination. Still, Jewish community leaders praised Ronen and the board for tackling the issue. In a statement, Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Abby Michelson Porth thanked Ronen for introducing the resolution, saying, we must come together and work harder than ever to uphold our cherished values of equality, pluralism and inclusivity. Rick Zbur, executive director of the LGBT rights group Equality California, said in an open letter to the supervisors that the resolution sends a resounding message of inclusion, engagement and acceptance that San Francisco has long championed, and that includes its Jewish residents as part and parcel of the rainbow of diversity that is San Francisco. During public comments at a July 18 board meeting, Anti-Defamation League Central Pacific regional director Seth Brysk spoke up in favor of the resolution, saying it represents a good start towards addressing the recent surge of anti-Semitism. In defining modern anti-Semitism, Brysk went on to tell supervisors that criticism of Israel or Zionism is anti-Semitic when it uses anti-Jewish stereotypes, symbols and images, denies the Jewish right to self-determination, or holds Jews collectively responsible for the actions of the State of Israel. In a separate statement about her resolution, Ronen said, Alongside anti-Semitism, we have witnessed a radical jump in racial discrimination, misogyny, anti-LGBT bias and Islamophobia. Thats why I was proud to work with our local Jewish Community Relations Council to develop a resolution that would respond to this rise of anti-Semitism and reaffirm the Citys commitment to inclusion.

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Looking for social justice warriors who kick Jews out of their marches? Prominent progressive activists who think … – Tablet Magazine

Yesterday, the ADL issued a guide to help us errant Jews understand who are our true haters. It is titled From Alt Right to Alt Lite: Naming the Hate, and it profiles 36 (double chai!) prominent individuals who are either known for their anti-Semitism or known for cozying up to people known for their anti-Semitism. As long, of course, as theyre on the right. Looking for social justice warriors who kick Jews out of their marches? Prominent progressive activists who think you cant be both a Zionist and a feminist? Professors who believe Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks? Dont bother the ADL by arguing that Jew hatred is as rampant on the left as it is on the right, if not more. Why the double standard? Why focus on one end of the political spectrum and ignore the other? Todd Gutnick, the ADLs Senior Director of Communications, said his organization will continue to put out reports on the wide range of extremist threats, as well as those involved in anti-Israel activity. He also added that the organizations CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, a former assistant to Barack Obama, has spoken out before about the lefts growing anti-Semitism problem. But reporting on the right, Gutnick said, felt timely and necessary. These groups have been holding a number of public rallies recently and our Center on Extremism has been tracking their activities. As more of the individuals in these movements attempt to move into the mainstream, we felt it was crucial to understand their ideas and to share their statements. Its a strange argument. Is Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, more mainstream than Linda Sarsour? Are KKK rallies in Virginia better attended or more prominent than leftist anti-Jewish marches in Chicago? Of course theyre not. Why, then, the systemic focus on the alt-right? I pressed Gutnick for an answer; I never heard back. Its a shame. As Jews face real hate from left and right alike, we need and deserve an organization that places principles over politics. Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine.

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Letters to the Editor: July 19, 2017 – St. Louis Jewish Light

Editorial off-base I am appalled at your June 28 editorial headline, Bibis Biggest Blunder, about the Israeli prime ministers cancellation of plans for a pluralistic prayer site at the Western Wall. Women in Judaism are far from being considered second-class citizens. The law of separate prayer at the beloved wall is a Torah-Judaic requirement: It is in no way a claim that the female gender is harassed or counted as second-class to men. It is Torah law that prayers be recited in separately furnished facilities in Jewish observance. Women are an integral part of Jewish life and have a totally reputable position as such, according to Jewish law. The prime minister made no blunder at all. He is carrying out Jewish-Torah required law, with absolutely no offense of any kind to Jewish women. Howard Sandler University City UNESCO Hebron resolution deserves attention We are appalled at the travesty and insult to Jewish history and the Jewish people perpetrated by UNESCO in its resolution designating the old city of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs as a Palestinian World Heritage Site. The Hebron resolution, which refers to the city as Islamic, denies thousands of years of Jewish history, as well as Christian ties to the site, where the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Leah, are said to be buried. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said, UNESCO seems intent on spouting anti-Jewish lies, while it remains silent as the regions heritage is destroyed by brutal extremists. Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett called the vote a disgrace. Bennett said the Jewish bond to Hebron is stronger than any vote and dates back thousands of years. A statement by the United States Delegation to the World Heritage Committee said, The decision to inscribe Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town on an emergency basis is divisive, confusing and impossible to justify. The site is not under any real or immediate threat. Indeed, the only urgency here is an urgency to express political anger. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the move was both tragic and an affront to history, and that the U.S. would review its ties with the world body as a result of the decision. We, the undersigned members of St. Louis Friends of Israel, submit this letter in the absence of any substantial Jewish Light coverage of this crucially important development. We believe that the Jewish community must be fully informed about UNESCOs attempt to destroy Jewish history. Galit Lev-Harir, Traci Goldstein, David Rubin, Rachel Katzman, Irl Solomon, Laura Goldmeier, Mike Minoff, Richard Senturia, Marcy Cornfeld, Stuart Klamen and Zev Rosenberg Court ruling and thechurch-state divide Back in the 1970s, my son attended a secular private school, Rossman, in St. Louis County. Suddenly, books became available to Rossman students at no charge. Of course, almost everyone was delighted. Just as suddenly, the state of Missouri decided that taxpayer-funded books were unconstitutional for religious and private schools. Even back in the 1970s, Missouri got it right. Barbara K. Geller Creve Coeur Celebration of lifefor Holocaust survivor On Sunday, July 23, we will have the opportunity to celebrate the life and honor the legacy of the late Jerry Koenig, who died on June 11. Mr. Koenig was a Holocaust survivor whose stories of life in Poland, escape from the Warsaw ghetto, and nearly two years when he and his family were bunkered underneath a barn in the countryside, have educated and inspired thousands of St. Louis area residents. A celebration of his life will begin at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Mr. Koenigs life was an inspiration and his memory will always be a blessing. Barbara Finch Clayton

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