Friday, August 25, 2006
Jews, Jesus, and Jackie Mason
Founded in the 1970s, Jews for Jesus practices Judaism but regards Jesus as the Messiah. Was this written by the Jews for Jesus? Let's be honest here, if you believe Jesus was the Messiah, you are a Christian. You stop 'practicing' Judaism at that point. It is sort of hard to say I am a Jew, but I believe that Jesus was the son of G-D and the Messiah. They aren't compatible, unless of course I have missed something.
The pamphlets feature an image of Mason next to the words "Jackie Mason ... A Jew for Jesus!?" with information inside that outlines the similarities between Jews and Christians. Okay, Jews and Christians are similar. Is there any need to mention Jackie Mason, or have an image of him. There is a logical reason that they are similar, not having seen the pamphlet I can't say if they discuss that, but the reason is there.
"The pamphlet uses my name, my likeness, my 'shtick' (if you will), and my very act, which is derived from my personality, to attract attention and converts," Mason said in an affidavit. I don't always agree with Jackie, but I have to say, I would be quite offended myself if somebody was using me to 'attract attention and converts.' The Messianic 'Jewish' movements have been using bait and switch tactics on people with out a strong Jewish identity or education for years. This just seems to follow in that path.
Susan Perlman, a spokeswoman for Jews for Jesus, said the pamphlet was "good-natured." Ms. Perlman is likely to be a convert. But that isn't a reason to dislike her reference to the pamphlet as 'good-natured,' the reason is that it is a lie. Like many other things that the Messianic 'Jewish' movements do to attract converts, the pamphlet is intentionally deceptive. Make no mistake on this, they knew exactly what they were doing when the pamphlet was put together and how it would/could be perceived.
One final note, these types of 'campaigns' and marketing ideas get more insidious every year, because the groups need to find new ways to 'get inside' peoples heads and attract attention. As my wife always says about Jews for Jesus, neither side claims them many Christian groups don't see them as Christians, and no legitimate Jewish group sees them as Jewish. Basically these are people who are trying to have their cake and eat it, too.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
I Hate Camping
Anti-Semetism in France.
To give you an idea of what's going on in France where there are now between 5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews, here is an email that came from another Jew still in France. Please read! Will the world say nothing - again - as it did in Hitler's time?
He writes, "I AM A JEW -- therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing." Nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France:
In Lyon, a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire.
In Montpellier, the Jewish religious center was firebombed;
so were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles;
so was a Jewish school in Creteil - all recently
A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Moloto v cocktails,
and on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus in Paris, the words "Dirty Jew" were painted.
In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish football team with sticks and metal bars.
The bus that takes Jewish children to school in Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months.
According to the Police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12 anti-Jewish incidents PER DAY in the past 30 days. Wake up, world! Walls in Jewish neighborhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming "Jews to the gas chambers" and "Death to the Jews."
A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher's shop (and, of course, the butcher) in Toulouse, France;
a Jewish couple in their 20s were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne, France. The woman was pregnant
a Jewish school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles, France. This was in the past week
So I call on you, whether you are a fellow Jew, a friend, or merely a person with the capacity and desire to distinguish decency from depravity, to do, at least, these three simple things:
First, care enough to stay informed. Don't ever let yourself become deluded into thinking that this is not your fight. I remind you of what Pastor Neimoller said in World War II: First they came for the Communists, and I didn,t speak up, because I wasn't a Communist . Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.
Second, boycott France and French products. Only the Arab countries are more toxically anti-Semitic and, unlike them, France exports more than just oil and hatred. So boycott their wines and their perfumes. Boycott their clothes and their foodstuffs. Boycott their movies. Definitely boycott their shores. If we are resolved we can exert amazing pressure and, whatever else we may know about the French, we most certainly know that they are like a cobweb in a hurricane in the face of well directed pressure.
Third, send this along to your family, your friends, and your co-workers. Think of all of the people of good conscience that you know and let them know that you and the people that you care about need their help. The number one best selling book in France is "September 11: The Frightening Fraud," which argues that no plane ever hit the Pentagon.
http://www.ejpress.org/article/10360">Jews live in fear in Sarcelles
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thought of the Day?
Bush: "I don't know, I can't read Hebrew!"
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Lieberman, Lebanon and Lesbians
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Just a couple of thoughts
Friday, August 04, 2006
Fwd: FW: [Freemanlist] GREAT CARTOON - SAYS IT ALL
Freemanlist mailing list
I received the cartoon below in an email this week. I thought it kind of sums up the situation with both Hezbu-Allah and Hamas very very well.
Here's a political cartoon you're not likely to see in a newspaper anytime soon. Yet, it sure hits the nail on the head.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Several Quick Things
2. Does anyone else feel that the 'excitement' and media frenzy surrounding the fact that the Pitching Dictator Fidel Castro has temporarily stepped down from power while he recovers from bowel surgery to be a little strange.
3. I was looking at the local paper early today and noticed that it said the 48 hour cease fire was coming to an end. Did I miss the last 48 hours?
4. I have recently saw both Superman Returns and Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest. Both movies were very good. Wife and I both thought Dead Man's Chest was better than the first one. (Looks like Disney World will have to close and change the ride again.)
5. There was a letter to the editor the other day in the local paper that nearly had me laughing when I read it. The letter was arguing how Superman Returns is really just an attack on Christianity disguised as a movie. I try to put myself in other people's shoes when I read these kind of things, but I still found the concept to be ridiculous. The letter writer's basic argument was that because Lois wrote an article about how the world didn't need Superman as a savior and that Superman uses his powers to 'spy' on Lois at one point in the movie all Christians should be offended. My thought was two fold on this as I tried to understand the argument. Is this person really so weak in their own religious belief that a movie about a non-existent super powered being from another world would feel like an attack. I really never go any of what this person was talking about out of the movie. The second was, if I was as 'weak' in my own belief would I be responding that his letter is really an attack on Judaism, since the origins and name of Superman have a Jewish background.
Well I have said enough for one day. I hope I have more in me tomorrow, but gosh I feel better.
Mel Said What?
I have, in the past enjoyed, many of the movies that Mr. Gibson has made. I also feel that he is a much more talented director than he is as an actor. My wife and I were discussing the issue in passing the other night as we were getting ready to go to sleep and I said that I felt that many of Mr. Gibson's roles were nothing more than Mad Max in different situations. I will say that there are some that aren't. ( Man in the Mirror, and What Women Want come to mind immediately.)
I find the thoughts/statements of Mr. Gibson to be rather disgusting, but after hearing on several occasions the ideas of Mr. Gibson's father I am hardly surprised that he made the statements that he made. I also don't accept Mr. Gibson's 'apology' as being all that genuine. I think that I would actually respect him more if he admitted that that was how he felt rather than putting out prepared statements to apologize.
Okay that is out of my system. Now back to other topics
Israel V. Terrorists
An update for the last week
There was suppossed to be something else here but I am having problems
with it. I will attempt to post it later.
Other things going on:
1. Wife came home over the weekend. She is feeling much better, and
they made an adjustment in her meds that seem to be helping. She is
still a little out-of-it, but part of that is probably due to the new
med, and part of is probably due to the fact that she went nearly 48
hours with out sleep. More updates as they are warranted.
2. The link below is one from CNN about an internet pedophile
predator. The thing it brought to my mind was how creative this guy
was in finding his prey. He was visiting Goth oriented websites and
finding the vulnerable girls that were on the site.
3. I had been wondering when we would get an update about Ariel
Sharon's condition. It came yesterday. His condition, all things
considered, isn't all that surprising. I am torn between feeling
distressed by his condition and relief at his condition. I am
distressed because I have to wonder if the current problem might not
have been different with Ariel still alive. I am also distressed
because what I know of the man, I can't help but believe this is not
the way he would have wanted to go. I am relieved because at some
point in the not too distant future I have to believe that his body
will expire and the 'Shadow of Ariel' will slowly disappear.
4. On the same note, I have begun to believe that the situation in
Israel is what it is because of Ehud Olmert. His lack of experience
on the national and international front may have lead both Hamas and
Hezbu-Allah to believe that he would be weak on the attacks. The flip
side of that is that the PM could not appear weak to his public even
if he had to take actions that he didn't necessarily want to. The PM
was in somewhat of a know win situation, if he didn't take an
aggressive position he, and Israel, would appear weak. If he took a
hard-line position he would put Israel in a difficult position.
5. Does anyone wonder what the hell the Unitary Executive's problem
is? Why does he seem to view the Chancellor of Germany as a 'squeeze
toy?' For that matter why was he so obsessed with the 'pig' during
his press conference in Germany?
Well that is all that is in my mind today. Have a good one, and
barring another disaster, we will talk again tomorrow.