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A Rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

Post by SaulChanukah » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:05 am

Famous Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Daniel Lapin warning to U.S. Christians

Rabbi Daniel Lapin

I am certainly not a Churchill. I am not even a Revel. I am having enough trouble just trying to be a Lapin. But I am issuing a very serious warning about deep consequences, just as they did. It is a warning about the earliest stages of what could become a cataract of disasters if not resisted now.
During the 1930s, Winston Churchill desperately tried to persuade the English people and their government to see that Hitler meant to end their way of life. The British ignored Churchill, which gave Hitler nearly 10 years to build up his military forces. It wasn't until Hitler actually drew blood that the British realized they had a war on their hands. It turned out to be a far longer and more destructive war than it needed to be had Churchill's early warning been heeded.

In 1983, a brave French writer, Jean-Francois Revel, wrote a book called "How Democracies Perish." In this remarkable volume, he described how communism's aim is world conquest. For decades he had been trying to warn of communism's very real threat. Yet in January 1982, a high State Department official said: "We Americans are not solving problems, we are the problem." (Some things never change.) A good portion of the planet fell to communism, which brought misery and death to millions because we failed to recognize in time that others meant to harm us.

Heaven knows there was enough warning during the 1980s of the intention of part of the Islamic world to take yet another crack at world domination. Yet instead of seeing each deadly assault on our interests around the world as a test of our resolve, we ignored it. We failed the test and lost 3,000 Americans in two unforgettable hours.

I am not going to argue that what is happening now is on the same scale as the examples I cite above, but a serious war is being waged against a group of Americans. I am certain that if we lose this war, the consequences for American civilization will be dire.

Phase one of this war I describe is a propaganda blitzkrieg that is eerily reminiscent of how effectively the Goebbels propaganda machine softened up the German people for what was to come.

There is no better term than propaganda blitzkrieg to describe what has been unleashed against Christian conservatives recently.

Consider the long list of anti-Christian books that have been published in recent months. Here are just a few samples of more than 30 similar titles, all from mainstream publishers:


"American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America"
"The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us"

"The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason"

"Piety & Politics: The Right-wing Assault on Religious Freedom"

"Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism"

"Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America"

"Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right"


What is truly alarming is that there are more of these books for sale at your local large book store warning against the perils of fervent Christianity than those warning against the perils of fervent Islam. Does anyone seriously think America is more seriously jeopardized by Christian conservatives than by Islamic zealots? I fear that many Americans believe just that in the same way that many pre-World War II Westerners considered Churchill a bigger threat than Hitler.

Some may say that today's proliferation of anti-Christian print propaganda is nothing to become worried about. To them I ask two questions:

First, would you be so sanguine if the target of this loathsome library were Jewish? Just try changing the titles in some of the books I mention above to reflect anti-Semitism instead of rampant anti-Christianism and you'll see what I mean.

Second, major movements that changed the way Americans felt and acted came about through books, often only one book. Think of Rachel Carson's 1962 error-filled "Silent Spring" that resulted in the pointless banning of the insecticide DDT and many unnecessary deaths. Other books that caused upheavals in our nation were Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," many of Ayn Rand's books and of course "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

No, I would advise you not to underestimate the power of books to alter the behavior of the American public, and I fear for an America influenced to detest Christianity by this hate-filled catalog.

It is not just books but popular entertainment also that beams the most lurid anti-Christian propaganda into the hearts and minds of viewers. One need only think of who the real targets of the recent hit movie "Borat" are. The brilliant Jewish moviemaker Sacha Baron Cohen, as his title character, using borderline dishonest wiles, lures some innocent but unsophisticated country folk, obviously Christians, to join him in his outrageously anti-Semitic antics. Cohen then triumphantly claims to have exposed anti-Semitism. In fact, he has revealed nothing other than the latent anti-Christianism of America's social, economic and academic secular elites.

Even the recent PBS documentary, "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence," managed to do more attacking Christianity than defending Judaism.

Richard Dawkins, an Oxford University professor, is one of the generals in the anti-Christian army of the secular left. American academia treats him with reverence and hangs on his every word when he insists that "religious myths ought not to be tolerated."

For those with a slightly more tolerant outlook, he asks, "It's one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free impose their beliefs on their children?" He suggests that the state should intervene to protect children from their parents' religious beliefs. Needless to say, he means Christian beliefs, of course. Muslim beliefs add to England's charmingly diverse cultural landscape.

The war is against those who regard the Bible to be God's revelation to humanity and the Ten Commandments to be His set of rules for all time. Phase one in this war is to make Christianity, well, sort of socially unacceptable. Something only foolish, poor and ugly people could turn to.

We have seen how a carefully constructed campaign pretty much made it socially unacceptable to drink and drive. For years, there had been stringent laws against drunk driving. They achieved little. In the end, the practice was all but eliminated by groups allied with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and their effective ways of changing the way Americans thought about it.

We have seen how a carefully constructed campaign has pretty much made it socially unacceptable to smoke. In the face of a relentless campaign (dare one call it propaganda?), Americans became docile and forfeited the right to make their own decisions. Nobody was willing to stand up to the no-smoking tyrants. Nobody even asked whether health was sufficient grounds for freedom to be reduced. Now, entire cities and even states have banned smoking, not only in public places but even in privately owned restaurants.

Tyranny comes when citizens are seduced into trading freedom for the promise of safety and security.

Considerably more intellectual energy is being pumped into the propaganda campaign against Christianity than was ever delivered to the anti-smoking or anti-drunk-driving campaigns. Fervent zealots of secularism are flinging themselves into this anti-Christian war with enormous fanaticism.

If they succeed, Christianity will be driven underground, and its benign influence on the character of America will be lost. In its place we shall see a sinister secularism that menaces Bible believers of all faiths. Once the voice of the Bible has been silenced, the war on Western Civilization can begin and we shall see a long night of barbarism descend on the West.

Without a vibrant and vital Christianity, America is doomed, and without America, the West is doomed.

Which is why I, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, devoted to Jewish survival, the Torah and Israel am so terrified of American Christianity caving in.

Many of us Jews are ready to stand with you. But you must lead. You must replace your timidity with nerve and your diffidence with daring and determination. You are under attack. Now is the time to resist it.

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Re: A Rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

Post by MarkC » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:53 am

Maybe it's just my preference, and then you don't have to worry about it, but I think it would be more effective if you said a little bit in your own words about what he said, rather than just copy/pasting the thing.

Not necessarily instead, but at least in addition.

I don't have a whole lot of interest to read most long things posted on discussion sites that aren't written by our members. Maybe others do. If so, then don't worry about it. :)

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Re: A Rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:10 am

Without intending to imply that the threat from radical Islamicism is not serious, I would point out that it is the easiest thing in the world to pick and choose among apparently correct but unsuccessful voices of warning from the past to bolster one's claim that some current prophecy should be heeded. In the complex of events leading up to world-historical disasters, one can always find one or more Cassandras. In the present case, Jean-François Revel turns out not exactly to have been Professor Marvel in pointing out the dangers of communism in 1983--as it turned out, he was both very late and off the mark about the near future. And while it is a commonplace that appeasement of Hitler encouraged him and was one of the precipitating causes of WW II, Churchill was so obsessed with it as an all-determining mistake that till his dying day he insisted that if he had been heeded not a shot would have been fired. This reductionist assessment does not seem to me to bear close examination, though it has been lent generally unquestioned authority because of its source.

Rabbi Lapin also doesn't do himself much good by citing Ayn Rand's screwy but innocuous cult books as having caused some sort of "upheaval," or putting books that did so in a positive way like The Jungle and Uncle Tom's Cabin in the same category with Silent Spring. And I don't think it's rhetorically wise to associate oneself with questionable activities such as smoking even if one's point is that the restrictions may have gone overboard. If the worst thing supposedly freedom-restricting regulation has ever done is hasten the end of tobacco use, that is not exactly a sound basis for a ringing denunciation.
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Re: A Rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

Post by living_stradivarius » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:57 am

jbuck919 wrote:Coincidental Cassandras are the basis of Saul's worldview :mrgreen:
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Re: A Rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

Post by slofstra » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:49 pm

jbuck919 wrote:Without intending to imply that the threat from radical Islamicism is not serious, I would point out that it is the easiest thing in the world to pick and choose among apparently correct but unsuccessful voices of warning from the past to bolster one's claim that some current prophecy should be heeded. In the complex of events leading up to world-historical disasters, one can always find one or more Cassandras. In the present case, Jean-François Revel turns out not exactly to have been Professor Marvel in pointing out the dangers of communism in 1983--as it turned out, he was both very late and off the mark about the near future. And while it is a commonplace that appeasement of Hitler encouraged him and was one of the precipitating causes of WW II, Churchill was so obsessed with it as an all-determining mistake that till his dying day he insisted that if he had been heeded not a shot would have been fired. This reductionist assessment does not seem to me not bear close examination, though it has been lent generally unquestioned authority because of its source.

Rabbi Lapin also doesn't do himself much good by citing Ayn Rand's screwy but innocuous cult books as having caused some sort of "upheaval," or putting books that did so in a positive way like The Jungle and Uncle Tom's Cabin in the same category with Silent Spring. And I don't think it's rhetorically wise to associate oneself with questionable activities such as smoking even if one's point is that the restrictions may have gone overboard. If the worst thing supposedly freedom-restricting regulation has ever done is hasten the end of tobacco use, that is not exactly a sound basis for a ringing denunciation.
I attended a very interesting lecture by a local historian at some kind of awards dinner about how the Chamberlain/ Hitler "mistake" had informed post-war politics. The lesson was along the line that while we should worry about repeating history's mistakes, we can also worry too much about them. Basically, no one wants to become the next Neville Chamberlain, and leaders since that time have often been too vigorous in their attempts to avoid being the next Hitler's fool. (I wish I could remember his examples, but I'm sure I could think of my own if pressed).

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Re: A Rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

Post by diegobueno » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:28 pm

The rabbi also needs to understand that the "Christian Right" is not synonymous with Christianity. There's a broad spectrum of beliefs in this country that fall under the heading of "christian". Christian Right only applies to the more fundamentalist sects, which are usually aligned with political conservatism. It is quite possible (and quite reasonable in my view) to be opposed to the Christian right, and it in no way implies opposition to Christianity.

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Re: A Rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

Post by Ralph » Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:29 pm

The appeasement of Hitler at Munich which later made Neville Chamberlain the poster boy of optimistic diplomatic idiocy, is more complex than many realize. The fact is that in 1938 England was not prepared for war either in the military or political sense. Of course a strong show of force might have deterred Hitler but England didn't have that force. In many ways England mirrored America in its own form of isolationism. Churchill certainly understood the menace Hitler and the Nazis presented but it took Chamberlain's failure as a war premier to bring him to 10 Downing Street.
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