Following the outrage over Ann Coulter's interview with CNBC's Donny Deutsch, members of the media used it as an opportunity to tell the American people that they should be offended by her restatement of Christian doctrine and the New Testament.
Given that there are billions of people of all denominations who believe their religion to be the path to salvation, it’s not much of a stretch for those religions to cite their virtues over those of other religions.
Coulter said, “That is what Christians consider themselves, perfected Jews.” Let’s apply the media’s hysteria about “perfected Jews” to another religious tenet. The following is a satirical illustration of the use of the term “God’s chosen people.” None of the quotes are made up, but perhaps they give a more honest view of how “progressives” feel about Judaism.
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A tenet of Judaism has mocked non-Jews for thousands of years. We are constantly being told that we are not "God's chosen people." It damages our self-esteem and mocks our life choices. The notion of "God's chosen people" is pervasive in Jewish doctrine. According to Wikipedia:
In the Jewish prayerbook (the Siddur), chosenness is referred to in a number of ways. The blessing for reading the Torah reads “Praised are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has chosen us out of all the nations and bestowed upon us his Torah.”
In the “Kiddush”, a prayer of sanctification in which the Sabbath is inaugurated over a cup of wine, the text reads “For you have chosen us and sanctified us out of all the nations, and have given us the Sabbath as an inheritance in love and favour. Praised are you, Lord, who hallows the Sabbath.”
In the “Kiddush” recited on festivals it says, “Blessed are You … who have chosen us from among all nations, raised us above all tongues, and made us holy through his commandments.”
Thomas Jefferson, who was a SLAVE OWNER, used this phrase, perhaps unaware of its offensive roots. He said, “Those who labor in the earth are the Chosen People of God, if ever he had a chosen people.”
This phrase is so permanently sealed in our lexicon that even those not traditionally considered “chosen people” have adopted its usage, perhaps to curry favor with the “chosen” or because they are uncomfortable in their own skin and have tribe-envy. Christian evangelical Jerry Fallwell said, “I believe that the people of Israel are the chosen people of God.”
In the Baltimore Jewish Times, Neil Rubin wrote, “The Christian right, I know, is a complicated and diverse community – just like us Jews. But some in that camp mean no harm to us. In fact, quite the opposite. As I talk to members of their community, I see a desire to speak to ‘God's chosen people.’”
The people that Rubin talks to are ignorant. “God’s chosen people” is offensive to Christians, Muslims, Scientologists, and Wiccans, among many others. That’s why it is up to those of us with a more progressive, respectful view for the myriad of spiritual belief systems that exist to educate others. Progressive Jostein Gaardner is the author of Sophie’s World, which has sold over 30 million copies in 53 languages. In Norway’s leading newspaper, he wrote, “We do not believe in the notion of God’s chosen people. We laugh at this people’s fancies and weep over its misdeeds. To act as God’s chosen people is not only stupid and arrogant, but a crime against humanity. We call it racism.”
There are countless victims that are left behind by the “chosen people.” In a forum for a Petition to Bring the Troops Home, there are several progressive net-activists that feel slighted by this xenophobic notion. They write:
--- them Communist B@$t@rd$ even sacrificed kids too. And they get by with it and are called God’s chosen People.. Isn’t that sickening?
--- the talmud is more barbaric than the old testament and teaches jewish supremacy. I don’t understand why people call the jews God’s chosen people when they have such beliefs.
The time has come to end the radical, divisive language of “God’s chosen people.” Call your Senator or Congressman today and demand they condemn all of those who use this fundamentalist, hateful language!
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If the media was consistent, that’s how they would react to “God’s chosen people.” Instead, they get their talking points from the unperfected kooks at Media Matters that neurotically pine over every word uttered by Ann Coulter. In condemning Coulter’s comments, the media’s objective isn’t to defend Judaism, but to incite phony hysteria and advance Media Matters’ agenda to silence conservatives. If you have a problem with the New Testament, take it up with its authors, not with Coulter.