My grandmother turned 94 last week and my mother and my uncles had a nice little gathering at my grandmother’s place in celebration. She is beginning to lose her faculties so we are trying to enjoy the time we have with her.
The conversation invariably turned to politics, at which point I announced my view that Islam is incompatible with Western civilization, and that mass Muslim immigration to the West must be halted. This precipitated the predictable and irrelevant “But not all Muslims are extremists!” response, as well as analogizing my position to that of anti-Semites.
The former is simply an emotional response; the existence of individual “moderate” Muslims has nothing to do with whether or not, from a policy standpoint, it makes sense for us to allow Muslim immigration. But the latter betrays the mentality of the liberal suburban Jew: they are terrified of antisemitism, whether or not they’ve ever experienced it themselves. They just know there’s a redneck farmer out there, just over the next hill, who hates Jews and everything about them. And not just a single redneck farmer, but a whole gaggle of them; indeed, they underlie everything that is American. This entire country was founded upon the principles held dear by antisemitic redneck whites, and as Jews, they are just barely able to hold off the onslaught of Jew-hatred. The most powerful tool in the toolbox is undermining the rotten, racist American spinal cord by supporting anything antithetical to its values. And not only that, but anything — any argument or position — even vaguely reminiscent of white antisemitism must be just as misguided and, indeed, evil as the highest chieftains of Jew-extermination. That includes any argument that a particular religion or behavior is incompatible with Western values because, of course, those despicable white anti-Semites said that very thing about the Jews, years ago.
I believe sincerely that the above narrative is, in essence, what goes on in these people’s minds. As a Jew (culturally, rather than religiously), I consider it my job to oppose this crippling and suicidal idiocy. ISIS is cutting people’s heads off on the internet, and American Jews are worried about the guy at the grocery store wishing them a merry Christmas.
Of course, when challenged to produce an example of antisemitism, none of them could recall anything specific. They just know it’s out there. Lurking just beyond the corner, somewhere in the dark.
It’s time to wake up, Jews of the West.