Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, has taken to twitter decrying the rise in anti-semitic acts across the country.
“America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC”
Mrs. Trump is married to Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew and has converted to Judaism herself, so in this hunt she has a dog.
America is not built on religious tolerance.
If you aren’t quite sure about that, ask a Quaker, Mormon, Catholic, or a Lutheran for that matter, about acts of hate waged against them because of their religious beliefs, by their fellow citizens.
Hate so intense they literally picked up and moved across the country to escape it.
American religious sects have historically attacked one another (or themselves) in one non-stop war over who is closer to, and is therefore the spokesperson for, GOD.
And, that’s just the Christians, for Christ’s sake.
Jews are among the most persecuted of peoples and that’s certainly the case here in the US.
That tendency toward persecution is made exponentially more serious because the American White Supremacist movement loves to hate a Jew.
In fact, they love to hate the other, as in non-white, non-Christian, non-hetero, etc., etc.
In a delicious bit of familial irony, it is Ivanka’s own papa who is inspiring this latest round of hate against the other.
What else is an immigrant but the very essence of the other: from the outside, perhaps with a different culture and language?
Trump has made attacking immigrants and therefore the “other”, patriotic.
Neo-Nazis and their co-cohort, self-identifying or not, are not known for their fine-tuned ability to distinguish among their many enemies.
The “other” is everyone not like you.
So, Ivanka, if you really want to tame the beast, start by telling your papa to be less like a Father Coughlin and more like a George W. Bush.
“America rejects bigotry. We reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith. America values and welcomes peaceful people of all faiths — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and many others. Every faith is practiced and protected here, because we are one country. Every immigrant can be fully and equally American because we’re one country. Race and color should not divide us, because America is one country.”
President George W. Bush, 2002
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