Dear Ivanka, We Wish You Luck With That

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.

The Trumps

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.

Father Coughlin, Hate Monger

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.

Anti-semitic Vandalism

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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8 Comments

  • Victoria Huckenpahler says:

    Let’s also not forget what we did to our Native Americans and their beautiful belief systems.

  • Joe blow says:

    Can you name another country that has allowed so many people from so many different backgrounds to enter and immigrate? Wasn’t Maryland, one of the original 13 colonies, a Catholic colony? And didn’t a man of the Jewish faith sign the Declaration of Independence?

    We are far from perfect, but tell me who has done it better.

    And of course it would fit your political philosophy perfectly to assume that these acts of anti-Semitism committed by neo-nazis, of course all white males. Isn’t it just possible, that some of them were committed by Muslims? I guess then it would be okay.

    And of course people like you, seem to link this recent rash of attacks to Donald Trump. What the Nexus is I don’t know. I believe this is the first time in American history that we have members of the first family who are Jewish. Of course folks like you conveniently forgot to mention that.

  • Alan says:

    “And of course it would fit your political philosophy perfectly to assume that these acts of anti-Semitism committed by neo-nazis, of course all white males.” When did he say that? He’s addressing issues related to white supremacy. That’s not mutually exclusive with other types of hate groups.

    “And of course people like you, seem to link this recent rash of attacks to Donald Trump.” Combination of statistics and DT’s words and actions. Together, great sources from which to start drawing conclusions.

    “I believe this is the first time in American history that we have members of the first family who are Jewish. Of course folks like you conveniently forgot to mention that.” Yes, he forgot to mention that. Except when he says in this very article, “Mrs. Trump is married to Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew and has converted to Judaism herself…”

  • Joe blow says:

    And which words exactly uttered by Trump could possibly construed as anti Semetic?

    And when and where has anyone mentioned the historic first of Jewish members of the First family?

    The best way to protect AmericanJews is to keep out radical Muslims. Isn’t that what Trump. Is doing?

  • Mr Diaz says:

    Spot on Joe!

  • Joe blow says:

    Sadly, Eric has joined the ‘America was NEVER great’ movement. I don’t think many firefighters would agree with him on that one.

  • RHackett says:

    Joe,

    Just the opposite. I believe Eric is like myself. America doesn’t need to be made great again. It’s great now.

    It’s only the entitled minded hayseeds in Bumpkinland that bought that schtick.

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