Religion: Washington, Hitler and Toleration

Into the Trumposphere

Just like Haley’s comet, every few decades bigotry reappears here resulting in some group suffering oppression, often violent and obscene.

Jews are a perennial favorite but over time Catholics, Mormons, Italians, Irish and others have had their “turn in the barrel.”

The bigotry and hate very often comes under the guise of concern over immigration, and so it is with Trump’s decision to whip up immigration as the false cause of perceived woes.

Trump, with his reckless speech, has made it fashionable among bigots to once again openly attack Jews and to desecrate their cemeteries.

He has even added a bizarre and predictable twist by suggesting that Jews are destroying their own graves to create controversy.

That’s a lie that any neo-nazi would love as they are all about the concept of the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed.

Hitler talked about the “big lie” in Mein Kampf, when he said, “in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility…”


The term most often employed when discussing religious hatred is the need for “tolerance.”

But President George Washington correctly pointed out that using that term is wrong in the context of America.

President Washington

In 1790, Washington was addressing the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island.

He said, “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.”

Here in our country, the right to worship (or not), is a perfectly level field of play where no group enjoys a superior position over another.

Former President George W. Bush effectively restated Washington when he said, “Every faith is practiced and protected here, because we are one country.”

It’s now common knowledge that so-called President Trump hears things and then repeats them as if they are true when there is not the slightest basis in fact or reality.

When called out on it, he actually says, “I was told that” as if that alone made it true.

It does not take much imagination to conjure up Steve Bannon yammering on about alt-right/neo-nazi fantasies to Trump.


And finally, my “Jew Thought” for the day: Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and an Orthodox Jew, is probably in over his head as a senior adviser but I am still glad he is there as he may be the most morally grounded of the entire bunch.

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  • Joe blow says:

    Still trying to blame Trump for a rise in anti-Semetic attacks? Of course his Palm Beach resort was the first to admit Jews, at Donald insistence. Being a New York real estate mogul, he has done business with Jewish people all his life. The Trump organization has many Jewish people in its upper echelon.But keep at it Eric. Hey , if an Irish bar gets firebombed, can we blame Trump?

    The irony is the left also feels he is too pro Israel in his foreign policy. His new ambassador to Israel is involved with the settlement movement. Trump is buddies with Prime Minister Netanyahu. But hey, since Trump is the new Hitler, he must be an anti-Semite, right?

  • Joe blow says:

    Well one I am confused. The man arrested in St Louis for threatening Jewish centers does not quite fit the stereotype. He is an African American with a Latino first name who has posted anti Trump messages on social media.

    No doubt Eric thought it was an angry white male wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. Kinda like your average. IAFF member! Cheer up Eric, it will still be Trumps fault regardless of the facts!

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