There is now widespread speculation that the three college students arrested for firebombing eight Southern Baptist churches in Alabama are Jewish. It's suspected that their alleged arsons were incited by recent diatribes against the Southern Baptist Convention by Abe Foxman, ADL's national director.
Were these firebombings more than arson? Were they bias-motivated hate crimes?
I've found no concrete evidence that the three defendants are Jewish.
There is, however, much evidence that Foxman's many statements against Christianity and Southern Baptists are inflammatory. They are strong enough to incite unstable persons, Jewish or not, even to the point of violence. In countries now under ADL-inspired hate laws, it is a hate crime to publicly express contempt toward members of a federally protected "identifiable group." In these countries, Foxman's written contempt for Christianity could easily make him a hate criminal.
Christianity Bashing by Foxman
How does Foxman show contempt for an identifiable group (Christianity)?
Let's start with his Baptist bashing. Foxman says "to target Jews for conversion is disgraceful, insulting, and dangerous." He contends the Southern Baptist Convention is "part of a deceptive movement ... whose real goal is to convert Jews to Christianity. These efforts should be stopped once and for all ... the Southern Baptist leadership continues to show its disrespect and disregard for the validity of Judaism and the Jewish people." (www.adl.org)
In Foxman's latest book, No Place for Hate? The New Anti-Semitism, he says the lies of the New Testament are responsible for the death and suffering of countless Jews throughout history, culminating in the Holocaust of World War 2.
"Every annual reading or reenactment of the story of the death of Jesus in Christian churches ... has been used to justify hatred of Jews and violence against them, including from Christian pulpits. Through the centuries, these denunciations have led to countless outbreaks of violence against Jews, including murderous pogroms ... For almost 2,000 years, Christian leadership drove the spread of anti-Semitism throughout Europe and beyond" (p. 48).
.Foxman believes there is "a direct line from ancient Christian teachings on Jews and Judaism to the death camps of Hitler" (p. 48). The Christian mission to evangelize Jews, Foxman says, is inherently anti-Semitic (p. 138).
Could it be that Jewish youths, believing Foxman's words, would burn down churches in righteous anger? It's easy to imagine, considering how Foxman paints Christian churches as temples of hate.
For example, Foxman's book says for nearly 2,000 years the Catholic church has been the "cradle of hatred ... the arch-enemy of the Jews -- our most powerful and relentless oppressor and the world's greatest force for the dissemination of anti-Semitic beliefs and the instigator of violent acts of hatred" (p. 75). He says the Catholic church has "a legacy of incredible shame and horror" (p. 74).
Is Foxman exposing an "identifiable group" to contempt -- the ADL's definition of a "hate crime" in Canada and many other countries? Judge for yourself.
Foxman's Hate Mongoring
It probably can't be proven in Canada or Alabama that Foxman directly incited church burnings. And we don't need to prove it! In his diatribes against Christians, Foxman lives up to his own definition of a hate criminal perfectly. Throughout Canada, a growing number of Holocaust reductionists and Christians have been dragged through the courts and severely fined for inciting far less contempt for other religions than Foxman has against Christianity.
In Canada, Foxman's widely circulated book should, under ADL's Canadian hate law, be considered "hate literature." His writings could well "incite to violence" overzealous Jews. The Canadian government could at least ban his books, exclude him from the country (as they did to David Irving), and filter his internet outreach to the country, as they are trying to censor right-wing websites today. All this, of course, would only happen if hate crimes enforcement were even-handed in Canada -- which it is not.
Real Hate Crimes Do Exist
Of course, ADL's definition of a hate crime is a farce. It is skewed for one ultimate purpose: to entrap and persecute Christians and those who criticize matters Jewish.
In reality, thoughts and sincere words are not crimes. It shouldn't be a crime for Foxman to criticize the Southern Baptist Convention or for me to criticize evil Jewish leaders.
There does exist, however, such a thing as a bona fide crime of hate. When, from extreme hostility, one uses government to criminalize people for expressing their opinions -- and exhausts, bankrupts, and finally imprisons them -- that is a hate crime of the vilest sort.
Recent examples of such government-sponsored acts of terrorism against innocent persons are:
• Deportation of Holocaust reductionists Germar Rudolph and Ernst Zundel to Germany. They questioned the accuracy of the 6-million figure of alleged Jewish dead. Theirs was a violation of ADL/B'nai B'rith's German anti-hate laws.
• Imprisonment of David Irving for three years. He also questioned the Holocaust figures and methods, violating ADL/B'nai B'rith's Austrian anti-hate laws.
• The 2004 arrest and imprisonment of the "Philly 11" Christians by ADL's national executive board member, Philadelphia DA Lynne Abraham. Abraham incarcerated them for 21 hours, threatening each person with 47 years in prison and a $90,000 fine. By peacefully witnessing to homosexuals, she claimed, they had violated ADL's Pennsylvania anti-hate law.
A Higher Court
What would be the verdict of educated and fair-minded persons? Are Abe Foxman and his ADL hate criminals according to the truest definition of the term?
The verdict of this court is unanimous.
"Guilty as charged."
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