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Why God Chose the Jews
L.A. Times ^ | 1-14-06 | Andrew Klavan

Posted on 01/14/2006 5:04:46 PM PST by cgk

Why God chose the Jews

By Andrew Klavan

THERE IS ONE good thing about anti-Semitism: It lets you know who the bad guys are. Right, left, black, white, freak or straight, the minute someone starts rattling on about the evil Jews, you know your train just pulled into Slimeball Station.

All bigotry is wrong, of course, but there's something about this particular form of prejudice that's weirdly reliable as a sign of deeper wickedness. Perhaps it's because the Jews contributed so much to humanity's moral code that to hate them as a race is to despise the restraints of morality itself

Whatever the reason, true, virulent anti-Semitism is such a good indicator of the presence of evil that I'm tempted to believe that when God made the Jews his chosen people, this is what he chose them for: to be a sort of Villainy Early Detection System for everyone else.

Unfortunately, in his infinite love for his creation, I suspect the Big Guy may have overestimated our intelligence. Maybe he thought that after Hitler we'd just, you know, like, get it. Instead, we still see apparently intelligent people appeasing, making excuses for and even embracing the sorts of stinkers who ought to set off the Big Alarm.

That's why I think the system could use more bells and whistles — a loud honking noise perhaps, or closed captioning for the morally impaired. Thus, when Iranian President Ahmadinejad says the Holocaust is a "myth" or Israel "must be wiped off the map," you would hear a loud honk and words would appear in the air below his face: "Hello. I am an evil madman. Please stop negotiating with me now and proceed to cripple my nuclear capability by any means necessary."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; antisemitism; belafonte; chavez; israel; jewish; jews
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1 posted on 01/14/2006 5:04:48 PM PST by cgk
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To: cgk

Good one. A very humorous yet serious look at this evil.


2 posted on 01/14/2006 5:08:11 PM PST by Bigg Red (Do not trust Democrats with national security!)
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To: cgk

Honk, HONK!


3 posted on 01/14/2006 5:08:11 PM PST by colorcountry (Currently not in the process of becoming a God!)
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To: Bigg Red
:o) - and for those of us who don't have an early warning detector system built in...


4 posted on 01/14/2006 5:09:05 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk

Good essay.


5 posted on 01/14/2006 5:09:25 PM PST by Celtjew Libertarian
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard; Alouette

ping!


6 posted on 01/14/2006 5:09:40 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk
Why God chose the Jews

Because Zeus got to choose first?

So9

7 posted on 01/14/2006 5:12:37 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: cgk; SJackson; Salem

BTTT


8 posted on 01/14/2006 5:13:58 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; A Jovial Cad; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; adam_az; af_vet_rr; agrace; ahayes; ...
FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel/Russian Jewry ping list.

Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.

9 posted on 01/14/2006 5:14:18 PM PST by Alouette (The Anti-Borg - You Will NOT be Assimilated!)
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To: cgk

Thank you for this post....good essay and I passed it on


10 posted on 01/14/2006 5:14:46 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: cgk; NYC GOP Chick; Texan5; RikaStrom

Or, as the aged Jew once sighed, "Lord, I know we are Your chosen race. But, just for once, couldn't You chose somebody else?"


11 posted on 01/14/2006 5:14:48 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: cgk
Maybe he thought that after Hitler we'd just, you know, like, get it.

I don't even think the Jews get it, really.

12 posted on 01/14/2006 5:15:28 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: NYer

Here's a good place for that Roy Schoeman excerpt of yours.


13 posted on 01/14/2006 5:16:50 PM PST by Dark Skies ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: cgk
The next time you express an opinion on what's wrong with the world, take a look around to see who's nodding in agreement.

WORD UP!

14 posted on 01/14/2006 5:17:22 PM PST by Wheee The People
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To: cgk
I was really distressed in church this week when the pastor mentioned the "suffering of the Palestinians", in connection with Christians standing up for the poor and afflicted in the world. It was something like, the pastor and his wife made a trip to the Mideast several years ago where they saw the despair in the faces of the Palestinian people.

Of course, not a word about the despair in Jewish faces after another suicide bombing. Nothing about the corruption of the Palestinian leaders and the Arab world who keep the Palis in subjugation for political purposes. In other words, the bias made me ill. And the pastor probably wasn't even aware that he was showing bias.

15 posted on 01/14/2006 5:18:31 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Brilliant
Here's a great book that explains the connection...

Salvation is from the Jews by Roy Schoeman

16 posted on 01/14/2006 5:19:57 PM PST by Dark Skies ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: cgk
"Hello. I am an evil madman. Please stop negotiating with me now and proceed to cripple my nuclear capability by any means necessary."

Succinct and to the point. Interesting that Mr. Bush (the world's greatest poker player) has lassoed the Germans to help us with this.

My guess is that the Iranians will FUBT in their fuel processing operations on their own, but any assistance towards that, or that looks like that, would be helpful and may be necessary.

17 posted on 01/14/2006 5:20:46 PM PST by bvw
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To: Ciexyz
I was really distressed in church this week when the pastor mentioned the "suffering of the Palestinians"

Cut the pastor some slack. He or she may have just been trying to toe the party line and stay in good standing with the denominational leadership. If you underestimate how much pressure the leadership is willing to put on pastors, you need to review what just happened at First Presbyterian, Hollywood (CA).

18 posted on 01/14/2006 5:34:09 PM PST by PAR35
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To: cgk

Great article. Out of the LATimes, no less.


19 posted on 01/14/2006 5:34:20 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: cgk
God gave you an early detection system. Use it.

That detection system IS Israel; They are God's Prophetic Time clock

20 posted on 01/14/2006 5:34:20 PM PST by Clay+Iron_Times (The feet of the statue and the latter days of the church age)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

"Fiddler on the Roof", IIRC?


21 posted on 01/14/2006 5:35:23 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: cgk
Genesis 21:12 provides a good start into understanding why the Jews are chosen. It's all due to the promise that the Father made to Abraham.


This is a ch__ch. What's missing?

22 posted on 01/14/2006 5:36:13 PM PST by rdb3 (What it is is what it was.)
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To: metmom

Take a look at this:

http://www.masada2000.org/impalement.asx

if the bandwith is full..try later not for the faint of heart


23 posted on 01/14/2006 5:37:30 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver (Most Americans are so spoiled with freedom they have no idea what it takes to earn and keep it.)
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To: cgk
"All bigotry is wrong, of course,"

And most of it is false in today's America.

24 posted on 01/14/2006 5:38:57 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("No empire collapses because of technical reasons. They collapse because they are unnatural.")
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To: Ciexyz

"I was really distressed in church this week when the pastor mentioned the "suffering of the Palestinians",..."

They can't be suffering since, like the remaining 99.99999% of humanity they're not God's "chosen people."


25 posted on 01/14/2006 5:39:26 PM PST by Baraonda (Demographic is destiny. Don't hire 3rd world illegal aliens nor support businesses that hire them.)
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To: cgk
"I suspect the Big Guy may have overestimated our intelligence. Maybe he thought that after Hitler we'd just, you know, like, get it."

Great piece of writing for a serious journalist... worthy of MTV, certainly. Maybe it will just, like, get an award duuude.

26 posted on 01/14/2006 5:43:10 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("No empire collapses because of technical reasons. They collapse because they are unnatural.")
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To: Alouette; cgk
GOD NAMES NEXT "CHOSEN PEOPLE"; IT'S JEWS AGAIN
27 posted on 01/14/2006 5:46:37 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: SteveMcKing
Great piece of writing for a serious journalist... worthy of MTV, certainly. Maybe it will just, like, get an award duuude.

He's not a journalist, though. He's a crime novelist.

28 posted on 01/14/2006 5:47:07 PM PST by Celtjew Libertarian
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To: Dark Skies

Thanks. I'm getting that book


29 posted on 01/14/2006 5:48:01 PM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Brilliant
>>>"Maybe he thought that after Hitler we'd just, you know, like, get it."<<<

"I don't even think the Jews get it, really."

Some do, some don't. .....if you find 10 Jews you'll likely get 10 different opinions on just about every subject. Unfortunately though there are indeed many that haven't learned the lessons of Nazism, and blindly support the most Hitlerian of policies -- gun bans. I've personally known many hoplophobic Jews, but a few trips to the gun range often goes a long way to curing the problem.

30 posted on 01/14/2006 5:52:08 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Baraonda
They can't be suffering since, like the remaining 99.99999% of humanity they're not God's "chosen people."

Are you jealous?

31 posted on 01/14/2006 5:55:06 PM PST by Alouette (The Anti-Borg - You Will NOT be Assimilated!)
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To: dennisw
I wish I knew where mine was...I loaned it to my sister-in-law and it has moved on to greener pastures. Roy is a great man and his book is the "Seven Story Mountain" for this generation.

He's a real leader (one of God's chosen).

32 posted on 01/14/2006 5:55:53 PM PST by Dark Skies ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: Baraonda

I am sick of hearing of the poor suffering Palestinian Arab Muslims.

Geographically speaking, Israel is a mere splinter up the ass of the vast Arab Muslim world.

There are three hundred million Arab Muslims who mostly wish for the extermination of five million Israeli Jews.

WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE DO THE FREAKING MATH!!?


33 posted on 01/14/2006 6:00:00 PM PST by elcid1970
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To: Brilliant
I don't even think the Jews get it, really.

Liberal Jews don't. This is because they chose the golden calf over what Moses had delivered them from and had delivered to them...

34 posted on 01/14/2006 6:03:23 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: cgk

God's chosen people. Chosen for what?


35 posted on 01/14/2006 6:03:45 PM PST by sasportas
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To: cgk
It is no coincidence Islamic pagans hate Israel, Jews, Christians and Western Civilization. The entire basis of Western Civilization is Mosaic Law, something both the Neo-Pagan Left and the pagan Islamic thugs cannot abide and wish to destroy.

The very idea that human beings have individual rights not subject to the whims of a monarch, but subject to the laws of Yahweh, is directly from Moses.

Historically, this is proven over and over again with the successive conflicts between the forces of paganism and the Judaic culture. It is being played out here and all over the world today...

36 posted on 01/14/2006 6:09:32 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Baraonda

RUN!!!!!!!!!! from that left-leaning church. I ran from the Methodist church years ago because they were embracing Communism and Communists. Sounds like this is the early warning system for your church!!!!!


37 posted on 01/14/2006 6:10:12 PM PST by Conservative Goddess (Politiae legibus, non leges politiis, adaptandae)
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To: cgk
G-d actually chose Israel as mankind's clergy, but I understand the point the author's trying to make.

Chavez has a lot of big fans among the anarcho-Nazis at "Liberty Forum."

38 posted on 01/14/2006 6:12:29 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Lishu`atkha qivviti, HaShem!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Thank You for taking them under your wing...and showing them the truth about firearms. I've had this dicussion on more than one occassion with Jewish friends who are virulently anti-gun. I just don't understand how they can be anti-self-defense....after all that history shows.


39 posted on 01/14/2006 6:12:29 PM PST by Conservative Goddess (Politiae legibus, non leges politiis, adaptandae)
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To: Badray

PING!


40 posted on 01/14/2006 6:13:28 PM PST by Conservative Goddess (Politiae legibus, non leges politiis, adaptandae)
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To: sasportas

"Chosen for what?"

To proclaim God to the world.


41 posted on 01/14/2006 6:14:17 PM PST by loboinok (Gun Control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: cgk
to believe that when God made the Jews his chosen people

This is Old Testament. New Testament says "He who rejects Me also rejects the one who sent me." and this little gem: "Whosoever rejects me in front of men, so shall I reject Him on the day of Judgement in the Father's presence".

42 posted on 01/14/2006 6:15:02 PM PST by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: Dark Skies

I thinks I'm going to learn a lot from this book


43 posted on 01/14/2006 6:16:09 PM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: sasportas
God's chosen people. Chosen for what?

Study the Bible. There you'll find the answer.


This is a ch__ch. What's missing?

44 posted on 01/14/2006 6:17:43 PM PST by rdb3 (What it is is what it was.)
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To: Kimmers

You're welcome. I found it quite by accident at their website: it's the #1 most e-mailed article.


45 posted on 01/14/2006 6:47:46 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: PAR35; Ciexyz
If you underestimate how much pressure the leadership is willing to put on pastors, you need to review what just happened at First Presbyterian, Hollywood (CA).

I'd like to know...What happened?

46 posted on 01/14/2006 6:51:29 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: SteveMcKing

Very true.

And excellent tagline.


47 posted on 01/14/2006 6:53:21 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk

Thanks for the article. As you can see, it falls on deaf ears all too often.


48 posted on 01/14/2006 6:54:27 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: cgk

I, too, would like to know what happened at First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood.


49 posted on 01/14/2006 6:54:29 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: dennisw; Dark Skies

Thank you for the book recommendation. :)


50 posted on 01/14/2006 6:54:41 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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