Sunday, August 13, 2006

Et tu Mel Gibson

Joel Stein addresses Mel Gibson’s defining moments both in the recent comments he made and in the type of movies he made.

If Jews did not exist, we would have to create them. Or, we would find somebody to take their place if some have their way and they are exterminated. A significant number of us need to hate some group. The tendency to hate will latch on to something that displeases us and empower this displeasure to the point that we get pleasure in our hate.

Some of us have to have something or somebody to hate. We’re just not whole unless we have someone to hate.

This seems to be prevalent in conservatives. Liberals don’t hate as much as they ostracize those who violate political correctness. In fact, liberals would rather be hated than snubbed. Hatered invokes validation for their position while being snubbed indicates a social failing -- a much more unbearable cross to many liberals.

The propensity to hate is also a major tendency is those that believe in Islam. I have posted previously and before that their hate is a double edged sword and will turn inward on them if they don’t watch it. Their hate for the Israelis is a proxy for their hate of each other. Many in Islam already know this, but just like a liberal in a lynch mob, they are being pulled along in something they know is wrong but cannot prevent or quit.

Those of Islam send their children to die for their hate of someone else. Here, conservatives send their children to die for their love of personal freedom and duty, and liberals send theirs to die for the love of the idea of freedom and in spite of hate or duty.

Oh, and one more thing, Joel, Jesus was crucified neither by the Jews nor the Romans. He was sent to the cross by religious intolerance. ‘Twas the faithful who gathered in the courtyard, not the dregs of society, not the criminals, the rejects or lost, not the back benchers, backsliders, and certainly no atheists who gathered and voted as their religious leaders bade. Christianity is founded on their destruction of its founder.

The hate for one another trumps the love for one another. More people have been killed in the name God than for any reason excluding perhaps ignorance. We are steeped in this tradition. The capitol of the country dedicated to freedom was built by slaves. It would have been so much better for our proud traditions if good union hands had built it, but that is not the case.

As Joel pointed out, Mel bemoans war and those that would make it during his time of uninhibited stress (drunken arrest), but glorifies and exploits it during more sober moments (his movies). What Mel meant to say: “Jews are responsible for all the war movies in the world!”

This is true – or turthy for the sake of this post.

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