We thank God for the rising and setting Sun and the Dark of night in-between. We are also grateful for the wisdom and knowledge God has so graciously granted us. Thus, we are thankful. As the world and its people strive for material pleasure we rejoice in the Joy of the Creation and the ultimate wealth of Almighty God our Father.
Carl A. Patton, FreedomJournal
THE ENIGMATIC HEBREWS
Part 11: Anti-Semitism: The
Evolution From Religion To Ethno/Economics
the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Various factors have influenced the
prejudice and hatred toward Hebrew people. These factors have also contributed
to the confusion and enigma of the Hebrew people. For the record our analysis
is benefited by the reality that all Hebrew people are not practicing Jews.
Therefore, we argue, Hebrew people are people that claim ethnic origins to the
ancient Hebrews. For the record many of these people do not follow the Torah,
the Talmud the Mishnah or any other Jewish law.
Therefore confusion arises when all
Hebrew people are labeled as Jews (those that follow Judaism). Also Arabs are
not automatically Muslim although they were born in a Muslim country and raised
in a Muslim home. Religion is a personal relationship with God, Allah, Jehovah,
and Yahweh. Thus one cannot be born a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim nor can one
be born a believer in African Traditional Religions. Thus, Blacks in the
Diaspora are not automatically members of an ancient African religion.
Religion does involve culture.
However, culture is best seen and realized (when one lives in a culture) within
the particular environment in which you live. Thus the ancestors of the
kidnapped people from "The Land of the Blacks," were placed in
another culture. Thus, many aspects of their previous culture evolved into the
culture in which they lived.
Therefore Dog-Matic Cultural
Nationalists need to stop putting themselves on a guilt trip for a History they
cannot change. Thus, with respect to our ancestors and the historical legacy of
African and Black people we note the following. African Traditional Religions
are foreign to the Black Americans and not Christianity. Black Americans were
born in America however wretched this existence has been. Thus, our culture has
been one of the west and a search for the knowledge of the past culture of our
Meanwhile, we see the on-going
confusion of culture, race and religion among the Hebrew people.
Will society define them as a race or a religion? Here again one can be born a
Hebrew but one cannot be born a believer in Judaism. However, some of this
confusion may have come about regarding the Covenant God made with the Hebrew
people. Thus causing most if not all Hebrews to believe that whether they
followed God's commands are not they have a special purpose and are the chosen.
Again we note that the original
Hebrew people were chosen. Yes they were chosen to carry the message of God to
the Gentiles. However, most Hebrews have rejected Christianity and the Messiah.
Thus, they have chosen to wait on the first coming of the Messiah. Meanwhile,
the world has witnessed the New Covenant from God affirming the extension and evolution
of Judaism to Christianity.
Therefore it is no surprise that
early prejudice toward the Hebrew people was based on religion. Also, despite
obedience or disobedience to God and worship all Hebrew people were placed in
the category of hatred and prejudice. Thus Anti-Semitism came to apply only to
the Hebrews, religious or not.
Meanwhile, the religious
Anti-Semitism of Medieval times extended to modern times. However, race now
came to describe the Hebrew people. Race and nation came also to denote Zionism.
Previously there had been attempts to allow the Hebrew people to denounce
Judaism and embrace Christianity. For example Napoleon had a plan for the Jews
of France as revealed in his plan for Emancipation and reform.
"To become French citizens Jews
had to give up their historic claim to be a distinct people, and their hope of
ever returning to their own land. Thus, Jews had to make a critical sacrifice
of identity, and take on a concept of religion and a place in society that was
novel for them that was inherently Christian and not Jewish. (William Nicholls,
Christian Anti-Semitism, A History of Hate, p. xxi).
Meanwhile Zionism caused this plan to
be null and void. The philosophy of Zionism "reaffirmed that the Jews are
a people, a nation like other nations with a right to and need for a state of
their own. (Nicholls p. 303-304). However to do this Nicholls argues that the
Jews had to break with the traditional Jewish belief that only the Messiah
could restore the people to their land.
Meanwhile, anthropologists from an
account rendered by Nicholls came to originate the idea of racism in the
eighteen century. While Buffon and Linnaenus are said to have laid the ground
work, Goethe believed that Adam was the ancestor only of Jews. However, Voltaire
put forth the most extreme example of racism during this period; he argued that
Blacks were an immediate species between the Whites and the apes. (Nicholls p.
So as race came to identify the
Hebrew people for religious persecution race also became the rationale for
Black economic exploitation. This brings us to the question has economics
influenced Anti-Semitism? What has race got to do with the economics of