By Kevin MacDonald — Darkmoon Dec 22, 2015
Kevin MacDonald notes, “Originally posted in 2012, this article gets at the Jewish ethnic angle behind the ‘War on Christmas.’”
IF JESUS WERE BORN TODAY,
MARY AND JOSEPH WOULD BE IN DEEP TROUBLE
LD: This controversial cartoon, published in the Guardian in December 2011, caused outrage among British Jews who accused the Guardian’s Christian columnist Phoebe Greenwood of “demonizing Israel” by conflating Jesus and his family with “oppressed Palestinians”. Adam Levick says angrily: “The morally obscene charge is that, if Christ, Mary and Joseph were all alive today, they’d be persecuted by the Jewish state. The indisputable fact, however, is that Israel remains the sole nation in the Middle East where Christians thrive and worship freely.” Odd that Mr Levick should say that, given that Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them. [LD]
KEVIN MACDONALD writes: A new book, Joshua Eli Plaut’s A Kosher Christmas: ’Tis the Season to Be Jewish, documents what we have known all along: The Jews did indeed subvert Christmas. This book deserves a full review, but Ethan Schwartz’s summary and comment (“Twas the night after Christmas“) deserve scrutiny. First the summary:
Jews have been the vanguard of an effort to “transform Christmastime into a holiday season belonging to all Americans,” without religious exclusivity. The most important Jewish mechanisms of secularization are comedy and parody, for laughter undermines religious awe. Take, for example, Hanukkah Harry from “Saturday Night Live”, who heroically steps in for a bedridden Santa by delivering presents from a cart pulled by donkeys named Moishe, Hershel, and Shlomo. Remarkably, Hanukkah Harry has emerged as a real Santa-alternative for many American Jews.
Plaut sees such things not as attempts at assimilation but as an intentional subversion of Christmas traditions. “Through these parodies,” he writes, “Jews could envision not having to be captivated by the allure of ubiquitous Christmas symbols.” And it isn’t just Jews: for Americans in general, Jewish parody helps ensure that Christmas “not be taken too seriously” and that the celebrations of other traditions “be accorded equal respect and opportunity.”
There seem to be two messages here. One is the message of subversion utilizing ridicule among other methods. The other is that Jews are seen as high-mindedly making Christmas “into a holiday season belonging to all Americans.” The end result is that Christmas is not “taken too seriously” and the Christian religious aspect central to the traditional holiday is de-emphasized.
People who take their religion seriously do not allow their religion to be ridiculed. One need only think of the Muslim reactions to cartoons ridiculing Mohammed. The fact that Jews have been able to ridicule Christianity without any serious negative consequences is an important marker of Jewish power and an equally strong indication of the decline of Christian religious belief. I suspect that the organized Jewish community would react in outrage if non-Jews ridiculed religious Judaism. Indeed, any criticism of Jews as Jews is off limits in the mainstream media.
(A topical short list of verboten topics: the loyalties of neocon Jews and their role in promoting the war in Iraq, the Jewish aspect of the Ivy League admissions scandal, how Jewish control of Hollywood influences media content.)
Schwartz doesn’t quarrel with Plaut’s evidence, but wonders if it’s good for the Jews that such a book be written:
“There is something disconcerting about this thesis, summoning up classic anti-Semitic images of conspiracy and sabotage. Without a trace of irony, Plaut recounts incidents in which fundamentalist Christian groups complained that “certain Americans, particularly Jews, were trying to take the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas.” He adds that “anti-Semitic comments often ensued.” Those Christian fundamentalists might well feel vindicated by Plaut’s argument; yet Plaut is unfazed by this connection, and rightly so. It is not inherently anti-Christian, he recognizes, to oppose Christianity’s domination of a secular democracy. If Jews have helped to make American society more open, they should be proud of it.”
A Jewish cartoon from the Jewish website shalomlife.com,
showing Jews as victims of Christianity
LD: You are meant to feel sorry for this nice Jewish family. Even at Hanukkah, the Christians continue to persecute the Jews in the form of an unwelcome visit from Father Christmas. Note the look of indignation on the Jewish mother’s face at the invasion of her home by the Christian Santa.
Joshua Eli Plaut’s comment quoted above by Kevin MacDonald is particularly relevant in this context: “The most important Jewish mechanisms of secularization are comedy and parody, for laughter undermines religious awe.” Hanukkah Harry on “Saturday Night Live” — depicting a bedridden Santa delivering presents from a cart pulled by donkeys named Moishe, Hershel, and Shlomo — is an obvious Jewish attempt to trivialize and poke fun at Christmas, thereby undermining religious awe.
It gets worse. Here are two cartoon pics that not only trivialize Christmas but attempt to sexualize it. With a hop and a skip, we go straight from the reverent atmosphere of Gloria in Excelsis and the Holy Family praying round the Christmas crib to the soft porn milieu of sexual hanky-panky in Sleazeville. The first ‘card’ depicts Hanukkah Harry as he gives a spanking to a scantily clad female Santa in fishnet tights. The second shows the same girl giving the blissed-out Harry what appears to be a blowjob — coyly entitled “Kissing Santa under the Misteltoe.” For an assortment of these tawdry photos, using humor to ridicule the solemnity of one of Christianity’s most important religious festivals, see Santa Klaus Vs. Hanukkah Harry: There will be spanking.
Kevin MacDonald notes appositely: “People who take their religion seriously do not allow their religion to be ridiculed. The fact that Jews have been able to ridicule Christianity without any serious negative consequences is an important marker of Jewish power and an equally strong indication of the decline of Christian religious belief.”
One can only imagine the apoplectic rage of the Jewish community if Holocaust Memorial Day were given the same disrespectful treatment. [LD]