As an atheist,
I do not regard Judaism as any more rational than any
so why is this page almost entirely in defence of Jews?
The reason is that
Judaism itself has a benign
(indeed very impressive)
but other religions have an appalling history of
inexplicable violence towards Jews.
This page is really about those other religions.
- Criticism v. Hatred
- Criticising religion is an important right.
But what is the difference between criticism and hatred?
What is the difference between
criticising Judaism as yet another supernatural meme
and simple anti-semitism?
Or criticising Catholicism and
hatred of Catholics?
Or criticising Islam and hatred of Muslims?
some discussion on this.
- Most atheists don't criticise Judaism:
- Most atheists, for obvious reasons, are not bothered criticising Judaism.
Christianity and Islam are their main targets.
Unfortunately, there is a world of anti-semites who do criticise Judaism,
fake Talmud quotes.
So while a quick Internet search will find you lots of healthy liberal criticism of Christianity and Islam,
the same is not true of Judaism.
A search is likely to turn up anti-semitic sites.
One needs to be very careful with sources.
- Daat Emet (Jewish atheist site)
- The Bible
- The Bible in its Own Words
- The Tanach
is the Old Testament.
- The Torah
is the first 5 books of the Old Testament.
- The Talmud
is a collection of ancient
- The Hebrew date seems to imply
that something special happened around 3750 BC.
The origin of the earth?
The origin of humanity?
Otherwise "evil" has no meaning.
- The Jews smear blood on their doorposts
and God does not kill their first born.
But he kills the first born in all the other houses that do not do this.
And people would worship a God that does this??
Such a God is clearly evil.
- The Kosher
from the crackpot Book of Leviticus.
- "The Jews killed Jesus":
- The Jews (and the Romans) murdered the preacher Jesus
in the 1st century.
This noble martyrdom for his beliefs is rather spoilt by the fact
that his followers have
murdered millions of innocent Jewish men,
women and little children in revenge -
centuries of European anti-semitic killings
of the 20th century.
Now granted, Jesus could hardly have known this was going to happen.
But it still makes it hard to see his life as a simple tale of suffering and martyrdom.
When millions of innocent people are killed in revenge for your suffering,
your suffering becomes rather uninteresting.
For over a thousand years,
Christians burnt alive
anyone claiming to be the Son of God,
not noticing the irony that this is just how Jesus was treated.
- Jewish terrorism
Christianity persecuted and killed Jews
throughout its history,
culminating in the Holocaust.
- Killings for Christianity
- Christianity and anti-Semitism
- History of anti-Semitism
List of antisemitic attacks
- In 1215 the Fourth Lateran Council, under
Pope Innocent III
(the Butcher of the Cathars)
first forced the Jews to wear
This idea was later taken up again by the Nazis.
- Black Death persecutions
It was believed in medieval Christianity
that disease and epidemics
were caused maliciously
- by imaginary "witches",
or by Jews,
the burning of Jewish men, women and children was a typical
response to epidemics.
- The burning of Jews for "causing" the Black Death
The killing of Jews in the "dancing mania" of the 14th century.
Blood libel against Jews
- The church canonised many "saints" who were supposedly "martyred" by the Jews
in "ritual murder"
(to obtain Christian blood for their cakes, or something).
Huge numbers of innocent Jewish men, women and little children were killed in response,
often by being burnt alive.
Embarrassingly, the church
has since discovered that these supposed "ritual murders" never happened.
- William of Norwich,
the supposed victim of a "ritual murder" by Jews in 1144.
- St. Dominguito del Val,
the supposed victim of a "ritual murder" by Jews, c.1250.
All the Jews of Saragossa were hanged (presumably including children).
- Little St. Hugh of Lincoln,
the supposed victim of a "ritual murder" by Jews in 1255.
18 Jews were hanged.
- St. Simon of Trent,
the supposed victim of a "ritual murder" by Jews in 1475.
15 Jews were burned alive.
- The Holy Child of La Guardia,
the supposed victim of a "ritual murder" by Jews in 1491.
All the Jews of Spain were ethnically cleansed.
- Decanonized saints
- If the church can actually name a saint, and get it wrong,
how can it possibly claim to be guided by God?
- The Reformation may have been a great step forward to the modern secular world,
but Martin Luther
was a vile anti-semite.
- John Calvin
was a killer too of course.
He burnt the thinker
alive in 1553
because his ideas differed with Calvin's own superstitious beliefs.
"Whoever shall maintain that wrong is done to heretics and blasphemers in punishing them makes himself an accomplice in their crime and guilty as they are."
- The Jewish Ghetto in Rome
- By the papal bull
Cum nimis absurdum
Pope Paul IV
forced the Jews of Rome to live in a ghetto.
Ghettos for other Italian cities followed.
- The Catholic church forced the Jews of Rome to live in a ghetto from 1555 to 1870.
- The Khmelnytsky Uprising, 1648-54
- The slaughter of the Jews of the Ukraine.
- 19th-20th century Christian anti-semitism
- There is of course a direct line traceable from the medieval Jew burning
through to the modern Holocaust.
In no way can we say that the Holocaust
can be entirely divorced and separated from Christianity.
Anti-semitism in the modern church
- The modern church
tends to be
sympathetic to anti-Jewish tyrants and terrorists
critical of the Jewish democracy of Israel.
Jews are burned alive during the Black Death.
- The UN's hatred of Israel
- ADL global survey of anti-semitism, 2014
- This shows that the top 10 most anti-semitic countries in the world are all Islamic.
- The worst countries in the world:
- West Bank and Gaza – 93 percent of the adult population holds anti-Semitic views.
- Iraq – 92 percent
- Yemen – 88 percent
- Algeria – 87 percent
- Libya – 87 percent
- Tunisia – 86 percent
- Kuwait – 82 percent
- Bahrain – 81 percent
- Jordan – 81 percent
- Morocco – 80 percent
- Some western countries:
- Greece – 69 percent of the adult population holds anti-Semitic views.
- France – 37 percent
- Belgium – 27 percent
- Germany – 27 percent
- Ireland – 20 percent
(Ireland is twice as anti-semitic as the UK or US.)
- Canada – 14 percent
- Australia – 14 percent
- New Zealand – 14 percent
- Denmark – 9 percent
- United States – 9 percent
- United Kingdom – 8 percent
- Netherlands – 5 percent
- Sweden – 4 percent
The Ten Worst Purveyors of Antisemitism Worldwide
at PJ Media
is an eclectic list.
list the 10 worst as:
I wouldn't agree with putting Roger Waters there myself, but I think it's hilarious he's on the list.
The Arab world
is openly anti-semitic,
and is not ashamed of it.
Europe hates Israel too, but claims
that this is different.
- Europe has a long history of Jew-hatred,
culminating in the Holocaust.
In living memory, Germany, with the collaboration of France and other European countries,
and the support of many intellectuals,
rounded up millions of Jews for extermination.
- Today, Europe, the mainstream left, and the far right
They claim this is different from the past.
- They claim this is not anti-semitic,
but they support
openly anti-semitic people like
Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah,
and other Islamists.
- It is true that not all
modern leftists and intellectuals who hate Israel
a range of trendy reasons why they hate Israel.
But they are on the wrong side of history again.
Hatred of Israel is the new anti-semitism
Alan M. Dershowitz
- One can criticise Israel (or America)
- "But to single out the
Jewish state of Israel, as if it were the worst human rights
offender, is bigotry pure and simple."
How to tell if criticism of Israel is anti-semitic
- Yes, of course
one can criticise Israel without being anti-semitic.
As many Israelis do - there is a vibrant democracy
with furious internal debate.
But among non-Jews,
I would say that
more than 95 percent of criticism of Israel
Anti-Zionism is the ancient anti-semitism
- article by Jack Schwartz.
- Martin Luther King
"When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You are talking
- Put it this way.
If you're a westerner, and Israel is one of the main countries
you criticise, then you're an anti-semite.
As a westerner, your main targets should be places
like Sudan and North Korea.
- If Israel is just one of at least 60 states
that you criticise,
and your worst criticism is of non-democracies,
then you may not be an anti-semite,
and your criticisms may even make some sense.
The Paradox of the Fisks:
The most criticised societies in the world
will be the least criminal societies
The Left's Anti-Semitic Chic
by George F. Will, Feb 25, 2004.
"The appallingly brief eclipse of anti-Semitism after Auschwitz demonstrates how beguiling
is the simplicity of pure stupidity."
The new anti-Semitism
by Melanie Phillips, 22 Mar 2003
"hostility to Jews is strongest among those on
the Left who claim to be fighting racism"
- She notes the deep need Europe has to get over its guilt about the Holocaust:
"Europe has waited for more than half a century for a way to blame the
Jews for their own destruction.
So instead of sounding the alarm over
genocidal Islamist Jew-hatred,
Europeans have eagerly embraced the
Nazification of the Jews"
- Comparing a western democratic government like the US or Israel to the Nazis,
or their police to the Nazis,
is a form of Holocaust denial.
It is a way of saying that the Nazis were not so bad.
That the things they did were like the things that modern liberal democracies do.
- Comparing trivial things
- like restrictions on young people from the police or teachers
- to the Nazis
is also a form of Holocaust denial.
It makes one imagine that the person doing it has no idea what the Nazis were like.
It says that killing millions of innocent women and
children by shooting them in pits
or putting them in ovens
is "just like" telling some young person
that he can't stay up late, or demonstrate
on certain streets.
"Bush equals Hitler" adds up to holocaust denial
by Jonah Goldberg
- "If your son is murdered and I claim that it never
happened, I am denying the existence of a crime.
But if your son is murdered and I compare that
tragedy to losing your car keys, that is a form of
by Jonah Goldberg
- As I said
"Anyone who compares Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto is saying the Warsaw Ghetto wasn't that bad."
- Comparing Bush to Hitler
- It is not just
that engage in this
left-wing trivialisation of the Holocaust.
It is a firmly established part of left-wing politics
and demonstrations to compare free countries like
America and Britain
- and, most unforgivably,
- to Nazi Germany.
Bigotry outside Faneuil Hall
by Alan Dershowitz,
on leftist anti-semites
screaming that he is just like Hitler.
call for protest.
"The sin that, in the opinion of the
screamers, warranted this comparison between me and the man
who murdered dozens of my family members was my support for
US and Israel hater
who compares them to the Nazis.
It is a form of Holocaust denial.
A vile cartoon,
November 14, 2008,
student newspaper, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA,
compares Jews to Nazis.
Obviously, being prevented from killing Jews
is the same kind of thing as being herded into a ghetto for extermination.
What kind of mind can regard the life-saving Israeli wall,
which has led to a massive drop in suicide bombings,
as similar to Nazi walls?
I don't remember the Jews of 1940 suicide-bombing German civilians in coffee shops.
I don't recall that the Germans herded them into ghettos in order to
protect the German people.
Israel is just like the Nazis!
In Nazi-occupied Europe, people were always holding demos like this, holding up posters
and screaming in the faces of Nazi troops.
That was always happening.