"Anti-Semitism is a plague, a scourge upon our
Posted February 28, 2004 thepeoplesvoice.org
Norma Sherry firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling someone, “Jew Devil” is far different from saying, “I detest Israel’s
treatment of the Palestinians’”. One is blatantly Anti-Semitic; the
other is a disagreement with the politics of Israel’s
In the 50’s and 60’s, the expression, “Never again”, was very common in
Jewish communities. Fear embodied every Jewish family, every Jewish citizen.
Metaphorically, it is comparable to the fear those who lived through the
crash of ’29 have of never having enough financial security – only
imagine that fear a hundred times greater.
For Jews and their children who were born in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, fear
of divulging their Jewish heritage was inborn. Hitler and Eastern
Europe weren’t the lone persecutors of Anti-Semitism. Jews were ridiculed, beat
up, and ostracized for no reason other than the fact that they were Jewish.
Families in their attempt to assimilate shortened their names. “Nose
Jobs” became the norm for children who weren't blessed with
tiny, pug noses -- another misguided notion of camouflaging and assimilating
“Restricted” communities were common. The not-so euphemistic term meant, “No Jews
allowed”. As the years progressed, Anti-Semitism became less blatant. The
outward fences started diminishing. But the inner prejudice, the slang
expressions remained; the snickers and private jokes continued; the innate
disdain and distrust, for the most part is still very much with us.
It was with us when a boatload of Jewish refugees escaping Hitler’s
extermination camps were turned from our shores, as it was from all the
shores of the free world. It was with us when Charles Lindbergh said that
“Jews were the greatest danger” to the United States.It was with us when
automobile magnate, Henry Ford, worked to promote mass hatred of Jews in
his newspaper, The Dearborn Independent. For 91 consecutive weeks he ran
essays blaming Jews for all the ills of America and describing Jews as,
"parasites . . .sloth’s . . . lunatics and apostles of murder."
It was with us when Martin Luther defined Jews as, “miserable
and accursed people.” His Anti-Semitism is legendary and grotesque in its
ugliness. His faithful followers will remember he warned to “guard against
the Jews, knowing that wherever they have their synagogues, nothing is found
but a den of devils in which sheer self-glory, conceit, lies, blasphemy,
and defaming of God and men are practiced most maliciously...,” or when he said:
Moreover, they are nothing but thieves and robbers who daily eat no morsel and wear no
thread of clothing, which they have not stolen and pilfered from us by means
of their accursed usury. Thus, they live from day to day, together with wife
and child, by theft and robbery, as arch-thieves and robbers, in the most
It was with us when 125 million sets of the McGuffey Readers taught our
children for three-quarters of a century its purposeful Anti-Semitism. Now
it is a staple of teaching within the confines of the religious right and
home-schoolers who use the new, revised McGuffey Reader. It is not only
Anti-Semitic; it is sexist and racist. Its pages filled with warnings to
students about the perils of rejecting Christianity.
Christianity is championed as the McGuffey Reader emphasizes, "There are no
principles but those of CHRISTIANITY, to be depended upon in cases of REAL
DISTRESS.” (McGuffey Reader’s capitalizations) It denigrates Jews for
reading the Old Testament and teaches that doing so borders on superstition.
It instructs that the rise of Christianity was a result of Jewish infidelity
Strikingly absent in other Christian school texts are any mention of Jews or any of
their contributions to American history. In fact, the only references to
Jews are to Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx, referred to as, 'an atheistic
German Jew'. Instilling Anti-Semitism, it blames the crucifixion of Jesus on
the demands of the Jews upon Pontius Pilate and that his fault was giving in
to their clamor.
It was with us when Rev. Billy Graham told Pres. Richard Nixon that the Jews
had a “stranglehold” on America. It is with us when the Anti-abortion group,
Operation Rescue and Life Dynamics, listed “Jewish doctors” as the leading
performers of abortion. It was with us when Rev. Jerry Falwell said to his
congregants, “A few of you don’t like the Jews and I know why. He can make more money
accidentally than you can make on purpose.”
It was with us when Pat Robertson proclaimed, “Jews are spiritually deaf”
and “spiritually blind”, and when he said, referring to Israel, that the
Jews occupy the land as temporary caretakers for the true Christians. It was
with us when Rev. Bailey Smith preached, “It’s interesting at great
political rallies how you have a Protestant to pray, a catholic to pray, and
then you have a Jew to pray. With all due respect to those dear people, my
friends, God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew. For how in the
world can God hear the prayer of a man who says that Jesus Christ is not the
true Messiah? That is blasphemy.”
It was with us when Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam eloquently
rebuked Jews blaming them of horrendous acts, and charged that Jewish
doctors injected the AIDS virus into black babies. It was with us when he
publicly denounced Judaism as a "gutter religion" and called Jews
Sadly, history records a glut of Anti-Semitic rantings: Voltaire complained
that Jews are “... the greatest scoundrels who have ever sullied the face
of the globe”; H. L. Mencken said, 'The Jews … very plausibly are the most
unpleasant race ever heard of”. It was with us when Henry Adams said,
'The whole rotten carcass is rotten with Jew worms', and when H.G.Wells,
said, 'A careful study of anti-Semitism, prejudice and accusations might
be of great value to many Jews, who do not adequately realize the irritation
they inflict'. It was with us when Immanuel Kant accused Jews of being,
“a nation of swindlers'”. It was with us when Dostoyevsky, George Orwell,
Ezra Pound, and T.S. Eliot were all unabashedly, virulent, and profoundly
Today, we hear derogatory terms such as: Anti-Zionism; Jewish media; Left-wing,
Jewish liberal; Humanists; Israeli-Imperialism. We hear deprecating and
exaggerated claims that the Jews own all the newspapers, all the banks, all
the department store chains, that they run the diamond district, the fur
district, that they control all the precious metals, and that they’re
ruining our country.
Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe and in the United States.
Revisionists’ claim six million Jews never were put to death in the
Holocaust; more preposterous claims such as those by Mel Gibson’s father,
Hutton Gibson, are that the Holocaust is “fiction”.
Rumors abounded after 911 that mysteriously Jews didn’t show up to work that day,
that 911 was retribution to the U.S. for their misguided support of the Zionist
country, Israel. However outlandish and absurd these contradictions to the
reality may be, there remain individuals willing to propagate such falsities
for the mere chance to rid us of the bothersome, loathsome Jew.
It has been said that wherever there are Jews there will be anti-Semitism. It
doesn’t have to be that way; we have the power to make “Never Again” a
reality. It is time for all good men and women to revile these abhorrent,
execrable, deceitful deceptions.
Anti-Semitism is a plague, a scourge upon our humanity; so too is bigotry and prejudice,
and narrow-mindedness, and lying, and betrayal, and the mistreatment of our
elderly, homelessness, and abused children, and hunger, and illness, and
pollution, and despoiling of our air and our earth. So too, is injustice,
crimes upon humanity, war, abuse, disease, deplorable living conditions, the
lack of medical care, slavery, detention, oppression, tyranny,
totalitarianism, to be denied free will, free speech and freedom, torture,
poverty, persecution, false imprisonment, and racism, fanaticism, sexism,
intolerance, and discrimination.
It is up to us, each and every one of us, to make a difference, to stop the
blood-letting, the brutality, the savagery, the vicious, senseless
vulgarity. It is up to us to say, “Never Again”.
Norma Sherry 2004 All rights reserved. Norma Sherry is co-founder of
Together Forever Changing, an organization devoted to educating,
stimulating, and igniting personal responsibility particularly with regards
to our diminishing civil liberties. She is also an award-winning
writer/producer and host of upcoming television program, The Norma Sherry
Show. Her Email: email@example.com
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