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Presidential candidates who refuse to hate evil
Jerusalem Post ^ | July 1, 2019 | Shmuley Boteach

Posted on 07/01/2019 3:44:29 PM PDT by SJackson

True. We should never hate our enemies. But we must detest God’s enemies, those who engage in mass murder and genocide, slaughtering God’s children.

Last week my friend and presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker was asked whether he would meet Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader. Cory’s response: “I don’t feel the need to do that, but I’m not one of these people that says I wouldn’t sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say.” He then added that he is highly acquainted with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam from his time as mayor of Newark: “I am very familiar with Minister Louis Farrakhan and his beliefs and values.”

Of course, what Cory should have said, is this: “I just condemned a former vice president of the United States for saying he hung out with segregationist senators. So, of course, I would not meet with Louis Farrakhan, who has called Jews ‘termites,’ ‘satanic,’ and referred to Hitler, who murdered six million Jews, as ‘a very great man.’”

But Cory did not say any of this. Instead, he left the door open to meeting a man who employs Nazi terminology about Jews. Everyone knows the one thing you do with termites is exterminate them.

A repulsion to evil seems to be missing from many of America’s presidential candidates and leading political figures. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, whom I consider a friend and whom we honored for her friendship with Israel a few years back, made the colossal mistake of meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, even after he used poison gas against Arab children.

Ask yourself how is it that the world watched as six million Jews were annihilated in the Holocaust, that Pol Pot murdered more than 2.5 million Cambodians, and that 800,000 people were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide?

The liberal answer is that we do not love enough. My friend, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, a fine and wise woman, said in last week’s Democratic debate that we have to change America through love. That’s an uplifting message – but only so long as it’s matched on the flip side with a hatred of evil.

MANY LIBERALS seek to understand, rather than detest evil. They justify murderous actions based on poverty, persecution or gullibility. We are often told that murderers of Israeli Jews were humiliated at checkpoints, were unemployed in Gaza, or felt their only option was to engage in terrorism.

The failure of liberalism and the reason for its repudiation in the political arena – where now it has to use the new name “progressivism” – are rooted in its unwillingness to hate evil. Many learned this from Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, when he said, “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

This noble sentiment is often misinterpreted, however, by those who fail to distinguish between the petty grievances Jesus was referring to and mass murder. Jesus did not mean to equate the person who stole your parking space with a mass murderer. He said to love your enemies, not God’s enemies, such as neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville.

The act of taking a human life is a crime against God, who created life and endowed it with infinite worth. Individuals who have erased the image of God from their countenance through savage acts of brutality have removed themselves from the human family. Our love must be directed toward the victims of violence, not the victimizers.

The Bible teaches in Psalms 97, “Let those who love the Lord hate evil.” Proverbs 8 tells us: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” And, in Ecclesiastes, King Solomon says, “There is a time to love and a time to hate.”

Last week was the third anniversary of the death of Elie Wiesel, the great Holocaust survivor and humanitarian, who once told me, “We can’t hate our enemies. It seeps into our blood and poisons us.”

True. We should never hate our enemies. But we must detest God’s enemies, those who engage in mass murder and genocide, slaughtering God’s children.

There was a reason that Franklin Roosevelt forced Winston Churchill to accept the American insistence on the “unconditional surrender” of Germany, when both were at the Casablanca Conference. Churchill was sure it was a mistake and would have Germany fight to the last man, which it did. But for Roosevelt, Nazism was something repulsive and odious, and an armistice would never be offered.

How are we supposed to demonstrate our moral resolve to fight extremists – right-wing, left-wing or religious – who wish to exterminate Jews, Christians, or Muslims, if we don’t leverage a loathing of them which compels us to fight them?

How are we supposed to react to terrorists who bomb babies, who use children as human shields, and who indoctrinate their youth with the belief they will reach a heavenly paradise by blowing themselves up along with as many innocent bystanders as possible?

ABRAHAM LINCOLN did not suffer from an ambivalence to evil. He recognized slavery as an abomination and said in 1854, “I cannot but hate slavery. I hate it because of its monstrous injustice.”

And while Churchill challenged the American policy of unconditional surrender, he did not equivocate on his own hatred of the German Nazis. He said openly that “I hate no man but Hitler.” And because he hated the beast, he inspired a nation to fight him. Surrounded by appeasers that included even the royal family in the form of former King Edward VIII, who was his close friend, Churchill never countenanced making peace with Hitler, because he hated the evil he embodied. The French, who did not hate Hitler, collaborated with him instead and sent 80,000 Jewish French citizens to the gas chambers.

Is not every stain of genocide upon the human timeline accompanied by a larger, darker mark of global indifference? The mass murder of Jews began in 1941, with the German invasion of Soviet Russia and the Einsatzgruppen death squads. By 20 July 1942, it would, in the aftermath of the Wannsee Conference, lead to the gas chambers and the murder of 10,000 Jews per day for the next three years. But these crimes could not have occurred without the world excusing Nazi antisemitism as a benign phenomenon that would ultimately pass.

The world refused to hate Hitler. Mahatma Gandhi, the most respected man in the world, said of Hitler, “I do not believe him to be as bad as he is portrayed.” A 1939 letter written to Hitler by Gandhi was apologetically passed off as a “mere impertinence” and included the following sign off: “I anticipate your forgiveness if I have erred in writing to you.” And George Bernard Shaw infamously said, “The Nazi movement is in many respects one which has my warmest sympathy.”

The appropriate response to today’s evil was expressed by French President François Hollande following a horrific terrorist attack in Paris. “I despise these terrorists with every fiber of my being,” he said. “I hate them and everything they stand for. And I will fight them to the last man.”

We must passionately hate antisemitism and other forms of bigotry, to summon the determination to fight them fervently. The threat of genocide today becomes the reality of mass murder tomorrow.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. summed it up best: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

Love alone doesn’t work. Darkness is spreading around the world because we sometimes love evildoers too much. We have forgotten that hate can be kosher, but only when it is exclusively directed at the truly wicked.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: corybooker; hawaii; holocaust; louisfarrakhan; mariannewilliamson; nationofislam; newjersey; theholocaust; tulsigabard

1 posted on 07/01/2019 3:44:29 PM PDT by SJackson
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A shame FDR didn't recognize the evil of Stalin as Churchill did.

2 posted on 07/01/2019 3:45:11 PM PDT by SJackson (If you’re wondering what’s wrong with capitalism, it’s made in Hong Kong, B. Sanders, when in Rus)
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To: SJackson

Good post ..thanks


3 posted on 07/01/2019 3:49:28 PM PDT by rrrod (just an old guy with a gun in his pocket)
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To: SJackson
I’m not one of these people that says I wouldn’t sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say

Does someone want to put that to the test?

If an Dem wannabe sits down with a Trump supporter...or a Koch Bros type who doesn't support Trump.

4 posted on 07/01/2019 4:33:43 PM PDT by spintreebob
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To: SJackson

I agree. We shouldn’t hate them, but we should destroy them.


5 posted on 07/01/2019 4:34:16 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: SJackson

Evil? Did somebody say TRRRRRRUUUUMPPPP?!!! Oh, you only said evil. Morality is all relative, you know. For a moment I thought you said TRRRRRRRRUUUUMPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!


6 posted on 07/01/2019 6:06:49 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
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Because FDR recognized the evil side of old fashioned imperialist Winston-Churchill, as Stalin did.


7 posted on 07/01/2019 7:16:13 PM PDT by granada
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