January 31, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
Feast of Eden

I'm trying to reconcile the thrust of Ami Eden's op-ed in the Saturday NY Times, Playing the Holocaust Card, with a Forward column he wrote on the same subject almost exactly one year ago.

In the latter he argued that conservative Jewish criticism of the ADL's whistle-blowing over Gibson's "Passion"

fails to acknowledge that the stage for Jewish success in America following World War II was set by the rise of secularism and an increasing societal rejection of sectarianism, as well as the increasing recognition of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. Throw in the Second Vatican Council declaration that the Jewish people did not bear collective guilt for the crucifixion, and you have the formula for creating a society of unparalleled acceptance of Jews. But Gibson’s allies are asking American Jews to cheer, or at least remain silent, as religious conservatives push to dismantle the various pillars upon which Jewish success was built.

But in the Times op-ed Ami asserts

In several recent controversies - including the debates over Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ," the role of neoconservatives in promoting the invasion of Iraq war, and the public celebration of Christmas - we have seen a new willingness, whether by borderline bigots, respected celebrities or policymakers, to express aloud ideas about Jews and Israel that until recently were taboo. The protests by anti-Semitism watchdogs did nothing but embolden these people.... For more than half a century, Auschwitz has rightly stood at the heart of virtually every moral argument put forth by spokesmen for the Jewish community, a powerful testament to the consequences of otherwise decent people remaining silent in the face of evil. Yet this legacy is in peril, threatened by an increasing reliance on raw political muscle over appeals to conscience.

What changed?


What changed?

What changed is that Gibson won and Foxman lost.

What changed is that the ADL's era is as dead as the Cold War.

What changed is that hate and intolerance win elections, and there are no longer any Establishment referees to call foul.

Don't believe me? Then ask Buster Baxter. He knows the score.

Remember: First they came for the cartoon characters.....

Posted by: Reb Yudel at February 1, 2005 1:31 AM
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