web analytics
May 30, 2015 / 12 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Avoda Zara 2005


So it’s now come to this: A plot is uncovered in which an American-born jihadist, Abu Ali, allegedly planned to assassinate the president of the United States and the usual “civil rights” and humanitarian groups are upset – not about would-be assassins running amok but, you guessed it, the “rights” of would-be assassins. Under the umbrella of “evidentiary procedures” they are doing whatever they can to get the case against the Al Qaeda suspect thrown out.

Referring to Abu Ali’s imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, The New York Times insisted that the case is “another demonstration of what has gone wrong on the federal war on terror.” Even before the claim of “coercion” has passed legal verification, the Times is already indicting our law enforcement officials.

We should not, however, be surprised by this, given that the efforts by our elected leaders to protect American citizens from jihadists have galvanized “humanitarian” groups to work strenuously on protecting not us, but those wishing to kill us. Such is the inevitability when “activists” become so wrapped up in a cause that political ideology and sloganeering subsume their very identity.

The Bible long ago labeled the sickness of such an “ism” avoda zara, strange worship. In other words, the practice of attaching oneself to suicidal propositions that defy common sense but make the “believer” feel superior. It’s a form of fanaticism, of course, and it proves yet again that emotion holds greater sway than IQ.

In ancient Judea, people offered themselves and their children to the false god Baal (Molech) because that was the fashion of the day among the politically correct. They risked themselves in the service of the god they created. Sure, they expressed faith in the God of Israel – so long as they could pay equal homage to strange ideologies.

Like Nero fiddling while Rome burns, many liberals still luxuriate in these pastimes while refusing to concede the real and present danger we face. Their Blame America First perspective holds that terrorism against the West would stop tomorrow if only the “imperialistic” U.S. would become like Canada and if we would simply, in the fashion of Dr. Freud, learn to “understand” the terrorists, those “good boys gone bad.”

Mature people wishing to protect their families are wise to dismiss those who see social work as the answer to he world’s dangers. Serious people cannot surrender their safety and destiny to those in the high-profile civil-rights industry who see a time of war as simply an opportunity to implement their liberal agenda and enhance their fundraising capability.

But there is much more at work here than liberal foolishness and one-dimensional fanaticism. It is the desire to control American public discourse by defining any issue or controversy in terms the Left has historically owned – namely, civil rights. Once an issue is so defined, the rest of us, out of habit, become answerable to the self-proclaimed arbiters of all civil rights issues. It is a habit worth breaking.

In our country we defer to law enforcement professionals on safety as we do to the military on national defense and elected representatives on legislation and law. By defining every issue as one of “civil rights,” liberal activists attempt to push aside the FBI and the military, as well as the executive and legislative branches, in order to them from their rightful jurisdictions. What should be their purview becomes that of ersatz humanitarian groups and liberal editorialists.

Though they’re almost always on the outside looking in when it comes to political office, law enforcement or the military, hard-core leftist activists arrogantly disport themselves as if they are the only ones qualified to lead the nation on the issues of the day. As command-and-control moralists who define everything they find objectionable as a violation of civil rights, they cow a gullible and good-willed public, and by default become the controlling moral authority.

About the Author: Rabbi Aryeh Spero is author of "Push Back" and was a pulpit rabbi for almost forty years. He can be reached at rabbispero@yahoo.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Avoda Zara 2005”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
What's happened to NYC's Celebrate Israel Parade?
Israel Rejects as ‘False’ UJA Federation’s Claims about Israel Parade ‘Inclusion’
Latest Indepth Stories
Keeping-Jerusalem

For a peace treaty with the PA, half the Israeli public would agree to divide the Jerusalem

As for the president’s new, softer tone vis-à-vis Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel, this is most likely being driven by the results of the recent Israeli election.

What especially appeals to us is his grand – some critics would say extravagant –view of what the borders of Israel should look like.

There was something else of great importance in play – something we would have liked to see him take into account before deciding to stand with the boycotters.

The establishment of Hebrew University was a cause much beloved to Einstein who in 1923, during what would be his only trip to Eretz Yisrael, delivered the university’s inaugural lecture on Har Hatzofim (Mt. Scopus) and, discussing the theory of relativity, spoke the first few sentences of his address in Hebrew.

The Golden Square wanted Germany to destroy the British and Jewish presence in their country. The Third Reich craved what was beneath the ground – oil.

Ida Nudel’s account of how the Soviets persecuted and punished her was far worse than imagined.

Swim4Sadna is an annual event benefiting Sadna, an integrative special-ed community in Gush Etzion

Prof. Wistrich, was THE foremost historian of anti-Semitism; committed spokesman & advocate of Jewry

Jewish Voices for Peace’s 2015 Haggadah is a blatant anti-Israel screed crying, “L’chayim to BDS!”

On his shloshim, I want to discuss a term I’ve heard countless times about Rav Aharon: Gedol HaDor

After obsequious claims of devotion to Israel, Obama took to criticizing Israel on peace process

Mr. Obama, Israeli voters have democratically chosen to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea&Samaria

Netanyahu so disdains Shaked’s appointment he completely ignored her after the swearing-in ceremony

More Articles from Rabbi Aryeh Spero
.

We can never allow Israel in the name of democracy to turn herself into an Arab or bi-nationalstate

2013 Israel Day Parade in New York City.

Too many Jews join in the herd sport of anti-Semitism, now permitted to them as anti-Israelism.

No doubt, it’s hard for people to give up their lifelong attachments and identity. But there are moments in history when a turning point arrives, and those with eyes to see and ears to hear recognize it. Many Jews have made political liberalism their religion and personal identity and the Democrat Party their unexamined home and comfort zone. But everything changed early September.

Such is the inevitability when “activists” become so wrapped up in a cause that political ideology and sloganeering subsume their very identity.

At every step in our battle against jihadist terrorism, these self-proclaimed “humanitarian” groups have done everything possible to block our efforts at protecting ourselves by railing against the Patriot Act and the war in Iraq.

Secular Jews never thought a confrontation over the Temple site was worth it. Religious Jews felt that the sheer sacredness of the place rendered it off-limits.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/avoda-zara-2005/2005/03/30/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: