“Islamization of Europe a good thing”

A 2012 article on a rabbi who approves of the Islamization of Europe is of interest because such thinking is widespread among Jews. Rabbi Baruch Erfrati, a  yeshiva head and West Bank settler, wrote that

the Islamization of Europe was better than a Christian Europe for ethical and theological reasons – as a punishment against Christians for persecuting the Jews and the fact that Christianity, as opposed to Islam, is considered “idolatry” from a halachic point of view.

“Jews should rejoice at the fact that Christian Europe is losing its identity as a punishment for what it did to us for the hundreds of years were [sic] in exile there,” the rabbi explained as the ethical reason for favoring Muslims, quoting shocking descriptions from the Rishonim literature (written by leading rabbis who lived during the 11th to 15th centuries) about pogroms and mass murders committed by Christians against Jews.

“We will never forgive Europe’s Christians for slaughtering millions of our children, women and elderly… Not just in the recent Holocaust, but throughout the generations, in a consistent manner which characterizes all factions of hypocritical Christianity…

“And now, Europe is losing its identity in favor of another people and another religion, and there will be no remnants and survivors from the impurity of Christianity, which shed a lot of blood it won’t be able to atone for.”

Such opinions would be of little note except that there are indications that such attitudes are widespread among Jews. I wrote an article on this a while ago, motivated by the statement of another rabbi, Joshua Hammerman, commenting on football player Tim Tebow’s strong Christian faith:

If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably. (my emphasis) …

The deep fear of Christianity—especially when it’s emotionally compelling—is mother’s milk to American Jews.  For example, Israeli patriot Elliott Abrams  acknowledges that the mainstream Jewish community in America “clings to what is at bottom a dark vision of America, as a land permeated with anti-Semitism and always on the verge of anti-Semitic outbursts.” According to Abrams, because of this vision, Jews have taken the lead in secularizing America.  In fact, the key role of Jewish organizations in shaping the Constitutional law on Church/State relations is well known. And it’s not much of a mystery who’s behind the war on Christmas; Hollywood certainly hates it, as Edmund Connelly reminds us (see here and here).

Or Joel Kotkin: “For generations, [American] Jews have viewed religious conservatives with a combination of fear and disdain.”

Or Norman Podhoretz:

[The Jews] emerged from the Middle Ages knowing for a certainty that — individual exceptions duly noted — the worst enemy they had in the world was Christianity: the churches in which it was embodied — whether Roman Catholic or Russian Orthodox or Protestant — and the people who prayed in and were shaped by them. It was a knowledge that Jewish experience in the ages to come would do very little, if indeed anything at all, to help future generations to forget. (See here.)

Or Steve Sailer describing Steven Pinker’s

deep-rooted aversion to engaging intellectually with the effects of Christianity. His distaste for the culture of Christendom before the Enlightenment is palpable. For instance, he responds to historian Barbara Tuchman’s summary of medieval economic theory with, “As my grandfather would have put it, ‘Goyische kopp!’—gentile head.” This old family attitude seems to make this otherwise very bright scholar’s interpretations of the last 2,000 years rather obtuse.

This fear and loathing of Christianity is mainstream among the numerically dominant liberal Jews like Hammerman—the 80+% of American Jews who voted for Obama.

So when we come across statements like Rabbi Erfrati’s, they should be added to what is a very long tradition. This fear persists despite the fact that large swaths of American Protestantism are philo-Semitic, including many millions who are rabidly pro-Israel.

Finally, Erfrati’s statement reminds us that this fear and loathing of Christian societies is one of the motivations for Jewish support of non-White, non-Christian immigration. If indeed the worst enemy in the world for Jews is Christianity, as Podhoretz says, a solution is to make European societies non-Christian. These themes come together in my article “Why so much Jewish fear and loathing of Donald Trump“: The real fear is that “Trump might actually do something on immigration, legal and illegal, that would slow White dispossession, and that this could perhaps snowball into something far greater, with unknown consequences.” The real concern is that Trump would roll back the ongoing onslaught against White Christian America.

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