The Old Testament Continues To Be An Inspiration

…for judging one’s enemy’s children and anyone who has broken religious commandments worthy of death:

Just weeks after the arrest of alleged Jewish terrorist, Yaakov Teitel, a West Bank rabbi on Monday released a book giving Jews permission to kill Gentiles who threaten Israel.

Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement, wrote in his book “The King’s Torah” that even babies and children can be killed if they pose a threat to the nation.

Shapiro based the majority of his teachings on passages quoted from the Bible, to which he adds his opinions and beliefs.

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“It is permissable to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” he wrote, adding: “If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments – because we care about the commandments – there is nothing wrong with the murder.”

Several prominent rabbis, including Rabbi Yithak Ginzburg and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, have recommended the book to their students and followers.

So, if I understand this reasoning correctly, the reason you can kill innocents associated with your enemies is because as morally imperfect they deserve death anyway.  I guess this means that I can kill anyone who I don’t like since I’m pretty sure they’ve already committed capital crimes like using a light switch on a Saturday anyway.  I can take it upon myself to get around to that death penalty no one else was properly attending to.

I must admit that sounds like some form of wickedness or barbarism, but, alas, I’m just one of those spiritually and morally impoverished unbelievers, so I really shouldn’t presume to know how to judge such things.  I guess I just should be grateful God gave us a special word to let us know about things that unenlightened human minds left to their own defenses (like mine) wouldn’t be able to figure out.  And it’s a good thing that he also made it so clearly understandable which parts of what he wrote apply to what time and place the rules that involve slaughtering children are in effect.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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