People Sometime Ask What I Mean…

…when I speak about dogmatic faith in the Immaculate Conception of the State of Israel and its preservation from all sin both original and actual. I mean this:

“[A]ny and all criticism of Israel not only can be but must be antisemitic. It is either subjectively antisemitic, in that it consciously and intentionally furthers the goals of the campaign; or it is objectively antisemitic, in that it unconsciously and unintentionally does the same thing. The distinction, if there ever was one, between the two, is now meaningless. Either way, the result is the same: Those who seek to slaughter the Jews en masse are brought a step closer to their goal,” – Benjamin Kerstein, Pajamas Media.

Sorry, but Israel is just one more secular western nation state–a human construct as capable of human virtue and as prone to sin as any other. Elevating it to a sinless utopia and declaring that any and all criticism of it is anti-semitic is a particularly idiotic act of idolatry. Try telling Jeremiah he was an anti-semite for pointing out the sins of the nation. He was, in fact, called from his mother’s womb to criticize Israel. In that, he differs from the thousands of Israeli babies who are ripped from their mother’s wombs each year by the thriving Israeli abortion industry. They also have something to say about what’s wrong with the secular western nation that is Israel, but only their blood speaks for them. It’s idiotic nationalism, not patriotism, that calls “anti-semitic” those who think all Jews should be allowed to live and not thrown into Pharaoh’s Nile or Moloch’s maw.

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  • bob

    Next you’ll be saying that Solomon wasn’t a great king, or David! Or that most of the kings (as my Jerusalem Bibile I think says) “did what displeased Yahweh”. Oh. That Old Testament *does* tend to mention those things….There was no lobby in those days and each man did as his heart desired.

  • The good news is that most of the commentators wrote something like “what a pile of B.S.” so there may be hope yet.

  • MattyD

    “a particularly idiotic act of idolatry.” Bam! Exactly.

  • Mercury

    I may be totally wrong, but what if he was talking about criticism of Israel as a concept – I.e. it’s right to exist in the place, and not it’s sometimes reprehensible behavior as a country, like all countries?

    It just that I know lots of people, mostly Muslim, who simply consider it illegitimate and often spew all kinds of antisemitic crap.

    If it is as you say, well then I guess large swathes of Israeli Jews and even political and military leaders are antisemites.

    • Mark Shea

      He wasn’t. He was quite clear. “Any and all” criticism of Israel is anti-semitic. Period.

      Utterly insane.

  • Joannie

    I am glad to hear someone finally address this issue which seems to be the big white elephant in the room for the last several decades. One cannot be critical of Israel without always being called “anti-semite” which the Arabs also are. Do misunderstand me. I believe Israel has a right to exists as a nation state, but they indeed have done many things in violation of international law ever since 1948. They (the politicians) have even attacked the USS Liberty in June 1967 and killed many American Servicemen but there were no actions taken. This is part of the reasons the neighbors of Israel are all hostile to our continued unconditional support of Israel which also has a large nuclear arsenal of its own. Yet other nearby countries cannot have them including Iran or Iraq. To me this is nothing but the result of the end of WWII and the creation of Israel.

    • William

      Joannie, I have done considerable study of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and even met some of the surviving crewmen. It is one of the biggest cover ups in US history and the cover up went all the way to the White House.

      • Bridgeport Guy

        I recall as a young child, asking my father, who had been in the Navy, if he saw any “action”, thinking war was cool at that stage of my life. I remember my father saying something about the closest to any combat he saw was when they almost went to war with Israel. Years later, I thought I was mistaken since the U.S. would not have been on the verge of war with Israel. My father died young at age 36 when I was only 9. I looked up information on his ship, the USS Saratoga and, to my surprise, found out that this ship was indeed called to come to the aid of the USS Liberty, but then for some very odd reason was called back. I guess I heard my father right. And to think of all the U.S. servicemen who died for nothing because of Israel and our government’s lack of will to do something about it.

  • Peggy R

    While I don’t think Israel is above the laws of God or man, I do side with Israel vis a vis Palestinians and other Middle-Eastern/Muslims that wish to destroy it. Israel has a right to exist and to defend itself, biblical and prophetic considerations aside.

    • Bridgeport Guy


      I agree that Israel has a right to exist, but all of the people who buy into Israel as having been “immaculately conceived” should ask themselves if the innocent women and children of Deir Yassin had a right to exist before the Israelis wiped them out in 1948, even killing dozens of prisoners after the fighting had ceased. Ask them if the 91 people who were killed when the Israelis set off a bomb (the first act of modern terrorism as we know it) in the King David Hotel in 1946 to send a message to the British had a right to exist. And what about American and British interests in Egypt that were targeted in 1954 by Israel with the intent to make it appear that it was done by the Muslim Brotherhood. You won’t hear much about it in the mainstream media, but look up the Lavon Affair and how, in spite of the Israelis’ plan to bomb theaters and other places in Egpyt frequented by Americans and British, their agents involved in this act of hatred were honored as heroes in 2005 by Israeli president Moshe Katzav. I’m no fan of Islam and am grateful for Our Lady’s intercession at the Battle of Lepanto, but to blame the Muslims for everything that goes on in that part of the world while never holding Israel responsible for treacherous acts is lunacy.