Some Jews asked Christians to stamp the following warning on all Bibles: Warning: Jews Have Rejected Their Messiah. And they asked Muslims to insert this bookplate into every Koran: Muhammad Was Not A Jew. (Thanks to Mark Charters for the tip.)
Christian leaders, famous these days for knuckling under to demands from the non-faithful, have not yet announced free rubber stamps with the mandatory message will be passed out at Sunday services. But look for it soon.
The only Muslim leaders to respond thus far said things along the lines of “Pass the strop”.
Kidding! I’m only kidding. The real story, according to one source, is that “Jewish leaders are calling for new editions of the Bible and Koran to carry warning messages which highlight anti-Semitic passages in the holy texts.”
The recommendations have been made in a new document called ‘An End to Antisemitism! A Catalogue of Policies to Combat Antisemitism’.
It was produced following an international conference organised by the European Jewish Congress, at which academics gathered to discuss how prejudice and discrimination can be tackled.
Incidentally, though we (and the Encyclopedia Britannica) have noted before that not all Jews are of the Semitic race, and not all of the Semitic race are Jews, calling something “anti-Semitic” is a misnomer. We lose track of what has been done. Let’s say what we mean.
Now I need hardly point out—though, this being the internet, you never know—that since the Christian Bible is sacred scripture (most translations, anyway), containing both the Word of God and a record of actual historical events, and if there really are anti-Jewish passages in the Bible, then it turns out Reality Itself is anti-Jewish in these passages. There is no thus no reason to label them as such.
I think our Muslim brothers would come to a similar conclusion.
It is true Jews reject scared scripture and the Koran, but that is so much tough luck for them. Not for us.
Just as it is tough luck for Christians when it comes to criticizing the Talmud. That fine book, which all Christians and Muslims reject, in some of its editions, has Our Lord stewing for all eternity in excrement. Charming.
There is lots of scathing talk about these passages, as you can imagine, some of which veers off target (for understandable reasons). So let’s hear from a sober source, Peter Schäfer, “Winner of the 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation”, professor of Judaic studies, and author of Jesus in the Talumd (Princeton University Press).
Scattered throughout the Talmud, the founding document of rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity, can be found quite a few references to Jesus–and they’re not flattering. In this lucid, richly detailed, and accessible book, Peter Schäfer examines how the rabbis of the Talmud read, understood, and used the New Testament Jesus narrative to assert, ultimately, Judaism’s superiority over Christianity.
The Talmudic stories make fun of Jesus’ birth from a virgin, fervently contest his claim to be the Messiah and Son of God, and maintain that he was rightfully executed as a blasphemer and idolater. They subvert the Christian idea of Jesus’ resurrection and insist he got the punishment he deserved in hell–and that a similar fate awaits his followers.
The deserved punishment was the heretofore mentioned boiling for eternity in shit.
The newspaper cited above continued:
There are several themes in the New Testament that have come under fire for their use as justification for anti-Semitic attitudes.
These include the blame of Jews for the death of Jesus and the seemingly stubborn nature of the Jewish people and their disloyalty to God.
Having God the Son boiling in shit can, and I believe accurately, be described as evincing a “stubborn nature.”
The newspaper goes on with some cucking by—you’ll never guess who—Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (and others), which can be ignored. Except as grist for the probability calculation that the Church of England will voluntarily use the “anti-Semitic” warnings (not low, I think).
The Jews who want the warning said:
God’s revelation is thus marred by human fallibility. Beginning with the New Testament, divine revelation expresses itself in Christian holy texts that also express a form of hatred.
‘The manifestations of this hatred resulted in a tradition of antisemitism that gave moral legitimacy to crimes against the Jewish people, the epitome of which is the Shoah.’
We can ignore the false and idiotic insinuation that Christians caused the Holocaust (but don’t forget the crime of Resurrection Denial), and focus on the revealed stubbornness of disloyalty to God where the Jews say “God’s revelation is thus marred by human fallibility.” Is it, though.
Further, Biblical (and Koranic) passages disliked by this panel of Jews are to “to be identified and rejected” (my emphasis).
This means we are to take as superior the reasoning of these non-Christians over the words of scripture.
My conclusion is that I reject our Jewish brothers’ suggestion of trigger warnings.