Wednesday, July 05, 2006
When They Say "Liberal", They Really Mean "Jew"
You know, the right-wing eliminationists out there are usually a little more subtle than this nowadays:
A large Delaware school district promoted Christianity so aggressively that a Jewish family felt it necessary to move to Wilmington, two hours away, because they feared retaliation for filing a lawsuit.The retaliation was already happening. As Jesus' General notes, some jerkface put the names of the husband and wife, their address and phone number on a website dedicated to harrassing anyone like them who would work with the ACLU to seek redress for grievances. Here's what happened when the Jewish family in question, the Dobriches, tried to meet and reason with the eliminationist yahoos bent on running them out of town -- or worse:
On the evening in August 2004 when the board was to announce its new policy, hundreds of people turned out for the meeting. The Dobrich family and Jane Doe felt intimidated and asked a state trooper to escort them. The complaint recounts a raucous crowd that applauded the board's opening prayer and then, when sixth-grader Alexander Dobrich stood up to read a statement, yelled at him "take your yarmulke off!" His statement, read by Samantha, confided "I feel bad when kids in my class call me Jew boy." ...A former board member suggested that Mona Dobrich might "disappear" like Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the atheist whose Supreme Court case resulted in ending organized school prayer. She disappeared in 1995 and her dismembered body was found six years later. The crowd booed an ACLU speaker and told her to "go back up north." In the days after the meeting the community poured venom on the Dobriches. Callers to the local radio station said the family they should convert or leave the area. Someone called them and said the Ku Klux Klan was nearby.Because of its defense of Jews and other non-Christian Americans against enforced Christianity, the American Civil Liberties Union has been thought of as a "Jewish" group by many right-wing organizations and cranks, such as this guy, these guys, and this outfit. In fact, as was pointed out a few months ago by Dave Johnson at Seeing The Forest, Jew-baiting and liberal-baiting are one and the same thing as far as the conservative Republican O'Reilly-watching base is concerned:
There has been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about "mainstreaming extremism" lately. That is Republicans injecting hard KKK stuff, disguised to sound more moderate, into mainstream outlets. The Republican charge that there is a "war on Christmas" is a prime example of this. Now we find out who they have been implying is behind this war - because they're dropping the code words and saying it out loud...The Christian Right has learned to use code words to disguise the anti-semitism at the core of their movement, but here they just come out and say it. You think I've been kidding when I say that "liberal media" comes straight out of the old far-right "Jew media" and "Jew York Times" stuff? "Liberal" and "Jew" used to be [PW butts in: And among the less cautious right-wingers, still are] interchangable words for the Right. They have always been able to talk about the ACLU to get votes in the South, but here you see what they have meant.Indeed. [07/06/06 UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald documents the various links between the anti-Semites at StopTheACLU.com (and .org) and the cream of the "mainstream" right wing, such as Bill O'Reilly and Michelle Malkin.]
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