[Writer’s note: I was raised Jewish and now am an atheist, for reasons I’ll make very clear very fast.]
I don’t care who you hate. Why can’t you just keep it to yourself, though? Why do you have to show the world how you were carefully taught to hate others who aren’t like you? And why do you have to take your self-hate out on anybody else? Yell at your terrible parents, it’s their fault they taught you to be angry instead of loving.
I don’t care if you believe in a God/dess. Why can’t you keep that to yourself, either? Why do you have to be so pushy with your beliefs if someone doesn’t align with you? If you believe in the Sky Daddy/Mommy, I hear tell s/he’s supposed to belong to everybody.
So if that’s the case, what does it matter how somebody loves them? More people have been killed in the name of “I love my God more than you love your God,” which is about the whitest hot irony of all white-hot ironies. And you can’t see the hypocrisy, which makes it even worse.
But yet here we are, in the year of your chosen Lord 2022, and people are still going around hurting each other over a book that didn’t fall out of the sky which is all about a being no one’s ever proven to exist. Meanwhile, Kanye and Kyrie did a whole lot of antisemitisms that went unpunished for far too long, because all of the worst people have been emboldened by the other worst people over the last seven years.
Hate in America:
Yesterday, the head of an antisemitic and white supremacist group (and his supporters) dropped banners over the 405 in Los Angeles. One banner read, "Kanye is right about the Jews.” pic.twitter.com/FQBFIm0WLX
— Oren Segal (@orensegal) October 23, 2022
And that’s just part of what led to a horrific hate crime against CHILDREN.
This is where we are in 2022. When grown men think it is okay to terrorise children because they are Jewish. https://t.co/UYVJdtLwox
— Rolene Marks✡️ (@RoleMarks) November 11, 2022
The Chicago Tribune reports that local police are looking for a group of men who stormed a school bus, where they “spewed antisemitic slurs and threatened to harm a 12-year-old boy in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on Wednesday, according to officials. The bus was dropping off elementary students from a local Orthodox Jewish school when, around 5 p.m. in the 2800 block of West Jerome Street, the men entered the bus, according to Chicago police, who said nobody was physically injured.”
No one was physically injured, but those kids were fully traumatized by those Nazis. And yeah, I’m calling them Nazis. Because they acted like NAZIS:
At one stop, four men jumped into the bus, hurled antisemitic slurs, and performed the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute at terrorized children,” according to a statement from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. After the men threatened to hurt a 12-year-old boy, they fled in an unknown direction, police said.
My heart breaks at this. Those poor kids. They don’t understand why anyone hates them when they’ve been taught to love everyone. It’s SO WRONG.
— SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) November 10, 2022
Again, if you want to hate more than you want to love, I can’t change that. I just wish you’d learn to keep it to yourself instead of traumatizing children.
Tara Dublin is a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on the daily.
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Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.