Last weekend, organizers of a gay pride parade in Chicago ejected three people carrying pride flags emblazoned with a Jewish Star of David. Subsequent bizarre statements attempting to rationalize their action, claiming that Zionism is “an inherently white supremacist ideology” only exacerbated the sense that the organizers were deaf to the concerns of the Jewish community and engaged in anti-Semitism — denying Jews the same rights that were extended to other participants, basically to celebrate their identities as Jewish queer women.
While this incident could be dismissed as one fringe group in one city, the fact is that it does represent a wider school of thought that is fueling a trend of creeping anti-Semitism among some segments of the political left.
Over the past year, we have seen other examples that have raised eyebrows as intersectional intolerance has sprung up among the progressive community. Similar stories to the one in Chicago were reported at the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City earlier this month.
Last summer, a plank in the platform of the Movement for Black Lives bizarrely accused Israel of genocide.
Linda Sarsour, a leader of the women’s rights movement, has lambasted Zionism as incompatible with feminism and advocates for the exclusion of pro-Israel Jews from activist groups. And some in the anti-Israel movement have accused Israel of “pink-washing,” claiming that Israel and its supporters celebrate freedoms enjoyed by the LGBTQ community in Israel to divert attention from Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
For an organization like the Anti-Defamation League, which was founded both to combat anti-Semitism and protect the Jewish people but also to secure justice and fair treatment to all Americans, these manifestations are upsetting. Frustration with particular Israeli policies does not excuse an irrational hatred of Jewish people who support its existence. But this occurs all too frequently, which provides an opportunity to make clear certain moral and practical distinctions.
For starters, the agenda of the civil rights community is the agenda of ADL. We are committed to this work because it is core to our mission.
For example, we do not agree with every tenet in the Black Lives Matter platform. We were outraged by the baseless accusations made against Israel in the M4BL platform released last summer. However, we find common cause with many in the BLM movement around the quest to achieve educational equity, end the school-to-prison pipeline and stop the use of excessive force and the killing of unarmed African Americans by some in law enforcement.
In the case of the Muslim community, we work to combat discriminatory laws such as the Muslim Ban, to call out Islamophobia whenever it happens, such as the recent use of scare tactics to stoke fear that Sharia law is taking over this country and to promote greater understanding of their faith through intergroup work.
And regarding the LGBTQ community, we were proud to stand against discrimination of HIV/AIDS patients decades ago and, more recently, to champion marriage equality. We continue to fight housing and workplace discrimination targeting people based on who they love or how they self-identify their gender. And while great progress has been made in recent years, we continue to resist efforts to turn back the clock under the guise of religious freedom.
On the other hand, when hatred comes from individuals in those very communities or organizations for whom we advocate, we are duty bound to raise our voice. In recent times, anger over specific policies of the Israeli government has been used by some activists to excuse broad anti-Semitism directed at members of the Jewish community. In some cases, we have seen painful rhetoric unfold on college campuses or outright exclusion of self-identified Jews from progressive circles simply because of their faith. All of it is inexcusable.
At ADL, we work with various communities not only because it is the moral thing to do but also because our freedoms are bound to theirs. That said, even as we fight alongside other groups on issues of mutual concern, we should not sacrifice our principles, and we will forcefully denounce those who would slander our community and resort to stereotypes.
This does not mean we need absolute ideological alignment with every prospective partner. But it does mean that we need to draw lines in a clear manner — and demand that our allies observe those fundamental values that we also seek to live by: equality, fairness and respect for all.
I have to agree with Lady Rose, my blessings to you.
We certainly can agree with Deplorable Me's post... well written, concise and cogent...
Bump, look what I just found, I posted it in the comment forum...:)
Communism is alive and it as of a few months ago, once again challenged. Deplorable Me's post, he is entitled to his opinion, I disagree.
Wow, that is a long list of Commie-Socialism!! They are all Extreme Left-wing Liberal democrats and Anti-Christian and Jewish People / Anti-USA Capitalism and Constitution!!
I am a Conservative Christian Republican Patriot in our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America and I STAND with the Holy Land of Israel-Yisrael!!
Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/
Life is just a dream, follow the parties and allow yourself to be swallowed up in their dreams, step outside of the two political parties, and study the comments, then one may add, I have a Dream, it is Not What is being Seen, so everything is the Democrat Parties fault, its all their fault, while the Republican Party sits back on most issues, and say, OH, how did this new law get passed, in 1913..?
Point is, Kristi, gentiles, we are not bound by Jewish Laws, only us gentile Christians are opened minded enough to look before we follow any of them in office, there is a big difference, but why waste my time?
Enjoy the night, enjoy freedom, just enjoy...:)
First, the laws of our Nation are not Jewish laws.. nor are they the statutes Christians are committed to following. Our Nation's Laws are not God's laws.
Mankind's laws are not God's law... Man's ways are not God's way, His ways are higher than Mankind's ways... His thoughts are greater than mankind's. We as Christians are only to obey those laws which are not contrary to God's law or don't serve to subvert His purpose and authority. There is a way that seems right unto man but the ends thereof are death.
Next, both parties are indeed a problem... However, there are SCALES of corruption and tyranny, and the Democrats are leading the way in every category of corruption and oppression. There is no comparison between the two parties when it comes to outright corruption.
Indeed, the Democrats have embraced socialism and its companion humanism... abandoning God and His laws for the arbitrary and pernicious laws of mankind. Our problems, however, go much deeper than the political parties.... they originate with the EVIL behind them... America has abandoned the landmarks and pillars of their Christian heritage... The People have abandoned God and embraced the god of this world ... the prince of the air... Man has joined Satan and his rebellion against God the Father.
Hence, America is experiencing great tribulation and is about too experience even greater calamity if she fails to respond to God's warning and calls for repentance by His People.
Hi Kristi, this is my blog, please stop closing it, I am the one that keeps this forum alive with blogs, me, so where is your blogs at Kristi?
Me, when there is a lot of good stuff to post I can and will do all of them in one day, 10, 20 or what ever!!!
While others keep the blog forum going. I work every day, then I come home and post blog on this forum..
I DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do it for free.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not because I have to, I just do it !!!!!!!!!!!
Now as stated on the other blog, I contacted Steve, there will be no more deleting of blogs, found several deleted, by whom, don't care!!!!!!!!!!
Told Ronald also about blogs deleted on another forum weeks ago, so I went to the extra trouble to put the dog gone blogs back up...
If ya don't like blog challenges, to comments, there is a unsubscribe button, in your email also, just click the button.
Now, Kristi, are ya up to a blog challenge? Lets see what ya got...:) post some blog on this forum.
This not a blog!! This is a post on the Tea Party Forum!!
Relax and Praise Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore Everyone!!
Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/
Blog on the forum, Hmmm...:)
If you want too Blog here, do it on your own Blog, where you can make it private or public!!
Please Pray for our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America and Israel-Yisrael and our Christian Earth Everyday!! "Pray Without Ceasing." ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV )!!
Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua CAME too SAVE those who are LOST!!
Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/
This is public, why would anyone want to go privet unless they have something to hide. And this here at this site is a open blog forum, I have not see any rule changes by Steve or Ning.
And so, I asked question about something I found in the Bible, someone replied, you Kristi went off, got mad, stated a bunch of stuff that was not true.
Then you dumped me from your friends list, boy that certainly is Christian values.
Now whats happening in Israel, is not my fault, take it up with that government within Israel, tell them the true Israelite's to push out the EU people?
And we will deal with this Government here in the USA, and bank on it.