The Injury Done by Bad Faith Accusations of Anti-Semitism

The Injury Done by Bad Faith Accusations of Anti-Semitism

The Injury Done by Bad Faith Accusations of Anti-Semitism

A very interesting unfolding going on with respect to the activities of AIPAC as the public catches on and our newly elected crew or uncorrupted progressives begins to call out various dysfunctions in our political process.

  • Does it fall within the description of "being a liberal" to resist taking money out of politics or to be invested in controlling government policy through subversion of the democratic political process?
  • Does it fall within the description of "being a liberal" to represent as anti-Semitic the arguments made that the system is being undermined not just by money, but by grossly excessive "financial contributions" of AIPAC?
  • Is there a standard of logic and rhetoric, whereby we expect politicians and the public to be able to distinguish between hate speech and complaints about corruption?
  • Is there a standard of logic and rhetoric where misrepresenting complaints about corruption incorrectly as hate speech is understood to be supremely contrary to the democratic principle of free speech on which the integrity of our political process depends?
  • What is the correct response or penalty when politicians claiming to be "liberal" both seek to justify subverting the vote with obscene amounts of money and to infringe upon free speech with grossly negligent, false accusations of hate speech?
  • Finally, what does it do to the cause of human equality and religious freedom, when so-called representatives of liberalism falsely cry wolf again and again that a policy debate about money in politics is mischaracterized as anti-Semitic hate speech?
  • Doesn't such blatant bad faith undermine the very real need and important, essential value of being able to identify and call out hate speech when it occurs, and stand up for the rights of all people and all nations to have peace and respect for human rights?

Those voters who side with Establishment politicians, like Pelosi and Schumer, who are using the anti-Semitic accusation to protect their financial sponsors, I think, should consider (a) that the tide is turning against this false narrative, (b) that a movement is growing that sees this false narrative as absolutely incompatible with liberalism and democracy, and (c) that despite holding this perspective, this growing movement still ardently defends religious freedom for all and the right of every nation, including Israel to have its peace and human rights respected.

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