At 4/7/07 06:57 PM, JakeHero wrote:
I believe people hate jews for a myriad of historical occurences. The first was the crucifiction of Jesus Christ. This would lead to a great deal of anti-semitism within Christendom(despite Jesus was supposed to be crucified in the first place). A cultural would naturally spurn an ethnicity if they perceived this group was the cause of their god's death.
Okay, but it's still not an excuse for the fact that they did.
Besides, it wasn't hating Jews because they thought they killed Jesus. It was thinking they killed Jesus because they hated Jews.
Second, the jews were the first to start the persecution of christians before the Roman Empire. The Sanhedrim(Ancient Jewish highcourt) made being a christian punishable by death shortly after Jesus' execution. Not only that, but they'd pay a bounty to anyone who killed christians rooted out these heretics of judaism. This is a career Saul(Apostle of Mercy Paul) was before he saw Christ on the road to Damascus and converted to christianity.
Wow. That is such bullshit, considering that Judaism is the only major religion on Earth that has never actively tried to keep or convert people. There's no such thing as "heretics" in Judaism, since we're one of the few religions that actually practice the non-violence we preach so much (there are exceptions for certain types of war, though, so don't go on about Israel). So basically, this would go against all the basic beliefs of Judaism.
Third, many scholars believe that on a trip to Judea, the Roman Emperor, Nero converted to judaism(according to Talmud) after an incident with fires and arrows, where a child miraculously quotes a verse from the Torah. Out of fear, Nero sought many ways to personally please God. Many conjecture that Nero started the first Great Persecution of Christians in the name of Judaism, in order to satisfy God.
Hahahahahaha...oh wait, you're not kidding. You must be. While there's tons of reasons why this is completely wrong, I'll just give you the most blatant one. Nero was emperor of Rome way way way way way way way before Jesus was even born, so how could he have started a Christian persecution?
Also, I'm not so sure Judea even came into contact with Rome at this time, and if they had, the Jews were extremely persecuted. Nero would never convert.
Also, as proof that Nero didn't convert, he was big on graven images (strictly forbid in the 2nd Commandment). For example, he had numerous statues of Jupiter all over the city replaced with his face.
Fourth, during the crusades, many europeans believed jews would assist them in the overthrow of the Seljuk Turks in the Holy Land, but were later dismayed to find out the jews were elaborting with the early saracens against the crusaders. So you could see the bitterness felt by the europeans against the jews at such a betrayal(or at least that's what they believed).
Well, let me immediately bring those who believe this down. Did we ever actually SAY we'd help you, or did you just BELIEVE it? If you "believed" it, we didn't actually betray you.
Also, where do the Crusaders get the gall to think that we'd be supportive of their effort to assert Christianity as a superior religion and take over our holy land?
Fifth, when the Bubonic Plague hit Europe, the only ethnicity that wasn't significantly effected by it were jews. This was in large part due to jews practicing Old Testament cleanliness. Whereas the Europeans rarely bathed and thought excessive personal hygiene would attract evil spirts(They believed as a result of pagan beliefs diffusing with catholicism). Human nature caused the europeans to blame the jews as the source of the Plague.
Not human nature, ignorance and fear.
Sixth, it was the prodominately jews who were involved in many anarchist, marxist, and neoliberal ideologies in the seventeenth-nineteenth centuries. Occident deemed that jews were trying to erode their traditional values and overthrow their way of life. As a result, they labelled jews as rebels and killers of a pure society.
Maybe they were involved in these movements because in the current way of things they were completely disenfranchised. Maybe.
These all my theories on the matter of anti-semitism I've gleaned. It is just my general collection and leaves much room for addition. So you can take or leave my theory.
The problem with your theory is that your "reasons" are reasons at all. They're nothing more than false excuses.
There is never any real "reason" for hatred against an entire group of people, and no justification for it should ever be made. All group hatred, be it against race, creed, gender, or orientation, is caused by nothing more than ignorance and easily-targeted scapegoating.
I suppose that your assertion that human nature factors into this is true to some degree, because we naturally fear that which we don't understand, but we should be beyond this. We should've been then, but we weren't. Don't try to justify it. But definitely, we should be now.