Separating the Civilized from the Barbarians

The sons of Noah were given 7 commandments: forbidding idolatry, adultery, bloodshed, profaning God’s name, injustice, robbery, and cutting the flesh or a limb from a living animal.    

“Vengeance is Mine” sayeth the Lord. I have worked hard to follow that command, to not wish for the death of hateful people. Putting vengeance into the Hands of God separates the civilized from the barbarians.

The Mishna tells us that the angels rejoiced when the Egyptians were drowned and God was angry-one does not rejoice when God’s children are murdered.

Unless one is a barbarian.

Then joy rings through the land. Not only at the murder of Jews around the world for being Jewish, but Muslims killing Muslims without mercy. Hear their cries against each other:

“To Jihad”, “there is none save Allah and the Shiites are his foes”, “He who fights for Jihad is loved by Allah”, “The Sunnis are Allah’s beloved”, “Allah is our god and not theirs (the Shiites’)”, “The Shiite god is Satan”, “Death is better than humiliation”, “With blood and spirit will we redeem you, Islam”, “Jihad is our way”, “Jihad state forever”, “O Shiite rulers, we are coming for you.”

There is no end to the atrocities committed by  Sunnis and Shiites, Alawites and Boko Haram, al Qaeda and ISIS: kidnappings and beheadings, acid attacks, hangings, the cutting off of limbs, ears, noses, fingers, and mass shootings reminiscent of the Nazis.

And we witness Muslim mothers praying  their sons grow up to be martyrs, genocide bombers, while Catholic mothers want priests and Jewish mothers want lawyers and doctors.

The Barbarians are no longer at the gate. They are within the walls. Without a fight. More like a Trojan Horse-allowed in by the progressive, liberal left wing ideologues who not only opened the gates, but embraced them and gave them pride of place.

We, in the West, are co-conspirators in this insane killing. In the name of the Holy Grail of Tolerance, progressive liberals decided not to comment on the barbaric behaviours of members of tribal societies-honour /shame civilizations-who have no honour and should hide themselves in shame. But these are their morals and values and ethics and we are reaping what has been sown.

We have allowed ourselves to be silenced by those who believe in moral and cultural relativism. Islam, they say is a religion of peace and love. It might be, but not in practice in far too many places around the world. It has, too often, shown itself to be barbaric from birth to death.

We have witnessed dancing in the street over the kidnapping and death of three Jewish teenagers: Gilad 16, Eyal 19 and Naftali 16. We have read articles that blame the boys for going to school in Judea and Samaria. We have read about the “harm” done to the Palestinians as the result of the IDF search, and concern for unfair collective punishment. We have listened to calls for restraint on the part of the victims-not the perpetrators. We have listened to the progressives defend those who revere death over those who revere life.

I can’t begin to imagine the shame my Muslim friends must feel when they read these riffs celebrating terrorism in the name of their religion.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote:

“Maimonides lists among those who have no share in the world to come, someone who “imposes a rule of fear on the community, not for the sake of Heaven.” Such a person “rules over a community by force, so that people are greatly afraid and terrified of him,” doing so “for his own glory and personal interests.” Maimonides adds to this last phrase: “like heathen kings.” The polemical intent is clear. It is not that no one behaves this way.

It is that this is not a Jewish way to behave.”



About the Author
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. "