The headline says it all. What happened at George Washington University was disgusting, and whoever the perpetrators were for this horrific crime, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Let me explain.
Apparently the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at George Washington University has several members of the Jewish faith. According to the Washington Post, at some time in the early Monday morning hours, someone broke into the fraternity house and caused considerable damage to TKE’s property.
But the vandals didn’t finish at that.
They found the fraternity’s Torah scroll in the basement, tore it apart, and doused it with bleach.
A couple of things. And mind you , although I do have half of my bloodline from the Jewish faith, I’m speaking as my own man.
First off, yes, there are ornate, hand-crafted Torah scrolls at synagogues and at shuls. And those are printed on animal skins and cost a fortune. This one was made of paper. But whatever the construction, the composition is the same. The words are still the words, and thus it is still a Torah. Just as a Bible is still a Bible, whether it’s printed with a 15th-century moveable type press or it’s found in the nightstand of a Motel 6.
And the whole idea of “They did it to themselves as a false flag” is ludicrous. If there’s an investigation, and it’s found out that someone did that within the fraternity itself, then yeah, that’s something to address. But you don’t immediately go into the mode of “they did it themselves” without backing your claim up with proof – and proof isn’t just “I say they did it, so they did it.”
The fact is, antisemitic hate crimes have risen in this country. Risen with alarming frequency and alacrity. Anyone who saw the Charlottesville protests, to see Proud Boys walking with Tiki torches and screaming, “Jews will not replace us!” knows that hatred and bigotry against Jews is on the rise and not going away any time soon. And it was only three years ago that a madman shot and killed eleven people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Only three years ago. Ugh.
And then there’s another question people have asked. “Why does a fraternity have a Torah anyway?”
To which I reply, “Why shouldn’t they?” I’m sure there are Bibles and Qu’rans and other books of worship and Scripture in fraternity and sorority houses. Just because you join a fraternity in college doesn’t mean you automatically have drunken toga parties and boast of possessing Pancho Villa’s bones in your basement.
I’m not in the mood for this. There’s too much hatred against people who DON’T deserve the hatred. So let me say this. Black Lives Matter. Stop AAPI hate. Be an ally to stop LGBTQIA attacks. And stand with those of other faiths, whoever wrote the text that they follow.
Because destroying a Torah means that you’re destroying those who believe in the words of the Torah.
And by the way, the Torah’s text includes the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
You know … the first five books of the Christian Bible’s Old Testament.
In case you were wondering what was being desecrated.
Reducing it to the basic elements, you just plain don’t screw with other peoples’ stuff.
Add to that the sickening motivation / inspiration, and you’re shining the light on some pretty sick puppies.
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In Canada this is a hate crime. In Trumpistan it’s “freedom of speech”, or some such bullshit.
If they find the perpetrators nothing will happen to them because they will be privileged rich Caucasian Trumpsters, just watch.
In a country that has still failed to arrest and execute the traitors who tried a violent overthrow of the government (sedition) you can’t expect justice at any level. Ironically especially not from the “law and order”, Bible-thumping hypochristians.
Maybe it’s just a few confused and desperate snowflakes lashing out, being overwhelmed by: government mandates (no jab / no job); mask for thee, but not for me; wait, HOW many boosters?; okay, the statues are down – now what?; Black is good, White is bad; empty store shelves, and what’s there is up 10+%; no new cars, no Christmas presents; fuel prices -> buckle up; promises of free stuff are evaporating; “Homeless refugees might get $450,000? What about ME?!”, etc., etc., etc.
Phew, all that divisive garbage…and in less than a year. The people’s choice.
Right, in “less than a year,” because things were so NOT divisive in the the previous four years.
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