Slouching Toward Kristallnacht

Right before our eyes.


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Something sinister is happening before our eyes. An alarming number of Americans blame Israel for the murder of civilians by Hamas terrorists on October 7, and violence against Jews is rising precipitously. It began before the dead were buried when a group of Harvard students issued a statement proclaiming they “hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.”

Days later, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cribbed a line from that statement, saying the killing of Israeli civilians “did not occur in a vacuum.” In cities across the nation, Americans chant for Palestine to seize the land “from the river to the sea,” promoting the annihilation of Israel and the Jews living there.

Today, American Jews are forced to hide behind locked doors in fear of attack by pro-Hamas activists. Jewish middle school students are threatened with taunts of “kill the Jews.” In Brooklyn, Jews are being warned to stay in their homes this weekend because militants supporting the Gaza charter calling for “the destruction of Israel” massed in their neighborhood.

The Anti-Defamation League reports that anti-semitic threats and violence have risen nearly 400% in just two weeks, and a recent Harvard Caps Harris poll revealed that more than half of 18-24-year-old Americans think the murder of 1,200 Israeli civilians by Hamas was justified. They blame the victims; the Jews had it coming.

Some people are simply bigots who hate Jews. But others who are not dogmatically opposed to Israel or Jewish people are persuadable toward this pro-Hamas position. They can be misled into victim blaming, believing Israel could have avoided the massacre if only Jews were better people.

There’s a body of research on why people blame victims, much of it reflecting secular beliefs about the nature of man and society. One reason was postulated by psychologist Melvin Lerner, who pioneered the “just world” theory. It’s described as “a psychological concept proposing that individuals possess a strong belief in the inherent fairness of the world, where people get what they deserve, and deserve what they get.”

An essay by the Young Leaders for Legal Literacy Foundation explores Lerner’s theory observing: “One’s need to maintain a belief in a just world may be at fault for our tendency to blame victims. When bad things happen to someone who seems a lot like us, this threatens our belief that the world is a just place.”

The theory is intriguing but in order to have a fair and just world, the world must be filled with fair and just people. The belief in the natural goodness of man – widely promoted through the works of Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacque Rousseau and others – is often accompanied by the theory that man’s goodness is corrupted by society. Taken as a whole, it’s a false utopian philosophy that invites anarchy by rationalizing bad behavior.

This view of man’s nature is diametrically opposed to the biblical view. Ask any Bible-believing Christian about the nature of man and they’ll say it is sinful and corrupt. The notion of man as naturally sinful isn’t universal but it’s foundational to Judeo-Christian thought. It might explain why so few Christians blame Israel for the Hamas attacks. Christians can debate Israel’s response to Hamas, but I don’t know any claiming that Jewish civilians deserved to be killed. If there are any, they’re in a minuscule fringe seeking 15 minutes of fame.

These differing perspectives matter when talking about Israel and Hamas. Those subscribing to Rousseauean and similar philosophies see Hamas as an organization of fundamentally good people who were corrupted by society and the state of Israel. It gives terrorists a pass, as do many pro-Hamas agitators marching in the streets today. But for those adhering to biblical precepts, Hamas is an organization of sinful people who demonstrated their sinfulness in an orgy of murder and rape, and who are solely responsible for their actions.

The larger issue, however, is what kinds of societies these conflicting worldviews foster. While the biblical view promotes order, the secular view foments chaos, gratifying American Leftists and other authoritarians. It is another reason the Left is so keen on denigrating Judeo-Christian ideals, paving the way for new violence.

America is slouching toward Kristallnacht, the seminal pogrom against innocent Jews across Germany on the evening of November 9-10, 1938. Thousands of Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues were looted and burned. Men were arrested by the tens of thousands for the crime of being Jewish. Others were simply murdered.

We need to wake up before a tipping point arrives. A staggering 51% of college-age Americans think the barbaric Hamas murders of Israeli civilians were justifiable, an attitude likely to metastasize. This is why defending the biblical view of man’s nature is so critical. We cannot confront evil without first understanding the inherent sinfulness of man.

22 Republicans Saved Rashida Tlaib From Censure. Here’s Who They Are

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Last month, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for engaging in “antisemitic activity” and “sympathizing with terrorist organizations.” Since the October 7 terror attacks on Israel by Hamas, Tlaib has been promoting anti-Semitic and pro-Hamas propaganda and undoubtedly deserves punishment.

Had all Republicans supported going forward with the censure, she would have gotten what she deserved. Instead, 22 House Republicans voted with Democrats to table the motion, essentially killing it. 

“Two of the House's most polarizing members were spared potential punishment on Wednesday after lawmakers voted against moving forward on censuring Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her controversial comments on Israel,” CBS News reported. "The House voted to table the Tlaib resolution, effectively killing the effort to publicly reprimand her. Democrats appeared to pull a reciprocal effort to censure GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from consideration after the Tlaib vote."

A majority vote was needed to stop the Tlaib censure, requiring support from both Democrats and some Republicans. Twenty-two Republicans joined the entire Democrat caucus in opposing the Tlaib measure. The House was supposed to vote on the Greene measure afterward, but that was canceled once the Tlaib resolution was blocked.

So which Republicans decided to let Tlaib off the hook for her anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist rhetoric? Via The Hill:

  • Rep. Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) 
  • Rep. Ken Buck (Colo.) 
  • Rep. John Duarte (Calif.) 
  • Rep. Chuck Edwards (N.C.) 
  • Rep. Morgan Griffith (Va.) 
  • Rep. Glenn Grothman (Wis.) 
  • Rep. Harriet Hageman (Wyo.) 
  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (Mich.) 
  • Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) 
  • Rep. Dusty Johnson (S.D.) 
  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Calif.) 
  • Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.) 
  • Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.) 
  • Rep. Richard McCormick (Ga.) 
  • Rep. Max Miller (Ohio) 
  • Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa) 
  • Rep. John Moolenaar (Mich.) 
  • Rep. Chip Roy (Texas) 
  • Rep. Austin Scott (Ga.) 
  • Rep. Victoria Spartz (Ind.) 
  • Rep. Michael Turner (Ohio) 
  • Rep. Timothy Walberg (Mich.) 

Rep. Derrick Van Orden (Wis.) reportedly voted yes initially by mistake but later changed his vote. Nevertheless, this was a stunning demonstration of the GOP’s lack of a backbone.

"This is why Republicans NEVER do anything to stop the communists Democrats or ever hold anyone accountable!!” Greene said in a post on X.

Roy, one of the Republicans who voted to table the motion, objected to the language. 

"Rep. Rashida Tlaib has repeatedly made outrageous remarks toward Israel and the Jewish people. Her conduct is unbecoming of a member of Congress and certainly worthy of condemnation — if not censure," Roy told Fox News Digital. "However, tonight’s feckless resolution to censure Tlaib was deeply flawed and made legally and factually unverified claims, including the claim of leading an ‘insurrection.’"

He added, "In January 2021, the legal term insurrection was stretched and abused by many following the events at the Capitol. We should not continue to perpetuate claims of ‘insurrection’ at the Capitol and we should not abuse the term now."