We're all guilty!
Date: January 07, 2004 07:19PM
A quick response to the anti-Gentile(ism) in the Talmud. First, I must warn those curious about the sensitive dialectics of theology. More often that not people have a tendency to become 'hung up' on single items or issues they first learn. Unfortunately, this blocks them from taking in new information, and thus stay open to the endless symbolic knowledge contained in any spiritual/religious system and its ensuing journey. Kind of like an impasse, roadblock, or, trickster – inherent within the given system to disallow people from opening up new vistas for themselves. (Also, a safeguard against The Storming of The Gates).
Yes, the Talmud is replete with anti-Gentilic passages and racism toward Gentiles. We must bear in mind however, that the New Testament is ‘also’ replete with anti-Semitism and The Demonizing of The Jews ... ("Ye are of your father the devil", "Synagogue of Satan", "Brood of vipers", etc, etc). Let us not forget about the Koran and the meaning of 'Jihad', which has sprung to life lately: causing a sort of clash of civilizations. "Gods people" are at it again.
The solution is simple ...REMOVE ALL THOSE SCATOLOGICAL PASSAGES FROM OUR MONOTHEISTIC TRADITIONS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!
I remember reading about an attempt in France in the early 1990's, to de-antisemitize the Gospels, but no further information was available.
It is disgusting that adults, from whichever tradition, are willing to feed such garbage into the minds of children! And so now we reap the rewards.