Originally posted by FellowshipChurch iBook
[B]To respond to your first question what makes something a scapegoat and something else not I will say:
A given society must correctly identify its problems and not blame the problems on a false "scapegoat"
These lines can be blured depending on who is reviewing the data and it is this mis-reading of the data and wrong assignment of a wrong "scapegoat" that sorry minded political opertunists seek to harness and use for the wrong reasons which lead to injustice and continued hatred.
Well, to clear a few things up here... A "scapegoat" is a jewish tradition in which a local people sacrifice a goat which bears the burdens of that people's sins upon it. Its death therefore cleanses them of sin.
As for this line--"sorry minded political opertunists seek to harness and use for the wrong reasons which lead to injustice and continued hatred"--you might want to think long and hard about the implications of such a position. What makes one "sorry minded" or a "political opportunist"? How do we determine "wrong reasons"? How do we determine what leads to "injustice and continued hatred"?
It would be very easy for me to turn all of this back on to the current administration and its policies in the middle east.
To respond to your second question "are anti-semite politics more distasteful to me than anti-arab politics? No not one ounce. It is equally distasteful to me. We must as a world allow for all peoples to live and exist and indeed this includes the palestinian people and the Isralies. In fact this should pertain to all peoples of the Earth.
I didn't mention the Palestinians. I mentioned the Arabs. And I only realized after you'd responded that I should've simply said "Muslims."
At any rate, so you're arguing that we should be tolerant of other peoples (Jews and Muslims) and their beliefs?