“Personally, when I hear the term “fundamentalist” used pejoratively, the picture that comes to mind is a group of people who believe that theirs is the only true path, and that anyone who does not follow their way is evil. A group which sees only two options for the rest of humanity – join us or suffer the consequences.
This is not the same as being an “extremist.” There are those who are passionate or even extreme about their own beliefs, whether a born-again Christian, devout Muslim, radical liberal or die-hard atheist. We can debate the pros and cons of each of these belief systems, but a strong conviction alone doesn’t necessarily make you intolerant of others. It is when you cannot accept that there may be another road to truth, that not everyone has to become exactly like you in order to be a good person – that is when you start to pose a danger to the planet.”
A Poetic Irony – the Antithesis between the Religious Freedom Coalition and the Newly Formed “School Religious Freedom Coalition” and Fundamentalism
Opinion, LostMessiah June 7, 2016 [updated]
The Religious Freedom Coalition has been around for years. It is a non-profit educational organization headquartered in Washington, DC. It was founded in 1982 on right wing Christian principles. One of its lofty goals is to Expose Terrorism, particularly where that terrorism imposes restrictions on the practice of Christianity in Muslim countries. One of the organizations many praiseworthy endeavors is bringing Christmas to Christian refugees living in the midst of an Islamic Fundamentalist regime.
The School Religious Freedom Coalition, newly formed, is likely to be another lobbying organization for ultra-Orthodox Jews, like OJPAC. It is probably going to be supported by larger organizations or food-stamp carrying Hasidim who want their children to be able to obtain an education unimpeded by the laws of any State in which they live. In this case, the coalition was formed in New York. Whether it intends to go national or international remains to be seen. We are not certain that the Religious Freedom Coalition will be comfortable with a competing similarly named organization that has diametrically opposed goals. Only time will tell.
We would venture to guess that the School Religious Freedom Coalition will ultimately be an arm of Agudath Israeli America or another of the similar leaning organizations that have at the core of their values a fundamentalist approach to ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As we see it the members will lobby for educational funding but non-compliance with State mandates. The members will argue against inspections of dangerous institutions justifying their arguments with claims of being targeted and anti-Semitic. They will work to keep the community as insular as possible and then will deny abuses of children when they happen.
If semantics are at play the School Religious Freedom Coalition will lobby in support of all of the things the Religious Freedom Coalition engenders, without even realizing the irony.
The Religious Freedom Coalition and the Irony of the Connection to its name…
Based upon the stated goals of the Religious Freedom Coalition the organization want to end terror and the funding of that terror.
Thank you for participating in our program to stop the funding of Sunni Islamic “rebels” who are killing Christians in Syria. Even if the fighters have some great sounding name such as “Free Syrian Army” and are supported by President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, they still kill Christians just because of their faith and must not be supported.
It is our position that ending terror includes holding accountable ultra-Orthodox Jews who are willing to set fire to people to force them to daven in specific shuls. It means altering an extremist ideology that encourages keeping a father from his child’s wedding under threat of violence because the father no longer believes. It means prosecuting to the full extent of the law ultra-Orthodox Jews who in an act of hate physically beat a black man (Tal Peterson) for walking through their Borough Park community. This is terrorism.
It is almost ironic that with only a few changed words from Islamic Fundamentalist to ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalist, the Religious Freedom Coalition could still be supporting its stated goals. However, with the change in words, that organization would be deemed anti-Semitic. The Islamic Fundamentalist target is acceptable in our culture because the stereotypical Islamic Fundamentalist is also an extremist who supports violence on a mass scale.
Both organizations, the Religious Freedom Coalition and the School Religious Freedom Coalition demand a laissez faire approach to religious teachings, as noted by the use of the word “School” in the title of the latter. However the Religious Freedom Coalition is aimed at permitting Christianity to be taught in public schools and overturning the constitutional mandate of a separation of Church and State. In contrast the ultra-Orthodox School Religious Freedom Coalition ideology (presumably) wants children to be left alone to be taught in their educational prisons, enslaved by the Torah rather than enraptured with it and denied secular subjects. Ultra-Orthodox Judaism does not want secular education even where their desire for public funding collides with the educational demands of the State in which the ultra-Orthodox live. The right wing Religious Freedom Coalition wants an education replete with secular teachings and Christian faith teachings.
A Fundamentalist Approach
We have made no bones about making the comparison between ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalism and Islamic fundamentalism. As many of us see it, the only difference is that the ultra-Orthodox Jews, at least to date, have not blown themselves up along with dozens of civilians with bombs filled with nails, glass and other sorts of shrapnel. In other words, they are not generally violent extremists. That may yet change. What is unsettling is that dozens of journalists, well-renowned newspapers, bloggers and even legislators have made the same comparison, so we are not alone in our position on this subject
Even more unsettling and also noted in our posts, it would appear that even the Islamic Fundamentalists and the worst of their extremists, ISIS agree with our analysis. They use the ultra-Orthodox who refuse to fight in Israel’s army to exemplify why Israel should be destroyed and justify its destruction.
The following are articles in papers found on websites dealing with the subject of Islamic Fundamentalism. Many of the scenarios in these articles so deeply mirror what we are seeing in ultra-Orthodox fundamentalist neighborhoods, it is frightening. We have commented below the articles marking the similarities.
Muslim Immigrant Attacks Flag Waving American Family
Haredim in Israel burned Israeli flags on Purim. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children steal Israeli flags. This is not a violent attack but it is derived, in our opinion on the same ideology. The disparities in our view only rest on the non-violent approach in the articles we posted. There are more than enough articles reflecting violence in our archives.
Migration Board refused to report sex crimes
We have repeatedly reported on this topic, along with so many other blogsites. Frum Follies has made a blog-career out of these reports. While it is not limited to the Islamic community or to the Jewish community, it still reflects disturbing similarities both in method and in ideological viewpoint.
Is this really that different from the man burned by Twersky henchmen for refusing to pray in the same shul? The release of the criminal who committed that atrocity was celebrated and his marriage to a devout Twersky follower was glorified.
Uganda: Muslim kills Christian wife for leaving Islam
How many formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews are ex-communicated, forcibly removed from the community or are not permitted by threat of violence to see their children because they have chosen to leaveultra-Orthodoxy? Shulum Deen is a prime example. Was he murdered? No. Has he been given access to his children? No. Is he welcome within his former community? Again, no.
Below you will find 4 videos all quite similar in their rabid fundamentalism, but different in the core values supporting that fundamentalism.
The first is a discussion by a British Mullah who uses arguments to legitimize the killing of non-Muslims.
The second is a video of an extremist group of ultra-Orthodox Jews. In diametric opposition to the third and fourth video, these fundamentalist Jews not only believes in Israel’s existence but commands much the same as the Mullah, that Jews destroy everyone who is not-Jewish. While this is by far more extreme than most, it begs the question of the direction ultra-Orthodox Judaism is headed.
The third video is a rabidly anti-Zionist protest video from a different form of ultra-Orthodox fundamentalism, that which does not believe in the existence of Israel as a Jewish homeland. The comments to the video are what make it so dangerous.
Th fourth video was posted on Al-Jazeera. It ties the loop of fundamentalism and to some extent is itself the piece joining the Islamic Fundamentalist and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalist. This fourth video and its playing on Al-Jazeera represents the raison d’etre supporting the fundamentalist Muslims in their quest to destroy Israel.
In our view the distinction between the Islamic Fundamentalists and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalists rests solely with the level of extremism.
Video: Temple movement rabbi proselytizes for genocide | The Electronic Intifada
“This is what the Torah commanded us,” he explained, “‘When thou drawest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it’ [Deuteronomy 20:10]. What is meant by ‘peace’? Maimonides says that they must agree to follow the seven Noahide laws … Meaning, you ask them, ‘Do you follow the seven laws? If so, we will allow you to live.’ If not, you kill all of their males, by sword. You only leave the women.
“How do you leave them? They must all agree to follow the seven laws. And that is how you impose the Seven Laws on that city. We will conquer Iraq, Turkey. We will get to Iran, too. We will impose the seven Noahide laws on all of these places.
“You say, ‘I call upon you in peace.’ If they raise the flag [of surrender] and say, ‘From now on there is no more Christianity, no more Islam,’ the mosques and the Christian spires and their crosses come down, ‘from now on we follow the seven Noahide laws.’”
Ariel went on to suggest that Jewish people should also kill US President Barack Obama.
“Therefore Maimonides says that if you see a person in the street who does not follow the Seven Laws — this is what he says — if we have the might, you have to kill him. If you catch Obama on the street, and you know that he does not follow the Seven Laws, etc.”
A man in the audience interjected: “You are commanded to kill him.”
Ariel responds: “Sorry?”
The man repeats: “You are commanded to kill him, and the sooner the better.”
Ariel responds in the affirmative: “This is why we have Maimonides. If someone threatens you, to ruin you, to kill you, you kill him first.”
Ariel’s comments on Obama followed the reading of a long list of charges against Obama, the Pope and other world leaders, including “theft and conspiracy to conduct theft of the Land of Israel from the People of Israel” and “bloodshed, murder and standing idly by the blood of others” which “threatens the very existence of Israel, if not the total genocide of the People of Israel.”
The Sanhedrin claims the “Land of Israel” as “from the Euphrates to the Nile.” This would mean Israeli occupation of parts of Syria, Iraq, Egypt and the whole of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and Jordan, and probably parts of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Kuwait.