Monday, 12 December 2016

Why Only Anti-Semitism?

As commendable as it is, i'm not sure why the Government has decided to crack down on anti-semitism when there are plenty of other forms of hatred against groups going on but Theresa May is rewriting the definition of anti-semitism in an effort to tackle hatred against Jewish people.
The Prime Minster said culprits were getting away with anti-Semitic behaviour or language 'because the term is ill defined' so now the official definition is that anti-semitism is 'language or behaviour that displays hatred towards Jews because they are Jews' which seems amazingly close to what i thought the definition was anyway.
The problem is when anyone criticises Israel, the Jews automatically scream 'anti-semitism' to try and shut it down which only waters down the shouts when real anti-semitism is spouted.
I once had a long discussion here with someone who tried to choke off any criticism of Israel by calling me an anti-semite during one of the many times when Israel was pounding Gaza and his argument was that by me having a go at Israel, I was also having a go at Jews because they are the only Jewish state.
My argument was if that is the criteria then any criticism of England is anti-Church of England because we are the only Church of England nation.
By all means attempt to stop anti-semitism but don't forget that there are plenty of other groups suffering discrimination who could do with a crack down also.


Anonymous said...

If people should be able to love whoever they want to love then people should be able to hate whoever they want to hate.

i'm against banning hate speech. I am for banning threats to do any type of harm. no violent threats should be permitted. much less violent actions.

Further, don't try to regulate stupidity. people (except public teachers) should be able to deny reality saying stupid things like there was no holocaust, or the earth is flat, or that Castro wasn't a murdering tyrant.

Falling on a bruise said...

I agree, i'm all for letting people say stupid things and then challenging them to back it up in the hope that they will realise how stupid they sound but don't just pick out one particular group and say we are cracking down on hate speech against them, crack down on all hate speech against all groups if you are going to do it.