Tawyna and Propaganda
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I noticed a little booklet lying on the counter today. I picked it up and took a look at the cover: "LOVE THE JEWISH PEOPLE"
"What the hell is this thing?"
Tawyna laughed and said "Some lady gave it to me the other day."
"I don't know! She asked me if I was a Christian and then said I might need it."
I don't even know how to express how ridiculous this booklet seems to me.
Don't get me wrong, I hate all people equally. Love! I mean love! I have nothing against those different from me. White, black, gay, straight, young, old, Jewish, Palestinian; none have done me any particular ill will nor I them.
What gets me all riled up is the fact that someone feels the need to distribute something like this. Why must we be told to love anyone?
I got this riled up before I even opened the thing!
The inside is filled with nothing but what I see as hate. Every country but Israel is mocked. Making fools of the British takes up more space than Hitler!
Starving African nations are mocked and belittled. Catholics are razed, which seems strange since they are fellow Christians.
This isn't the God I learned about in Sunday School. The Jesus loves the little children God.
I know that sounds incredibly naive, but this just seems wrong to me. Why couldn't the title and message have been LOVE THY NEIGHBOR?
Click the image above to read the booklet for yourself. Maybe I'm way off base and totally missing the point. But I couldn't help feeling disgusted.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
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