May 3, 2007, - 11:59 am
By Debbie Schlussel
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Ever since Don Imus was fired–even after repeated apologies–the PC police are out for blood. They got a little taste with the severe Imus overreaction.
And now, they hunger for more. Yes, unfortunately, out-of-proportion outrage is not just a fad. It’s becoming a way of life Just ask Don and Jenny Greenwell.
They’re candidates in Tuesday’s election for school board in the swanky Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. That school district–amidst Michigan’s ultra-depressed, 50th-in-the-nation economy–wants to raise and spend $121 million dollars to tear down two relatively modern high schools and build anew. It’s an incredible waste of tax dollars. But, now, the Greenwells–a Christian couple who oppose this wasteful spending–are being called “anti-Semitic,” and will probably lose amidst the absurd, undue furor.
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The Greenwells sent out a campaign flyer depicting a wizard burning a pile of money. As an observant Jew, the picture looks quite innocuous to me. But to a large group of shrieking, whining liberal Jews, the Greenwells are raving, seething anti-Semites who want to lock all Jews up in concentration camps tomorrow. Why?
Well, hundreds of liberal Jews and “interfaith” clergy (consisting of leftist rabbis and their “friendly” local imams and Israel-boycotting churches) are declaring the wizard to be an anti-Semitic drawing. So is the liberal Anti-Defamation League. They say the designs on his robe amidst crescent moons look like Jewish Stars–the Stars of David. And, they claim, the wizard looks like Moses.
How do they know what Moses looked like? Well, I’m sure they all have photographic memories of that time they accompanied him on that hike to Mt. Sinai. And maybe one of them kept his/her digital camera card from that time the Red Sea parted and the bush burned.
Regardless, the Greenwells have apologized over and over and over again. They apologized on three local newscasts. They apologized in several local newspapers. They apologized on their blog/website. They apologized at a luncheon for the local Hadassah–you know, the same group of liberal Jewish women who had no qualms about honoring FoS (Friend of Suha Arafat) Hillary Clinton at their national convention.
I don’t know what to do. . . . I’m not anti-Semitic. . . . To me, it just looked like a wizard,
Jenny Greenwell told the Detroit Newsistan. That’s what it looks like to me, too. Moreover, the Greenwells say they never saw the artwork, which was picked by the campaign consultants putting together their literature. Vicki Lange, owner of the Ballot Box, which created the literature, said:
I don’t agree with the premise that it’s a Star of David because it has little curly-cues on the end of each point. It came from stock art from a professional artist. You can always find someone looking for something not intended.
Amen to that. And that’s exactly what’s going on here. I’m embarrassed by this absurd, misplaced outrage, which looks like the Jewish, white version of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and their followers.
But despite the Greenwells’ Imus-to-Sharpton-esque groveling, the Greenwells’ repeated apologies are not enough. The Greenwells’ gazillionth apologies, yesterday, at a town meeting of 150 angry liberal Jews (and Muslims–must have Muslims present to really turn the knife here), were booed. And none of the conniptive liberal Jews–still whining after days of TV and newspapers stories–will forgive them. None of the so-called rabbis either.
Rabbi Sharpton, er . . . Rabbi Joshua Bennett of Reform Temple Israel has turned the Greenwells’ flyer wizard into his star turn. And his 15 minutes can’t end soon enough. He told the Newsistan he doesn’t believe the Greenwells and won’t accept their apology:
Even if it was just a mistake, I think we need to be smarter than that.
I think everyone “needs to be smarter than” the knee-jerk, overreactive Rabbi who apparently forgot Jewish precepts commanding the acceptance of an apology.
We cannot tolerate even accidental depictions. . . . Even if it was unintentional, it is intolerable,
he told the Detroit Free Press.
I don’t want them representing my children on the school board. . . . It’s unforgivable,
parent Rena Kirshenbaum told the Newsistan.
Nope. We can’t forgive this couple, which wants to stop rampant spending when–these days–even wealthy Bloomfield Hills schools can’t afford it. The Greenwells cannot be forgiven, unlike feminis uber-liberalis Hillary Clinton (whom many of these people are supporting for President). These fellow co-religionists (and I use that noun very loosely, since they’ve replaced the Jewish religion with a mob lynching) of mine want the Greenwells out of the race. They want the $121 wasteful bond proposal the Greenwells rightfully oppose to pass. And they have no problem trumping up the anti-Semitism card to get there.
Never mind that the Jewish stars were not a symbol picked by the Jews to represent us. And never mind that wizards often wore hexagrams, which are practically identical and are a sign of wizardry and witchcraft.
Contrast Bloomfield Hills’ intolerant treatment of the Greenwells to the way these same liberal Jews embrace extremist Muslims throughout their community. The Jewish star appeared on hate signs all last summer in protests drawing over 10,000 local Muslims in support of Hezbollah.
In that case, there is no mistake the malignant reason the Jewish star was featured on the signs, as were swastikas. Yet, the same Jews were quick to embrace these same Muslims just weeks after the Israel-Hezbollah war was over. All is forgotten. All is forgiven. Yet, unlike the Greenwells, the Muslims never sought forgiveness, they never apologized.
Unlike the Greenwells who hired someone to make their campaign literature, the Muslims in town made their signs and did so purposely and with a vengeance. Yet, no peeps from local Jewish liberals living in the area, like Sharona Shapiro–the calorically-gifted verbal Monica Lewinsky to radical Islam. She wouldn’t wanna miss that falafel she regularly eats with them.
A month ago, I watched Shapiro and over a hundred liberal Jewish women from the area crowd into the Unity Center Mosque of Bloomfield Hills and gush and cry over the Muslim women at this intolerant mosque. When I raised questions over why the mosque and its K-12 school library featured the writings of Anti-Semitic, anti-American Muslim scholars Sayed Qutob (Osama Bin Laden’s religious guru) and Yusuf Al-Qaradawi (spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood), I was asked to leave by this Klueless Klub of Kumbaya-ettes. I was told that we must “understand” each other so we can’t discuss these kinds of things.
If only the Greenwells were named Mohammed and Hamida, the liberal Jewish conniptions over their harmless campaign flyer would never have occurred.
But, unfortunately, that’s the state of affairs in America, today. And it’s emblematic of why we’ll never get upset over terrorist attacks in America again. We’re so sensitive to the minor comments of a radio talk show host no-one listened too; We’re so outraged about a benign campaign flyer and won’t accept the glut of apologies from its circulators. Yet, we rush faster than all get-out to embrace those who really wish us harm. We hurry to overlook their very open and obvious wishes to kill us.
And we wonder how the Holocaust happened. I think it’s quite clear. We embrace our enemies and make unnecessary enemies out of our friends over foolish things.
Sadly, while these liberal Jews couldn’t be farther from real, traditional Judaism, they are the perpetual face of my religion in the local–and national–media. I feel as if I’m the only local Jew (besides my family) that isn’t bothered by this campaign flyer. It’s not anti-Semitic. Not even close.
It seems also that I’m the only local resident–regardless of religion–that is disgusted at the way a cranky, whiny group of liberals is exercised over the equivalent of an ant going to the bathroom. Everyone else is piling onto the group think wagon, out to Imus-ize the world.
Apparently, none of these people ever heard of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”
The outrage here is not the innocent campaign flyer. It’s the way the “outraged” PC police overreacted over nothing and refuse to move on. And that this innocent couple has been very unfairly dragged through the mud and branded with a very powerful, marginalizing negative epithet.
Those who think they are combatting anti-Semitism with their shrill attacks on the Greenwells are sadly mistaken. They are breeding it.
**** UPDATE: Friend and reader Ari (a Jew) writes:
Your crazy Jewish Neighbors don’t know what they’re talking about re: “Jewish Star” on the Merlin picture.
When I was a child, my parents had a bunch of those tacky ceramic “Royal Dalton” mugs. One of them featured Merlin, and on it was a hexagram– A six pointed star. For some time I thought Merlin was Jewish, but later I learned that the hexagram is a symbol of the occult. Some Orthodox Jewish sects don’t use the Star of David because of the occult associations. Geez, Jewish people, not everything is about us…
[DS: I hate to link to Wikipedia, which you usually can’t trust, but since Ari agrees with their entry on this . . . .]
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