Sunday, February 05, 2006

No big deal on the cartoon

Here's what the fuss is all about.

At first I thought that drawing the cartoons was probably just a dumb idea, then I realized that maybe the cartoon artists were trying to get out their own personal frustrations at the radical Muslim wave trying to take over our planet. Little did these cartoonists know their expression of free speech would turn their cities and embassies abroad into flames. One thing is for sure, I'll be continuing to support the Danish and their right to free speech.

Thanks to my pal at the thought-provoking Tales of a Wandering Mind for commenting on all this and bringing it to the forefront. I've been thinking about it all weekend and wasn't sure how to approach it so I just did it.

In checking out the infamous Radio Islam which is a pro-Muslim, anti-semitic, hate mongering Swedish radio channel turned website, I was appalled that the morons there have the audacity to use two of America's beloved founding fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in their anti-semitic cause. The title on one of their webpages "What Washington and Franklin said about the Jews" and then posted:
"They (the Jews) work more effectively against us, than the enemy's armies. They are a hundred times more dangerous to our liberties and the great cause we are engaged in... It is much to be lamented that each state, long ago, has not hunted them down as pest to society and the greatest enemies we have to the happiness of America." .....George Washington
What Washington actually said or what Maxims of George Washington claims he said, was really about currency speculators who wanted to profit from soldiers and others during the Revolutionary War. The actual quote:
This tribe of black gentry work more effectually against us, than the enemy's arms. They are a hundred times more dangerous to our liberties, and the great cause we are engaged in. It is much to be lamented that each State, long ere this, has not hunted them down as pests to society, and the greatest enemies we have to the happiness of America.

There's no evidence whatsoever that George Washington was anti-semitic. In fact, in response to a goodwill address given to him by the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, he responded by writing and I quote: "the first presidential declaration of the free and equal status of Jewish-American citizens"

and then there's this alleged quote by Benjamin Franklin:
"I fully agree with General Washington, that we must protect this young nation from an insidious influence and impenetration. The menace, gentlemen, is the Jews.

In whatever country Jews have settled in any great number, they have lowered its moral tone; depreciated its commercial integrity; have segregated themselves and have not been assimilated; have sneered at and tried to undermine the Christian religion upon which that nation is founded, by objecting to its restrictions; have built up a state within the state; and when opposed have tried to strangle that country to death financially, as in the case of Spain and Portugal.

For over 1,700 years, the Jews have been bewailing their sad fate in that they have been exiled from their homeland, as they call Palestine. But gentlemen, did the world give it to them in fee simple, they would at once find some reason for not returning. Why? Because they are vampires, and vampires do not live on vampires. They cannot live only among themselves. They must subsist on Christians and other people not of their race.

If you do not exclude them from these United States, in their Constitution, in less than 200 years they will have swarmed here in such great numbers that they will dominate and devour the land and change our form of government, for which we Americans have shed our blood, given our lives our substance and jeopardized our liberty.

If you do not exclude them, in less than 200 years our descendants will be working in the fields to furnish them substance, while they will be in the counting houses rubbing their hands. I warn you, gentlemen, if you do not exclude Jews for all time, your children will curse you in your graves.

Jews, gentlemen, are Asiatics, let them be born where they will nor how many generations they are away from Asia, they will never be otherwise. Their ideas do not conform to an American's, and will not even thou they live among us ten generations. A leopard cannot change its spots. Jews are Asiatics, are a menace to this country if permitted entrance, and should be excluded by this Constitutional Convention."

But according to the Anti-Defamation League no such speech was ever made, it was in fact a hoax:
Of course, no such speech was ever made. But the hoaxers sought to impart an aura of historical credibility to the fake by claiming that the speech is quoted in a "private diary" of Charles Pinckney, Revolutionary leader who was delegate from South Carolina to the Constitutional Convention. They also maintain that the diary is now in the possession of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, a bald lie which Henry Butler Allen, director of the Institute, has often refuted. Allen says that "historians and librarians have not been able to find [the diary] or any record of it having existed."

A copy of the forgery was anonymously circulated through the mails this month [May 1954] on stationery captioned WAR DEPARTMENT, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF. The envelope bore a May 3 postmark from Atlanta, Ga. This is the latest in a series of recent incidents that suggest another revival of the Prophecy. A copy was picked up earlier this year at a Tampa, Fla., bus stop, and there have been recent distributions of it in Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Alabama.

If you do an internet search of pieces of the alleged speeches by Washington and Franklin you will find that they appear as fact on every white supremacist, radical Muslim, and anti-Jew website. These morons are so stupid, that they have taken false quotations and used them on their websites to further their racist, bigoted cause.

You know I was checking out some of the cartoons drawn my Muslims on Radio Islam's site and was pretty appalled at what I saw.

It's just another wave of anti-Jew propaganda. Millions of people around the world are too stupid to do their own homework on the history of the world, and are too lazy to take responsibility for their own lives and destinies so they choose to blame all their problems and problems of the world on one people. It's easy to blame everything on the Jews. You know I have to wonder what my great grandparents Yetta and Isaac, who were Romanian Orthodox Jews, faced when they came to America. I wonder when they emigrated to Brooklyn were they met with this kind of hate and bigotry? Or were people open and accepting of them? They lived in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood but they owned their own businesses, including a habadashery and a restaurant and I am quite sure that especially given the city they lived in, their customers were people from all religions, races and ethnic backgrounds. I knew my great grandmother Yetta, she lived to age 103 and died in 1979. She was a good and decent woman and I am quite sure that she and Isaac treated people as they themselves want to be treated, with kindness, respect and decency.

Given what they and their families endured in Europe, they would not at all be as shocked as we are to see what's going on in the world today. Much has changed yet much has remained the same. Many have no desire to learn from history.


  1. Good post. I'm with the Danish too.

    I can't believe people are getting themselves KILLED over this.

  2. You are so right Jess. Many have no desire to learn from history, and that, sadly, will eventually lead to their own demise.