Saturday, October 12, 2002

I once saw in a documentary, 2 park rangers in a South African game reserve. Both were counting a heap of cash that had been recovered from poachers. One was a native ( i.e, he was black ) and the other was white. I couldn't help but notice that should any of the money go missing who will be the one that is to be blamed. If one were to escape the box of political correctness, it would be inevitable that you would blame the black man. But, why? Is it because he is less honurable a man than the other. Hardly? It is because and only because of colonial reprecussions .

Friday, October 11, 2002

Impossible, is in the dictionary of fools NAPOLEON
Be afraid not from the wise,for it is the fool that one must be weary of.
Let me be righteous and begin by trying to explain that age-old question. The Jewish Question. The middle east in its current array is in turmoil, the peace process is in tatters and Ariel Sharon is checking his teeth against the window of the Oval Office .Apparently there seems to be a lot of mouth related activity going on there. Anyway that’s beside the point. To try to answer The Jewish Question would be fruitless if attempted from a political angel. Lets get Biblical .Lets get Abrahamic. And hopefully, lets cause a stir. The three great religions. Judaism, Christianity and Islam both claim their ancestry from him. Yet why, is there all this turmoil? There is one aspect of Judaism that is really, in my opinion, one of the roots to the current problem. Namely, it is Judaism's inherent exclusivity. Jews (practicing, not pragmatic) have this unwithering belief within them that THEY are Gods Children and everyone else is the offspring off Satan. This exclusivity is seen more clearly in the practice that only one with a Jewish mother can claim to be Jewish. Now, I know some Rabbi who has been pouring over those theological books for the most part of his life can come up with seven reasons and give me the reasons for such an exclusivist practice. From its very early explanations it sees itself as a religion that is "better" than others, especially in comparison to Islam. First Example, Jews and Muslims alike believe that Abraham had two sons; Isaac (or Ishaq in Islam) and Ishmael or (Ishmael as known to the Muslim world). One fathered the Muslim race ( Ismael ) and the other the Jewish race. The first controversy that arises is that Judaism and only Judaism believes and strongly reiterates that Ishmael was the bastard son of Abraham, because Sarah (Abraham’s wife) was barren at the time. As a result of which Abraham sleeps with his slave, Hagar and thus Ishmael is born (given the tremendous importance attributed to the mother in Judaism, one tends to think that Judaist scholarly pursuits must, in their heart of hearts see the Muslim people as the "children of a slave”). Now as if such a belief would not cause a bitter, bloody and long lasting dichotomy between Judaism and its supposed eternal enemy, Islam. The Second Example is, which of Abraham’s sons was it that almost came under the knife on Moriah. Christianity and Judaism alike believe that it was Isaac. Islam differs. The Jewish Torah says: Offer for sacrifice " your son, your only one, whom you love, your Isaac" 'Your son, your only one' seems to blatantly signify that Isaac was Abraham’s son and his only one. Ismael is seen through Jewish eyes as the unrecognized son. ' Whom you love. your Isaac'. What this line rather directly implies is that Ismael is not loved by Abraham, not recognized and thus he is as good as disowned. Now, such a belief which is firmly entrenched and holed up in Jewish belief is as a matter of cause and effect, going to cause deep resentment, suspicion and hate amongst Muslims in general. There are many other things such as God saying to Hagar that although Ismael will have 12 great sons ( the twelve Arab tribes) the Covenant ( circumcision; which is meant to signify Mans allegiance to the Lord) will only run through Isaacs line. I am in no way attacking Judaism or taking sides with a certain religion. Its just that these beliefs within Judaism do cause problems. There are of course problems within the other two religions. One of the top of my head would be the manner in which Islam has been preached and how self righteously the moral guardians of Islam have taken over the reigns of this religion. Fanning the flames of fanaticism will not restore the once far reaching zenith of Islam. Those bearded fools fail to understand that " the ink of a scholar is holier than the blood of a martyr". Christianity also has its problems. Namely the bible being seen as a Judo-Christian compilation and the many glaringly obvious historical and anthropological holes in it. Don’t get the wrong idea however, I am not a neo- religion guy, who is blindly taking a swipe at every religion that comes my way, I am merely highlighting the troubles that arise when the bulwark of religion is held in the select hands of a few who may have agendas or even worse, an undying idealist dream to see that they must change the world. Note clearly that, I am a God-fearing man of 19 years and bow down when ever the talk of religion is about. My advice to the guardians of ALL religions would be the following; tread carefully, in justifying yourself as the chosen ones you may be walking over other God-fearing people who believe in the same universal entity as you.