"Snake" reference not antisemitic

Reader comment on: Maureen Dowd on Neoconservatives

Submitted by Jim Nagle (United States), Sep 16, 2012 07:12

It's hard to make the case that the "snake root" is antisemitic in nature, at least if one considers the attributed source. These are the spoken words of Jesus Himself, Who was, of course, Jewish. The provided link is to Matthew 23:31-33. Going back to verse 29 for context, one finds that Jesus was not lambasting all Jews, but specifically the religious leaders, the scribes and Pharisees. This is not to say that Dowd is incapable of antisemitism, or even that she doesn't display it in this same article, what with the familiar "puppet" behind American foreign policy reference having been trotted out. Scary stuff indeed, especially considering the worldwide rise in real antisemitism. BTW this poster is a evangelical Christian gentile who was raised in a traditional Catholic environment in the fifties, replete with some "soft" (i.e. non-active) antisemitic thought.

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The Future of Capitalism replies:

Yeah, well, Dowd can say she's not talking about all Jews, just the neoconservatives. Why reach for the same image to describe a Jew of today and one of biblical times given a highly negative context?

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