Christian Violence: You Have No Savior

Some good old fashioned Christian on Jew violence broke out recently.  Jamelle has the scoop:

In fact, for O’Reilly and his crew of flunkies, Christians – being the largest religious group in this country – should control the public discourse entirely.  And of course when someone doesn’t kowtow to Christians, it must mean that they hate them.

O’Reilly has been stirring this up for a while now, and it seems to have taken hold, as tribalist Christians are outraged whenever anyone says something other than Merry Christmas:

Ten people – eight men and two women – were arrested after the melee and charged with a slew of misdemeanors, including assault, menacing and inciting a riot.

What did these Christians do?

The three friends who suffered multiple bruises and cuts allegedly at the hands of Jirovec and his group have no doubts the attack was religiously motivated.

“They said, ‘You dirty Jews, you killed Jesus on Chanukah, you should all die,’” said Maria Parsheva, 23, a Baruch College student.

Pfffft.  Bah!  We killed your savior around Passover.  Get it right you goofy goys.

On the train, they said Jirovec, Babajko and their friends loudly yelled “Merry Christmas” – and became infuriated when Krischanovich responded, “Happy Chanukah.”

“[One woman said,] ‘You can’t say that, we are Catholic,’” said Krischanovich, a Hunter College student who is not Jewish. “That’s when two guys stood up and showed us their Jesus tattoos,” she said. “They started yelling at us and telling us we have no savior.”

They demanded the Jewish students validate their Christian ritual, and when they did not they reacted with violence.

I really like Jamelle’s use of the phrase Tribal Christians.  It is the perfect descriptor for a group of people who have clenched themselves around public faith as a matter of shared identity.

There is a bright side to this story though, the good Samaritan mentioned – Hassan Askari, a Muslim student – has gotten praise from around the city.  To quote one of the victims:

“That a random Muslim kid helped some Jewish kids, that’s what’s positive about New York.”

That is a bright side.  Because there is another shared identity that runs deep within the three Abrahamitic religions.  That of standing bravely in the face of persecution.  Now that is a shared identity I can identify with, and one we can all aspire to embody.

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8 Responses

  1. Thanks for the ping!

  2. The people of the Book must remain unified. The Jews 1,000 rule on Earth is to commence soon as the Antichrist has emerged. The alliance between the Christians and the Jews is a fractious one, but necessary to usher the end of days prophecy to its ultimate conclusion. Enjoy your rule my friend, for my empire will be Heavenly and eternal.

  3. Alrighty then….somebody got all Bruce Almighty on us!

  4. “I really like Jamelle’s use of the phrase Tribal Christians. It is the perfect descriptor for a group of people who have clenched themselves around public faith as a matter of shared identity.”

    You are talking about Jews there right? That is the perfect descriptor for them as well as Muslims and a whole host of other religions. But the Jewish people seem to have a duality to their identity. They are a nation and a religion all in one word. Now that’s being frugal with letters….

  5. To clarify a bit, “tribal Christians” are those Christians less concerned about the actual message and gospel of Christ, and more concerned with using their Christianity to identify and put themselves in opposition to an “outgroup.”

    I guess a term for the whole thing would be “Christian identity politics.”

  6. So then what would be the classifier for say the people that are opposed to a nativity scene being erected in a town center? It seems that (identity politics) would be the description for them as well????

    And where the term Jew contains religion and nationality wouldn’t that be a very clear example of “Jewish identity politics”?

  7. johnnypeepers,
    Rak-Zuul the unicorn queen shall reign first, for 5 score and twenty, and she shall be without second. Then Uzriah son of Bob shall arise and give people cake, for it is tasty. Then the alliance shall be shorn, for some people prefer ice cream. But all will party nonetheless. – Prophets and Important People, Book 9, Chapter 3, Verses 6-10.

    Rafael,
    Heh… “alrighty then”.

    Michael D,
    Tribal could be used to described any group that acts like US Christian fundamentalists. Israel has its Jewish fundamentalists, and Islamic countries have their Islamic fundamentalists. But it describes nuts like Huckabee to a T.

    Jamelle,
    Very nice. Are you familiar with the Christian Identity movement?

    Michael D,

    So then what would be the classifier for say the people that are opposed to a nativity scene being erected in a town center? It seems that (identity politics) would be the description for them as well????

    4 Question marks? You must be serious. Anywho, no, it wouldn’t. How about people who just prefer a little breathing room between Church and State?

    And where the term Jew contains religion and nationality wouldn’t that be a very clear example of “Jewish identity politics”?

    Obssessed? No, it wouldn’t. See my answer above. I spelled out the condition quite clearly. Its about forcing one’s faith on others. Any religious group can do that.

  8. Fitness, Obsessed with what?

    Jamelle, your statement is correctly worded to be a generic description of religions covering a whole host of nut bags. I’ll change a couple of words to illustrate.
    ” those (insert religion here) less concerned about the actual message and gospel of (insert deity here) , and more concerned with using their (insert religion here) to identify and put themselves in opposition to a/an (insert virtually anything here)”

    But in terms of being zen you seem very zen.

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