Thursday, December 08, 2005
Burt Prelutsky is no Dr. Seuss
From Burt Prelutsky's The Jewish Grinch Who Stole Christmas:
Although it seems a long time ago, it really wasn’t, that people who came here from other places made every attempt to fit in. Assimilation wasn’t a threat to anyone; it was what the Statue of Liberty represented. E pluribus unum, one out of many, was our motto. The world’s melting pot was our nickname. It didn’t mean that any group of people had to check their customs, culture or cuisine, at the door. It did mean that they, and especially their children, learned English, and that they learned to live and let live.
That has changed, you may have noticed. And I blame my fellow Jews. When it comes to pushing the multicultural, anti-Christian, agenda, you find Jewish judges, Jewish journalists, and the ACLU, at the forefront.....
I am getting the idea that too many Jews won’t be happy until they pull off their own version of the Spanish Inquisition, forcing Christians to either deny their faith and convert to agnosticism or suffer the consequences.
Ouch is all I'm gonna add to that...kind of speaks for itself.
Aside from liberals, there's at least one Pajama blogger that disagrees with Prelutsky's....um....basically....blood libel (though not vociferously enough).
Burt was - allegedly - a humor columnist for the L.A. Times but after checking out some of his other columns I guess I fail to see much wit in his work (along with spewing hate, Burt's also been a tv critic and writer...he even wrote a few early episodes of M*A*S*H), but maybe you got be a right-winger to appreciate his humor.
From Burt's The Two Americas:
Some cynics insist that there are no longer standards in our society. I disagree. We have plenty of standards, but they’re double standards. For instance, there’s one for blacks and one for whites, one for Christians and another for Muslims and atheists, one for conservatives and one for liberals.
For instance, if a white person speaks critically even about black thugs, crack dealers and unwed teenagers, he’s immediately tarred as a racist. Blacks, on the other hand, are not only free to denounce whites, but they’re lionized for their efforts. Recently, a black ex-professor, while on a panel at Howard University’s law school, claimed that whites had a plan to kill blacks -- and the only solution to the problem was for blacks to exterminate the entire white race. C-Span saw fit to broadcast his insane diatribe, sharing his hate speech with its worldwide audience. Can you in your wildest dreams imagine their covering a Klan convention? No, neither can I.
Every black minister can count on being trotted out for photo ops every time a Democrat runs for dog catcher, but let a white parson speak out on an issue, and leftists start running around, screaming about separation of church and state.
From Burt's Islam is a riot:
Frankly, what I most fear is that in a world in which multiculturalists, including even President Bush and Secretary of State Rice, feel obliged to bow and scrape to Muslims, in a world so overflowing with infantile feel-good rhetoric about the joys of Islam, that it will eventually and inevitably give rise to fascism.
Each time I hear people defending Islam, pretending that it’s merely another humanistic faith like Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism, I wonder if they would have insisted that National Socialism was just another political party, and that being a Nazi was no different from being a Republican or a Democrat. I worry that in a world filled with folks lying about the emperor, it will finally take a Hitler to point out he’s as naked as a jaybird.
Frankly, I’m sick and tired of hearing people parroting the lie that Islam is a religion of peace. I suppose so long as you’re willing to set aside your bible and pick up the Koran and start kneeling to Mecca, they’ll let you live in peace; unless, of course, you belong to a different sect. In which case, in the name of the great and merciful Allah, they’d have no choice but to cut your head off.
Burt has a letter he wrote at his homepage to the editor of Jewish Journal defending Bernard Goldberg for including 25 Jews in his "100 People Are Screwing Up America" screed and defending the right for Jews to self-loathe (you go, Burt):
I think you are being ingenuous when you point out that Jews make up only 2% of America's population, but 25% of Mr. Goldberg's list of major and minor villains. It's true that we make up a tiny portion of the 300,000,000, but it's also true that we are greatly over-represented when it comes to our numbers in politics, show business and the media. It is only logical that the folks who are the most high-profile, the most influential, would be in the best position to screw up the country.
I noticed that you did not actually rush to the defense of people such as Arthur Sulzberger, Noam Chomsky, Jerry Springer, Maury Povich, Al Franken, Howard Stern, Barbara Streisand and George Soros, and I don't blame you. (Heck, by the time I put the book down, I was just grateful that at least Michael Moore, Robert Byrd and Al Sharpton, weren't Jewish.)
Instead, you attacked Mr. Goldberg for daring to suggest that in his honest opinion twenty-five Jews were doing more than their part to destroy this nation's culture and lower its level of civility. Then, for good measure, you claimed he should be ashamed of himself because real life anti-Semites took his words to heart. How's that his fault? I have heard of guilt by association, but guilt by no association? That's a new one.
Apparently, if a gentile says something bad about Jews, even if it should happen to be true once in a while, he's a Nazi bastard. And if a Jew such as Mr. Goldberg dares criticize another Jew, it makes him a good-for-nothing self-hater. In short, nobody can even dare suggest that we are anything but wise and wonderful.
My favorite episode of M*A*S*H was the first episode with Harry Morgan who played the role of Colonel Sherman Potter for many, many years. But Morgan's first appearance was in 1974 in an episode called The General Flipped At Dawn. Morgan's a crazy general who tries to court-martial Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce. At the hearing, a black pilot is set to testify but Morgan wants him to sing a song instead. Morgan begins singing an old spiritual (forget which one) and runs out of the tent singing like a loon.
At the end of the episode we learn that Morgan's general got a promotion instead of a section eight. Morgan won an Emmy for his performance, and soon after got a plum role on the show when McLean Stevenson's character was killed off (and what an illustrious career Steven ended up with...who doesn't remember "Hello Larry"?).
What will Burt Prelutsky earn for his pathetic pandering?
(In a related story...check out Brad Blog for a hilarious video of Jon Stewart declaring war against Christmas.)