The horror of the Passover celebration
Passover is sick and wrong in so many ways. Let me just explain a few reasons why I think that the world needs to pay more attention to this holiday as a reason for many of the problems in the Middle East.
Pretend for a moment that the terrorist act of 9/11 killed only African American children. Pretend that the 2973 people who died were all young African American boys under the age of 18. Now imagine that every white person in America celebrated every year the fact that no white boys died in the terrorist act. Then imagine that every white person praised the terrorists for not killing white boys.
That is what outsiders need to understand about the Passover Celebration. Egypt is Israel’s neighbor. The countries border each other. Each year Egyptians have to sit and watch Israel celebrate the death of tens of thousands of Egyptian children. That is the celebration of Passover. It is the celebration (worship) of the terrorist that killed tens of thousands of Egyptian children. Every year Egyptians endure what most Americans would never endure. If this was New York, and this was whites celebrating the day of death of African American children there would be rioting in the streets. Maybe you need to rethink your stance on Arab cultures being “lovers of war” to that of pacifists. Every year they sit and watch the celebration of the death of their children and do nothing to retaliate.
I know that this blog entry will be considered anti-Semitism by some. This is the insanity of the world we live in. An article that speaks out against the celebration of a terrorist act can be considered anti-Semitism? This is exactly how Israel currently gets away with the abuses against the Palestinian people. Ooooops, there I go again with another anti-Semitic comment. Remember, you have been programmed into believing that any statement against the Jewish culture, race, or government is anti-Semitic. Doesn’t that mean that the Jewish culture, race and government are error free? That they are prefect and above reproach in every way? Shame on you for making any culture or society on this planet above reproach. The only hope we have of world peace is the examination and voluntary ending of practices and celebrations that are inhuman.
I am a human being. I seek only equality in this world. I seek only peace in this world. I seek the change on this planet from life as a struggle to life as a blessing. This is why I call for all Jews around the world to end this celebration of horror. Passover is the celebration of the fact that during a night of mass murder the Jewish children were spared. Congratulations. I am truly happy for you. All I ask is that you have some respect for the dead. Have some respect for the tens of thousands of Egyptian children who were not spared. Think of others on a night of horror and not yourselves.
I know that many brave Jews fought in World War II. When two men were in a foxhole and one man dies, does the other man celebrate the fact that he survived AND celebrate the one who decided to put the bullet in the other man’s head? No. It is good and right to mourn those who have died and chastise those who kill. I know that all Jewish men (and women) do mourn those who fought next to them in battle and died from the violence. I just ask you to give the same respect to the children of Egypt.
As an atheist, this is one of the more difficult religious celebrations to endure on a yearly basis. The one thing that gets me through it every year is a hope that it did not really happen and it is just part of the Jewish folklore of ancient history. My reason for believing this is the fact that not one Egyptian text speaks of the terrorist act that took a child from each household in the nation. I do know that such a horrific event would have become part of the body of writings we have from the Egyptians of that period and it is simply not there. So take heart my fellow atheists. While it may be sick and wrong to celebrate the mass murder of others in a Passover holiday, chances are it is simply evidence of a sickness in a society rather than an actual event of unspeakable horror.
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