On Saturday night, we celebrated the first night of Passover. It’s a day on which Jews have, since time immemorial, celebrated out freedom, and greater freedom to come. The seder is a profound and moving ceremony, and its form connects us through the generations, back to the ancestors who laid the groundwork for modern Jewish religion and culture.

It is especially disturbing, then that Disco. Inst.’s David Klinghoffer emerged from whatever dank cesspool he lives in, and on the day before Passover, announced:

Hitler understood something about Judaism that even many Jews today don?t grasp.

Now, it isn’t clear what it is that Hitler is supposed to realize, nor is it clear why Klinghoffer thought this supposed insight needed to be vented on the eve of Passover. It seems to have something to do with Expelled, and something to do with Passover, and apparently something else to do with excusing Christians from their role in the Holocaust. It honestly isn’t clear, any more than it’s clear what Klinghoffer and Stein think Darwin had to do with Hitler. Apparently Hitler talks about “struggle for existence” and such. Unlike, say, Thomas Malthus (Chapter 3).

It would be a mitzvah if Ben Stein and David Klinghoffer would STFU, just for the next 7 days. They can go back to smearing our ancestors and our traditions and can return to trivializing the deaths of 6 million Jews (and 6 million others) after Passover ends. But for a few days, is it too much to hope that they show a little respect?

Comments

  1. #1 John S. Wilkins
    April 21, 2008

    It honestly isn’t clear, any more than it’s clear what Klinghoffer and Stein think Darwin had to do with Hitler. Apparently Hitler talks about “struggle for existence” and such. Unlike, say, Thomas Malthus

    Or Alfred Lord Tennyson (1850):

    Are God and Nature then at strife,
    That Nature lends such evil dreams?
    So careful of the type she seems,
    So careless of the single life;

    That I, considering everywhere
    Her secret meaning in her deeds,
    And finding that of fifty seeds
    She often brings but one to bear,

    Man, her last work, who seem’d so fair,
    Such splendid purpose in his eyes,
    Who roll’d the psalm to wintry skies,
    Who built him fanes of fruitless prayer,

    Who trusted God was love indeed
    And love Creation’s final law–
    Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
    With ravine, shriek’d against his creed–

    Who loved, who suffer’d countless ills,
    Who battled for the True, the Just,
    Be blown about the desert dust,
    Or seal’d within the iron hills?

    No more? A monster then, a dream,
    A discord. Dragons of the prime,
    That tare each other in their slime,
    Were mellow music match’d with him.

    O life as futile, then, as frail!
    O for thy voice to soothe and bless!
    What hope of answer, or redress?
    Behind the veil, behind the veil.

  2. #2 Farb
    April 21, 2008

    Hear, hear, Josh. It is patently insensitive, trivializing, and offensive to lay responsibility for the Holocaust at the feet of biologists.

  3. #3 Joel
    April 26, 2008

    Self hating Jew, or Hitler sympathizer?

    How about imbecil?

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