Sunday, January 11, 2009

Another Attack on Brit Milah (Covenant of Circumcision) And My Reply

There are some comments that I delete because they are profane or off topic. I was about to delete the following comment, which was a reply to my article defending the Jewish practice of circumcision. I promise you, I did not make this comment up. Some days, my opponents make my job too easy.

Anonymous said..

"only this subject is enough to recruit me and others to Nazism!A religion that deserves mutilated babies sould die!"

I am trying to visualise this individual who is hiding under his warm cuddly blanket of anonymity with all of the wonderful fellas who share his beliefs. Even in an age where mothers speak of the joy of their children becoming suicide bombers, there is still a gender gap in the murderous rage department. Men do not feel a child kicking within them. They are more likely to be blase about murder or even enthusiastic about it. "Anonymous" is probably a male human, at least in the chromosomal sense.

There is probably an inaccuracy in this reply. I do not believe that the writer was a sweet tolerant lover of corporeal wholeness who was suddenly converted to militancy by his horror at the thought of circumcision. I think he is probably a Nazi or something like it already. I do not toss this label about. The writer of this comment took the label upon himself.

The Nazis worshipped the ideal of the "Aryan man." They hated homosexuals, but only effeminate homosexuals. There is a deep undercurrent of butch homosexuality in the Nazi movement. Far from being persecuted, butch homosexuals were deeply entrenched in the Nazi movement and arguably formed its core, as summarised as follows at the end of an extensive scholarly treatment of homosexuality.

"There is no question that homosexuality figures prominently in the history of the Holocaust. As we have noted, the ideas for disposing of the Jews originated with Lanz von Leibenfels. The first years of terrorism against the Jews were carried out by the homosexuals of the SA. The first concentration camp, as well as the system for training its brutal guards, was the work of Ernst Roehm. The first pogrom, Kristallnacht, was orchestrated in 1938 by the homosexual Reinhard Heydrich. And it was the transvestite Goering who started the "evolution of the Final Solution...[with an] order to Heydrich (Jan. 24, 1939) concerning the solution of the Jewish question by 'emigration' and 'evacuation'" (Robinson:25). Still, despite their disproportionate role, homosexuals did not cause the Holocaust. They, along with so many others who had lost their moral bearings, were merely instruments in its enactment. The Holocaust must be blamed on the one whom the Bible compares to "a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (NKJ:I Peter 5:8)."

I am despite all appearances to the contrary attempting to be entirely non-judgmental in rebutting Anonymous. Whatever my personal feelings might be about homosexuality and despite the opposition to homosexuality in the Torah, I am attempting to be clinically dispassionate and view Anonymous in sociological and anthropological terms.

It is interesting that Anonymous used the term "any faith", which is singular rather than plural. It is well known that Muslims also practice circumcision. Yet Anonymous seems to overlook this. I assume that since he has written to me rather than to one of the many sites promoting Islam, that the faith community that he wishes to obliterate is Judaism.

The Nazis did indeed oppose circumcision as a mutilation of the masculine form they so worshipfully idealised. A slight inconsistency in their worship of the masculine form was their willingness to destroy not only foreskins but every other male body part in a practice referred to colloquially as extermination, murder, etc.

What might also disconcert Anonymous, who so piously professes his love of babies is the disturbing tendency of Nazis to murder Jewish infants, sometimes even throwing them in the air for bayonet practice. I am sure that Anonymous is consoled by the knowledge that none of the infants so dispatched by the brave soldiers of the Wehrmacht were ever subjected by Nazi soldiers to the barbaric rite of circumcision.

There is a belief that is fortunately far more prevalent than that of Anonymous, that those who wish to murder innocent people, whether they are Jewish, Rwandan, Congolese or Cambodian forfeit their own right to live. It is almost universally held that those who seek to murder may be stopped by killing them.

You, Mr. Anonymous are not my enemy because of your taste for human foreskins. That is between you, G-d almighty and your small circle of friends. If this were simply an argument about foreskins and corporeal wholeness, we could sit in a bar of your choosing and debate the subject until one of us concedes or we agree to disagree. But you sir, have openly said that my faith should be exterminated. You have openly expressed your desire to become a Nazi. This means that you have in a manner of speaking donned Nazi attire not in the confines of your local S and M bar but as a statement of ideological loyalty and of purpose. This makes you my enemy.

If you are in fact breeding progeny in your ideological as well as chromosomal likeness, you are propagating a menace to the human species. You are a disease that is not unicellular but multicellular. Although I would celebrate your demise with uncommon glee, I am unable as a Jew to reciprocate your desire to murder my offspring. My most heartfelt wish for you, sir is that your children should become Jews and invite you to the circumcisions of your grandchildren.

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