Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Culture Wars

In the US and the rest of What Was Formerly Known As The Christendom it is the season for Christmas. And therefore also the Christmas war is heating up. Steve Sailer and (Jewish) Burt Prelutsky both wrote articles poining out that the secularist campaign against Christmas in the name of separation of State and Church and MultiCulturalism is led by Jews. Secular American Jews forming majorities in the membership of organisations such as ACLU, are turning increasingly anti-Christian, much in the way the Kemalist Turkish elite is Anti-Islam. Writes Prelutsky:
And I blame my fellow Jews. When it comes to pushing the multicultural, anti-Christian agenda, you find Jewish judges, Jewish journalists, and the American Civil Liberties Union, at the forefront.
Both Prelutsky and Sailer show that this was not always the case and insist that Jewish songwriters produce the most beautiful Christmas songs in the 1930 and 1940s.

But something has changed.

Sailer writes:
American Jews, those exemplars of successful assimilation now seem to be de-assimilating emotionally, becoming increasingly resentful, at this late date, of their fellow Americans for celebrating Christmas
His reasoning is that organised American Jewry have become so blatantly opposed to the traditions of the American Majority is because of their awesome political and economical power.
And having exercised this power for a long time they have become intoxicated with it. And now they are stumbling and making mistakes and slurring their speech.

The "intoxicated with power argument" is a strong one and it does explain why American Jewry is not holding itself back from embarking on this course. A course steering through a channel strewn with underwater obstacles endangering their ship, its crew and its beautiful 3,000 year old cargo of culture and history.

But this intoxication argument does not provide a motivator.

In "North of South" S. Naipaul writes an intimate documentary on Eastern Africa and its people in the late 70ties. Because of his Indian roots, Naipaul pay special attention to the Indians he meets on his voyage. One of his more harrowing scenes is his meeting with a "blood brother", a lone Indian, Karim Lalji, in Tanzania. Karim is left behind when most Middleman Minority Indians are ethnically cleansed from Tanzania after independence. Karim is living with Africans and in a permanent state of drunken despondency. His community, his life has vanished. His property has been taken from him. The story ends: "I could not help Karim Lalji. No one could. Africa had closed in over him".

It is not the Orthodox Jews who wage war on Christmas. Some of the orthodox like Rabbi Lapin are actually coming to the aid of Christian tradition in America. Their numbers are stable, growing even.

Abe Foxman and the alliance against Christmas are secularist. Atheists. Progressives. They are not passing on Jiddishkeit on to their children. Their grandchildren have no affinity with things Jewish and are intermarrying with the Goyim at a 50 percent rate. White America is closing in over them.

The War on Christmas is their last desparate call to rally the Tribe around the Arc of the Convenant and to go under as Jews.

8 comments:

Desmond Jones said...

Sailer is off base because the great Jewish Christmas songs, which celebrated snow, sleigh bells, and chestnuts roasting, are the thin end of the wedge to secularise Christmas. Examine the lyrics of the great Christian Christmas songs, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, and Good Christian Men Rejoice and one finds a celebration of the birth of Christ, the son of God. This theme, not suprisingly, is absent from the Jewish Christmas songs. It begs the question, has anything really changed, other than the means, with the Jewish left's assault on Christmas?

A very Merry Christmas to you Snouck.

Snouck said...

Because in The Netherlands we give gifts on December the 5th, Christmas is not so commercial as in the USA. As a child it already hit me that the American Christmas Songs like "white Christmas" there is no religious content. It is sterile. No flesh. But over here and in Germany the religous content is also emptying as a result of pop culture and secularisation. The thing with those Jewish Christmas songs is that they have a sentimental understanding of warmth and togetherness of Christmas, but it does not have spiritual roots, the same way Protestants can not really celebrate carnival.

I think the core problem is the emptiness of modern Culture and attending mass in the "Church of the Left" all waking hours. In the Protestant countryside TV is known as the "eye of Satan". There is a measure of Truth in that. It is like in the "Lord of the Ring" where the Stadholder of Gondor is demoralised by the crystal sphere (Palantir) showing him the Power of Evil.

The Church of the Left celebrates a cult of generity, a cult of rootless interchangebility or universality. And that Universality was always the hallmark of Christianity. So the question is how we can reroot our Culture.

Our culture is and must be both Particularist and Universal. Once Particularism becomes too strong the West become Parochial and murderous, Evil. Once Universalism becomes too strong the West becomes rootless and generic and unable to renew itself, Evil. This is were we are now. We in the West must set a new course, a Particularist course. Being aware that this course is beset with dangers too in the long run.

There is hope, is the message of the season.

The key is to subvert the subversion of our Culture. Send your e-mail address to yepitssnouck@hotmail.com and I will try to tell you what I mean.

Enough mutterings of reverend Snouck :-)

A blessed Christmas to you!

Esther said...

Snouck,

I think your post is taking things too far. When it comes to Christmas songs, of course the Jewish written songs are not religious. A religious Christian song would only be written by a religious Christian. A secular Jew can only write about the season - the snow, the friendly feeling among people. These songs, though devoid of "religious" content, are considered Christmas songs in the US and not "just another winter song". They're not 'sterile'.

The claim that the Jews have some "conspiracy" here is ridiculous. Jews have always been on the forefront of human rights activism, and I doubt even here those left wing extremists see themselves as "assaulting Christmas" as compared to "supporting multi-culturalism". Those same Jews also think that if Israel gives in to Arab demands there will be peace upon Earth.

Snouck said...

Aaah Esther I agree with you here. Read what I say in my reply to Desmond. I compare a song like White Christmas with a Protestant celebrating Carnival.

But it is just sterile. No spiritual content. Just compare "White Christmas" to "Silent night". The latter is VERY emotive and touches the soul even in the melody. The lyrics mention "Our Saviour" and "redemption".

I agree there is no conspiracy. This is also what I write in my post. The question is then "what connects the campaign to secularize Christmas. And Sailer and Prelutzky single out ACLU and its Jewish members. But they do not give an explanation for what motivates these Jews. So I try to find an motivator. And I think it is the fear to dissapear.

I once saw a cartoon in an Israeli newspaper of a Rabbi who says about Christians: "there are two types of Christians that are dangerous for Jews: those who want to kill us and those who want to marry us!" :-)

I was thinking of this cartoon when I wrote the post. I hope it makes sense to you.

I agree with your idea about many of these Jews thinking that Israel should make peace with the Palestinians, thinking everything would be hunky-dory afterwards.

I was at a dinner a week ago and there was a Dutch politician there and he said the same. He is a Middle East expert! can you believe such people? He thinks Israel should be one territory with one political body and a MultiCultural constitution. I just said nothing. Some people can not be educated and there where only radical Leftists at the dinner table.

So frustrating!

Desmond Jones said...

It raises the question, 'Why would a Jew write Christmas songs?' According to Harold Meyerson of the Washington Post, Irving Berlin's earliest memories of Christmas 'was that of watching his neighbors burn his family's house to the ground in a good old-fashioned, Jew-hating pogrom.' Fundamentally, then, what Meyerson is saying is that the celebration of Christmas is an anti-semitic event. Christmas is a direct threat to the Jews. Meyerson asserts that 'White Christmas' is 'a religious song. It's just that Berlin's religion was America.' But America was founded as a Christian nation, which Meyerson conveniently forgets to tell us. So Berlin's religion was America devoid of Christianity.

Meyerson continues, "White Christmas" was one of a dozen numbers that Berlin wrote for "Holiday Inn," each song commemorating a specific holiday. One hesitates to impute anything so vulgar as a message to a Crosby-Fred Astaire musical, but the message of this musical is that we are all Americans and these are our holidays. Easter belongs to all of us, even if it is about little more than strolling down Fifth Avenue. Christmas belongs to all of us. The religious content of those holidays was fine for Christian believers, but the composer of "God Bless America" preferred to celebrate a common national identity, complete with common holidays that had nonsectarian meanings."

And of course, was devoid of Christianity.

Desmond Jones said...

It raises the question, 'Why would a Jew write Christmas songs?' According to Harold Meyerson of the Washington Post, Irving Berlin's earliest memories of Christmas 'was that of watching his neighbors burn his family's house to the ground in a good old-fashioned, Jew-hating pogrom.' Fundamentally, then, what Meyerson is saying is that the celebration of Christmas is an anti-semitic event. Christmas is a direct threat to the Jews. Meyerson asserts that 'White Christmas' is 'a religious song. It's just that Berlin's religion was America.' But America was founded as a Christian nation, which Meyerson conveniently forgets to tell us. So Berlin's religion was America devoid of Christianity.

Meyerson continues, "White Christmas" was one of a dozen numbers that Berlin wrote for "Holiday Inn," each song commemorating a specific holiday. One hesitates to impute anything so vulgar as a message to a Crosby-Fred Astaire musical, but the message of this musical is that we are all Americans and these are our holidays. Easter belongs to all of us, even if it is about little more than strolling down Fifth Avenue. Christmas belongs to all of us. The religious content of those holidays was fine for Christian believers, but the composer of "God Bless America" preferred to celebrate a common national identity, complete with common holidays that had nonsectarian meanings."

And of course, was devoid of Christianity.

Snouck said...

Why would a Jew NOT write Christmas songs?

I do not think there is a problem with it. I just do not want to buy "White Christmas" because it is generic or sterile.

Why did millions of Americans buy and listen to the music? Because they wanted their Christmas without Christ. They liked it generic. They did not like all the Chritian baggage and Irving gave them what they wanted. Which is good.

What worries me however is that people like Abe Foxman and the ACLU are taking it too far. Abe The Hun is charging into dangerous territory and he will find out that if he goes on like this he will turn allies into enemies and the only people who agree with him are the Muslims as Sailer points out. And Muslims are not friends of Jews. Foxman and ACLU should consider carefully what they think they can win with this fundamentalist secularist campaign. They are turning secularism into a religion and giving everybody a big headache. Not smart.

Desmond Jones said...

If 'watching his neighbors burn his family's house to the ground in a good old-fashioned, Jew-hating pogrom'inspires even a secular Jew to write a Christmas song, the whole experience is rather perverse. Except of course Berlin did not write a song celebrating Christmas. He celebrated snow. Berlin's message, according to Meyerson, "is that we are all Americans and these are our holidays." And, of course, the only way to make the Christmas celebration a festival for all Americans is to take Christ out of the picture. It is no less a strike at Christianity than Foxman's criticism of the Passion of the Christ or his attempt to Nazify Christian fundamentalists.

It is a problem because as Peter Brimelow writes, "the War Against Christmas is umbilically linked to the War Against the West, of which nation-breaking mass immigration is a part…" The point is simply that the movement to turn secularism into a religion started with the attack on Christmas and that pre-dates Abe Foxman.