Blessed America loving Jews
By Bruce Walker
My recent article suggesting that we depose the Hitler of Iran before he murders millions produced a predictable flurry of hate mail, much of it suggesting that I am a witless tool of Zionism. Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I am a devout Christian and a patriotic America. As such, I am convinced by faith that America is blessed in large part because it has always cherished the Jewish people. Behind the frantic screeching of Leftist JINOs (Jews in Name Only), we conservatives and other normal people sense this. Here is some history to give factual comfort to that intuition.
Jews voted in elections in colonial America as early as 1702. The first Jews elected to office in functioning democracies were Jews elected by non-Jewish voters in pre-Revolutionary America. Jews also attended and graduated from Christian universities in colonial America. Francis Salvador was a Jewish member of the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War. David Emanuel was elected Governor of Georgia in 1800 and after him many Jews were elected or appointed governors, senators, congressmen, speakers of state legislatures and appointed chief justice of supreme courts throughout the South.
What about "intolerant" New England Puritans? These Puritans learned Hebrew, Puritan girls as well as Puritan boys. They created a religious structure consciously modeled after the synagogue. Puritans deliberately took Old Testament, rather than New Testament, names. These were not ignorant Puritans unconscious of what they were doing. New England Puritans were the best educated immigrant population in human history, with significant percentages of the population having degrees from great universities in Britain.
Washington's famous letter to the Jews of Newport speaks for itself: "All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more than toleration that is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that any other enjoyed the exercise of their inherent rights. For happily the government of the United States, which gives bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, giving it on all occasions their effectual support…May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy of their other inhabitants, while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid."
John Adams wrote to Mordecai Noah, a Jewish leader in America : "I wish your nation be admitted to all the privileges of citizenship in every country of the world." Thomas Jefferson was just as sympathetic when he wrote that he was: "…happy in the restoration of the Jews, particularly, to their social rights, and hopes they will be seen taking their seats on the branches of science as preparatory to their doing the same at the board of government." The Founding Fathers seriously considered making Hebrew the national language of America.
Two centuries ago Christians founded the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of Jews, which helped and protected Jews, whether or not they embraced Christianity. This society, sometimes known as " Israel's Advocate," had two hundred branches within the Christian community in the United States. Nothing comparable existed anywhere on earth.
The young American government repeatedly intervened on behalf of Jews across the Atlantic. When Jews approached Martin Van Buren for help in ending a ghastly persecution at the hands of Ottoman Turks in the 1830s, they found that he had already taken action so on his own. Abraham Lincoln pointedly chose a Jewish consul to the Swiss Confederation, although it offended the Swiss government. American policy was to protect persecuted Jews since the earliest days of the Republic.
Twenty years before the Balfour Declaration, a cynical effort to gain Jewish support during the First World, a petition was signed by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and 413 of the most important American writers, clergymen and journalists calling for "an international conference to consider the condition of the Israelites and their claims to Palestine as their ancient home."
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt sent this stiff, angry protest to the Tsar after the Kishineff massacre of Jews: "In any proper way by which beneficial action may be taken, it will be taken, to show the sincerity of the historic American position of treating each man on his merits without the least reference to his creed, his race or his birthplace." William Howard Taft in 1911 abrogated America's Treaty of 1832 with Russia because of its mistreatment of Jews. In 1911, Mendel Beilis, a Jew in Kiev , charged with ritually murdering a Russian boy, was acquitted after a flood of protests from America , and Beilis became an American.
Price, in his 1913 book, Germany and the Germans, wrote about the attitude of Americans and of Germans toward Jews: "…to the American, with no inborn or traditional prejudice against the Jews as a race, it is somewhat difficult to understand the outspoken and unconcealed suspicion and dislike of them in Germany. There is no need to mince matters in stating that this suspicion and dislike exist." Jewish historian Max Dimont agrees, as noted in my book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie, which also quotes goes into more detail about the huge difference between how America treated Jews and how the rest of the world treated Jews.
America , the most deeply Christian nation on Earth, loves and treasures the Jewish people. Every nation has some bigots, and certainly America is not immune to that disease, but America as a nation and Americans as a people have cherished those Americans who are Jewish as well as those Jews who live in other lands. Because this is part of the heart of America , we know that the Lord loves and treasures America as well. Let the name callers call us ugly names. Their insults are our badges of honor, and it is in God we trust.
Bruce Walker has been a published author in print and in electronic media since 1990. He is a contributing editor to Enter Stage Right and a regular contributor to Conservative Truth, American Daily, Intellectual Conservative, Web Commentary, NewsByUs and Men's News Daily. His first book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie by Outskirts Press was published in January 2006.
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