A bit of a moan

by Richard on May 11, 2011

Another blogger, who would clearly rather not be identified here*, has picked up on a phrase in this comment

Get a passport, Earl, and take a long holiday abroad. Our prayers of exorcism don’t seem to be working. Maybe some exile will help. I mean, if it was good enough for Israel, it should be good enough for our Earl.

Allegedly, a reader of both our blogs has regarded this comment as anti-Semitic and has emailed him to say so. A pity they didn’t bother to contact me so that we could discuss it.

I’d agree that it was hardly the most matey comment in the world, but that isn’t very surprising. But anti-Semitic? No, No, No. As a commenter has already pointed out** to the blogger concerned, I notice. Unless I’m mistaken, the commenter is making a reference to the Babylonian Exile. The Hebrew Bible clearly counts this a judgement of God on Israel, so not only “good enough” for Israel but essential for Israel.

No?

[I'm not sure if this post will stay up because it is written out of a measure of frustration and resentment.]

*It’s odd, because he used to complain that I never linked him, even though I regularly did. Even odder, because I posted a link the other day - intended as a tentative olive branch - that went unnoticed, or at least unremarked.

Update:** The blogger that provoked this post has removed the comment, desribing it as defamatory. Google Feedreader has a habit of grabbing these things though. Spot the defamation: “That’s not an anti-Semitic comment.

Don’t bother making a fuss about this being an anonymous comment. Do everyone a favor and stop allowing them if you don’t want them.

I notice that homophobic comments get a free pass.”

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

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malc 05.11.11 at 9:54 pm

I don’t think you were mistaken… “if it was good enough for Israel” obviously refers to something in the past… just a case of someone not actually reading the comment fully… either that or it’s just the general anti-semitism of the Methodist Church*…. ;)

* - which I don’t believe it is… just incase people were wondering!!

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Joel 05.11.11 at 10:12 pm

It should stay up, unless “a measure” is so large that scientific notation would be required to express it.

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Richard 05.11.11 at 10:14 pm

Thanks for that, Malc. It can’t be the “general anti-semitism of the Methodist Church”* because, as the blogger well knows, the person leaving it was not, in fact, a Methodist.

* Not that I’m prepared to accept that there’s any such thing.

Joel — No, the measure I had in mind was much more modest.

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Kim 05.11.11 at 10:49 pm

“One *, there’e only one *, one *, there’s only one * …” [to be sung to the tune Guantanamera.]

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Richard 05.11.11 at 10:57 pm

I had a pal at school who insisted that song was “One little penny”…

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malc 05.11.11 at 11:26 pm

you just can’t please some people… even with chocolate…

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PamBG 05.12.11 at 12:17 am

Richard, you old homophobic anti-Semite you.

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Richard 05.12.11 at 7:34 am

I kick puppies and poison kittens too.

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Kim 05.12.11 at 7:49 am

You anti-Caninite and -Felinite you!

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Richard 05.12.11 at 7:59 am

I was lying about the puppies.

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Kim 05.12.11 at 9:25 am

I’ll kick the puppies then.

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Richard 05.12.11 at 10:04 am

I believe you would, too. ;)

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Kim 05.12.11 at 1:25 pm

I thought you were talking about the Hush breed. ;)

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Richard 05.12.11 at 3:10 pm

Oh, I see. I sometimes kick those. Depends who is wearing them.

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Offended Jew 05.16.11 at 10:58 am

as far as I am aware, the Jews (Israel) have not yet been exiled from the USA, but if they are at any time in the future then at least this time they will have a country of their own to go to!

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PamBG 05.16.11 at 11:49 am

Great screen name. Can I go around being an Offended Woman? Then I can get my other colleagues in on it. We can be The Offended Woman, the Offended African American, the Offended Rabbi, the Offended Nigerian, the Offended Hillbilly, the Offended Kraut, the Offended Korean and the Offended Blind Girl. And then we can have arguments about who is most offended, who is the greatest victim and how - if you don’t hate everyone we hate - you’re anti-us.

Or maybe we could just start believing that everyone is equal in the sight of God or the Universe and that we all have rights and all deserve kindness and consideration. Oh no, but then we couldn’t all be offended.

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Offended Jew 05.16.11 at 12:16 pm

any relation to Ben Gurion?

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