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.
[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.”