Fighting hate l Worship

By Glen Pickus, Temple Beth Or | Apr 24, 2019

The world learned an important lesson from the rise of Nazism in the 1930s – that hate must be resisted with vigor and vigilance because appeasing hate is doomed to fail.

One widespread form of hate today, in the United States and worldwide, is white nationalism.

On its face, white nationalism might be a benign term, but even a shallow investigation reveals white nationalist groups are all about the self-preservation of white people no matter what the cost.

In other words, white nationalists don’t believe in the universal principle “treat others as you would want them to treat you,” which has its roots in the Bible and other religious texts.

To resist the hate that white nationalism represents, Temple Beth Or, in partnership with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Snohomish County Executive’s Office, Faith Action Network, Communities of Color Coalition, City of Everett, NAACP-SCB, and Anti-Defamation league are hosting an “Evening with Eric Ward”, Human Rights Expert and Executive Director of the Western States Center, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the PUD Auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett.

All are welcome and the event is free to attend.

White nationalists seek to preserve white, racial hegemony by any means possible.  Their leaders try to explain away the violence in their movement as a regrettable but understandable reaction to demographic change.

To hide their true evil motivations, they couch their advocacy for a white ethno state with proclamations of love for members of their own race, rather than hatred of others.

The facts belie this misdirection.

In the past year, white nationalists have drawn blood from the massacre of 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October to the March 15 attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 50 and injured 39.

Hate is on the rise. Crimes motivated by anti-religious bias have increased 23 percent, largely driven by a 37 percent increase in anti-Jewish hate crimes, which constituted the majority of religion-motivated hate crimes.

Because there is a current of anti-Semitism in the modern day white nationalist movement, the Jewish Reform Movement is committed to fighting hate crimes. White nationalists use Jews as common scapegoats for their perceived cultural and political grievances.

But just as Jews weren’t the only target of the Nazis, we aren’t the only victims of hate crimes.

For instance, the number of religious-based hate crimes targeting Muslims has increased by 19 percent between 2015 and 2016.

And hate crimes aren’t only religiously motivated. Crimes motivated by bias against people with disabilities increased by a 66 percent and hate crimes motivated by gender bias increased by 48 percent in the U.S. in 2018.

Hate, no matter what bias it is based on, must be confronted and counterpunched.

It’s up to us to ensure the ruse of white nationalists doesn’t work.  It’s up to us to ensure that white nationalism, this millennia’s version of Nazism, is quashed.

On May 15 you can find out how you can fight white nationalism and the hate it thrives on.

We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines hoping rational thought will prevail over hate because as we learned 90 years ago appeasing haters just isn’t a viable game plan.

 

 

 

 

 

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