Sammy Davis Jr.

My father, several years ago, pulled me aside and said "You know, you’re like Sammy Davis, Jr."
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At
first I thought he meant that I liked having sex with blond white
women, but there was more to it than that. "It isn’t enough that he’s
terribly short, blind in one eye, and a black man married to a white
woman. He became a Jew, too."

yeah, so what’s your point?

"Well
son, you’re a Jew. You have experieinced anti-Semitism first hand. Now,
I dont know that much about Baha’i, but I read the news. I know that
Baha’is are persecuted in Iran and Iraq and most Moslem countries, and
are treated worse than the Jews. Give me one good reason why you, who
are a Jew, would also be a Baha’i? If they don’t kill you for being
one, they will kill you for being the  other."

"Because my father taught me to stand up for what I believe."

My Dad smiled and said, "you’re right, that is the one good reason."

So,
people often wonder why I seek to vindicate the Koran and Muhammad
(which I have studied for over thirty years) when Fanatical Moslems
want Bahais and Isreal blasted off the Earth, and why I equally defend
the teachings of Jesus despite the raging anti-Semitism and racism of
the Christian Identity Movement, the KKK, and others of that ilk. 

Simple
— there is no difference between a Moslem fanatic and a Christian
fanatic…they are both nuttier than Aunt Esther’s fruitcake and even
more poisonous.  Moslem fanatics want a world run by their twisted
interpretation of scripture — complete with exclusivity and
superiority for them, they want the religion running the governernment,
and the governement running individuals lives.
The Christian fanatics want the same thing.  There is no difference.
They
both link religion and politics, and they both demonize "the other" —
be it Jews, Christians, Moslems or anyone who looks like they could be
related to Moses, Jesus, or Muhammad.

When terrorists blew up the oklahoma federal building, did we demonize white Christians who served in the armed forces? No.

As
a Jew who has been to Israel more than once, and who follows the MIddle
East with interest, I become exceptionally curious when the United
States Congress passes a resolution condemning Hezbollah for their
shocking record of long standing terrorism. Name one act of terrorism
commited by Hezbollah between 1994 and 2006.  You can’t. There havn’t
been any.  Not one.  This is why no other country on Earth has
Hezbollah on their list of terrorist organizations.   Hezbollah WAS
doing terrorist type activities in the 1980’s — over 25 years ago!

Remember when we did the news? "First, Factual, and Five Minutes Faster!"
What
happened to Factual?  It probably never was factual — from the falsity
of the Maine bombing to the falsity of the Gulf of Tonkin attack which
we know now never happened, we keep getting fed nonsense — nonsense
that keeps us afraid…just as in North Korea they are in a constant
state of paranoid fear that the big mean USA is going to nuke them,
just as the citizens of the old USSR believed that they were surrounded
by hostile nations eager to invade ..and to protect themselves they
MUST have more security, more prisons, more government control of every
aspect of their lives.

When
presidential canditates have their advisors speak at White Supremist
rallies, when they allign themselves with religious fanatics who want
their interpretation of religion to run everyone’s life — I get
concerrned.

Gee — I even remember when the FCC had no power
to control content via fines…you better watch out if your field
strength intensity was off kilter, but objectional content???

So,
when people call middle eastern folks Rag Heads or Sheet Heads….I
remind them that Moses and Jesus were Ragheads and Sheet Heads…and
our troops supposedly are in the Middle East to rescue rag heads and
sheet heads from religious fanatic despots who link church and state,
spy on their citizens, lock up those who disagree too vocally, and
would probably shoot you for playing the Irish Rovers "The Last
Unicorn"

There
is the old saying "there is nothing more permanent than a temporary
tax" — there is also nothing more permanent than the temporary loss of
freedom. Will   this country change it’s motto from "Land of the Free"
to "Land of the Secure?"

I grew up in a town that had a MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON…no one felt very free in there.

You
dont have to agree with me. We can agree to differ and still be best
pals…but if "they" come for me for being a Jew…or if "they" come
for me for being a Baha’i….maybe they come next for people who read blogs.

and now, much more
music.

BB

3 Responses to “Sammy Davis Jr.”

  1. Burl Barer

    By HE, you mean Sammy, NOT my father — Dad mostly hugged kids, his wife, and his own kids…but not dogs or Nixon, or Nixon’s dog, checkers.

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