This much I got: Jews tried to ruin all the fun in the ancient world (they sure tried to ruin my fun as a kid) by slaughtering anyone who wouldn't kiss the spacious yet invisible tuchass of Yahweh. Then Jesus came along and tried to loosen things up -- not too much, but enough -- but the Rabbis fingered him to the Romans (Americans in sandals) who nailed him to a cross to show the world, ancient and modern, that that's what everybody who tried to live his own life was in for: pain, pain and more pain (forgive them, Pops, they knew not what they did? Damn straight they did!).
But just because the West has been so barbarically cruel and despotic to the Islamic world for the past two centuries (and during the Great Crusades) it doesn't make Islam any better or worse than the previous two nightmares.
I'd say they're on equal footing.
Truly, I can't tell the damn difference between Judaism and Islam and I'm Jewish, or so they tell me, that is, my parents were Jewish so that makes me Jewish? But what if my parents were hockey fans, would that make me too a hockey fan? No, the Germans came up with that one, the ethnicity of Judaism. In essence they're saying Moses didn't make you Jewish, Hitler did, and both the Zionists and the Nazis agree on this as they do on so many things such as "racial" purity by virtue of intra-marriage.
"What's the greatest gift, I mean the GREATEST gift god gave to the Jewish people?" A rabbi once asked me with a smug smile. "The Catskills?" I replied. "NO! Idiot. The gift of marriage. That Jews may marry other Jews and the race may prosper." "But I didn't marry a Jew. I'm not even a Jew myself if believing in Yahweh and all his nasty works -- beating on those poor desert folks to get his kicks -- means being Jewish. Why didn't he pick on someone his own size?" "There was nobody his size. Anyway, you married a shiksa? Then you're completing the work that Hitler started." "Whoa. Now hold on there, mein yiddisher hombre. You mean that me, little ol' me with my diddly little human life expectancy of three score and ten plus or minus a few for smoking cigars -- I don't inhale -- should be compared to Hitler, a man responsible for murdering eleven million people in concentration camps, six million of them Jewish, and causing a world war that resulted in a body count of about forty million, simply because I chose to spend the rest of my life, such as it is, with the one person on this planet I truly love?" "Darn tootin'," said the rabbi. He proceeded to go on about the sins of assimilation by celebrity Jews such as the Woody Allen (still a "good guy" at the time; playing Mr. Bumble to Mia Farrow's Mother Teresa) etc. That's where I caught him. "But," I said, "What was Woody Allen's greatest gift to the Jews?" The Chief rabbi and his fellow lesser rabbis scratched their beards, then shrugged their shoulders. "He didn't marry a Shiksa! He only lives with one."
The women in the
kitchen, doing the dishes, laughed at this, and that was the end of my
welcome because women, among all these fundamentalist types, Jewish,
Christian, Muslim or Hare Krishna, are not permitted to laugh, especially
not at the joke of a wise-ass stranger.
Not only has the
Christian world gone through Crusades, Inquisitions and two world wars
during the course of one of which they murdered nearly all of Europe's Jews,
but then the Jews themselves went out and kicked the Palestinians off their
land (allegedly promised to them by Yahweh, but only after they got rid of
the Canaanites. Find me a Canaanite and I'll show you the Mother Of All
Lawsuits), but the Muslims weren't much better, spreading their religion,
like the Christians, by the sword (the Jews didn't spread their religion
because people have enough problems with their own religions, the last thing
they need is kosher wine and heavy black cassocks in the summer; but also
it's supposed to be like a special club, the "Chosen People," sort of like
the Skull and Bones among the Big three Abrahamic hustles).
The Moslems are pissed off at this, but more pissed off at the West in general for exploiting them for their oil, but unfortunately for them (and fortunately for us?) their leaders are either super fundamentalists whackos, corrupt Military Dictators, Billionaire Monarchs, or merely Whichever-Way-The-Sirocco-Blows politicians who just don't have the firepower to take on the West, so they have to wheel and deal with Washington and hope their people don't rise up and storm the palace, like in Iran.
And finally we have the West itself, or more specifically the "last Super Power" which is -- and let's cut that Judeo-Christian crap -- a Christian nation run by Fundamentalist Christians who want all the Jews to gather in Palestine so Christ can come and either convert or kill them (but what's he gonna convert them to, Reform Judaism?) and the whacko Zionist court Jews, lobbyists and AIPACers who'll gladly go along with their Armageddon trip so long as they "restructure" the Mid-East (you know, minor alterations, like erasing Afghanistan and Iraq) to make the world "safe" for Israel which seems pretty safe considering its obviously well-equipped army and "secret" stash of Nukes. But then, those Palestinian kids sure have good aim with rocks and plenty of suicide bombers to blow themselves up in pizza parlors as gifts to the IDF who can then ask for even more weapons from the United States and receive them (kinda like the 9/11 tragedy was such a boon to Bush Inc. because all clods have silver lined spoons in there mouths or some old cliché).
But what has this to do with life and death in the cosmos? Not much. Religion is just literary criticism, like I said, and anyone who's suffered through a PH.D. in English knows there ain't no spirituality in that. In fact, no matter who wins, it seems women are the losers cause all these religions are merely patriarchal reactions to tens if not hundreds of thousands of years of peace and harmony and human evolution under matriarchal societies who worshipped Goddesses and ate of the Tree and thought sex was celebratory, not sinful, without being TOO literal: they knew what they were really worshipping was Life and Earth's power to generate more life, but that don't mean bupkis if you're a Jew or Christian or Muslim waiting for your pie in the sky from your version of an ancient Sumerian sky god (and a pie in the face for the "infidels").
So relax, enjoy. Like all schools of criticism, these dusty old turkeys are gonna end soon. Not with a whimper, but a BIG BANG. Hey! Isn't that how it all began? That is, according to Science, the newest "religion".
Adam Engel writes and lives in NYC. He has published essays, poems, and fiction in numerous magazines, online and off, and has just completed his first full-length book, Topiary, which he hopes to publish by the spring. He can be reached at email@example.com
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