I was appalled this afternoon when I read the following headline:
Had this been news reported directly from the Middle East, maybe...just maybe I would have almost expected it. It didn't come from the Middle East, though, it came from the land of tolerance - the US of A! There have been more protests like this elsewhere in the US, but the headline focused on the melee that had taken place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. What makes today's skirmish unique is that the anti-Semitic rhetoric was taken to a dangerous low with the calls for the extermination of Israel.
Video of this atrocity caught one particular protester say: "Go back to the oven," she shouted, calling for the counter-protesters to die in the manner that the Nazis used to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust. "You need a big oven, that's what you need," she yelled.
What's remarkable about this is that had someone been screaming derogatory threats against a Muslim or homosexual, they would have been arrested for hate speech. It bothers me that tolerance is only tolerable when it doesn't include Israel or Christians.
I'm not condoning the violence currently taking place in Gaza on either side. Innocent people are being killed in the continuation of a battle for land that has been fought over for millenia. I think a more civilized method needs to be discovered. Then again, when people oppose something it usually ends up less than civilized. I wonder...