Tolerating or standing against hate

The recent terrorist attack on Israel has brought out the haters of Jews in America. Like roaches from that darkest dankest places, they emerged, stirring up violence with a common chant, “Kill the Jews.” This is like Nazi Germany history repeating itself, except this time it is in the land of the free and home of the brave. People, we need to denounce this hate speech, this horrible sentiment, in no uncertain terms. The entire country is ablaze with nasty people saying nasty things. They have gone over the top with weaponizing race, ethnicity, politics—you name it, if there is a way to hate, the haters are making it and taking it. These are the same people who go overboard with slogans like “Hate doesn’t live here.”

What we are seeing is that people are protesting by channeling their hate toward groups of people under the mask of a political belief. Both are very dangerous. This goes far beyond the right to free speech, which they have a right to express, but it doesn’t make them right. It goes to the heart of a civilization. The most concerning thing about the riots we have witnessed and tolerated, still ongoing, is that they are destroying property, occupying areas and are violent against others because they are upset about a social ill. In reality, they are advocating an overthrow of the government, which means they demand nothing less than replacement of freedom and liberty with the chains of anarchy and Marxism. They are pawns of a greater cause, but are too blinded by their hate to see it.

We are witnessing elected officials using sly words to espouse and incite hate, and it is actually being tolerated. The recent protests and harassment against Jews by supporters of terrorists are an example. This is how it starts. The seeds of hate are being watered by the words of the haters. It must stop. You see, all the hate is causing such vitriol that if it doesn’t stop, we risk the historic outcome of death and ultimate destruction. There is a right and a wrong. When the head of Hamas, for example, is bragging about how Hamas targeted groups of Jewish civilians with rockets, and a President of the United States demands Israel cease its defense against it, the cry “Never Again” has renewed meaning.

When the actions of Hamas are celebrated in the streets of America and our leaders do not denounce them or it takes days after such a hate-filled protest for the President of the United States to even acknowledge the issue, we have a deep problem as a society. This weaponization of race and ethnicity must stop before it goes systemic deadly. As in the Psalm of David, Psalm 26:3-5, “For your lovingkindness is before my eyes; and I have walked in your truth. I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evildoers: and will not sit with the wicked.” There is right and wrong. And these days the wrong is being not only tolerated, but hailed as just. Pray, speak, stand against it that it may not engulf us.

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Bill Wilson