defending the First Amendment against the Christian right ...
Jews On First!
... because if Jews don't speak out, they'll think we don't mind
Sophia B. Rich for JewsOnFirst.org, March 6, 2011
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Prager paused to own "my chutzpah" in making such a remark. He just wanted
to add, he said, "a Jew's confirmation that. . . in fact, God DOES bless those who
bless the Jews."
The talk show host stepped up the rally for militant Zionism to follow with a flattering
portrait of Christian America's treatment of Jews.
Local Jewish Link previewed CUFI's "Night to Honor Israel" in Albuquerque
"This country is the most blessed on earth," he continued. The country that has
most blessed the Jews is the U.S. of A. If you think it is a coincidence, I am certain
it is not a coincidence."
"The day that the United States abandons Israel will be the start of the decline
of the United States," he warned prophetically, to a burst of applause.
"We back the right of the Jewish people to its homeland," he said, as the cheering
crowd rose to its feet. "I don't want to be like France, Sweden, China, Russia,
Paraguay or Uruguay!"
"Let me explain in full," Prager went on. "Jews have a very long memory. really
long. We have an event [the Passover seder] commemorating something that took place
in happened in 1,200 BC."
Repeating a centuries-old view held by the Plymouth Rock Puritans, Prager endorsed
an identification between the ancient Israelites and contemporary America.
"I'd like Americans to commemorate 1776 like we Jews commemorate the seder. Jews
can teach the world about memory, but memories come with baggage."
"Christian history has not been a blessed one for the Jews. But Jews have to understand
that American Christians are not European Christians."
"The United States was founded by Christians and we have been blessed here. There
was no American Inquisition."
"For three thousand years, we Jews have been waiting for fans. Let's go Jews! Give
me a J, give me an E, give me a W!"
"I'm a Jew fan."
"I love the Jews."
"Some Jews are a little paranoid. It's too hard for some Jews to believe. Some Jews
simply fear religious people, Jewish or Christian."
"Please understand why Jews are the way they are. The Jews are the miner's canary.
The death of Jews is the warning that non-Jews are next. You're next. They
start with Jews."
"Disarming Ahmadinejad is not the just the Jews' problem. It's everyone's problem.
First the death of the Jews. Then your death."
Prager's Denigration of Jews and Secular Learning
Perhaps the oddest and most disturbing element of Prager's talk was his broadside
on intellectualism and the relationship of Jews in the United States to secular
"I want to say something about American Jews," Prager continued, "that may not be
known to non-Jews. Jews venerate the university, education, and titles."
Adopting a sing-song inflection, Mr. Prager served up a slice of Borscht Belt humor:
"Mr. and Mrs. Milton Goldman are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dr.
"When people come up to talk with me at events" Prager said, "I never know if it's
a Jew or a non-Jew. If the person tells me what college his kid goes to, I know
it's a Jew."
"This is a form of what we called when I went to Yeshiva, avodah zarah. Idol worship,"
he asserted. "The university has none of my values. Nothing good. You'll be taught
in self-centeredness, feelings, and lack of wisdom."
"Only in the university was it ever taught that men and women are basically the
same. You have to go to university to learn what a crappy country Israel is."
"You also learn that about America," he added.
In his sweeping condemnation of secular higher education, Prager did not note the
contradictions of his own biography. On his website, the talk show host takes credit
for having taught Russian and Jewish history at Brooklyn College, his honorary doctorate
of laws degree from Pepperdine University, and the popular books he has published.
The Albuquerque Convention Center, where the CUFI event partially filled an auditorium
Prager offered a parting word about America. Holding up his cell phone, he read
verbatim a message that he had earlier texted his wife and kids,as the sing-song
intonation crept back into his voice: "Speaking to Christians supporting Israel
in New Mexico. Only in America!"
"That's the truth," Prager emphasized. "The founders said that this is going to
be the second Israel. I have the chills when people ask me. . . . I am unbelievably
blessed to have two fathers: Abraham and George Washington."
"God bless you. God bless Israel. And God bless America."
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