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Comment by Eric on October 26, 2009 at 1:35am
Ok Ralph, I stand corrected!
Comment by Ralph Dumain on October 26, 2009 at 1:23am
In India, you betcha, among Hindu fascists. There's a history of admiration for Hitler, too. I suspect, though, that you can't blame only the Christian religion for anti-semitism among ex-Christians in the USA. Remember that the stereotypes about Jews pervade the society and are not transmitted primarily via religious upbringing anymore.
Comment by Eric on October 26, 2009 at 1:19am
Ralph, I have another question for you - does this atheistic anti-semitism you speak of only come from atheists who are ex-Christians? I wonder if anti-semitism is part and parcel of some flavors of Christianity, so maybe they haven't fully left the Christian part of themselves behind when they became atheists? I wonder if there's such a thing as anti-semitism in other cultures like in non-Christian places outside of the Middle East like in India.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on October 26, 2009 at 1:16am
I could give many examples, but I suggest you begin with a Facebook group called "Fuck Judaism". Aside from being infantile, it's full of vile slanders against Jews.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on October 26, 2009 at 1:14am
Maybe a discussion thread should be started. I mean attacking the character of Jews, not just Judaism as a religion. There is a history of atheist anti-Semitism, from the magazine The Truth Seeker to the O'Hairs. Secondly, a substantial percentage of ex-Christians even today out to get revenge on Biblical religion are pretty damn ignorant of the history of either the Jewish people or religion, and lack the curiosity about anybody in the world besides themselves.
Comment by Eric on October 26, 2009 at 1:14am
Sorry, I meant "Atheists coming from Judaism," that's the line I saw.
Comment by Eric on October 26, 2009 at 1:12am
It just occurred to me, if this group is described on this website as "Atheists from Judaism" then seems to be this group should be called something more like Atheist Ex-Jews, not Jewish Atheists. Somebody made a mistake somewhere.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on October 26, 2009 at 1:11am
I don't know what the group founder intended, but clearly that is not an inclusive description. "Jewish atheists" should be defined as coming from the Jewish people, and one could add "or the Jewish religion". But actually, I don't even like such descriptions. I think all national and ethnic groups should add a proviso "and all who are knowledgeable or have an investment in this topic." If people come into these groups to disrupt them, hopefully they can be thrown out.
Comment by Eric on October 26, 2009 at 1:08am
Ralph, how do you mean, anti-Semitism among atheists? How exactly does tat manifest itself? In the sense of being opposed to all religion or theism, that wouldn't be anti-semitism.
Comment by Eric on October 26, 2009 at 1:05am
By the way, I just checked my page on this website, and a line on that page described this group as "Atheists coming from Judaism." Well, having grown up in Humanistic Judaism I'm both (religion) Atheist and (ethnic/culture) Jewish, so that description is inaccurate. Anybody want to correct that description of this group? If that's an accurate description of this group, then suddenly I feel unwelcome. Maybe I too hastily joined the wrong group and I need to switch from Jewish Atheists to Humanistic Jews after all? Now I see why maybe there are two groups on this website, Jewish Atheists and Humanistic Jews.
 

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