Ignorance may be bliss, but it still looks stupid. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Bill Michtom
    • 27.10.12 | 05:18 (IST)

    The comments here are, overall, an impressive display of ignorance: not knowing the difference between myth and fact; grasping at theological straws to justify faith in the face of contrary evidence; making an issue of the camel vs donkey when it is unlikely that the article's author has anything to do with the caption on the picture (or, most likely, with the presence of the picture at all). As a non-theist, I still love Pesach because it celebrates freedom and social justice. The central point of it is, to me, the part toward the end that starts by saying we should always think of ourselves as having personally come out of slavery, which means, to me, that we should identify with the oppressed; that no one is free until everyone is free (and that does not mean just Jews) and that Jews have an obligation to work toward universal freedom. That is also why I have such difficulty with the current Israeli government, which, denies their Jewishness with every oppressive action against the Palestinians, with every threat against Iran based on the false premise that Iran has nuclear capability while Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons and refuses to allow inspection of their nuclear program or join, contrary to Iran, the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. And, again, for all the faith-based commenters, you're an embarrassment to Jews everywhere who use their intellects.

    from the article: Were Jews ever really slaves in Egypt, or is Passover a myth?
    First published 20:11 26.03.12 | Last updated 20:11 26.03.12
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