Don’t Let ‘im In

Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favor,
Open the door and let ‘em in(repeat)
Sister Suzie, brother John,
Martin Luther, Phil And Don,
Brother Michael, Auntie Gin,
Open the door,let ‘em in.

Sorry, Paul McCartney, I’m not feeling you:

‘What then shall we do with this damned, rejected race of Jews? First, their synagogues or churches should be set on fire… (Luther,1543, On the Jews and Their Lies)

This is the final submission discussing the theological background to modern Western anti-semitism. Martin Luther represents something of a milestone in Christian anti-Judaism as he himself originally sought to attract the Jews toward conversion by presenting a more humane and accepting alternative to the Church’s anti-Judaism.

In many ways a forerunner of the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment, which he preceded by a century, the Great Reformer also had a profound impact on the conditions of existence and even the physical survivability of the Jews.

Luther believed that the Jewish condition, their debased survival, was the result of persecution by the Church. He believed that freed of the burden of the Church they would welcome conversion to his “reformist” Christianity. His failure to attract converts produced an emotional reaction similar to that of Paul, fifteen centuries earlier. Luther’s final writings, On the Jews and Their Lies and Of The Unknowable Name and The Generations of Christ, both from 1543, would have a profound impact on the future conditions of Jewish existence. Almost exactly four hundred years after his death Luther’s writings would be embraced by the Nazi Party as inspiration and justification in their pursuit of a “final solution” to the Christendom’s Jewish Problem.

“At his trial in Nuremberg after the Second World War Julius Streicher, the notorious Nazi propagandist, editor of the scurrilous antisemitic weekly, Der Stumer, argued that if he should be standing there arraigned on such charges, so should Martin Luther.”

Not exactly breaking news, but worth being reminded of.

BTW, Streicher was hanged by the neck until dead in 1946. And it wasn’t quick. Just sayin’.

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