At the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March — which still couldn’t round up more than a few thousand men — the crazies were out in number.
One speaker claimed Native Americans were being kept in concentration camps and led the crowd in a chant of “Down, down, USA.”
Louis Farrakhan preached his special brand of hate and conspiracy for nearly two hours.
The Black Lives Matter crowd were there to join the call for “Justice or Else,” with “else” presumably defined as more Ferguson-style rampaging and the threatening of police the BLM has become known for.
In such a nut-rich environment it was no surprise to find the likes of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright spewing an anti-Jewish, pro-Palestinian message. Greeting the crowd with the Muslim “salaam alaikum,” the allegedly Christian pastor then launched into an appeal for “Palestinian justice.”
“Please remember, Jesus was a Palestinian,” Wright said in news that would have surprised Mary.
“The Palestinian people have had the Europeans come and take their country, ignoring United Nations resolutions,” he added, apparently forgetting UN Resolution 181 and that whole Six-Day War incident.
Jew hatred is big these days. One major reason, though certainly not the only one, is the Muslim-loving vibe coming out of the White House over the past six and a half years.
And it’s being reinforced by many members of the media, such as the staff over at the New York Times, which recently ran a lengthy article questioning whether there was really any historical connection between Jews and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
It’s a common Palestinian propaganda claim, asserting that there was never a Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
To be sure, Muslims do that kind of historical violence to Christians, too, asserting Jesus was a Muslim and such.
But it’s more than a little alarming to see the Gray Lady publish such a blatantly anti-Semitic bit of nonsense, and a lot of people including archaeologists have gotten upset over it.
The NYT, in one of its classic corrections, has now rewritten the story to simply suggest that scholars are unsure exactly where on the Temple Mount the temple was, which is true.
“It was based on ignorance, simple ignorance; you cannot ignore all the literary evidence,” said Prof. Gabriel Barkay, co-director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project.
Brown University professor Michael Satlow said, “Did a Jewish temple stand on the present day Temple Mount? Yes. This is as historically certain a fact as one can get in the study of ancient history.”
The Times also ran the following correction: “An earlier version of this article misstated the question that many books and scholarly treatises have never definitively answered concerning the two ancient Jewish temples. The question is where precisely on the 37-acre Temple Mount site the temples had once stood, not whether the temples had ever existed there.”
That’s what the comic books call retroactive continuity, or “retcon.”
Anti-Semitism is rarely far from the surface in public discourse and no retcon can hide it. A worldwide growth in neo-Nazism is barely acknowledged by the American press, which is wedded to the radical Left that is neo-Nazism’s real home.
In Europe, we are seeing an invasion by hordes of radical Muslims, ideological offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hitler’s former right hand in the Middle East. Coming with them are violence and an intense hatred of Jews, many of whom are moving from Europe to Israel as their best refuge.
The wheel of history keeps turning and things repeat. Will the coming next great conflict — and there surely will be one — look like those of the past?
Yes and no. History repeats, but the future surprises.
The least we can do, though, is stand against the return of old evils.