So, the other day a large apparently hand-typed poster was found in a local barn and presented to me for my amusement. I didn’t keep the poster, because I know too many people who need copies of it before I can take the original in good conscience, but the poster is awesome.
And it’s awesome in that way that is more fear awe than delight awe. It’s actually a giant, elaborate chart explaining which kinds of people automatically go to Hell (the Russians, the Siberians, Moscow, the Sumarians, and some kinds of Jewish people) and that only Judahites (the true Jews, who are the white Christians peoples of Northern European descent, of whom, apparently Adam was one, surprisingly, and some other kinds of Jews) have any chance of going to Heaven (though, apparently, people from England and people from the State of Georgia are shoe-ins, so congrats to my English and Georgian readers).
The author of the chart, though, seems to think it’s up for debate whether the Irish are sheep people or goat people.
I wish I could reproduce the whole thing for you, because it’s such a perfect example of the lengths that people will go to to justify their own prejudices with the Bible. See, the Jews aren’t the real Jews. Real Jews are the Judahites and the Judahites are the Northern Tribes of Israel and north really means “Northern Europe” and mentions of animals in the Bible were actually talking about people and so on and so on–these gymnastics of thought to make it okay to be racist fucks in direct opposition to what Jesus would have wanted.
I don’t know. I lost my train of thought.
It just seems to me that, first, this shows a lot of anxiety on the part of a strain of Christianity that those Christians really don’t feel certain that they “belong” to God and so they have to rewrite history to remove real Jewish people from the role of “The Jews” and put themselves and their ancestors in that role. That’s really ugly.
But what scares me is that it’s a kind of thoughtfulness. It takes thought and a kind of reasoned contemplation to come up with this kind of stuff and I think so often I think that “Oh, if only folks knew better, if only they were more sophisticated thinkers, this stuff would be as obviously ridiculous to them as it is to me,” but seeing something like this? Well, you know it’s not true.
And I don’t really know what to do in the face of that.