08 March 2012

Netanyahu's Purim gift to President Obama: The Book of Esther (and a war with Iran)

Well, it's Purim time again, when Jews celebrate the day their ancestors supposedly killed 75,000 Persians in a preemptive strike because the Persians supposedly planned to kill the Jews. (DIU: The Esther Killings.)

The story is found in the Book of Esther, which Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, recently gave to President Obama as a Purim gift. Since ancient Persia is modern Iran, the message behind the gift is clear enough: let's do it again.

I hope that President Obama takes the time to read the Book of Esther, if he hasn't already. It's a silly, disgusting story that every Jew (and Christian) should be ashamed of, rather than celebrate -- or, worse yet, imitate.

There is no hope for peace in the world as long its leaders are inspired by the Bible and the Quran.

4 comments:

The Theist said...

Purim is celebrated on the 14th and 15th of Adar, which is the last month of the Jewish calendar; it corresponds to our late February and early March. Also called the festival of Lots.

It was named for Haman in casting the pur (or lot) to determine the day in which the Jews would be exterminated.

In the apocryphal book, Maccabees it is called "Mordecai's Day." (2 Maccabees 15:36)

A day of banquets, rejoicing and sending gifts to poor people. (Esther 9:20-22)

Steve, what do you find disgusting about the Jews celebration of the prevention of their extermination?

The Theist

krissthesexyatheist said...

True that Stev-o. As long as we have 'philosophies' that are by nature divisive, we can never have world peace. on another note...

I thought that purim was also the Jewish Halloween. Awesome buddy,

Kriss

Steve Wells said...

Have you read the Book of Esther, Theist?

Well, I have. Here is my reaction to it.

The Jews supposedly killed more than 75,000 people on a single day -- those who supposedly had intended to kill the Jews on Kill-The-Jews-Day -- along with their wives and children. How did the Jews decided who had intended to kill them? Some type of anti-Jewish thought detector, perhaps?

I find the story both cruel and idiotic. It couldn't have happened the way it was written, and if it did, then is was an act of preemptive, religiously motivated genocide. Maybe it's just me, but I find that sort of thing disgusting.

Ian said...

Netanyahu and the settler movement, the Iranian government, and the Republican Party: three peas in a delusional, paranoid, violent pod. All because of what some ancient books say.

I wish there was a way to get every liberal, secularist, and pluralist from Iran, Israel, and the US to work together to stop this madness. I know there are a lot of us, but we're not good with the hysterics and bullying like the others are.