It’s All Our Fault

The holiday spirit has descended upon Christopher Hitchens. What kind of present are we getting?

A Hanukkah message, in which he affirms that not only is God not great, Hanukkah sucks, too. Except that it’s an awesome excuse to explain why we Hanukkah-loving Jews are responsible for not just our own evils, but Christianity’s and Islam’s also.

Thanks Chris!

From Slate:

to celebrate Hanukkah is to celebrate not just the triumph of tribal Jewish backwardness but also the accidental birth of Judaism’s bastard child in the shape of Christianity. You might think that masochism could do no more. Except that it always can. Without the precedents of Orthodox Judaism and Roman Christianity, on which it is based and from which it is borrowed, there would be no Islam, either. Every Jew who honors the Hanukkah holiday because it gives his child an excuse to mingle the dreidel with the Christmas tree and the sleigh (neither of these absurd symbols having the least thing to do with Palestine two millenniums past) is celebrating the making of a series of rods for his own back. And this is not just a disaster for the Jews. When the fanatics of Palestine won that victory, and when Judaism repudiated Athens for Jerusalem, the development of the whole of humanity was terribly retarded

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