There seems to be a lot of controversy lately about what constitutes anti-Semitism. The subject in question who stirred up this mess is none other than former Love Connection host Chuck Woolery. (Anyone reading this and laughing, I also share your amusement…and confusion. I seriously did a double take when I heard it.)
Mr. Woolery is vocal about his conservative affiliation and enjoys discussing politics on his podcast and social media. No problem there, as we’re all entitled to our own views. What then, started the chaos? This tweet:
“Believe it or not. Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin were both Jewish. I was shocked to find, most of the original Soviet Communists were Jewish.”
Obviously, talking about Jews and Communists dredges up all kinds of ancient history and hurt feelings. Is there a strange, untrue stereotype that all Jews are Communists or secretly support them? Unfortunately, many misguided folks believe it. Let’s set the record straight, once and for all: Did certain members of the Communist party have Jewish ancestry? Yes, absolutely. But nobody, in their right mind, would think it’s possible to be a practicing Jew and a practicing Communist simultaneously! Those ideologies are just not compatible. (And, since we’re discussing it, I want to go on record and state that I despise every single thing about Communism and I do mean every! I am a proud American that supports Capitalism.)
While I have no way of knowing what’s in Chuck Woolery’s heart, I will say with 100% certainty, this is nothing like Mel Gibson’s sick, vile, repeated attacks on the Jewish community. Gibson is, without a doubt, a true anti-Semite and an enemy of Israel and the Jewish community. Chuck Woolery, is not, to my knowledge, a Holocaust denier, does not disparage the Jewish people, etc.
Those of us who have experienced anti-Semitism firsthand understand the true nature of such evil and would never make apologies for despicable behavior. I would condemn it with my last breath, and I think the majority of folks, Jews and Gentiles alike, would do the same.
If we label any statement we dislike as Anti-Semitism, it diminishes true prejudice. Instead of worrying about political correctness and tripping over every tweet that a has-been actor types, I’d rather focus on the sickos that vandalize cemeteries and make bomb threats and actually shoot innocent people. Those are the real and dangerous anti-Semites that we must focus our attention on and try to stop.
Readers are welcome to chime in. Do you think the controversy over Chuck Woolery’s tweets is much ado about nothing or true anti-Semitism?