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Pence and the Benjamins: An Eternity of Anti-Semitism

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My point is simply this: any belief-system that says Jews deserve to be tortured and tormented, forever, simply for being Jews, is anti-Semitic. Any belief-system that says this eternal punishment of Jews is an absolute requirement of a just and moral universe is anti-Semitic. Anyone who holds this belief is, ultimately and essentially, an anti-Semite, whatever else they might feel about Jewish individuals they know, or Jewish people in general, or the state of Israel.

Therefore, Mike Pence and so many others who have been loudly and showily condemning Omar are in fact anti-Semites of the highest order. They are the eternal anti-Semites, envisioning an unspeakable punishment for all Jews who remain Jews, for all time ... yea, even beyond the end of all time.

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1. Donald Trump is, of course, more powerful than Pence; but he can't be used as a representative in this case, because it's obvious Trump has no religious belief at all. He is certainly not an evangelical Christian in even the remotest sense, although the political hucksters of Pence's sect like to claim him as an adherent. His only object of worship his only "ultimate concern," to use the Tillichian terminology is his own bloated, blustering self.

2. As noted, Mike Pence doesn't believe that every Jew who was murdered in the Holocaust is now in Hell. There are exceptions. First, of course, are the many Jewish converts to Christianity killed by the Nazis, who were less concerned with belief than biology. (Or rather, with their bogus view of biology and "race science," which they took largely from American "thinkers" and lawmakers of the early 20th century.)

The second exception would be children who had not yet reached the "age of accountability." This is the point (in the evangelical conception) at which a child comes to the conscious knowledge that he or she must accept Jesus as their Savior and be baptized or else burn eternally in Hell. This means that little children who have not yet formed such an awareness are in a state of innocence, and would be taken up to heaven in the event of an untimely death. So while Mike Pence believes that Anne Frank, for example, went straight to the fiery pits of Hell as soon as she was murdered by the Nazis, many younger Jewish children would have been spared eternal damnation after their deaths.

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