Get on up
Good God! Scott Freeman knocked it out of the park on this one (cover story, "A life of funk," Jan. 11). By using the memories of those who knew James Brown best, he's recreated a sharp picture for the rest of us to enjoy.
-- Mimi Altree, Carrollton
CUT CARTER SOME SLACK
President Carter is telling the truth the way he sees it (Fallout, "Making it look easy," Jan. 11). Your resignation is running from the truth; however, you hide nothing. All of you know words are magic. I am begging you. The time is now -- find your magic words, restore the fields and come back to reason.
President Carter is our friend, he is saying the very things no one dares to say; yet many people know he is correct whether you think so or not. You can nit-pick his work and sweep much under the Anti-Defamation League rug, but he is still, overall, correct.
Don't be stupid. Jews need President Carter as a friend. Face the facts, when it comes to friends, we don't have very many.
David Duke, Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon and former state representative in Louisiana, stated, "The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder." While in Iran, attending a Holocaust conference, Rabbi Moshe David Weiss, of Jews United Against Zionism, said he opposes the state of Israel, and believes Israelis have used the Holocaust to gain sympathy and advantage; but he doesn't believe the Holocaust toll is exaggerated. He simply rejects the creation of Israel on the grounds that it violates Jewish religious law, but he said he does believe the Holocaust death toll is proven correct. "They have used the Holocaust as a device to justify their oppression," he said. Justified or not, the oppression is real. Proving the vicious cycle continues: When the oppressed gain power they become the oppressors. You'd think, after all of this history, Jews would know better. But no, just look at what we are doing to those poor people.
Today, if you are a Jew by faith or blood, the danger is still real. Here in the Bible Belt South, you won't have to look far to find many otherwise nice, white, Christian people who still fervently believe the "Jew blood is the devil" story. Probe a little deeper and many of them will be proud to tell you the one thing they know for sure: "The only thing worse than a nigger is a Jew." The ADL may have forced the white sheet and hood into the closet, but the Scofield Bible is still in plain view.
Look, we have very few friends in the world and many people other than the Muslims hate us. In the scope of the real world, President Carter is not only our friend -- he is our good friend. His book is, quite simply, giving us the spanking we so richly deserve; yet, like a good father, he still loves us. Call President Carter right now and beg his forgiveness. Turn this travesty into a constructive venture of open public dialogue. Here, we would have a golden opportunity to find peace.
An Atlanta Jewish scholar teaches: All traditional Jewish holidays can be summarized in a few words. They tried to kill us. We won. So now -- LET'S EAT!!! Holidays are great, keep them all with the dignity and respect they so justly deserve. Still, while you are eating, take a moment to remember who we are and what we are doing now. This time we are the known aggressors. Never, in memory of all the holidays, have we been the cause of such suffering on our fellow human beings as we are now foisting on people in the name of Israel. Certainly, there is no holiday here. This time we are the principal killers, which means there is no way we can win; and, most certainly, there will be no traditional feast at the end. Surely, you know the saying: "God is too good for the Goyim." Today, the way we treat people in the name of God, we are proving, "God is too good for the Jews."
-- Steve Swimmer, Stone Mountain
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