Moral Relativism and Jihad

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. 

Two events happened on Wednesday which should send a shiver down the spine of everyone concerned about the future of the American Jewish community. But to understand their importance it is important to consider the context in which they occurred.

On January 13, The New York Times reported on a series of virulently anti-Jewish comments Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made in speeches given in 2010. Among other things, Morsi said, “We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews.” He said that Egyptian children “must feed on hatred; hatred must continue. The hatred must go on for God and as a form of worshiping him.”

In another speech, he called Jews “bloodsuckers,” and “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Two weeks after the Times ran the story, the Obama administration sent four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of a military aid package announced in December 2012 entailing the provision of 20 F-16s and 200 M1-A1 Abrams tanks.

The Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and other prominent American Jewish groups did not oppose the weapons transfer.

With the American Jewish leadership silent on the issue, Israel found its national security championed by Sen. Rand Paul. He attached an amendment to a budget bill that would bar the US from transferring the advanced weapons platforms to Egypt.

Paul explained, “Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot… who said recently that Jews were bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and pigs. This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality we [sh]ould be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.”

Paul’s amendment was overwhelmingly defeated, due in large part to the silence of the American Jewish leadership.

The Times noted that Morsi’s castigation of Jews as “apes and pigs” was “a slur for Jews that is familiar across the Muslim world.”

Significantly the Times failed to note that the reason it is familiar is because it comes from both the Koran and the hadith. The scripturally based denigration of Jews as apes and pigs is legion among leading clerics of both Sunni and Shi’ite Islam.

It was not a coincidence that the Times failed to mention why Morsi’s castigation of Jews as apes and pigs was so familiar to Muslim audiences.

The Islamic sources of Muslim Brotherhood Jew hatred, and indeed, hatred of Jews by Islamic leaders from both the Sunni and Shi’ite worlds, is largely overlooked by the liberal ideological camp. And the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish leadership is associated with the liberal ideological camp.

If the Times acknowledged that the Jew hatred espoused by Morsi and his colleagues in the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as by their Shi’ite colleagues in the Iranian regime and Hezbollah is based on the Koran, they would have to acknowledge that Islamic Jew hatred and other bigotry is not necessarily antithetical to mainstream Islamic teaching. And that is something that the Times, like its fellow liberal institutions, is not capable of acknowledging.

They are incapable of acknowledging this possibility because considering it would implicitly require a critical study of jihadist doctrine. And a critical study of jihadist doctrine would show that the doctrine of jihad, or Islamic holy war, subscribed to by the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates, as well as by the Iranian regime and Hezbollah and their affiliates, is widely supported, violent, bigoted, evil and dangerous to the free world.

And that isn’t even the biggest problem with studying the doctrine of jihad. The biggest problem is that a critical study of the doctrine of jihad would force liberal institutions like the New York Times and the institutional leadership of the American Jewish community alike to abandon the reigning dogma of the liberal ideological camp – moral relativism.

Moral relativism is based on a refusal to call evil evil and a concomitant willingness to denigrate truth if truth requires you to notice evil.

Since pointing out the reality of the danger the jihadist doctrines propagated by the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood involves the implicit demand that people make distinctions between good and evil and side with good against evil, moral relativists – that is most liberals – cannot contend with jihad.

This is why the American Jewish leadership refused to join Rand Paul and his conservative Republican colleagues in the Senate and demand an immediate cessation of US military aid to the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egyptian military even after the evidence of the Brotherhood’s genocidal Jew hatred was splashed across the front page of the Times.

It is the dominance of moral relativism in liberal institutions like the New York Times that make even the most apologetic expose of the Muslim Brotherhood a major event. And it is the dominance of liberal orthodoxies in the mainstream Jewish community that makes it all but impossible for Jewish leaders to speak up against the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the manifest danger its genocidal hatred of Jews poses not only for Israel, but for Jews everywhere.

It is bad enough that liberal Jewish leaders won’t speak out against the Koranic-inspired evil that characterizes the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. What is worse is what their own morally relative blindness causes them to do.

On Wednesday, we saw two distressing examples of the consequences of this self-imposed embrace of ideological fantasies.

First, on Wednesday, Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution gave its annual International Advocate of Peace Award to former president Jimmy Carter.

Carter’s long record of anti-Israel, and indeed anti-Semitic, actions and behavior made the decision to bestow him with the honor an affront not only to the cause of peace, but to the cause of Jewish legal rights. As an advocate of Hamas and a man who castigates Israel as an illegal “apartheid” state, Carter has a long record of outspoken opposition to both Jewish human rights and to viable peace between Israel and its neighbors.

For outsiders, the Orthodox Jewish university’s law school’s law journal’s decision to honor Carter was shocking, but as it works out, the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution confers its prize almost exclusively on people active in pressuring Israel to make concessions to Palestinian terrorists who reject Israel’s right to exist. Past winners include Dennis Ross, Bill Clinton, Richard Holbrooke, George Mitchell, John Wallach and Seeds of Peace and, perhaps most astoundingly, the outspoken Jew hater Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

In other words, Carter wasn’t chosen for the honor despite his anti-Israel record. He was selected because of his anti-Israel record.

In a similar fashion, New York’s 92nd Street Y invited virulent Israel hater Roger Waters to perform a concert on April 30. Given Waters’s outspoken opposition to Israel, his call for total economic and cultural warfare against the Jewish state and his leading role in the BDS movement, it is not possible that the 92nd Street Y was unaware of his radical, anti-Semitic sentiments.

And so, the only reasonable explanation for his invitation to perform at the Jewish institution is that the Y wanted to invite this openly anti- Semitic musician to perform. A public outcry by pro-Israel activists forced the Y to cancel his performance.

The day that Carter was embraced by the Orthodox Jewish establishment, Jewish author and activist Pamela Geller was silenced. Geller is the nightmare of the liberal Jewish establishment.

She is a beautiful and articulate speaker and writer who has risen to prominence in the US for her steadfast commitment to exposing the deadly pathologies of Jew hatred, misogyny and other prejudices inherent to jihadist ideology.

Geller’s website, Atlas Shrugs, is a clearinghouse for information on Islamic persecution of women, Christians and apostates and hatred of Jews. She also showcases the documented ties between mainstream American Islamic groups and the Muslim Brotherhood.

An indefatigable defender of Israel, Geller recently ran a highly controversial, and successful ad campaign in the New York and San Francisco public transportation systems in response to an anti-Israel ad campaign. Her billboards read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.”

Geller was scheduled to speak on April 13 at the Great Neck Synagogue in Great Neck, New York. The topic of her talk was “The Imposition of Shari’a in America.”

Last month, after learning of her talk, a consortium of Islamic and leftist activists in Nassau County led by Habeed Ahmed from the Islamic Center of Long Island launched a pressure campaign to coerce the synagogue into cancelling her speech. Members of the group telephoned the synagogue and castigated Geller as a bigot, and likened her to the Nazis in the 1930s.

In short order liberal rabbis Michael White and Jerome Davidson took over the opposition to Geller and launched a media campaign attacking her as a bigot and demanding that the Great Neck Synagogue cancel her speech.

Rejecting the distinction Geller makes between jihadists and their victims – Muslim and non- Muslim alike, White and Davidson claimed that she opposes all Muslims and so her speech must be canceled. By hosting her, they intoned, the Great Neck Synagogue would be guilty of propagating hate speech. Liberal Christian and Jewish activists and their Muslim associates threatened to protest the speech.

On Wednesday the synagogue caved in to their massive pressure. Citing “security concerns” the synagogue board released a statement saying that while “these important issues must be discussed, the synagogue is unable to bear the burden” of the pressure campaign surrounding Geller’s planned speech. Her event was canceled.

Surveys of the American Jewish community taken in recent years by the American Jewish Committee demonstrate that the vast majority of American Jews are deeply supportive of Israel, and their views tend toward the Right side of the political spectrum in issues related to Israel, the Palestinians and the wider Islamic conflict with the Jewish state.

On the other hand, the AJC’s surveys show that for the vast majority of American Jews, Israel is not a voting issue. This state of affairs was reflected by a comment that Yeshiva University student Ben Winter made to the media regarding the absence of student protest against Carter on Wednesday. In Winter’s words, “While many students at YU feel strongly about their Zionism, few have the courage to publicly express their opinions.”

The danger exposed by the cancellation of Geller’s speech and the conferral of honors on the likes of Carter and Waters by mainstream Jewish institutions is daunting. If moral relativism remains the dominant dogma of the American Jewish establishment, the already weakly defended, but still strongly rooted, support for Israel among the rank and file of the American Jewish community will dissipate.

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  • BS77

    Thanks to C Glick. Pam Geller is RIGHT ON. So is Brigitte Gabriel. Liberalslive in a fantasy world of veneer thin "politeness"> They think if they behave nicely, the will be liked and appreciated by the barbarians and the terrorists.

    • AdinaK

      Of course Glick is spot on. She always is.

      To be sure, (im)moral relativism goes hand-in-hand with "conflict resolution" and "inter-faith dialogue". In fact, the playing field is inverse, and leftists are its magicians. They create an alternative universe where Alice-in-Wonderland thinking is the norm and evil is masked on its face. It is verboten to identity the poison, and this is their intention –

      As such, Geller was blocked –

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel

    • suzyqpie

      And how much evidence must be accumulated to prove that they will not ever be "liked and appreciated?" The debris field grows and grows and the denial grows more powerful.

    • Mary Sue

      yeah the only problem with that is the Muslimes do not follow the Golden Rule.

  • Moishe Pupick

    F., 04/12/13

    The American Jewish Establishment is as useless today as it was before and during WW2. Gun control,
    diversity, multi-culturalism, and gblt normalization are among the gods worshipped by these self-appointed leaders.

  • Tony Christensen

    Great article, thanks! Just amazing how institutions will just save their own skin, no matter the damage done to the truth!

  • EarlyBird

    So, Egypt is going to wage another war on Israel? Israel is defenseless? Israel is not nuclear armed?

    The idea that the region's 800- ton gorrilla, Israel – which has not faced a serious war against it since the early 1970s – is always in the verge of being extinguished has of course everything to do with the history of the Holocaust. Sadly, and understandably, such events get etched into the bones of a people.

    I heard some analyst on Charlie Rose say that the only difference to Israel in regard to post-Mubarak Egypt is that its voice is louder but it's legs weaker.

    Morsi has barely been able to keep his cabinet intact let alone a grip on the military, which has zero in war with Israel. There are massive, demonstrations against the MB nearly every week, by secularists, and even many MB supporters themselves, and Salafists.

    Egypt is a mess. Israel's biggest concern is that it will simply implode and create another failed Arab-Muslim state in its neighborhood.

    • guest

      Mr Goebels would hire you in a blink of an eye.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Mr Goebels would hire you in a blink of an eye."

        Now that would be a suitable homosexual marriage. The German Nazi and the California fascist talking bird. Just don't ask me to pay for the infertility treatment.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I heard some analyst on Charlie Rose say that the only difference to Israel in regard to post-Mubarak Egypt is that its voice is louder but it's legs weaker. "

      PBS is not biased. Islam is a religion of peace. EarlyBird is one super intelligent aves.

      But still…

      "Egypt is a mess. Israel's biggest concern is that it will simply implode and create another failed Arab-Muslim state in its neighborhood."

      Everyone is safe. Iran is a mess. Therefore everyone is safe. North Korea is a mess, therefore everyone is safe.

      Sleep tight everyone, the ballistic missiles can't reach EB yet. Therefore none of this matters…to him.

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      Horse manure. 1-"Israel-which has not faced a serious war since the early 1970's"–try telling that to IDF veterans who fought in Lebanon, in 1982 and 2006. 2-"….is always on the verge of being extinguished has of course everything to do with the history of the Holocaust." What? You're incoherent. 3-Yes, Egypt is a mess, but you can't just assume that this will automatically result in "another failed Arab Muslim state," which poses little or no threat to Israel, or to the rest of the world. Weren't you the one, in a previous post, that refused to explain why you stated that Iran was North Korea's ally?("Let Mary Sue explain that.") Since you understand the link between North Korea and Iran, you also understand the link between the situation in Egypt, the weapons transfer to Egypt, and the silence of American Jews on this crucial matter. Case closed.

    • defcon 4

      Why does Egypt need US F-16's and Abrams tanks again Farid? What enemies does Egypt have?

    • Mary Sue

      Israel is the 800 lb gorilla in the room? Really? REALLY?

      Who's surrounded by a gazillion muslims in several countries, again?

      And who just got some F-16s from USA?

  • Brujo Blanco

    Anytime Jews, or any other religious entity, surrenders to bullies there are consequences. Whe it happens then I ask what is nest? What happened regarding this speaker involves a denial of the free practice of religion.

  • Mladen Andrijasevic

    Thank you, Caroline. Thanks to you the truth has finally hit the Israeli mainstream media. But how do you educate the Israeli intelligentsia?

    It's time for Israel to talk to Hamas says A.B. Yehoshua

  • Suzanne

    Great article. However, even though the great majority of the American Jewish community claim they are "staunch supporters of Israel", they really aren't. Not only do they still vote democrat but they also loudly support "the two state solution" which would mean giving away Judea and Samaria. Anyone who bothers studying this issue for even a little while knows that this would mean returning to the "Auschwitz borders". But, hey, when BB himself says as much, well, what are regular people supposed to think, especially if they are not too educated about Israel? Problem is – this is a systemic problem from the top – down. Our only hope is new leadership (maybe a religious Zionist like Naphtali Bennett?). Religious Zionists seem to understand the situation and are vocally supportive of keeping ALL of Israel.


    Dhimmi Carter needs to get a blood transfusion from hugo chavez and lynn stewart.

    • Hub

      and a kick in the ass of Dr. Frankenstein

  • And so it goes

    Thanks for this piece, Carolyn. I am speechless. Did the German Jewish community behave this badly in the late '20s and early '30s? Jimmy Carter is a Southern Good 'Ol Boy whose attitudes towards Israel have more to do with traditional Jew hatred than with some deep feelings towards Arabs. Yeshiva University's invitation to him is unbelievable.

  • JacksonPearson

    “We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews.” He said that Egyptian children “must feed on hatred; hatred must continue. The hatred must go on for God and as a form of worshiping him.”

    Moral insanity. Why would a man, let alone the President of a country predicated upon free speech, agree with a U.N. resolution to ban insulting Islam – not Christianity mind you – a religion responsible for the greatest tragedy on American soil? Every single day, Muslims, as well as Arab leaders, publicly call for the destruction of America and Israel. In fact, just yesterday Iranian President Ahmadinejad claimed, for the millionth time, Israel would soon be wiped off the map; yes, right in front of the same wise international body that supposedly is acting to preserve the good name of the prophet Muhammad, rather than Jesus Christ.

    I have some bad news for the United Nations and Islam. The citizens of the United States of America will never cease in calling Islam what it truly is: a backwards ideology whose majority of members are blood thirsty minions of hate and ignorance. If Muslims universally object, prove it otherwise by taking to the streets and denouncing those terrorists who bludgeon humanity and any last vestiges of common decency. That’s what I thought.

    • Mary Sue

      more proof that only the Devil would consider hatred as a form of worship.

      • JacksonPearson

        "more proof that only the Devil would consider hatred as a form of worship."

        Church-goers in America have no idea of what it is like to stand for Jesus in the face of severe persecution. Christians in mortal danger live so far away that their trials aren't real to us. But if you were there, ah, then the inhuman oppression of it all would hit you in the face like a hammer blow. You would discover that speaking out for Jesus could be suicidal. Many of your friends would be in hiding, in jail, or lying face down in some muddy ditch . just a few more infidel corpses rotting unmourned in the tropical sun.

        In the Sudan, Christians by the hundreds of thousands have been slaughtered, many by crucifixion. In Nigeria, many thousands more have been killed. One African brother (attending a Bible College here in the United States) plans to return home to begin a Christian school in his native land, but he knows he will not last more than a year or two before they kill him.

        So what kind of people would act with such cruel hatred toward defenseless men and women who wished them no harm? The radical Muslims, that.s who, in an Islamic Jihad or so-called .holy war. they have been waging against Christians and Jews for over 1300 years.

        • defcon 4

          Ah yes the ole "radical" muslimes are the problem. Who do you think supports, trains and equips the "radical" muslimes? Or do you think islamofascist terrorism is a for-profit enterprise (and it might very well be so in islamofascist states). "radical" muslime, the delineation without a difference.

          • Rothschild

            The military-industrial-complex, I think funded them because after the fall of the USSR, the powers that be (politicians etc.,) needed a new enemy when the cold war ended.

            The military has a 80% approval rating in the US, so…no politician, or media pundit will touch the issue with even a ten foot pole.

          • Drakken

            As a memeber of that so called military-industrial complex I take great umbrage with your so called with the facts. The fact is islam is on the march and the cold war was a distraction from what islam was meant to do from the beginning, it is funny that pacifist think they can can just throw wishful thing, rainbows and unicorns at the problem in the hope it will go away and everyone can sing kumbaya and put a COEXIST sticker on their Prius and everything is going to be fine and dandy, reality has a way of being a very brutal wake up call to people like you. War is coming, and there is nothing your wishful thinking is going to do to change that. So you can either fight or perish, your choice.

          • defcon 4

            Don't forget the lollipops…

          • Rothschild

            How the CIA Helped The Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrate the West
            by Jerry Gordon (August 2011)

            ….What is not well known is that the spread of the Muslim Brotherhood to the west was facilitated by the CIA during the Cold War Era as part of an anti-Soviet, anti-Communism initiative during the Eisenhower Administration. The creation of an Islamic Center in Munich, involved an ex-Nazi Turkologist, and former Nazi Muslim veterans from the Soviet Muslim satellites which were captured by advancing German forces during WWII in the Caucasus and Crimea. The CIA funded Hasan al Banna’s son-in-law to advance the MB cause via the World Muslim League. This resulted in an MB beachhead in the US launched from the Munich Islamic Center.

          • reader

            And? I don't think anybody would argue that Federal Agencies employ exclusively competent and far-sighted people, would they? Moreover, the fact that Eisenhower Administration engaged muslims against the Soviets – the existential threat to the West at the time – is not as outrageous as the fact that Obama Administration is engaging Muslim Brotherhood – the existential threat to the West at present – over a decade after September 11, is it?

          • Rothschild

            He seems to tie it too the Nazis, and the present day Muslim Brotherhood
            terrorists in the US.

          • reader

            Yes, it's not a breaking news here too. The Muslim Brotherhood is known to be connected to the Nazis.

  • Rothschild

    This is a very good article….are there political movements in Israel, or the the United
    States that are liberals and Zionists? As a liberal pacifist and a Zionist, I am understandable
    about the need for Israel to oppose terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood.

    As a half Jew, I am new to Israel politics… I have a personal interest in researching
    Orthodox Judaism, because my relatives were Sons of Zion Orthodox Jews… I was
    thinking of learning Hebrew or Yiddish… though I'm more fascinated with the mystical
    meanings of the Hebrew language.

    As a pacifist, I find it appalling that in the name of liberalism which pacifism is a part;
    would condone the use of a weapons transfer (the provision of 20 F-16s and 200 M1
    -A1 Abrams tanks ) to militants, too supposedly justify a fight with Israel…because, pacifists
    are opposed to all militarist tactics regardless if they are for liberal, or conservative causes.

    I'm interested in volunteering for a pro-Israel group, but there does not seem to be any
    pro Israel activists in the United States with my activist style…the activists with my
    style, all seem to be in Israel… so I am wiling to travel to Israel to help organize a
    movement against politically violent Muslim organizations, in the United States,
    and around the world.

    • Drakken

      The problem with being a pacifist is that you folks always end up in mass graves, so either defend yourself and yours or perish, it is that bloody simple.

  • 13thImam

    Since Jews are themselves evil, fighting Jews is certainly not evil.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Since Jews are themselves evil, fighting Jews is certainly not evil."

      You'll be joining the author of your ideology…in Hell…very soon.

    • Drakken

      Your the perfect poster child for the saying a good muslim is a dead muslim.

    • Mary Sue

      How so? How are jews evil? Aren't you being a RACIST?! RACIST!!!!!

    • SoCalMike

      Go back to worshiping the pagan moon god and your pedophile prophet, Jew hating dirt.


      imam's 1-13 can all go to HELL.

  • Rothschild

    I've always thought evil is a mystery… for example, how does one explain why
    evil things occur? … how do you know the difference between good and evil?

    How can you prove the Jews are evil? Are you God?

    Why would you want to fight, what has been written, biblically, that
    the Jews are Gods holy people?

    You and your type may be able to convince (brainwash?) the worlds
    powers… but God is on their side, so it is inevitably a loosing battle.

  • garyfouse

    Add this to another article running here on Christian indifference to Christian persecution in the Middle East, and you have a depressing picture indeed. While Christians are being persecuted, the leadership of the Presbyterian Church USA is actively involved in deligitimizing the Jewish state of Israel.

    It's like Christians and Jews are joining hands to jump off the cliff together.

    • defcon 4

      With a gentle push by the amoral leftists in academia, who teach islamofascist propaganda as truth…

  • Glennd1

    Two points.

    1. The reason AIPAC and the political establishment in the U.S. didn't fight the weapons shipments is that they are part of the Camp David Accords – the treaty with Egypt and Israel that guarantees Egypt won't attack Israel. If we don't ship the weapons, then we violate the treaty and that frees the Egyptians from any pretense of restraints.

    2. Geller is a bigot. Her "Savages" poster campaign went over the line and no civilized person should associate with her. She's not better than some frothing at the mouth Jihadi.

    Okay, eat me alive now. Dummies.

    • Drakken

      Here let me expain it to you Glen, the muslims are savages in the way they fight jihad and live in the 7th century, us westerners are the civilized ones, and we westerners are the reason we enjoy everything we do in the 21st century due to the judeo/christian west.See so simpe a liberal like you can do it. Oh one other thing, you libs really need a new shtick, because the race,bigot and islampohobe card has been played out.

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      "Her "Savages" poster campaign went over the line and no civilized person should associate with her."
      Her poster definitely did NOT go over the line; that's your conclusion, not in any way a fact. She didn't use the word "Muslim" anywhere. Geller simply stated that in a contest between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Nothing at all wrong with that. I challenge you to go on her website, ( and listen to Tom Woods' video, an open message to Rabbi Davidson, that refutes Pamela Geller's critics. "She's no better than some frothing at the mouth Jihadi."
      Geller isn't a bigot, but you are the poster child for moral relativism; exactly what Caroline Glick talks about in this article.


      glennd1, If you think that people who hijack passenger planes and fly them into buildings are not SAVAGES, then YOU are a SAVAGE too.

    • defcon 4

      The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt is only as good as the last islamofascist leader "elected" to lead Egypt.

  • Texas Patriot

    Not to worry. It's a new day out there. There is no longer any reason to suppose that there will ever be peace with Islam, anywhere. If they want war, they will get it. And in the process, they will be risking ALL of the territory they now occupy. The 1967 war set the mold. If they attack they forfeit territory. And if they keep attacking, they will keep forfeiting territory. It's just a question of how long they want to keep it up.

  • nelly 2004

    what kind of people nurse their children on hate? as the son of hamas said they are ruled by an evil god and have no humanity. He realized when he became a prisioner of the israelis that they were not the enemy he was brain washed to believe.

  • defcon 4

    What would the islamofascists do without Israel? The muslimes of the world wouldn't have anything or anyone to blame the repressive, oppressive, brutal natures of all their various islamofascist states on!

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      They would do more of what they usually do; kill each other.